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My Town: City vehicles up for bid in July 17 auction

My Town: City vehicles up for bid in July 17 auction

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids is auctioning off some of its wheels.

Six vehicles used by the city will be up for bid beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 17.   The vehicles include three Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers, one Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and two GMC Sierra pick-up trucks. 

The auction will take place at M & W Inc., located at 979 West River Center Drive NE in Comstock Park.  All buyers should be prepared to pay in cash or check.  To view the vehicles, visit the auction site here.

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

My Town: School districts look to hire nearly 100 bus drivers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District is looking to add to its team of bus drivers.

Kent ISD will be holding a bus driver job fair July 10, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearly 100 positions are available, covering nearly a dozen school districts, including:

  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Grandville Public Schools
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Sparta Area Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools
  •  Kent ISD Special Education

 The job fair will take place at the Kent ISD’s Educational Service Center, located at 2930 Knapp NE in Grand Rapids. Candidates must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a drug test and criminal background check.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

I don’t consider myself an old fuddy duddy at all but I am fast becoming someone who thinks a lot of us have lost any and all regard for etiquette and courtesy.

As an example, I get a little perturbed when sitting at a traffic light at Alpine and Three Mile Road NW, maybe three to four cars back, the light turns green but no one is moving and there is nothing visible in the way of traffic. Just as the light turns yellow, the lead vehicle suddenly turns right and leaves all the remaining vehicles sitting there, not able to cross Alpine. How many guesses would it take for a person to realize the lead vehicle was either on the phone or texting, completely unaware of the traffic light or anyone around them. So inconsiderate.

My Town: Voters to decide street and sidewalk tax extension May 6

My Town: Voters to decide street and sidewalk tax extension May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)—Voters in Grand Rapids will head to the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide whether to continue an income tax ordinance to pay for street and sidewalk repairs.

The proposal includes renewing the Grand Rapids’  Uniform City Income Tax Ordinance,  which is 1.5 percent for business and property owners within the city and  0.75 percent for people who work in the city.  The extension would take effect July 1, 2015 and extend until June 30, 2030.  Tax revenue generated would go toward street, sidewalk and right-of-way repair.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town GR North: Expect driving detours during Monroe Avenue construction

My Town GR North: Expect driving detours during Monroe Avenue construction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Potholes plaguing a section of Monroe Avenue will soon disappear.

Construction on Monroe from Ann to North Park streets is expected to begin this week.  Crews with Kamminga and Roodvoets, Inc. will remove and resurface portions of the roadway, as well as install four roundabouts at Knapp Street, Guild Street, 3 Mile Road and North Park Street. Workers will also create a new bike path on the west side of Monroe,  install a new sidewalk from Boltwood Drive to 3 Mile Road, add handicap accessible ramps, and upgrade storm sewers and street lighting.

The $3.3 million project will be broken up into three phases, which should all be finished by mid-September. During Phase I, drivers will need to take a detour onto Ann Street, taking Plainfield to 3 Mile.  Phase II and Phase II project will include driving detours onto Coit Avenue and West River Drive.

My Town: Grand Rapids among 2014 America's Most Affordable Cities

My Town: Grand Rapids among 2014 America's Most Affordable Cities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is adding another honor to its list of titles.

The city has made it onto Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Most Affordable Cities for 2014.  Grand Rapids ranked seventh on the list, based on population (774,160 people), the Housing Opportunity Index ( 85.1) , which measures housing affordability, and a cost-of-living index (97.6), which factors in food, utilities, gas, transportation, medical expenses and other daily costs. Cities with an index number below 100 are below the national cost-of-living average.

Buffalo, NY took the top spot.  Warren, MI ranked 10, and Detroit tied with Toledo, OH for 11th place.