City Newsletter - June 2017
Message from the Mayor
Mark Huizenga    
 
Greetings,

It's hard to believe that it's June! It's so beautiful to see all the trees with their leaves and flowers blooming. Don't forget to join us all summer long for our fifth year of free concerts in the park.

Moving forward this fall, the City will be expanding Pumpkin Bash. We hope you will join us for the first Walker Community Relay for Life event on October 7, from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m. immediately following Pumpkin Bash. We will be using the walking paths behind city hall to accommodate music, vendors and all things in support of the fight against cancer!

Cancer affects all of us, we all seem to know a relative, a co-worker or a friend who has been affected by the disease. Cancer research has made survival possible for some. The American Cancer Society funds research right in our own community at places like the Van Andel Institute and Spectrum Health.  

Although it seems like a long way off, it's not too early to think about how you can get involved!

If you're not familiar with Relay for Life, there are several ways you can participate:
  1. Form a team to participate in the event -  The team can be comprised of two or more people.
  2. Sign up as a survivor - Relay for Life is all about celebrating survivors in our community. Register as a survivor or caregiver and celebrate at the Relay.
  3. Become a Sponsor - If you own a business, this is a great way to give back to our community. Relay offers a variety of sponsorship levels and opportunities.
  4. Donate - Donate a gift card, gift basket, or any other item for our silent auction.

To learn more, visit the Relay For Life website at relayforlife.org/walkercommunitymi. If you have questions, please contact Kelli Ellis from the American Cancer Society at kelli.ellis@cancer.org

Follow our event on Facebook at facebook.com/relayforlifewalker. 
 
Be safe and have a great start to your summer!

Kind Regards,

Mayor Mark E. Huizenga
Standale Summer Concert Series
Mark Your Calendars 
 
2017 Standale Summer Concert Series
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2016 Summer Concert Series successful. The 2016 Summer Concert series featured five concerts with crowds that ranged from 225-3 50 community members. We are continuing this free family-friendly event in 2017! 
 
This year we are excited to celebrate five years of free family fun with the addition of a movie in the park at the end of the line-up.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! We will have $1 slices from Peppino's Pizza Standale (bring cash), kids face painting, and more!
For more information and weather cancellations, please visit our website.
 
2017 Musical Performance Line-Up:  All concerts are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. located in the Walker Community Park,  700 Cummings Ave. NW, Walker
2017 Movie in the Park: Presenting the movie SING
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017
Event festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. movie starts at 8:00 p.m.
The film has a run time of 1 hour 48 minutes. Located in Walker Community Park.

Thank you to our 2017 Community Sponsors:
 
 
 
For more details about the events, please contact akneibel@walker.city.
Clerk's Office
General Updates

Clerk's Office Update Alert! 
All solicitors must be licensed by the city clerk to canvas within the City of Walker. If someone comes to your door soliciting, please ask to see their Solicitor License from the City of Walker and proof of employment with the company. If they refuse to show you their license or they state that they are not licensed, get their vehicle license plate number, name of the individual and the company name. Please report this to the Police Department at 616.453.5441. 

Upcoming Election 
The City General Election is November 7, 2017. 

Passports
You can apply for a passport in the Clerk's Office. No appointments are necessary during Passport Office Hours which are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Visit our website for details on passport requirements. 

City Hall Drop Box
Any documents you need to turn into the Clerk's office may be dropped off in the City Hall gray drop box outside City Hall. (i.e. Absentee ballot applications, signed and sealed absentee ballots and license applications and payments).
Kent District Library
CREATE!  Summer Reading at KDL

Summer Reading is back! 

Mark your calendars for Michigan's most popular summer reading program. All ages are welcome to participate for a chance to win fun prizes. Sponsored by Consumers Energy. Put your creativity to work this summer as you read, learn and engage in new experiences at KDL! 

Summer reading starts June 5, 2017 and runs through August 12, 2017. Sign up online at READsquared or pick up your paper registration form at your nearest KDL branch. Log your summer reading activity and earn prizes! Prizes will be available for pickup at your nearest KDL branch starting Wednesday, July 5 (If you finish earlier than that, please wait until July 5 to claim your prize). 

In addition, everyone who completes summer reading will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 iPad minis! 

KDL Walker is also throwing a big end of summer bash!
 
KDL Presents: Super Party Wonder Day 
Join us for an all-day event that will showcase the Beyond Books Collection at KDL and all the unexpected programs and services we offer. The event will feature live performances by Local Indie Bands, a beer and cider tent, KDL Cruisers, fun games and crafts for families and a BBQ Rib Cook-Off. 

Location:  1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534 - Meadows of Millennium Park
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Ages: All

Click here to view upcoming events.
Fire Department
July 4th Celebration Safety Tips

The City of Walker Fire Department urges you to use caution when using fireworks as part of your Fourth of July celebration.  Public Act 256 of the State of Michigan allows for the use of consumer fireworks. Use of fireworks in Walker is regulated by Section 38-16 of the City Ordinance. 
Some of the highlights of the state law and city ordinance are as follows:
  • The use of fireworks is allowed on the day before, the day of, and the day after each national holiday.
  • Fireworks cannot be set off after 1:00 a.m.
  • You must be 18 years or older to purchase consumer fireworks.
  • Use of consumer fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is illegal.
  • Setting off fireworks on public property, in the street, school property, church property, or any other person's property without permission is prohibited. 
Please be aware of your neighbors and the affect that your fireworks use has on them. Especially be respectful of Military Veterans in your area. The Walker Fire Department would prefer that you leave fireworks displays to the professionals and simply enjoy from a distance but if you choose to set off fireworks as part of your celebration please use extreme caution. For more fireworks safety facts, go to nfpa.org/education.
Income Tax Department
Updates

Due D ates 
Second quarter estimated payments for calendar year 2017 are due June 30, 2017. 

Forms are available on our website at: http://www.walker.city/income_tax_forms.php# 

Where's my refund? 
For 2016 returns that showed a correct over-payment and included all required attachments, refund checks will be mailed by June 15th. If you have any questions, call 616.791.6880.
Walker Ice & Fitness Center  
Events and Updates   

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes for our City Shoe Drive. Over 70 bags of shoes were collected! Proceeds will go towards marking the City Central Park pathways with mile markers and maps!

Fall Youth Soccer
  • Registration starts July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017.
  • Registration forms will be available at the front desk at WIFC or on our website.
  • Walker Recreation co-ed youth soccer is great for all ages and abilities!
Summer Membership Special - $10 JOINING FEE!
  • NO Contracts
  • All classes included
  • Call today for more information
Host an Event
  • Need a room to host a shower or birthday party? 
  • We have rooms to rent starting at just $20/hour.
  • Call today for more information and availability.
  Click here for the new Summer Fitness Class Schedule

For complete information on all of our programs, special events and schedules, please contact the Walker Ice and Fitness center at 616.735.6286, www.walkericeandfitness.com or visit our Facebook page.