HUD Grant Announcement

Some 130 City of Muskegon families to receive help making their homes safer, healthier

For immediate release
Jan. 13, 2022

MUSKEGON, MI – The City of Muskegon received a highly competitive federal Housing and Urban Development grant for $1.5 million to protect the city’s most vulnerable families from home health and safety hazards.

Approximately 130 low-income family homes will receive the assistance to address lead-based paint, indoor air quality, mold and moisture, pests and carbon monoxide among other health and safety hazards. The city’s Community and Neighborhood Services Department in the coming weeks will begin establishing the application process for city families to seek support from the funds.

Muskegon is one of three governments and agencies in Michigan and among 60 nationwide in 29 states to receive a share of the $104.7 million in Healthy Homes Production Grant Program funds. The city has a long history of successful use of HUD funds to support low- and moderate-income families. In the past year alone, 25 housing units had lead abatement, 21 energy efficiency repairs, six with vinyl siding, and 23 with infrastructure repairs.

“This award will allow us to serve even more citizens in our community by providing the resources needed to address household hazards that negatively impact health,” said Stevie Parcell, CNS Grants Program Coordinator. “We’re eager to help create a healthier Muskegon County through this program. Our impact will only become greater in the coming years through this new award.”

The significance of the Healthy Homes Production Grant Program is that it takes a comprehensive approach to addressing childhood diseases and injuries by coordinating the improvement of family homes rather than addressing one health or safety issue at a time.

“City staff has done an excellent job of identifying and attracting resources for the betterment of our city and its residents,” said Muskegon Mayor Ken Johnson. “This grant combined with our current federal housing allotments and our original state lead abatement grant will allow us to make a significant improvement in the living conditions of some of our most vulnerable residents.”
For more information, contact:

Stevie Parcell
Grants Program Coordinator
City of Muskegon Community and Neighborhood Services
231-724-6775
Stevie.parcell@shorelinecity.com

CANCELLATION: Brownfield Redevelopment Authority-Downtown Development Authority Board Meeting

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF MEETING
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and
Downtown Development Authority Board

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority-Downtown Development Authority Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Muskegon City Hall, 933 Terrace, city commission chambers, Muskegon, MI 49440 has been cancelled.
AMERICAN DISABILITY ACT POLICY FOR ACCESS TO OPEN MEETINGS OF THE CITY OF MUSKEGON AND ANY OF ITS COMMITTEES OR SUBCOMMITTEES
ADA POLICY: The City of Muskegon will provide necessary auxiliary aids and services to individuals who want to attend the meeting upon twenty four hour notice to the City of Muskegon. Please contact Ann Marie Cummings, City Clerk, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440 or by calling (231) 724-6705 or TTY/TDD: dial 7-1-1 and request a representative to dial (231) 724-6705.

Ann Marie Meisch, MMC
City Clerk
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440
(231) 724-6705

City Hall Hours January 2022

While COVID cases remain elevated, the City of Muskegon has reduced in person hours for City offices as follows:

Week of January 3

1/4 Tuesday – All City offices open
1/5 Wednesday – All City offices open
1/6 Thursday – Public Works, Treasury, and Police Records open
1/7 Friday – Police Records open, Public Works open

Week of January 10

1/11 Monday – All City offices open
1/12 Tuesday – All City offices open
1/13 Wednesday – Public Works, Treasury, and Police Records open
1/14 Thursday – Public Works, Treasury, and Police Records open
1/15 Friday – Police Records open, Public Works open

Week of January 17

1/18 Monday – City Hall Closed MLK Holiday, Public Works open.
1/19 Tuesday – All City offices open
1/20 Wednesday – All City offices open
1/21 Thursday – Public Works, Treasury, and Police Records open
1/22 Friday – Police Records open, Public Works open

Week of January 24

1/25 Monday – All City offices open
1/26 Tuesday – All City offices open
1/27 Wednesday – Public Works, Treasury, and Police Records open
1/28 Thursday – Public Works, Treasury, and Police Records open
1/29 Friday – Police Records open, Public Works open.

City of Muskegon Community Parks and Recreation Plan

A draft of the City of Muskegon Community Parks and Recreation Plan will be available for public review and comment for a period of one month beginning Thursday, Dec 16. Click on the link below to view the draft plan. The new Community Parks and Recreation Plan is a guide to park and recreation development over the next 5 years. For additional information or to provide comment on the plan please contact Leo Evans, Director of Public Works at 231.724.6920 or via email at leo.evans@shorelinecity.com

A hard copy of the plan is available for review at the DPW Offices (1350 East Keating Ave, 49442) during normal business hours.

City of Muskegon Community Parks and Recreation Plan

What Defines Muskegon – Public Art Mural

WHAT DEFINES MUSKEGON?

A Mural by Dr, Hubert Massey to be Installed in Downtown Muskegon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 9, 2021

MUSKEGON, MI –The MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, announces its fifth project, which will be installed on the exterior façade of the Mercy Health Arena, weather permitting, on Friday, December 10, 2021, beginning mid-morning.

This public art commission is a monumentally scaled mural, 65-feet by 12-feet, painted in oils on aluminum composite panels, created by award-winning artist Dr. Hubert Massey of Detroit, Michigan. Planning for this project first began in the fall of 2019. The subject and scope of this mural was determined by a series of efforts in Muskegon to engage various people in the community to assist the artist in understanding What Defines Muskegon.  These efforts were done in collaboration with the Downtown Arts Committee of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Muskegon Heritage Museum, the James Jackson Museum of African America History, and the YEP Program of Community encompass

In 2020 and 2021, the MuskegonCity Public Art initiative conducted four community forums and three feedback sessions with a diverse audience of over 50 community members and artist Dr. Hubert Massey to gather ideas and inspiration for this work. Included in the forums were students, retirees, community leaders, neighborhood advocates, and citizens from all walks of life, ages ranging from 16 to 70+, men and women, and a diversity of ethnic backgrounds mirroring the population of the Muskegon community.

We asked this broad cross-section of our community a series of simple questions about what they thought and what they believed defines their community.  Is it our heterogeneous community? Is it our natural resources? Is it our mighty industrial heritage? Over the last 150 years, what has attracted and sustained the diversity of people who have made this resilient city what it is today? Their answers were thoughtful, heartfelt, and inspiring.

WHAT DEFINES MUSKEGON  is the story of Muskegon as our participants shared it with Dr. Massey, from the presence of the indigenous tribal peoples, to our lumbering boom and the industrial waves of progress that followed, from the impact of the Great Migration on our community in the 1930s and 1940s which helped to fuel Muskegon’s remarkable contribution to the war years, to the transformation of our community into this vibrant and diverse place rich with opportunity, culture, and a natural environment, this place we all call home.

Support for this mural has been provided by the MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative, Howmet Aerospace Foundation, the City of Muskegon, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Muskegon Rotary Foundation, the Hines Corporation, Nichols, Parmenter Law, the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, and over three dozen private individual donors.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Dr. Hubert Massey, a muralist, fresco, and mosaic artist, is a Michigan native hailing from Flint and a graduate of Grand Valley State University.  Dr. Massey, through his instinctive and innate ways is also, at heart and ultimately, a storyteller, seeking out and recreating the stories of community, translating them into his own visual language.

An award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow, Massey’s distinctive fresco murals grace the halls of such visible Michigan destinations as the Flint Institute of the Arts, Detroit Athletic Club, and his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, where he earned an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2012. In 2014 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority commissioned Hubert to create the first large-scale mural completed for the Cobo Center since 1987.

Dr. Massey also studied at the University of London’s Slade Institute of Fine Arts and later learned the centuries-old fresco technique from former assistants of legendary Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Today Hubert is one of the very few fresco artists in America.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Judith Hayner, Project Director
MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative
judyhayner@gmail.com
231-638-0433

State of Michigan Webinar To Focus on Social Equity Program Help Into the Marijuana Industry

MUSKEGON,  MI – Have you been intrigued by the cannabis industry in Muskegon and across the state and how social equity programs might be your path to a new business opportunity?

Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency is producing a series of Social Equity Education Sessions that might bring your business dreams into reality. The next will be a statewide webinar featuring Bryon Swift, the owner of Swift Cultivation LLC in Kalamazoo.

The free, online webinar will be Thursday Dec. 9, 2021 at 11 a.m.

Swift will tell his story of entering the state’s marijuana industry. He will discuss how he worked with a local municipality like the City of Muskegon along with the state’s MRA in planning, licensing and operating his marijuana production business. Swift participated in the State’s Social Equity Program, designed to assist participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately harmed by past marijuana prohibition and enforcement.

To join the MRA Zoom use this link with the pass code (mTM55T): https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82740052928?pwd=ZzlSK1RDWTFXdHFNWWE3Y3ZMZll5dz09

To connect to the webinar by telephone, call toll free 888-363-4735 using the conference code (997442).

Two other MRA Social Equity Education Sessions and other informational videos are available through the state at: MRA – Social Equity Program Video Library (michigan.gov)

Those interested in the City of Muskegon’s marijuana business opportunities can get more information at: Marihuana Facilities | City of Muskegon (muskegon-mi.gov). Call the City’s Planning Department at 231-724-6702 for information on the Muskegon Social Equity Program.

Consumers Tree Grant

Consumers Energy, City of Muskegon join to provide city tree plantings

MUSKEGON, MI – Trees provide a city more than just a beautiful streetscape but also improved storm water runoff, reduction of urban heat and improvement in overall community health.

Those and other positive effects in several City of Muskegon neighborhoods will result from a recent Consumers Energy Forestry Department $2,500 grant to the city’s Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Michigan Forestry and Parks Association.

The Consumers Energy grant allowed city crews to plant 25 trees in various right-of-way terraces in the city including across from Hackley Park along the Muskegon Community College student lot in Downtown Muskegon. DPW maintenance worker Dave Bailey said the city also was able to plant trees in terraces throughout the city where individual residents requested plantings.

The city selected among seven varieties of trees from local nursery that grow to heights that will not disrupt overhead public utility lines, are hearty and drought and salt tolerant, Bailey said. The trees – among 300-400 the city plants each year – are long-term investments that can take 50 years to fully mature, he said.

The young plantings are nurtured with “water bags” at the tree roots to provide consistent water and nutrients the first year or so, Bailey said.

“Studies have shown that communities with plenty of trees add to the residents’ overall health,” Bailey said in addition to other advantages.

Consumers Energy’s funding through its Community Street and Boulevard Tree Planting Grant Program is an important assistance to local municipalities in keeping their communities green, according to company forester Deborah Nichols. Grants are made by the public electric and natural gas utility to communities it serves.

“Consumers emphasizes appropriate tree planting locations, including consideration of overhead and underground utilities,” Nichols said. “We follow the ‘right tree, right place’ guidelines of the National Arbor Day Foundation.”

Consumers Energy—the electric utility for the City of Muskegon – funds the annual planting of 1,000 trees in communities throughout its service areas.

 

For more information, contact:

Leo Evans, Muskegon Public Works Director

231-724-6920 / Leo.evans@shorelinecity.com

Special DDA meeting notice 11-30-21

MUSKEGON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY & BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Special Meeting
Meeting Notice – Nov. 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
CITY OF MUSKEGON
LEGAL NOTICE

The City of Muskegon Downtown Development Authority/Brownfield Redevelopment Authority board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday Nov. 30, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall, Council Chambers, 933 Terrace St, Muskegon, MI. The meeting agenda is available at the following link: https://www.muskegon-mi.gov/cresources/BROWNFIELD-AMENDMENT-PACKET.pdf

The special meeting agenda will include an amended plan for the Scattered Site Brownfield Redevelopment District.

Members of the public may attend the meeting at City Hall.

Members of the public may contact the DDA-BRA to provide input or ask questions on any business that will come before the authorities by e-mail at dalexander@downtownmuskegon.org or peter.wills@shorelinecity.com. 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 electronically attend the meeting with twenty-four (24) hours notice to the City of Muskegon. Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Muskegon by e-mailing or calling the following: Ann Marie Meisch, MMC – City Clerk at ann.meisch@shorelinecity.com – (231) 724-6705

Date: Nov. 23, 2021

Special Lakeside Corridor Improvement Authority Board Meeting – 11/23/21

A special Lakeside Corridor Improvement Authority Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 at 9 a.m. at Muskegon City Hall, 933 Terrace, Muskegon, MI 49440 in Conference Room 103. The board requires a special meeting to consider a development and tax increment financing plan.

Date: Nov. 22, 2021

AMERICAN DISABILITY ACT POLICY FOR ACCESS TO OPEN MEETINGS OF THE CITY OF MUSKEGON AND ANY OF ITS COMMITTEES OR SUBCOMMITTEES

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 with twenty-four (24) hours 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 Cummings, MMC
City Clerk
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440
(231) 724-6705