135 South Maple Street - Grant Farmer's Market - A redevelopment project
The Farmer's Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays at NO COST to our local farmers and bakers. Our DPW staff has constructed and installed a safety railing/stall gates. Please call City Hall for the lock codes. We have some temporary signs, and are looking at more permanent ones! Since we are so late in the year, we opened the Market on Tuesday, July 14th to our local farmers. While we continue working to formalize our rules and policies, we invite local farmers and bakers to sell their own locally grown produce and baked goods at no cost on TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS weekly for the remainder of the summer and fall. We will not be allowing wholesalers, yard sales, or flea market type sales. Please contact the City Offices to reserve a stall ahead of time and for setup and related questions.
The City of Grant would like to thank The Fremont Area Community Foundation for the generous grant to make this project a reality. The City of Grant worked for several years on plans for the purchase and redevelopment of vacant CSX property that was former rail service yard which is located between M-37 and Front Street. The City partnered with the Newaygo County Brownfield Authority and the Newaygo County Economic Development Office (NCEDO) for funding and support towards the acquisition and environmental testing of the property. The City Commission approved a site plan concept with three main goals for the redevelopment. Those goals were (1) increased paved parking space for the business corridor, (2) increased public park green space, and (3) a small farmers market tied to the existing Water Tower Park. The biggest problem we ran into, which almost stopped the project in its tracks, was stormwater drainage. Since there was literally nowhere for the surface water to go, our only option was to grade the property to drain to a catch basin, which piped the surface water to a retention pond. We planted a hedge row along the western edge of the pond, and green space around the property in hopes it would soak up some of this water. While it is not a perfect solution, it is the best solution we could find that did not cost more than the entire project to implement.
Brush & Leaf Bag Pick-Up
Brush and leaf bag pickup ~ Next scheduled pick-up is TFriday, October 30th.Once the Department of Public Works clears your street, they will not return until the next scheduled pick-up. Avoid a ticket by reading your newsletter and following the rules.
Brush and bagged leaves are picked up by the DPW from April 1 until November 15 each year. As a reminder, only leaves bagged inbiodegradablepaper bagsare picked up by the Department of Public Works crew. To minimize confusion, the City will pick up brown paper bags much like those your groceries are placed in at the local store, but significantly taller. You are welcome to use the paper grocery bags as well if you do not want to purchase the much larger ones. Please check with our local merchants if you are unsure which bags are needed. Regular brush pick-up runs April 1 and will continue on the 1st and the 15th of each month until the final pick-up on November 15.
Please do not place your brush and leaves at the curb after they do pick-up on your street, because it will still be there until the next scheduled pick-up. However, if the DPW crew drives by during collection and somehow misses your yard waste, please contact them as soon as possible at 834-7462 or byso it gets picked up right away. Size and weight restrictions: not more than 50 pounds, no longer than 4' lengths are strictly enforced, so please contact the DPW at (231) 834-7462 if you have any questions. As a reminder, please do not place any brush or yard waste at the curb for pick-up more than 1 or 2 days before the next scheduled pick-up. If the regular pick-up day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be moved to Monday. The last pick-up date for bagged leaves and brush will be done on Monday, November 17th since the 15th falls on a Saturday. If you have missed the scheduled pick-up, you can make arrangements to haul your brush and leaves to an approved location. Contact the DPW at 834-7462 for details.
Leaf Pile removal services will continue into November as weather permits The City sold the Leaf Vacuum unit at auction in February. We used the proceeds from that sale to purchase a claw-like attachment this summer. This allows us to collect the massive number of leaf piles in a faster, more efficient manner. Pick-up of leaves and brush is just one of the many benefits of being a Grant City resident. As a reminder, the Department of Public Works is out (fall only, starting in October) removing leaves piled on the very edge of the road right-of-ways throughout the City. Beginning fall 2015, we split the leaf pile removal service. We began removing leaf piles on the East side of M-37 one week, and piles on the West side of M-37 the next week. We mailed the schedule with each water/sewer bill and explained the process in our September 2015 quarterly newsletter. Below is a video showing taken specifically to show the entire process. This is actually done in two separate steps, with the leaf plow pushing piles into the streets first, and then the equipment scooping up the leaves to remove them.
We ask that you have your leaves out by 7:00am Monday morning (fall only) on your scheduled week if you would like to have them picked up.
Blanche Lake Park Amphitheater & Sidewalks Extension Projects
The City of Grant received two grant requests from the Fremont Area Community Foundation. On May 1, 2013, they awarded $56,000 toward the construction of the Blanche Lake Park Amphitheater. We were also awarded $19,000 toward the construction of additional sidewalks not originally done in the Safe Routes to School grant project. The sidewalks were planned, and then these section were removed before construction ever began. Since these sidewalks were still needed, we sought grant funding to construct the remaining sections. This project was completed before the school year starts. The project budgets are provided below.
New Amphitheatre at Blanche Lake Park
Amphitheatre Project: Revenues: $14,500 City of Grant staff salaries and equipment rental costs $56,000 Fremont Area Community Foundation grant $70,500 Expenses: $ 6,000 Salaries $ 8,500 Equipment Rental $56,000 Construction (masonry and steel roof) $70,500
Sidewalks Extension Project: Revenues:$ 3,000 City of Grant budget appropriation $ 3,000 Grant Public Schools appropriation $ 1,000 City DPW inspection & related expenses $19,000 Grant towards construction $26,000
Expenses: $ 1,000 Staff salaries $25,000 Construction costs $26,000
City of Grant Orthophotography
http://countyofnewaygo.com/GIS.aspxThe official Newaygo County GIS Online Mapping allows us to view the orthophotography of Newaygo County. After clicking on this direct link, look for the Newaygo County Maps section, and then choose between Newaygo County Generalmap or Newaygo County Recreational map. The first time you click on the link, you will need to download a free viewer called Microsoft Silverlight, and there is a link right on the County's website for this. Once you download the software, the link will open properly. After you select the map you want to view and it opens, look to the far right for an arrow button with Layers and select the 2010 Ortho-Grant/Newaygo down along the right side. Once you select this, the high resolution orthophotography for Grant/Newaygo will be displayed. If you click the down arrow a second time, it will minimize the layers section. It will take a minute, and you will need to click on the " + " sign until you locate the area needed. Just continue clicking on the plus sign until you find what you need. To enlarge the map, look for the gray circle with the plus and minus sign and click on plus. You can move the image easily and continue clicking on the plus sign until the parcel(s) you are looking for is enlarged enough to display the information you need. Please be advised the scale will always be off, and usually within about twenty feet. The only definitive way to determine accurate property lines is to have the property surveyed.
Parkview Cemetery Information Available Online
To provide an additional level of service for those individuals looking for cemetery information after hours and on weekends, we have added the Parkview Cemetery page to our website. Information available includes a map showing cemetery layout of Blocks and Lots as well as a current searchable document listing all occupant information.
More information about these docks and the grant can be found under the City Parks page.
Tornado Siren Testing
Ashland/Grant Fire District has asked the City to help get the word out about the schedule for siren testing. On the FIRST MONDAY of EVERY MONTH (summer only) between 7:00pm and 7:30pm, a continuous siren will be heard throughout the City of Grant. The constant siren sound is used to signify a tornado during weather events. This siren stays on constantly for approximately 3 minutes. If you have questions or concerns about the siren, please contact the Ashland/Grant Fire District directly.
Other Helpful Information
Recycling Center Drop-Off Site
The Recycling for Newaygo County trailers are no longer behind the old Learning Center building that was demolished. Instead, the trailers were moved directly across the street from the Elementary School on Park Dr. Your assistance is greatly appreciated in ensuring that no dumping takes place at the recycling trailers. Questions about the recycling program? Contact Recycling for Newaygo County at (231) 924-5822.
City Surveillance Cameras The City of Grant has numerous surveillance cameras in use. Residents and visitors who observe inappropriate activity are encouraged to contact the Grant Police Department right away. We appreciate your assistance.
Zoning Ordinance #27-2(As Amended on January 18, 2010) is available on theCity Ordinancespage.
Dogs In The City of Grant
It is important to keep dogs on a leash or appropriately confined to your property by following our Dog Ordinance requirements. This will also help to avoid unnecessary fines from dogs running at large. This includes dogs enjoying all City Parks.
Stray and Feral Cats
The City of Grant is in the process of determining whether the City has one or more colonies of feral cats. Before anything can be done to solve a problem, we need to first identify what the actual problem is. Some residents seem to think there is a problem with feral cats and some do not. If you see feral cats in the City of Grant, please help us by gathering as much information as possible. We need to know information such as where they are coming from and going back to? Are they approachable and friendly or do they run from people? This will help us better determine if we have owned cats that are allowed outdoors, abandoned pets, or feral cats. We have purchased two live traps for City residents to check out to live trap cats, with a required deposit. Please call ahead to (231) 834-7904 to ensure the traps are available on not currently checked out.
Newaygo County Animal Shelter, 78 N. Webster St., White Cloud, Michigan Tel (231) 689-1867 or (231) 689-7020 (voicemail). The animal shelter is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between the hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm. We recommend that you call ahead so that they know you are coming. The animal shelter does work with lake Haven Rescue to place some animals from turned over to them. Looking for a low cost spay and neuter program available for low income households? Call (231) 652-1333 and leave a voice message. They will have a volunteer call you back. Through this program, arrangements are made with a veterinarian for low cost spaying/neutering of cats and dogs. Only qualifying, low-income households are elgible, and this program is sponsored through Lake Haven Animal Rescue. Live Traps available: Lake Haven Rescue, Newaygo County Animal Shelter, and City of Grant all have live traps that can be checked out by Grant City residents to catch strays and feral cats. There is a deposit required, which you get back once the trap has been returned with any animals and in proper condition. The trapped cats should be taken to the Newaygo County Animal Shelter or to Lake Haven Rescue. The City of Grant does not accept live traps with animals inside.
Water Main Flushing
You may have noticed the Water Department crew working at fire hydrants and see water running down the street at times. Water Main Flushing is usually conducted during the night hours in the spring (April) and fall (October) annually. We flush the water lines through the use of fire hydrants, which is an important preventive maintenance activity. Although it may appear to be wasting water, the process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system allowing us to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers. As a result of the water main flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and air and does not affect the safety of your water. If you experience this discoloration in your water after the crew has been flushing in your neighborhood, simply clear the pipes in your home by running all cold water faucets for a couple minutes.
By conducting the flushing during the night, we are able to minimize any disturbance to regular water use. We encourage residents to use extra care when washing a load of white laundry after the lines are flushed to avoid the need for iron removal products after-the-fact.
The same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home to ensure the quality of water inside your home. You home's water heater should be drained and flushed on a regular basis, according to manufacturers' recommendations, to keep it working effectively and efficiently.
$130,000 Grant received to renovate the Community Center The Fremont Area Community Foundation looked favorably on our $35,000 grant request to replace the leaky roof and enclose the front of the building near the restrooms. Then they kicked in an additional $95,000 to help us renovate the outdated kitchen, upgrade the heating/cooling system, and install a handicap-accessible ramp. The new roof was finished, the exterior trim was re-painted, and the construction bids were opened on September 2, 2009. The low bid was from K-Van, and with the blessing of The Fremont Area Community Foundation, the work is now complete. The new windows are incredible, and the renovated kitchen and basement are much brighter and cleaner. The old steps were removed and replaced, and a handicap-accessible ramp was installed the following April. The bathrooms have also been completely renovated! It's nice that this community treasure can be saved for enjoyment by generations to come.