City Newsletter - May 2016

Message from the Mayor
Mark Huizenga
 
Greetings,

I hope your spring is off to a great start! The trees are finally blooming and the grass is getting greener. This also begins construction season. As you navigate the roads of Walker, please exercise caution in construction zones. The city has multiple projects this year. To learn more about road construction projects in Walker, you can visit our website. We now have a new interactive site that our engineering staff has developed to keep our residents informed. Click here for details.

The City Commission and Finance Committee has been busy with the City budget. We continue to work to ensure that we use taxpayer dollars wisely and efficiently. We will be holding a public hearing on June 13, 2016 to review the budget. More details to come.

I hope that you have a wonderful and safe spring! Enjoy the flowers and spend some time getting to know your neighbors!

Best Regards,
Mayor Mark E. Huizenga 
2016 Standale Summer Concert Series    
Summer Fun Kicks Off in a Month
 
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.

$1 slices provided by Peppino's Pizza!

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

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!


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 
Can We See Your Address?

If you called 911 for an emergency, could the responding agency find your home or business quickly and easily? If addresses are not prominently posted on mailboxes, posts or buildings, it can be extremely difficult for fire, police or ambulance personnel to find the location of an emergency at a time when every moment counts.
 
If it is difficult to read your address from the street in front of your home  or business, emergency responders, who may not be as familiar with your  area, could be delayed in reaching you.
 
The Walker Fire and Police Departments strongly encourage all Walker residents to post their address prominently on their mailbox, home or business so it is easily seen and recognizable from the road.

We Can Help?
Green reflective address signs, measuring six inches by 18 inches, can be purchased from the Walker Firefighters' Association for $10. The signs can be easily attached to a mailbox post, and the three-inch- tall reflective numbers allow high visibility in the dark. 

If you would like to purchase a reflective address sign, please call the Walker Fire Department office at (616) 791-6840 Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
 
Clerk's Office  
Updates 
  
Upcoming Election:
There will be an election on August 2, 2016 for the State Primary. Last day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  More information
 
Absentee Ballots:
Prior to each election, voters may choose to receive their ballot early and vote prior to Election Day. Michigan law allows you to receive an absentee ballot if: 
  • You are 60 years of age or older
  • You are physically unable to attend the polls without assistance of another 
  • You have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where you reside
  • You expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls are open on election day
  • You cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion
  • You cannot attend the polls because you are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
You must fill out an application prior to each election before we can send out your ballot.

Military / Overseas Voters:
Military personnel or U.S. citizens currently overseas can visit  www.fvap.gov for a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA acts as both a registration and absentee ballot request form. A form must be submitted every year in order to qualify to receive an absentee ballot for the elections held on that calendar year.
 
Permanent Absentee Voter List:
Please know that 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 for an Absentee Ballot 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.
 
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)
Engineering Department
What Can You do to Help Protect Your Watershed? 
 
Do you know what a watershed is? Did you know you're in a watershed right now? A watershed is an area of land that drains into the same place, whether that be a lake, river, or other body of water. When it rains in Walker, all of the rainfall, or storm water runoff, drains into the Grand River. In fact, all of the land that drains into the Grand River, also referred to as the Grand River Basin, represents a subwatershed of the Lake Michigan Basin since all of our storm water runoff eventually enters the lake. Not all of the rain that falls in Walker immediately enters the Grand River, however. We ha ve multiple streams in the City that storm water from your property may enter first. To find out which subwatershed you live in, enter your address in the Lower Grand River Watershed Map
 
Unfortunately, storm water can carry a lot of harmful waste on its w ay to our lakes and streams. This includes gas and oil from parking lots, litter, pet waste, and various other pollutants. You can help reduce the pollutants entering our waterways and their negative impact on our environment, ranging from picking up after your pet to installing a rain barrel on your property. For a full list of stormwater friendly activities, visit the Lower Grand River Organization of Watershed's Resource Page
 

Walker Ice & Fitness Center 
Updates and Events 
 
Walker Memorial Day Parade
  • Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:00 p.m 
  • 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
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

  Memorial Day Parade 2016