City Office: 280 South Maple Street, PO Box 435, Grant, MI 49327
News & Information
March 2018 Board of Review
The March Board of Review will be meeting on the following dates:
March 6, 2017 at 11:00am: Organizational Meeting
March 12, 2018: 1:30pm-7:30pm
March 13, 2018: 1:30pm-7:30pm
Snow Removal in the Downtown
Snow removal is an issue we all deal with in our beautiful state. 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. 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.
MSHDA's Step Forward Program is available to pay Delinquent Property Taxes, if you qualify
Local agencies MAY be able to help with delinquent taxes. Most agencies will consider income, assets and other circumstances and determine IF a property owner is eligible for this help.
Reminder: Water Still Freezes at 32 Degrees!
Don’t Let Your Pipes Freeze!
If you own property in the City, please make sure all precautions have been made to keep the pipes from freezing. Each winter a number of properties suffer broken water pipes. These leaks can be very expensive; aside from the cleanup and property damage costs, the property owner is charged for all water used – even if it just ends up on the basement floor! Please check on your water meter, and make sure the necessary steps are taken to prevent the meter and your water lines from freezing!
You may have noticed several of our newer L.E.D. streetlights throughout the downtown are not as bright as they used to be several years ago. We have Justin in the DPW retrofitting and installing them as time and weather permits. The fixtures were replaced under warranty, but they were not "apples to apples" replacements. The process of changing out each fixture is pretty extensive, but our DPW staff will continue to work on this project until every light is fixed. It will take some time, and we appreciate your patience.
The downtown streetlights are getting changed out this summer.
Regular brush pick-up will resume April 1st
Outside of the fall curbside bulk leaf pick-up program, 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 uncertain 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 1st.
Brush & Leaf Bag Pick-up
Please do not place your brush and leaves at the curb after 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 so it gets picked up right away. Size and weight restrictions: not more than 50 pounds, no longer than 4' lengthsare strictly enforced, so please contact City Hall 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. If you have missed the scheduled pick-up, you can make arrangements to haul your brush and leaves to an approved location. Contact City Hall for details.
Curbside Bulk Leaf Pick-up is done for 2017
Suggestions for fall 2018!
We've noticed a struggle for many residents over where to place loose leaves for the curbside bulk leaf pick-up program. So here are some guidlines for next year:
The night before or early on the morning of removal, please have leaves on the pavement! We do not want to scalp grassy areas with the equipment that picks up the leaves, so please DO NOT place them over any grass!
Long windrows on the pavement work best for removing unbagged leaves.
If you want the cleanest result, we suggest bagging your leaves into biodegradable paper bags. Just set them out to the edge of the pavement the night before pick-up, and the DPW will remove them on the regular pick-up day!
Leaves should be ON the PAVEMENT!
Leaves should NOT be left in grassy areas
Grant Farmers Market Opening Soon
135 South Maple Street - Grant Farmer's Market
The Farmer's Market will soon be open Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. For more information on getting a space or stall gate lock codes (for those under the pavilion), please contact our Market Master, Pete Pickard. Thank you Pete 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 Market for the minimal fee. Bake sales, Girl Scouts, and similar fundraisers are welcome to sell 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 Market Master 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 this summer/fall 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.
Newaygo County Uniform House Numbering Ordinance
An excerpt from the Ordinance:
"In order to uniformly assign and maintain house numbers and provide for easy identification of those numbers for various purposes and to promote the health, safety, adn welfare of the citizens of Newaygo County, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners approves these Rulles and Regulations."
"DISPLAY OF HOUSE NUMBER
Display on Primary Structure. Each primary structure shall display a house number. The house number shall be displayed in a position easily observed and readable from the roadway named in the address.
All numbers that be in Arabic numerals at least 3 inches high and 1/2-inch stroke. The color of the numbers shall be in contrast with the background. (See figure 5)
Additional Display. When the structure is not visible from the road or more than 90 feet from the road, the address must be posted not more than 20 feet from the roadway (driving surface) and within 10 feet of the drive.
Numbers must be on reflective 911 emergency sign.
Display of Non-Official Number, Removal, Destruction of, etc.: It shall be unlawful for any person to display any number other than the official number upon any house or building or to take down, destroy, mutilate or deface in any manner any house or building number."
Additional Payment Options Available
We Now Accept Debit & Credit Cards through GovPayNet. Their service fees have recently changed, so be sure to ask questions first before making payments.
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.
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. To report a problem, please contact the Grant Police Department.
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.