City Newsletter - March 2016

Message from the Mayor
Mark Huizenga
 
Walker Residents, 

Spring is in the air! Thank you to everyone who attended the City's Annual Easter Egg Hunt this past weekend. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and sponsors who made this community event possible.

On March 1, the Walker Chamber of Commerce was honored to host or US Representative Bill Huizenga for a Legislative Update. This event was open to all Walker businesses and residents. Congressman Huizenga provided attendees with an overview of the budget process, some projections on revenues and expenditures and how congress impacts the budget. Congressman Huizenga also gave the audience the opportunity to ask questions. The group inquired about specific legislation and general policies.  
 
Spring is also the beginning of construction season. I would like to highlight a few of the larger projects that you will begin to see starting this spring and headed into fall:
  • Walkerview - This project has been underway since late fall 2015, you can see the walls being erected for the new FedEx facility. Traffic will be impacted in this area as Northridge is constructed to the East.
  • Fruitridge center turn lane at Northridge Court - The city has obtained a grant to construct a center turn lane at Fruitridge Avenue and Northridge Court. The center turn lane will extend south in front of Irwin Seating.
  • North Walker water tank - Walker is working with the City of Grand Rapids to construct a new water tank at Four Mile just east of Fruitridge. This new tank will improve system efficiency and improve water pressure for existing users and provide additional capacity as this area continues to see growth.
  • M-45 (Lake Michigan Dr) Pedestrian Tunnel - Walker is working with MDOT to construct a tunnel under Lake Michigan Drive (just east of Kinney) to allow pedestrians, bikers and hikers to cross this busy road safely. This project will greatly enhance the safety for all users, but will be a bit disruptive to traffic flow during the spring and summer.
Thank you for always understanding and supporting our community during these necessary improvements. For more updates regarding construction click here.

Best Regards,
 
Mayor Mark E. Huizenga

2016 Standale Summer Concert Series    
Sponsorship Opportunity 
 
The fourth annual Standale Summer Concert Series is set to kick off in June 2016. After a great summer success in 2015, the Walker/Standale DDA is continuing the tradition of providing the community with a free family-friendly summer event. The concerts will be held in the Walker Community Park. This venue is perfect for families and attendees to enjoy a relaxing summer evening while listening to various musical performances.

This year we are in for a special treat! The Walker Community Park has undergone renovations including the addition of an amphitheater, improved accessibility, and updated facilities.

With an average attendance of 350 people, this event attracts a wide variety of attendees including students, families and residents.

The Standale Summer Concert Series is the perfect opportunity for local businesses to gain exposure within the Walker/Standale community.

2016 Sponsor Packet

2016 Standale Summer Concert Series Line Up:
*All shows are from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
located in the Walker Community Park
(700 Cummings Ave. NW, Walker)
June 9 - Kari Lynch Band
(Official ribbon cutting ceremony for new amphitheater.)
June 23 - The Adams Family
July 7 - Soul Syndicate
July 21 - Straight Shot
August 4 - The 6 Pak

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Amber Kneibel at (616)791-6856 or akneibel@ci.walker.mi.us.

We look forward to another music filled summer!
Fire Department 
Outdoor Warning Sirens
 
The City of Walker has eight outdoor warning sirens located throughout the City. The sirens are tested on the first Friday of each month from April through October. During the spring and summer months, these sirens are used to alert the Walker residents of the potential for severe weather (tornadoes, high winds) that may be eminent within Kent County and the City of Walker.

Currently, the Kent County Sherriff's Department Dispatch sets off the sirens when they receive information from the National Weather Service. If the possibility of a High Wind Warning (Over 70 MPH), or a Tornado Warning is issued, the sirens will be activated. The sirens, once activated, will sound for three minutes and be followed every 10 to 15 minutes until the warnings are canceled. If you are outside during this activation, please go inside and turn on your radio or television for more weather information.

The first siren test for this year will take place on Friday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m. The sirens will sound for three minutes.

Thank you.  
Clerk's Office
Updates
 
Upcoming Election:
There will be an election on May 3, 2016 for
a proposal for Kenowa Hills Schools and a proposal for Grandville Schools. Last day to register to vote for this election is April 4, 2016. More information
 
Absentee Ballots:
If you are over 60 years old, you qualify to be on our Permanent Absentee Voter List which means you will automatically receive an Application to Vote prior to each Election. You then complete the application and return it to the Clerk's Office to receive your ballot. Contact the Clerk's Office if you wish to be on this list. If you already receive an application, you are already on the list and do not need to contact us again.
 
Passports:
You can apply for a passport in the Clerk's Office. No appointments are necessary during normal office hours. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request, please contact the Clerk's Office to schedule at 616.791.6865. Visit our website for details on passport requirements.
 
City Hall Grey Drop Box:
Any documents you need to turn into the Clerk's office may be dropped off in the City Hall Grey drop box outside City Hall. (i.e. Absentee ballot applications, signed and sealed absentee ballots and license applications and payments)
Community Development Department  
Alpine Estates Park Community Information and Feedback Meeting

You are invited to attend:
Alpine Estates Park Community Information and Feedback Meeting

When:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m 
 
Where:  Walker Fire Station #3 (upstairs meeting room) 1470 - 3 Mile Road NW
 
Meeting Details:  A new basketball court and disc golf course are being planned for Alpine Estates Park. Please come out and hear more about these park upgrades and share your ideas.

If you would like to share your thoughts about future updates to our parks in Walker, please visit our facebook event.  
 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Frank Wash in the Community Development Department at 616.791.6850

Income Tax Department   
Tax Updates

Do you need help?
Walker Income Tax returns for calendar year 2015 and first quarter estimated payments for 2016 are due May 2, 2016. Forms are available on our website at: http://www.ci.walker.mi.us/income_tax_forms.php

The most common questions are answered on our website at: http://www.ci.walker.mi.us/government/departments/income_tax/income_tax_faqs.php
 
Required attachments
All resident returns must have the following attachments:
  • All form W-2s
  • Page 1 of Federal Form 1040
Filers taking a credit for tax paid to another city:
  • Copy of page one of the other city(ies) return
If applicable:
  • Federal Form 2106
  • Federal Form 3903
  • Federal Schedule C
  • Federal Schedule D, Forms 8949, 4797, 6252
  • Federal Schedule E, including Federal Schedule K-1 for all S corporations shown on Schedule E, if any
  • Copies of all forms 1099-R for taxpayers under age 65 
If you have any questions, please call 616-791-6880.

Walker Ice & Fitness Center 
Updates and Events 
 
Adult Softball
  • Softball Leagues offered for Men's, Women's and Co-ed team 
  • Eight week season beginning June 13, 2016
  • Registration April 4 - April 16
  • Information packets available in March
Adult Softball Umpires Needed
  • Men's, Women's and Co-ed teams
  • Monday - Thursday evenings
  • Season begins week of June 13
  • Participation in Walker umpires classes required

Walker Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration deadline - Monday, May 9, 2016
  • Parade route - Lake Michigan Dr. NW between Lincoln Lawn NW and St. Clair NW
  • All veterans, bands, floats, companies and organizations are invited to participate
  • Entry forms available at Walker Ice & Fitness Center or on our website.
For complete information on all of our programs, special events and schedules, please contact the Walker Ice and Fitness center at (616)735-6286, visit our facebook page or our website at www.walkericeandfitness.com.