News about the City of Muskegon, announcements and updates.

HDC Cancellation 4-5-16


The regular meeting of the Historic District Commission scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, 2016, will not be held due to lack of a quorum.

Cancelled – Zoning Board of Appeals April 12, 2016

The regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, April 12,
2016, has been cancelled due to lack of business to conduct.

RFP for landscaping and maintenance in downtown Muskegon

landscape request for proposal

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BID 2016 Landscaping RFP Map (PDF) [bs_icon name=”glyphicon glyphicon-file”]

Date: March 15, 2016

To: Landscaping Contractors

From: Muskegon Business Improvement District/Downtown Muskegon Now

RE: RFP for landscaping and maintenance in downtown Muskegon

Proposals Due: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Downtown Muskegon Now (DMN), as manager of the new Muskegon Business Improvement District, seeks qualified firms to prepare and submit proposals for landscaping and maintenance in the core of downtown Muskegon along and adjacent to West Western Avenue between Terrace and Fifth streets and along Third Street between Clay Avenue and Morris Street.

Purpose & Objectives

DMN is interested in receiving proposals from companies or agencies with the ability and interest in providing the following services. The contract period will be for one season terminating on Nov. 30, 2016. Service areas for the 2016 contract are West Western Avenue between Terrace Street and Third Street

(both sides of Third and inside the traffic circle), the Olthoff Stage area (and it’s planting beds) along Third Street, The Alcoa Stage area in front of the Hines Building and the raised beds between Fourth and Fifth Street on Western Western Avenue (beds in front of and behind the parking lot across from the L.C. Walker Arena). An attached map shows the areas of service.


The selected firm must have a liability insurance policy covering casualty to persons and property for an amount no less than $1 million and list Downtown Muskegon Now as an additional insured party. A copy of the insurance policy must be provided to Downtown Muskegon Now at the start of the contact period.

Scope of Work

Lawn Fertilization/Weed Control

  • 4 fertilization applications on medians and terraces between Third Street and Terrace Street along Western Avenue (excluding vacant properties)
    • Spring (completed by June 1)
    • Early Summer (completed by July 30)
    • Late Summer (completed by September 30)
    • Fall/Winterized  (completed by Nov. 30)
  • Apply liquid weed control to the service area including:
    • Cracks
    • Curb lines
    • Landscaping beds
    • Along buildings
    • Parking lots behind Russell Block & the Hines Building (parking area entered from Morris Avenue between Second and Third Streets).
    • Alcoa Celebration Square rock beds at First Street and West Western Avenue (Continued)

*A copy of your business certification to apply fertilization/weed control must be submitted with the bid.

*DMN staff should be notified a week before applications occur.

Spring Clean Up

  • Removal of lawn and landscaping area debris
  • Cut all ornamental grasses and annual plants to spring start height
  • Remove all day Lilly dead loss and cleanout beds
  • Removal all trash from landscaped beds, curbs, & open fields
  • Haul all yard waste from site
  • Clean-up of curb lines and dress property for appearance
  • Clean-up landscaping rocks (moving back into islands) in the parking lots behind the Hines Building & Russell Block
  • Weed whip only the rear raised planting bed behind the West Western Avenue parking lot between Fourth and Fifth streets.
  • Weed and cut back (totally weed whip if needed) the front raised flower beds fronting West Western Avenue in the parking lot between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Hardwood Mulch Installation & Bed Prep

  • Pull weeds, and remove all debris from bark beds
  • Install sod cut edge and prep all corners of landscaping beds
  • Haul and spread shredded hardwood bark 2” deep in beds on Western Avenue between Terrace and Third Streets, and the front raised bed between Fourth and Fifth streets along West Western Avenue (see attached map for reference – the rear flower bed in this lot does not receive mulch)

New weed barrier for landscape beds along West Western Avenue/Third Street (please quote separately)

  • Remove the old weed barrier and replace it with new barrier as part of spring hardwood mulch installation and bed prep
  • Quote the work in a manner that groups of beds could be done in phases over a number of years.

Early-season application of alternative weed preventer in landscape beds (please quote separately)

  • After landscape bed preparation at the beginning of the season, application of a weed preventer such as Preen or equivalent.
  • Specify an alternative product to be applied instead of liquid weed control in the landscape beds provide weed prevention longer into the season.

Mowing of downtown vacant properties 3 times per season (please quote separately)

  • Mowing of three West Western Avenue downtown vacant properties on West Western Avenue from Third to First Street (see map)
  • Trash should be removed from all locations prior to mowing on each visit
  • Line trimming around all obstacles
  • Solid surfaces should be blown free of debris
  • If possible, one of the grass cutting of the three West Western Avenue vacant properties should occur the week prior to the Lakeshore Art Festival, July 1-2.

Trimming and Pruning

  • Trim & prune shrubs, bushes & trees to promote healthy growth and uniformity
  • Remove and dispose of trimming debris


Fall Clean-up

–     Leaf removal from plantings between Terrace Street and Third Street along Western Western  Avenue and in the Olthoff Stage area of Third Street between West Western and Clay avenues.

 Special Instructions

Downtown Muskegon hosts several festivals thought out the summer, set up for these festivals begins on the following dates and efforts should be made to ensure regular maintenance doesn’t interfere with event setup/activities. The city will turn off irrigation the day before the noted set-up start dates.

Event Set-up Starts Event times Breakdown
Parties in the Park Fridays 3-5PM Summer Fridays 5-9 pm Same night
Taste of Muskegon Thursday, June 16 June 17 & 18 11am-9pm Sunday, June 19
Lakeshore Art Festival Thursday, June 30 July 1 & 2 10 am-6 pm Sunday, July 3
Muskegon Rebel Road Wednesday, July 13 July 14, 15, 16 & 17 Monday, July 18

Proposals can be submitted by the due date to Dave Alexander, C/O Downtown Muskegon Now at the mailing address, fax number or email below.  

Downtown Muskegon Now 380 W. Western Ave., Suite 203 Muskegon, MI 49440
p. 231.724.3180 f. 231.728.7251

Invitation for Demolition and Site Clearance Bids City of Muskegon, Planning Dept.

The City of Muskegon, Michigan will receive sealed bids until 2:00 PM on

March 15, 2016 at the City Clerk’s office, City Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan 49440 at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following demolition and site clearance projects: All structures located at: 347 W. Southern Ave, 1535 6th St. 320 Wood St., 1095 1st St., 1327 Montgomery Ave., 318 W. Larch Ave., 462 Washington Ave., 1370 Sanford ST., 1221 Sanford St., 1357 7th St., 333 Mason Ave., 357 Mason Ave., 725 Ellifson Ave., 733 Marcoux Ave., 1445 Park St., 1280 Sanford St., 900 W. Grand Ave., 329 Washington Ave & 407 Marquette Ave.

Copies of the contract documents and asbestos reports may be obtained at the Planning Department at City Hall on the second floor room #202 or on the City’s website under “Quick Links”.

The project consists of removing all asbestos and/or hazardous materials, demolishing all structures on the site(s), removing the debris to a licensed landfill and filling excavations in accordance with contract documents and city ordinance. This is to include the removal of any shrubbery/bushes/fencing on the property. Bids are not to include the cut and cap and/or removal of utility services. Please refer to the City’s website to view the ad and additional requirements/information that is not in the ad.

Bid proposals should be placed inside a 9” x 12 “ envelope addressed to the City of Muskegon with the title “Demolition Bid” and the address of each site on the outside of the envelope. Bidder’s name, address and phone number must be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope.

Hiring goals and percentages are set forth in the Contract Documents. No bid may be withdrawn within 60 days after the bid opening. All work is to commence within 7 days of the Notice to Proceed and be completed within 45 days of the issuance of that same notice, with the exception of 60 days to complete for 407 Marquette Ave.

The City of Muskegon reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bidding.

City of Muskegon, MICHIGAN

Ann Meisch, City Clerk

Publish Friday March 4, 2016.

Planning Public Input Session March 15, 2016

Public input session March 15 from 5-7 pm at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at 1346 Lake Ave Bluff, Muskegon, MI 49441

Public Input Session March 15 2016


Zoning Board of Appeals Cancellation Notice

The regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, March 8,
2016, has been cancelled due to lack of business to conduct.

News Release Outstanding Citizenship Award

News Release Outstanding Citizenship Award


Date: February 8, 2016

Contact:         Ann Marie Meisch, City of Muskegon

Phone:            (231) 724-6721 Fax: (231) 724-4178

The City of Muskegon and the Muskegon Rotary Club are proud to recognize outstanding citizens in the City of Muskegon. The fundamental belief behind this award is the future of Muskegon which lies in the character and civic participation of its community members.

Nomination Qualifications:

  1. Outstanding volunteer service towards education, the community, the arts, environment, health and human services, or family.
  2. Specific acts of service that exemplify selflessness and putting others before themselves including coming to the assistance of those in need; and/or
  3. Overcoming insurmountable odds and moving beyond specific hardships or family/ societal difficulties to enhance the quality of life for others.
  4. Be a City of Muskegon resident and/or the actions of which directly impact the City of Muskegon community.

Awards Criteria:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Essay (1000 words or less typewritten) including the following:
  • How does this nominee exemplify outstanding public service to the City of Muskegon and its citizens?
  • Why do you believe this nominee deserves credit over other nominees?
  1. List three adjectives that describe your nominee.
  2. Include letter(s) of support from individuals with knowledge of the nominee’s contribution.

Nominations are due by March 7, 2016. Please submit to:

City of Muskegon
Ann Marie Meisch, City Clerk
933 Terrace Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

Outstanding Citizenship Press Release (PDF)


Civil Service Commission Meeting Notice 1-28-16

WHAT: Civil Service Commission Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2016 4:00pm – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Muskegon City Hall Conference Room 203
933 Terrace Street
Muskegon, Michigan


The City of Muskegon will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities who want to attend the meeting, upon twenty-four hour notice to the City of Muskegon. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Muskegon by writing or calling the following:

Ann Marie Meisch, City Clerk
933 Terrace Street
Muskegon, MI 49440
Telephone 231.724.6705