December 2023 Edition

Greetings from the Mayor's Office

The start of December is a special time of year as we are in between two holidays that celebrate Gratitude and Gifting. I will close the newsletter with those two themes.

This past week the City Commission received their annual Audit Presentation for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. It seems that every year I share with this audience that the City is in the best financial position it has ever been in, and yes, it is the same message this year. We continue to have no long-term debt, and our General Fund budget (our cash reserves) are at a high level. That is the great news we should all celebrate. However, we have some significant road and bridge projects that are happening in the next two years and that means we will have the corresponding significant expenses. Nevertheless, we are prepared for it, and we will still be in a continued position of financial strength.

The next item I am asked about often is "When is the new library going to get started?” The great news is we are currently on track to open the doors of our new library for the first time in the Fall of 2026. There has been a lot of work done with different stakeholders and groups that are providing valuable input and insight into all the things we need to be thinking about. The architecture and engineering firm we selected has been doing an outstanding job of bringing all this information together so we can finalize our design selection. The next major step is the selection of the general construction firm that will do the actual build-out. With these things in mind, what I can share as fact are a few things. One, we are keeping the existing building and evaluating its best use with the new main library building. That new building will be in the general area of the current building and will more than likely have some physical connectivity to the current library. The second item is weighing out the options of how we will be paying for it. We do have some decisions to make here in the coming months. Third and most importantly, we are well past the point of no return and are 100% going to get this done! Stay tuned for more updates, but feel free to reach out to any of your elected officials with any questions.

Closing out with the theme of Gratitude and Gifting. I am making one of my more impassioned pleas this holiday season and that is to take the time to thank others for things they do or have done. Maybe someone who is not used to hearing “thank you.” We have so many unsung heroes in our community. As far as the Gifting side of the holiday? If you show Gratitude to someone else, you just received a two-for-one special. Help make our community stronger and a better place to be.

Thank you for making the choice to call Walker home.

Mayor Gary Carey, Jr.

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Little Free Food Pantry

Walker is now accepting donations for its new Little Free Food Pantry. The pantry is located in the lobby of the Walker Ice and Fitness Center (4151 Remembrance Rd NW). It will be available for neighbors to take what they need and leave what they want.

We are accepting non-perishable, non-expired food items, as well as toiletries and personal items (please, no clothing).

Hours are Monday - Friday from 5 am - 9 pm,

and weekends from 7 am - 7 pm.

Public Works Updates

Prep for Snow Plows

Can a snow plow fit down your street? Make sure the following items are off of the street, sidewalk, or right-of-way.

· Basketball hoops

· Inoperable cars

· Trailers

· Any other items that would make it impossible to remove the snow from your street.

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 26 Through Jan 20.


Walker City Hall - 

4243 Remembrance Road NW.

Walker Community Park - 

650 Cummings NW.

Walker Fire Station Number 3 - 1470 Three Mile Road NW.

Please remember tree only, no plastic.

We have a Facebook page! Follow our Public Works team for important messages and behind-the-scenes action!

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Mailbox Shake Test

Grab your mailbox and shake it. If the post for the mailbox moves easily, it will not hold up for winter maintenance in your area.

Mailbox Replacement Policy

It is the Department of Public Works mailbox policy if a mailbox is damaged because of plowing or scraping the roadway, it is the responsibility of the property owner.

If a mailbox is damaged by direct contact with our equipment the Department of Public Works will do the following:

- Repair if possible

- Replace it with a standard mailbox and post.

- Compensate the owner for the damaged mailbox or post ($15.00 for the box and $5.00 for the post) The owner will be responsible for repairing and replacing it.

- DPW staff will be at your location as soon as possible to repair or replace the mailbox, weather dependent.

In the interim, please contact your local post office (Walker Avenue location) at (800) 275-8777 to have them hold your mail.

Police Department Updates

Drive Slow in Ice and Snow

While we have been spoiled with some wonderful fall weather, we know, this is Michigan and soon winter weather will be upon us. Remember, as the winter precipitation begins to fall, reduce your speed! The best way to avoid a winter crash is to take it slow on ice and snow! 

Don't Veer for Deer!

This is also the season for deer on the run! Remember, do not veer for deer. If a collision is imminent, use steady and controlled braking. Keep an eye out for deer along the roadways, and remember if you see one, there are likely more.  

Let's Connect!

To keep up on department news, safety tips, and police-related humor, follow us on Facebook by liking “City of Walker Police Department-Michigan.” 

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Fire Department Updates

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Income Tax Department Updates

Due Dates

Fourth quarter estimated payments for calendar year 2023 are due January 31, 2024. Forms are available on our website.

Forgotten Returns

If you have past years of Walker returns that you have forgotten to file, contact the tax department immediately at (616) 791-6880. If you file prior year returns and pay the tax and interest due, you may request a waiver of penalty. If the tax department contacts you first regarding unfiled returns, you will not be eligible for a waiver of penalty. We are electronically matching State of Michigan returns filed from a Walker resident address with Walker returns filed. If you have forgotten to file Walker returns from prior years, now is the time to get that cleared up before the letters go out from this matching program.


If you are not sure if you need to file Walker Income Tax returns, the most common questions are answered on our website. You can also call us at (616) 791-6880.

Walker Ice and Fitness News

Give the Gift of Wellness!

Check out these Holiday Deals:

Personal Training Special -

Get 1 FREE session when you buy 6 sessions

Membership Special -

Get 2 months FREE when you buy 12 months

Fitness Center Hours

Weekdays - 5 am - 9 pm

Weekends - 7 am - 7 pm

December Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve - Closed

Christmas Day - Closed

NYE - Closes at 7 pm

New Year's Day - Closed

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Learn to Skate/Learn to Play session 3 begins Jan 6 at 10 am and spots are still available! Sign up via our online registration portal. Please email Gillian with any registration questions.

Learn to Skate: LTS provides a fun way for skaters of all ages to learn the fundamentals of ice skating. Skaters are divided among based on experience, so the program is great for beginners and more advanced skaters. Contact Coach Brooke with any questions.

Learn to Play Hockey: LTP is a great way for boys and girls to start and develop their hockey playing skills. It's important that participants have basic skating skills. Full equipment is required. Contact Coach Mike with any questions.

Snowplow: Snowplow is for boys and girls 5 years and younger who've never skated before. It teaches kids the basics of skating in a fun and safe environment. Helmets are required. Contact Coach Brooke with any questions.

Learn to Skate, Snowplow and Learn to Play Hockey: $99 - this cost includes 7 weeks of expert instruction and Learn to Skate USA registration.

Parks and Recreation

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Walker Branch Winter Events

A selection of upcoming programs is highlighted below. Visit our Events page for more information.

Ready for Reindeer!

Saturday, December 23 | 10:00 a.m.

Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly for this outdoor program, and don't forget the camera!

Hora de Intercambio/Spanish Conversation Hour

Wednesday, December 27 | 6:30 p.m.

Come and meet Spanish language learners to connect and practice with others in this librarian-facilitated discussion. Open to all Spanish fluency levels.

Meet the Sled Dogs

Thursday, December 28 | 10:00 a.m.

Come meet the sled dogs from Tun-Dra kennels and their owners. Ask questions about mushing, the Iditarod, and more. The program will take place outside, so dress accordingly.

Mileage Renewal

Voters in the Kent District Library service area overwhelmingly approved a 15-year millage renewal in the November election. Voters approved the new, lower rate of 1.1 mills, which reflects a reduction of 10.9% off KDL’s current millage rate of 1.2355 mills. The KDL board approved Jan. 1, 2024, as the start date, even though the current millage is not set to expire until Dec. 31, 2024. This will provide taxpayers with immediate savings.

Community Impact Prize

As the recipient of the fifth annual Jerry Kline Community Impact Award, KDL receives the one-time prize as the 2023 winner of this national award. Developed as a partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal, this award recognizes the powerful synergy that results when a library works closely with both its local government and its community. Click here to learn what this means for our Walker Community!

Rosie – 12 years old, Female

Domestic Shorthair

Rosie is an easygoing gal who loves treats and attention! She loves her humans and will come up to them and ask for cuddles. She loves napping on laps! She can be independent but will seek out attention and cuddles when she wants them. Rosie is a quiet girl who would do best in a home with older, respectful kids. She doesn't like being picked up, so it's better to stick to pets (which she LOVES!)

If you're looking for a true companion, Rosie is your match! Inquire about her today!

Rosie is available for adoption at Humane Society of West Michigan.

Val – 2 years old, Male

Medium Mixed Breed

Val is a helper dog, one that helps a fearful dog learn how to be a dog! Val is very helpful in teaching other dogs how to walk on a leash, play, and reinforce confidence in their environment. He is very playful outdoors, but also likes to hang out inside with his people! When we received Val over a year ago, his collar was embedded on him which required surgery to repair. Val has had a rough start, but you'd hardly notice with his love for belly rubs, cuddles, and people!

Val is available for adoption at Humane Society of West Michigan.