Public Notice – Conflict of Interest 4-20-21

April 20, 2021

West Michigan’s Shoreline City
Honorable Mayor Stephen J. Gawron
City of Muskegon
933 Terrace Street
Muskegon, Ml 49440

Honorable Mayor,

I am writing to disclose a conflict of interest with regard to projects and partnerships between the City of Muskegon and Community Encompass. As an employee of Community Encompass, I benefit from funds that are made available by the city to CenC and its programs.

The city benefits from its partnership with CenC by gaining residents who pay property and income taxes and purchase city utilities. CenC’s work to improve affordable housing options also benefits the city by activating neighborhoods and attracting residents who spend money in the city’s commercial districts.

Michael Ramsey

Muskegon City Commissioner, Ward 3


Street and Utility Improvements Spring Street, Yuba Street to Western Avenue

Beginning March 2021, Spring Street Sewer Improvements will recommence on Spring Street from Yuba Street to Western Avenue. The project is expected to be completed early June 2021. Project updates can be found at

Construction Contacts:
Jacob JaBaay – Field Engineer
Eng. Inc.
(616) 743-7070
Leo Evans, PE – Director of Public Works
City of Muskegon Department of Public Works
(231) 724-6920
Patrick Jackson – Contractor
Jackson – Merkey Contractors
(231) 670-2740

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Notice of Construction Letter Michigan Franklin

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Residents within the Michigan Avenue / Franklin Street Project Area
RE: City of Muskegon – Street and Utility Improvements – Michigan Avenue / Franklin Street

Dear Property Owner(s):

Beginning April 2021, construction will be taking place on Michigan Avenue, from Lakeshore Drive to Hudson Street and Franklin Street from Michigan Avenue to Western Avenue. Construction includes approximately .40 miles of pavement reconstruction as well as replacing the storm sewer, select water services, concrete sidewalks, curb and gutter, and pavement markings. To complete this project in a timely matter, we will need your help and cooperation. Below is information regarding several topics that may be of concern.

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MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative Update 3-9-2021

MUSKEGON, MI – The citizens of Muskegon continue to show incredible philanthropic support for public art in their community as a fourth of an expected 10 significant public art projects has been funded.Muskegon Rails Project Murals

The MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative recently announced the latest public art success – full funding of the Muskegon Rails Project. This is the painting and placing of murals on the four sides of two, long-rusting railroad bridges along Seaway Drive in the cities of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights and Norton Shores.

The community again rallied to support a public art project through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Public Spaces Community Places program. The public art initiative and the three participating cities raised $52,750 through Patronicity, releasing a $50,000 state grant. The state and donors’ contributions will be added to MuskegonCity Public Art funds from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. This project as well as three others also are receiving support from the Howmet Aerospace Foundation.

The final support for the $207,000 Muskegon Rails Project comes from all three cities through direct and indirect contributions. With one of the bridges primed and prepped and the other expected to be prepared soon, the three West Michigan artists and one from Southeast Michigan hope to paint their murals in May.

The cities have submitted permit applications to the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad to get the work completed later this spring, according to Judy Hayner, director of the art initiative.
“The collaboration between the three cities has been impressive and shows the real strength of our community,” said Hayner, the retired executive director of the Muskegon Museum of Art. “This has been a compelling effort you can’t deny.”

The MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative was created as a special fund in the Community Foundation by Patrick O’Leary, who was chief financial officer for the SPX Corp. for five years when the company was headquartered in Muskegon. O’Leary, retired and now the chairman of the SPX board, loves Muskegon and continues to support the community through the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Hayner said.

O’Leary’s $250,000 public art contribution is being used for $25,000 startup grants for 10 “permanent, monumentally-scaled” public art works. Hayner and the Downtown Arts Committee of the Community Foundation – first established in 2002 – are responsible for the development of 10 works, including finding locations, identifying local history and stories that can be showcased through art, finding the right artists who can create monumental works, and then raising the funds from the community to commission the works.

Here are the MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative projects to date:

  1. Moxie, a life-like Mastodon coming out of a manhole in front of the Lakeshore Museum Center celebrating pre-historic Muskegon installed in August 2019.
  2. A City Built on Timber honors Muskegon’s Lumber Era in an installation at the entry to Muskegon County’s Heritage Landing dedicated in June 2020.
  3. Celebrating Muskegon is a 22-foot steel and glass sculpture headed to the new traffic circle at Beach Street and Lakeshore Drive at the entrance to Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Park on Lake Michigan. Under construction in North Carolina, it is expected to be installed in April and dedicated this summer.
  4. The Muskegon Rails Project: The four railroad bridge murals on Seaway Drive will be painted directly on the two bridges, one between Laketon and Hackley Avenues and the other between Sherman and Broadway Avenues.
  5. One Drop, a 27-foot water-inspired sculpture on the north side of the new VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center sponsored in part by and celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Women’s Division of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, will be installed in the fall of 2021.
  6. What Defines Muskegon, a mural by award-winning Detroit muralist, Dr. Hubert Massey, is in the concept phase and will be placed on the outside of the Mercy Health Arena along West Western Avenue. Installation is expected in the fall of 2021. For this mural, Massey is taking his inspiration from a series of four Zoom community forums that were conducted in December and January.

The MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative already has leveraged more than $900,000 in public art installations with four more projects still to come.

Hayner says that the remaining four additional projects may include a large-scale sculpture by a Muskegon artist for a 2022 installation; a sculpture installation at the Robert C. Lighton Memorial Park in front of the Muskegon County Hall of Justice; possibly a Buster Keaton-inspired sculpture in Muskegon’s Bluffton neighborhood; and she is starting conversations with Muskegon Heights leaders for a specific installation for that city.

“Our public art collection is simply more evidence about the uniqueness of Muskegon,” Hayner said. “Muskegon is an interesting town because it’s big enough to have a lot of great assets but it’s also small enough that you can make things happen. Muskegon makes things happen!”

Press Release [PDF]

For more information, contact
Judy Hayner

Notice of Construction – Peck

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Residents within the Peck Street Project Area
RE: City of Muskegon – Street and Utility Improvements – Peck Street: Apple to Laketon
Dear Property Owner(s):

Beginning March 2021, construction will be taking place on Peck St, between Apple and Laketon Avenue. The work is comprised of two separate projects, each having its own timeline, engineers, and contractors. Please see the attached map for a visual of the construction schedule and the engineer’s contact information for the project serving you.

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Notice of Construction – Amity Ave

Monday, March 8, 2021
Residents within the Amity Avenue Project Area
RE: City of Muskegon – Street and Utility Improvements – Amity Avenue: Getty to Fork
Dear Property Owner(s):

Beginning April 2021, construction will be taking place on Amity Avenue, between Getty and Fork Street, and one block on Fork Street between Amity Avenue and Murphy Avenue. The City will also be replacing only the sanitary sewer for one block on Myrtle Avenue between Fork Street and Murphy Street and on Murphy Street from Myrtle Avenue to Walton Street.

This project will consist of replacement of both the sanitary sewer and watermain pipes in the roadway and reconstruction of the roadway. The project also replaces the sanitary service to the property line and the water service to the house. As part of the water service replacement, the contractor will need access into your house to make the final connection. The City has contracted with Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc., from Grand Rapids, to complete this project. Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering (F&V) of Muskegon will be providing engineering and construction observation for the City during the project.

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Bid Solicitation – Highway Maintenance Materials

The City of Muskegon Department of Public Works is soliciting bids for the products listed herein. Sealed bid proposals must be submitted to the City of Muskegon City Clerk, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan, 49443, by 2:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Facsimile copy is unacceptable. Late responses will not be considered. Bidders are responsible for ensuring that the following identifying information appears on the outside of each envelope: SEALED PROPOSAL – BID NAME, your company/organization name, date due, and time due. If a delivery service is used which prohibits such markings on their envelope or package, this information must be placed on the outside of the interior envelope or package. The City of Muskegon reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to accept the bid it feels is in the best interest of the City. Bid results will be posted on the City of Muskegon website

Please include in bid any and all surcharges that may apply such as fuel and delivery charges.

Inquiries may be made of Public Works Superintendent Doug Sayles, or Highway Supervisors Vern Berndt or Amy Behler, at telephone number (231) 724-4100.

2021 Aggreg Maint Mats Concrete Bid Solicitation

2021 Aggreg Maint Mats Concrete Bid Forms (PDF)

2021 Aggreg Maint Mats Concrete Bid Forms (XLS)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Website Revision & Support

The City of Muskegon (hereafter referred to as “the City” or “City”) invites qualified website design firms/consultants to submit proposals to redesign, upgrade, support, and host our municipal website found at

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals for the most appropriate vendor at a firm, fixed price, including implementation services.

(For the purposes of this RFP, a “proposer” is a vendor who has submitted a response to this RFP.)

Although the City is requesting proposals for implementation and management of a CMS, including software and services that include any, and all, third-party components, the City, at its sole discretion, may choose to procure third-party components directly, in addition to, or in lieu of, any identified in specific proposals.

The City expects to have a fully accessible and secure internet website through the selected managed service provider on or before June 1, 2021. This schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the City.
Proposals that include multiple vendors must clearly identify one vendor as the “prime contractor” and all others as subcontractors.

The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposers whose proposals do not meet all of the City’s stated mandatory requirements or cost which exceeds the amount that the City determines it is able to afford for this procurement.

We have received bids from the following companies and are in the process of reviewing submissions – Thank you!

    • CAP Digisoft Solutions Inc
    • Envigor
    • GovUnity Websites
    • Infosmart Tech Inc
    • Intellicept Corp
    • IT Simple 12150 Morris Road
    • JesseJames Creative
    • Josh Herder
    • Mlive Media Group
    • Municode
    • Neumeric Technologies Corporation
    • Nimble Creative
    • Rannsolve
    • Site Hub
    • Suite 104 Productions
    • Tyler Coffin
    • Wowie Co

RFP – Website Revision & Support