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The Power of Produce (POP) Club

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The Power Of Produce (POP) Club is a nationally recognized kids program started at the Oregon City Farmers Market in May 2011, to empower kids to make healthy food choices, introducing them to where their food comes from. This program is now being implemented in Markets across the US and in Canada too. We are pleased to bring this program to the Muskegon Farmers Market in 2014. We’re raising the next generation of Market shoppers and good food eaters!
HOW THE POP CLUB WORKS: KIDS, between the ages of 5-12:

  •   POP Club will be available on Saturdays only from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. starting June 14th through October 25th.
  •   Join the club at the market. Sign their “Passport To Health”. We keep the Passport at the Market’s office to track participation.
  •   Receive a POP reusable shopping bag.
  •   Receive a POP Button.
  •   Receive $2 EVERY time they come to market, in wooden tokens to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and food plants.
  •   Participate in value-creating activities (POP CLUB FUN!) based around food, nutrition and food growing. At every summer Saturday Market you can find activities such as Seed Planting, Salad-Making, Flour-Grinding and pancake-making, Jam-Making, wormy fun with Worm Bins, Crawly Critters and fun bugs, scavenger hunt …and more! Look for a schedule when checking in at the market or watch the Muskegon Farmer’s Market website for details: www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com
  • Donations can be made to support this program: Community Foundation of Muskegon County, Power of Produce Fund. Checks can be made to this fund by mailing to: CFFMC, Power of Produce Fund, 425 W. Western Ave. Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 or online (be sure to choose the correct fund): www.cffmc.org/give/online-giving

Power Of Produce – Muskegon Farmers Market 2014

Square Foot Gardening Workshop

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: GVSU Michigan Alternative Renewable Energy Center, 200 Viridian Dr. Muskegon, MI 49440
A suggested donation of $15 collected at the door. This donation will go towards supporting The Power of Produce program at the Muskegon Farmers Market.

Square Foot Gardening Workshop April 2014 (PDF)

How to Apply for a Seasonal Job

City of Muskegon

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

2014 SEASONAL POSITIONS
Notice Date: 03/14/14

The County of Muskegon provides employment services for the City of Muskegon, including preliminary processing of seasonal employment applications for hire through Elwood Staffing.

There are several options for submitting an application for seasonal employment with the City of Muskegon Department of Public Works (Parks, Highway, Cemetery, Marina).

1.Apply online at www.elwoodjobs.com. Click on new applicant registration, select Michigan-Holland, complete application, or click on Search Jobs, location Michigan for a listing of open positions. Click on desired position for details and choose apply.

2.If you do not have internet access you may go to the County of Muskegon Human Resources located at 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 200. There will be a computer available for public access. Follow the instructions above.

3.Complete paper application and return to County of Muskegon Human Resources located at 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 200. Applications will be forwarded to Elwood Staffing.

Applications may be printed from the City of Muskegon website, under Civil Service, Elwood Staffing Application. Paper applications may be obtained at the Department of Public Works, 1350 E. Keating Avenue, or the City of Muskegon City Manager’s Office, 933 Terrace Street.

It is recommended that you apply early, as these positions can fill quickly.

For information on the status of your application,
contact Elwood Staffing at (616) 393-0200.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Muskegon County Human Resources
316 Morris Avenue, Suite 200
Muskegon, MI 49440
Telephone (877) 521-JOBS
Fax (231) 724-6840

The City of Muskegon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Garbage Toter Placement

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Recently, letters were sent to residents in the area of Muskegon and Webster Avenues requiring immediate compliance of placing trash carts on the street. Due to the many difficulties residents are having complying with this mandate, we offer the following solution.

Compliance will be delayed to give residents a chance to make an area available to place their cart at the street. Full compliance will take effect beginning the week of March 10th. From now through March 7th, trash will be picked up both in the alley and from the street. If you need assistance clearing an area on the terrace for placement of your cart, please contact the Department of Public Works at 724-4100 by March 7, 2014. The Department of Public Works will assist by clearing a small area on the terrace for placement of the cart. This will be done by request only, so please call if you would like our assistance.

We apologize for the difficulty placed on residents by attempting to make this change immediately. Our intent was not to place any extra burden on our customers, but to provide a better service due to the difficulties and delays in trash collection that have occurred due to inclement weather and other factors. This will also prevent the heavy garbage trucks from doing further damage to our alleys.

Sincerely,

City of Muskegon

Garbage-toter placement change letter

EVIP Consolidation Plan Available

Public Act 63 of 2011, introduced the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP). The EVIP program sets certain requirements that cities must meet in order to receive revenue sharing monies from the state. An eligible city, village, or township will receive 1/3 of the maximum amount for which they are eligible for each of the three categories they fulfill the specific requirements for. The three categories are Accountability and Transparency, Consolidation of Services, and Employee Compensation.

Consolidation of Services
At this time, the City is publicizing its 2014 Consolidation of Services Plan. According to EVIP requirements, the plan shall include an update on the status of the new proposals that were in the previous year’s consolidation plan, including whether or not the previously proposed plan has been fully implemented, a listing of the barriers experienced in implementing the proposal, and a timeline of the steps to accomplish the proposed plan. In addition, the plan shall include 1 or more new proposals to increase its existing level of cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation either within the jurisdiction or with other jurisdictions, or a detailed explanation of why increasing its existing level of cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation is not feasible.

For the 2014 EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan the City focuses on the following new consolidation priorities:

  1. Fire Equipment Maintenance
  2. Consolidate Public Works Services
  3. Unification of Water Treatment Facilities
  4. HOME Program Consortium

Each of these areas is discussed more fully in the attached plan which can be viewed by clicking here.

If you have comments or questions about the 2014 EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan, you can leave them below or email them to finance@shorelinecity.com.

Invitation to Bid – Rehabilitation of the property located at 2035 Harding

PUBLIC NOTICE
City of Muskegon
Invitation to Bid

The City of Muskegon Community and Neighborhood Services department is currently looking for qualified licensed Residential Building contractors for the rehabilitation of the property located at 2035 Harding.

This project is being financed with funds from the HOME Program. All projects are subject to Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, which seeks to promote to the greatest possible extent employment training and business opportunity for low/moderate income residents and small businesses of the area.

The City of Muskegon, as well as the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), requires the selected contractor/developer to take all affirmative steps to assure that minority firms, women businesses and labor surplus area firms are used when possible.

Proposal packets for the property will be available Monday, January 13, 2014, at 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. until Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Muskegon City Hall, CNS Office 2nd Floor, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI. The completed proposal packets must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at Muskegon City Hall. All proposals must be returned on the specification form supplied by the CNS office and must be completely and properly filled out. No electronically delivered proposals will be accepted. No proposal packages will be given out after Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 5:00 pm.

REQUIRED BID INFORMATION
• Contractor must submit at least 3 references of former customers whose homes were built by the contractor.
• Copy of current Michigan Builders License.
• Proof of Liability Insurance
• Proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance
• Copy of EPA Licenses
• Copy of EPA Certification

Bid proposals should be placed inside a 9” x 12” envelope, addressed to the City of Muskegon Community and Neighborhood Services office with the title of the project address on the outside of the envelope along with the bidders name. All qualified residential contractors are encouraged to submit a bid.

The City of Muskegon reserves the right to accept and/or reject any, all or a portion of the submitted proposal. For more information contact the CNS office at 231-724-6717. The City of Muskegon is an equal opportunity employer and housing provider.

Oneata Bailey, Director, Community and Neighborhood Services

PUBLISH: January 12, 2014

Feedback and Suggestions

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Want to send us an email, looking for departmental information or mailing addresses? You’ll find it located on the City of Muskegon Departments page; you’ll also find a list of phone numbers at the bottom of that page should you need to speak to someone directly.

Should you find something missing, an error or have an idea for something new, please, by all means, leave a message and let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Muskegon Press Release – December 9, 2013

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Shop with a Cop
On December 4, 2013 Muskegon Police Officers along with officers from a number of other jurisdictions within the County participated in the Shop with a Cop Program.Muskegon Police Officers have participated in this program for many years. Meijer has sponsored this program for the last several years and it has been held at the Meijer store located in Muskegon Township. Over 20 officers throughout the county participated this year including four from the Muskegon Police Department.This program takes youth from families with financial hardships and pairs them with a police officer to shop for Christmas gifts for their family members. Applications are screened by the school systems. Meijer allots $100 for each youth and volunteers gift wrap the items at the store.

This program helps families, gives children a sense of pride to be able to purchase items for their family, and serves as a positive building relationship with police officers. Youth have the opportunity to view officers as friends and community members who are there to help them.

It’s an event the Muskegon Police Department enjoys being a part of.

Downtown Walk Around
A downtown walk around has been scheduled for December 16th at 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for citizens to join the City Manager and staff to walk the downtown area and give suggestions of improvements and point out the positives as well as the negatives. If you are interested in joining the walk, please call the Planning Department at 724-6702.

Improvements to Getty Street in 2015
The Engineering Department has applied for and received a $375,000 grant to go towards street improvements of Getty Street from Evanston Avenue to Apple Avenue. An estimated time frame will be given at a future date.

Saying Good-bye to Two Commissioners
This month we will say good-bye to Commissioners Lea Markowski and Sue Wierengo whose terms expire on December 31, 2013. Commissioner Wierengo has served on the Commissioner for eight years and Commissioner Markowski has served on the board since July 2012. Both brought a unique perspective to issues faced by the City and will be missed.

Police Officers Promoted
Three Muskegon Police officers were recently promoted to Sergeant. Congratulations!

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Monofilament Line Recycle Bins

line recycleThe City of Muskegon has a new way of taking care of loose fishing line, thanks to a partnership with DARLING CETACEANS. Monofilament line recycle bins have been placed at boat launches and parks around the city. Please place your used fishing line in one of these bins for it to be recycled. Keeping it out of our waters and off our shorelines prevents birds and other wildlife from becoming entangled. It also prevents damage to boat propellers. Do not put trash, cigarette butts or other litter in the bins. Know a spot that could use a recycle bin, or have questions about the program? Call 231.724.6908.

Procurement of Contractor

PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF MUSKEGON
PROCUREMENT OF CONTRACTORS

The programs for which these contractors would provide services include, but are not
limited to, Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Partnership Program.
We are looking for local contractors in the areas of appraisal; asbestos assessment;
building contractor; electrical; house building specification writing; property maintenance
(leaf removal, mowing, trash removal, snow removal); lead risk assessment/clearance;
mechanical (heating and cooling); plumbing; structural engineer/surveyor; and tree
services. All Muskegon County licensed contractors are encouraged to bid.

We are also seeking bid proposals from local realty and title service companies for the
purpose of listing affordable housing constructed or rehabilitated with funding from HUD
through the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Bid packages will be available Monday, November 4, 2013 starting at 12:00 noon – 5:00
p.m. at Muskegon City Hall, Community and Neighborhood Services office, 933 Terrace
Street, Room 201, Muskegon, MI. through November 18. Completed bid packages
are due in the Clerk’s Office at Muskegon City Hall on Tuesday, November 19,
2013, by 2 p.m. This will be a sealed bid. The outside of the envelope should include
the contractor’s name, address, phone number and trade type. Faxed or e-mailed bids
will not be accepted. The City of Muskegon reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Bidding contractors must show proof of the appropriate licenses, liability insurance,
Worker’s Compensation and certifications for their line of work.

If you have any questions, please contact Oneata Bailey, Director of Community and
Neighborhood Services at 231-724-6717 or you may email her at
oneata.bailey@shorelinecity.com

The City of Muskegon is an Equal Opportunity Housing Provider and Employer. We do
business in accordance with Section 3 Regulations, Federal Fair Housing and do not
discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial
status, or national origin.

Publish: November 3, 2013