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Sheriff Services - Comparison of 12 hours versus 16

Sheriff Services - Comparison of 12 hours versus 16

From: http://www.cannontwp.org/

As you know, last year the Township Board unanimously voted to reduce the dedicated Sheriff’s patrol from 16 hours per day to 12.  This was decision was made in collaboration with Sheriff Stelma and Captain Kevin Kelley.  We have received a detailed breakdown of the comparison between the two shifts.  The results are interesting.

Traffic Citations decreased from 1,051 with 16 hours of coverage to 649 hours of coverage for 12 hours of coverage.  We expected a decrease because our focus shifted from writing tickets to patrolling and responding to calls, which we anticipated to increase as I will discuss below.  Additionally, the efforts to deter speeding played a part in this decrease given the deterrence factor of a dedicated car.

Citizen’s Assist decreased from 108 with 16 hours to 101 with 12.  This is a statistically insignificant difference.

Amash Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours

Amash Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours

News Release:

Staff Available to Assist Third District Constituents

Grand Rapids, Michigan – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) announced that his district staff will hold mobile office hours on Monday, June 18, 2012, from 8 AM to 9:30 AM at locations in both Rockford and Caledonia. Members of Amash’s staff will be on hand to provide assistance to those with federal issues or casework. No appointments are necessary and questions may be directed to Amash’s district office at (616) 451-8383.

“I understand that not every constituent has regular Internet access and some may have difficulty making it to our district office in Grand Rapids. I want to bring our office to them,” said Amash.

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To Bond or Not To Bond - Cannon Township Supervisor's article

To Bond or Not To Bond - Cannon Township Supervisor's article

From: http://www.cannontwp.org

The communities that make up the North Kent Sewer Authority are currently in the process of upgrading and replacing aging components. Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield Townships have known since 2009 that the lift stations at Rogue River and Lake Bella Vista are in dire need of replacement. Preliminary engineering bids were requested and last year the engineering began. Working through the North Kent Sewer Authority, we were able to obtain state grants that paid for 90% of the engineering, saving the communities thousands of dollars. Again using the authority, we were able to qualify for low cost bonds at an annual rate of 2.5% that would cover the costs of the repairs, while allowing us to keep our fund balances healthy. The question was then debated: To bond or not to bond?

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.

Letter from RPS Superintendent Regarding Governor Snyder's Proposed Budget

Letter from RPS Superintendent Regarding Governor Snyder's Proposed Budget

Dear Rockford Community and RPS Staff:  

On February 9, 2012, Governor Snyder delivered his proposed 2012-13 budget for the State of Michigan, and he indicated it includes a 2.5% increase in funding for K-12 education. At first glance, this sounds like good news. However, when you factor in all increases and decreases to K-12 funding, along with additional expenses, the net result is a decrease for K-12 public education.

Based on information we know today, and if the Governor's budget is approved, the following table illustrates the impact on Rockford Public Schools' 2012-13 budget: See Table #1 below.

The All-Day Every Day Kindergarten/Developmental Kindergarten Mandate

Rockford business owners help form Michigan Main Street Leadership Council

Rockford business owners help form Michigan Main Street Leadership Council

Job makers and small business owners across the state today announced the formation of the new Michigan Main Street Leadership Council, a steering committee that will work with lawmakers in Lansing to close the Internet sales tax loophole, level the playing field for local businesses on "main street” and protect Michigan jobs. The state House of Representatives is currently considering bipartisan House Bills 5004 and 5005 that would close the loophole and recognize that a sale is a sale is a sale.

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

Breakfast with Congressman Amash

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Congressman Justin Amash, who represents Michigan’s 3rd District.  The breakfast is scheduled on Monday, December 12 from 7:30am – 9:30am at the Hilton Hotel at 4747 28th Street SE.  The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  To register go to  www.grandrapids.org/congressional-breakfast  or call 616-771-0303.   

 

The 3rd Congressional District covers Barry and Ionia counties and most of Kent County.  Amash serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  He is a Republican from Cascade Township.