Bob Mendham won the November election and officially took office on January 1, 2017. Congratulations Sheriff Mendham in the new role!
When Bob won the August Primary, the Grant City Commission recognized the inevitable and advertised the position. They received numerous resumes from qualified candidates. After several interviews, two were recommended for interviews by the City Commission, and former SGT Brad Wade was offered the position. Please join us in welcoming our new Chief of Police, Brad Wade.
Brush & Leaf Bag Pick-Up 1st & 15th monthly
Brush and bagged leaves are picked up by the DPW from April 1 untilNovember 15 each year. As a reminder, only leaves bagged inbiodegradable paper 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.
Brush & Leaf Bag Pick-up
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.
Grant Farmers Market Closed Until Spring
135 South Maple Street - Grant Farmer's Market
The Farmer's Market is open Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings at No Cost to our local farmers and bakers. Please call City Hall for the stall gate lock codes. For more information on getting a space, please contact our Market Master, Sarah Grabe. Thank you Pete Pickard for making the beautiful signs for the Market! Once again we invite local farmers and bakers to sell their own locally grown produce and baked goods at no cost for the remainder of the summer and fall. Bake sales are welcome also. We do not allow wholesalers, yard sales, or flea market type sales. A couple of arts and crafts along with food items is fine until the Market is full. Then priority will obviously be given to our farmers. 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. Fortunately, the stormwater drainage issue will be fixed in 2018 when a large county drains project is completed.
Emergency House Numbering System
"Ashland-Grant Fire District has developed a house numbering system to locate addresses. A green reflective sign 4.5" wide & 18" long. This is an effective way for emergency people such as the fire Department, Police or Ambulance Crew to find your driveway at a time of crisis. It will prevent delay, lost time, and perhaps save a life. The cost of the sign is $20.00. Add a pole for $10.00. Ashland-Grant Fire District will deliver and assemble the sign at no cost." Please contact the City Office and we will give you the number to place your order.
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Additional Payment Options Available
We Now Accept Debit & Credit Cards
GovPay is a third party vendor that does charge you, the customer, a percentage of your payment amount. This is just one more option for customers needing to pay their bill.
In 2006, we constructed the new City Hall complete with a payment drop box. Located to the left of the front doors, the drop box provides another convenient option for dropping off payments at your convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
City of Grant Orthophotography
http://arcgisweb.countyofnewaygo.com/county/ The official Newaygo County GIS Online Mapping allows us to view the orthophotography of Newaygo County. After clicking on this link, you will first want to check the box to accept the terms of service. Next, look for the Layers button and select the 2010 Ortho-Grant/Newaygo down along the side. You can click on the " + " sign until you locate the area needed. Just clicking the plus sign until you find what you need, and take a look at the layers options at the bottom. Please be advised the scale will always be off, due to the curvature of the earth. We estimate lines shown are 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.
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 bins are located 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 center. Questions about the recycling program? Contact Recycling for Newaygo County at (231) 924-5822.
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.
Feral and Stray 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.
Snow Removal in the Downtown
Snow removal is an issue we all deal with in Michigan. It's rarely fun, and we can almost never schedule for it. For our business owners, it can be even more complicated if you are not sure where to put the shoveled snow. We want to keep it simple. Please have the snow on your sidewalk in front of your business shoveled into the street before 6am. The our City plow trucks will have enough time to have the snow in the street cleared before your morning customers arrive! It's nearly impossible for heavy equipment to maneuver in and around parked cars. Please keep your sidewalk clear of hazardous conditions, and be a good neighbor too!
If you follow this policy and experience a problem, please call the City Office at 834-7904 and let us know. We are here to help ensure the safest experience possible for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.