January 2023 Edition

Greetings from the Mayor's Office

I would like to open with a Happy New Year to each one of you and your families.

Over the Christmas holiday weekend, we had significant weather hit our area. Special recognition should be given to our Department of Public Works as they continue to show why they are the best at what they do. For those of you who don’t know, they were working 24-hour shifts during the storm to keep the roads as clear as they could. Additionally, the Public Works team and our Police and Fire Departments all spent time away from their families and friends over the holidays, so we could spend time with ours. We owe a debt of gratitude to all for their selflessness in serving our community.

As we enter 2023, there are some exciting infrastructure and mobility projects that will begin and have me excited. Our Engineering Department has done a great job of bringing creative options to problematic situations. Let me share some of these projects and their statuses with you:

The first is the Kinney and Remembrance intersection. We have looked at different options over the years. Many years ago, this was a terrible intersection that had six roads coming into it. There are now the usual four legs of roads coming in, yet it is still challenging for drivers’ visibility as well as pedestrians crossing the intersection. So, there will be improvements made to address both as well as new mast arm lighting.

The second one is the Bristol Railroad Bridge replacement and modernization project. At 100+ years in age, it has provided us with more issues than any of us can count. So, the design work is underway. What we will see is a new bridge that will not only allow multiple cars to simultaneously pass under it, but allow pedestrians to safely pass through as well.

Another area I am excited about is finally bringing a solution to the North Center Drive area, in front of the Greenridge Shopping Area on Alpine. Anyone who has ever traveled through there can say it has a lot of issues that need to be addressed. The creative (and I believe most viable) solution for all of us to safely travel through is a traffic circle, often referred to as a roundabout. That new intersection will be east of the Alpine and North Center Drive light. The current set-up and other options all have enough limitations, making this the best idea to keep traffic safely moving.

In short, we have these big projects and many others going on with some beginning this summer and others in 2024. Because of the scope of work that will be done, this will provide some travel detours when construction is underway. The other challenges we expect to face will be supply and labor availability for each of these projects. Short term pain during the projects will still bring long term gain with the improvements made.

Thank you for making the choice to call Walker home.

Mayor Gary Carey, Jr. 

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Income Tax Department Updates

Due Dates

Fourth quarter estimated payments for calendar year 2022 are due January 31, 2023. 2022 Individual resident and non-resident returns are due May 1, 2023. Click here to access forms.

Need Assistance?

We will be happy to help with questions or payments by email or phone. The number is (616) 791-6880. We will no longer be preparing Walker returns using information submitted by email. We will be happy to prepare your Walker return free of charge at the counter. You must call or email for an appointment and a list of items to bring.

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.

This is the time of year when we continue to electronically match State of Michigan returns filed from a Walker resident address with Walker returns filed and sending assessments. Some taxpayers who receive these assessments say they did not know Walker had an income tax. We notify Walker residents about the income tax using:

  • Monthly e-newsletter articles
  • Paper newsletter mailed once a year to all resident addresses
  • Information printed on the back of the property tax bills
  • Social media


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.

Public Works Updates

Christmas Tree Recycling

Open through January 21.


Walker City Hall - 4243 Remembrance Rd. N.W.

Walker Community Park - 650 Cummings N.W.

Walker Fire Station #3 - 1470 Three Mile Rd. N.W.

Please note this is open to Walker residents only. Trees only, no plastic.

Police Department Updates

Call If you Can, Text If You Can't

You can now TEXT 911, when emergency circumstances call for it, in Kent County!

Here are a couple of key points:

  1. If you CAN call, you should dial 911, not text. Calling is still the fastest way to get emergency service.
  2. You cannot text photos or videos, they will not go through.

Did you know if you dial 911 from the City of Walker, the dispatcher you speak with is not in our police department, or even in the City? They are working from the Kent County Sheriff's Office, as we are part of a Centralized Dispatch for the whole county.

Thank You For Your Service

For nearly 25 years, Judge Peter Versluis has presided over courtrooms in both Walker and Grandville. As 59th District Court Judge, his record of serving with patience, dignity, and fairness earned him respect among many. 

In December, we had the chance to honor Judge Versluis, with other State and City officials at Walker City Hall, just before his retirement at the end of 2022. Judge, thank you for being a valued partner to Walker law enforcement over the years and we wish you well in your next chapter!

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Fire Department Updates

CO Alarms

CO alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.

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.

Know the sounds the CO alarm makes.

If the CO alarm sounds, you must get fresh air. Move outdoors or by an open window or near an open door. Call the Fire Department from a fresh air location.

Info provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

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.

A generator should only be used outdoors 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.

Never use your oven or stove to heat your home.

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Walker Ice and Fitness News

Winter Hours

Monday - Friday: 5 am - 9 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 7 am - 7 pm

Weight Loss Challenge

Are you ready to make a healthier change for the new year? Join our Weight Loss Challenge! Your dedication could win you 3 months of membership FREE!

Click here for contest rules.

Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey

Session 3 of WIFC’s Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey begins January 7 and runs through February 25.

Session 4 takes place from March 11 through April 29. Click here to register online.

For questions on registering, please reach out to Gillian via email.

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Parks and Recreation Department

All Aboard!

Congrats to the Parks and Rec Department for winning this year's Deck the Doors contest. City departments are invited to create festive scenes on their doors and outside their offices. The Polar Express took home the top prize!!