City Newsletter - November 2016
Message from the Mayor
Mark Huizenga
 
Greetings,
 
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. It has been a busy year for the City with lots of improvements and changes. Probably most visible to residents are the roads, many roads have been resurfaced or rebuilt. I know that these projects have been disruptive, but ultimately these improvements will provide a safer environment for all of us. 
 
One of the biggest projects this year was the construction of the Lake Michigan Drive Pedestrian Tunnel. We were very pleased to officially open this project to the public in October. Thank you for your patience during the construction.
 
The City continues with a very special holiday tradition started three years ago, the Walker Winter Fest. Winter Fest is a time to gather families and celebrate the holiday season. There is something for everyone, please join us on December 1 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Ice and Fitness center. There will be free ice skating, crafts, reindeer and of course Santa Claus. Our evening will conclude with the official lighting of the city Christmas tree. We hope you will join us.
 
Best wishes to you and your family as you celebrate Thanksgiving and the Christmas season.
 
Mark E. Huizenga
Mayor
 
2016 Walker Winter Fest
Save the Date 
 
Presented by: The City of Walker, Kent District Library Walker Branch, and Walker Ice and Fitness Center

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. e njoy an evening of free ice skating, reindeer, hot chocolate, kids crafts, holiday music, and our 7:00 p.m. tree lighting. A figure skating exhibition by Lake Effect will kick-off the event at 5:00 p.m. Santa will also be visiting from the North Pole!
 
Event will be held at the Walker Ice and Fitness Center at 4151 Remembrance Rd. NW. We encourage you to bring your own ice skates. Rental skates will be available for free on a first come basis.
 
Peppino's Pizza will be at the event selling $2 slices, so bring some cash and have dinner with us!
 
Please help us spread some holiday cheer by bringing a canned good item to donate to our local food bank. Our Youth Commission will be collecting donations at the entrance.

For more details, please visit  www.ci.walker.mi.us 
 
If you have questions, please contact Amber Kneibel at akneibel@ci.walker.mi.us. We hope to see you there!
Clerk's Office  
Updates 
  
Election
The City of Walker had a 72.55 % turnout for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

Business Licenses
Business License Renewal Applications have been sent out. Applications are due December 1, 2016. Your current license expires December 31, 2016. All businesses in the City of Walker are required to have a license, including home occupations. If you have not filed for a license, click here to visit our website for the application.

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. More information.

City Hall 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. License Applications/Renewals and Payments)
Income Tax Department
Updates

Due Dates:
Fourth estimated payments for calendar year 2016 are due January 31, 2017. Forms are available on our website Click Here

Where's my refund?
We are currently processing 2015 returns that were missing required information. If we did not receive the information upon request from the taxpayer, deductions and credits will be disallowed resulting in a lower refund or assessment. If you were expecting a refund, but have received a proposed assessment, please provide the missing information within 30 days.

If you are unsure if you need to file Walker Income Tax returns, the most common questions are answered on our website. Click Here. You can also call us at 616.791.6880.

Fire Department
Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas. It has no odor. CO gas is poisonous. It can make a person feel sick and can be deadly. Heating and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

CO Alarms
  • CO alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected alarms because when one alarm sounds, all CO alarms in the home sound. If interconnecting is not feasible, battery operated CO detectors are still very effective.
  • Follow the instructions on the package to properly install the CO alarm. CO alarms should be replaced every 10 years, so it is a good idea to mark the date on your alarm so you know when it was installed.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month.
  • Replace CO alarms according to the instructions on the package.
  • Know the sounds the CO alarm makes. The alarm will sound if CO is detected. It will make a different sound if the battery is low or if it is time to get a new CO alarm.
  • If the battery is low, replace it.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, you must get fresh air. Move outdoors or by an open window or near an open door. Make sure everyone in the home gets to fresh air. Call the Fire Department from a fresh air location. Stay there until help arrives.
Prevent CO Poisoning
  • When warming a vehicle, move it out of the garage. Do not run a fueled engine indoors even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked. Clear snow away.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • Clear all debris from dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace vents.
  • A generator should only be used outdoors. Use in a well-ventilated location away from windows, doors, and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO. Only use them outside.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in.
  • Open the damper when using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.
  • Never use your oven or stove to heat your home.
Walker Ice & Fitness Center  
Events and Updates   

Senior Bowling Tournament
Who:  Senior Citizens 55 years and over
  What: $15.00 for three games of bowling, refreshments & door prizes. Trophies for high actual and high handicap for men and women (six different age groups). 
When: January 19 and January 20, 2017
Where: Lincoln Lanes, 3485 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Pre-registration required. Deadline January 9, 2017. Entry forms available at  Walker Ice & Fitness Center.

NEW Fitness Equipment
The Walker Ice & Fitness Center has 19 pieces of new fitness equipment coming to the facility on Nov. 30. Come and check it out!  
 
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   
 
Kent District Library
KDLand

Write Michigan Short Story Contest
Short story writers, grab your laptops! It's time for the 5th annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest presented by Kent District Library and Schuler Books & Music. Writers of all ages can enter in English or Spanish, with cash prizes awarded for Readers' Choice and Judges' Choice. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.

 

See www.writemichigan.org for more information

 

Events
  • Toddler Time:Mon, Nov 28 from 9:45 am to 10:15 am and 10:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Babytime: Mon, Nov 28 from 11:15 am to 11:45 am
  • Family Storytime: Mon, Nov 28 from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Gingerbread Lane: Mon, Dec 12  from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
For more information please visit  www.kdl.org.