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City Manager Update, November 2012

City Manager Update, November 2012

From: http://ci.lowell.mi.us

A historic downtown district is a source of pride for any community and that’s certainly true in Lowell. During the past decade, this community has made great progress to improve the downtown area. This progress has occurred through the use of diverse resources from the Lowell Area Community Fund, the LCTV Fund, the Downtown Development Authority and the Lowell Historic District Commission.

The downturn in the national and state economies has certainly had its impact in our community yet a vibrant business climate is the ultimate key to activity and prosperity.
We are taking steps to add another important resource to our toolbox that will help keep downtown improvements moving forward. That’s the Rental Rehabilitation Program, or commonly called the rental rehab program, and is operated by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Rep. Lyons welcomes Lowell farmer to testify before House Education Committee

Rep. Lyons welcomes Lowell farmer to testify before House Education Committee

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons welcomed a local resident to Lansing to speak at a hearing of the House Education Committee.  Renee McCauley, of Tumbleweed Holsteins in Lowell, provided testimony on the Michigan Merit Curriculum's graduation requirements and their effect on students who aren't necessarily preparing for college, but for a vocational occupation.

Lyons says the education committee has been taking testimony on the broader issues before addressing specific bills.

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

From the KDL Director: Is Your Library’s Funding Safe?

Libraries and other organizations such as schools, police and fire departments that provide essential tax-supported services have been working with state lawmakers for nearly a year to brainstorm ways to replace the business equipment personal property tax (PPT) if it is eliminated

Replacement is critical because without it, the services Kent County residents rely on will be at the very least irreparably damaged, and in some cases may cease entirely. Kent District Library applauded senators who recognized the value and necessity of our services, and were heartened that a “poison pill” replacement provision was included in a Senate measure that passed on May 10. While this solution is far from perfect, it is better than nothing. The provision provides that if a future legislature fails to restore revenue lost by elimination of the PPT, the PPT will be restored.

Lowell Area Chamber meeting to feature Kent County update from Commissioner Jim Saalfeld

Lowell Area Chamber meeting to feature Kent County update from Commissioner Jim Saalfeld

From the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page:

Be aware of what is happening in Government, East Kent County Rep invites you to attend there meeting this Saturday at the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

Please join us this Saturday, May 12th, at the Lowell Chamber office. We're pleased to have Kent County Commissioner, Jim Saalfeld, present to update us on things at county level.

The meeting starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m.

Our monthly meetings are open to EVERYONE, republican, democrat, independent.....All of us need to be aware of what's happening in government at local, county, state and federal levels. In speaking and listening to each other, we can get things resolved!

Hope to see you there!

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

3rd Congressional District Presidential Primary Results

The Presidential Primary Election was held throughout Michigan on Tuesday. In the 3rd Congressional District (includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Ionia, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville, and Walker among others), the majority of voters supported Rick Santorum.

The top three candidates were Rick Santorum with 31,990 votes, Mitt Romney with 30,876 votes, and Ron Paul with 7,792 votes.

Full election results can be seen by clicking here.

lowell charter township budget hearing notice

From: http://www.twp.lowell.mi.us/

Please take notice that there will be a budget hearing on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 followed by a regular meeting of the Lowell Township Board.  The hearing will be held at 7:00 PM at the Lowell Township Hall, 2910 Alden Nash SE, Lowell.  At such time, in accordance with the law, a budget covering proposed expenditures and estimated revenues of the Township shall be submitted for consideration.  Copies of the proposed budget are available at the Township Hall during regular office hours or on the Township’s website - Click here for 2012 2013 Proposed Budget.

Linda S. Regan, Clerk

City offices closed Monday

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) If you have city business to take care of, don't plan on doing it on Monday.  City offices are closed in observation of the New Year Holiday.  

Business hours resume on Tuesday at 8am.