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Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   The new Ambulance Consortium in Kent County is growing.

Grand Rapids, Grandville, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming and Rockford have already voted to form the consortium.  Plainfield Township is also considering joining.

The Ambulance Consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Kent County communities have been working on the partnership since 2010.  

Officers putting in extra hours to ticket aggressive drivers

Officers putting in extra hours to ticket aggressive drivers

WYOMING, Mich.—From Wyoming to Walker, officers will be on the lookout this week for aggressive drivers breaking the law.

The extra enforcement will take place on U.S. 131 and I-196 in Kent and Ottawa counties through Dec. 13 as part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program.   Officers from six agencies including the Michigan State Police, Kent and Ottawa County sheriff offices and Grand Rapids, Walker and Wyoming police departments are involved.  They will be looking for drivers improperly using lanes, driving carelessly or recklessly, speeding, following other vehicles too closely and failing to yield the right of way.

 Drivers can reduce their risk of being involved in a crash with a large truck by:

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

'Laker Line' study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

'Laker Line' study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The RAPID transit agency will publicly launch the Laker Line Study to identify the top public transportation solution to connect downtown Grand Rapids, the West Side, Standale, and the main campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, the region’s largest educational institution.

The project kicks off with a series of public meetings on Thursday, November 21.

Grand Rapids considers solar powered parking meters

Grand Rapids considers solar powered parking meters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new era of parking may be coming to Grand Rapids.

During its regular meeting 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the city fiscal committee will consider a resolution agreeing to a 90-day trial of credit card meter parking.  Under the contract, IPS Group Inc. would install 22 of its solar powered specialty meters. If the meters remain after the trial period, the city will owe $15 per month per meter.

Each meter would accept coins, credit cards and debit cards through a wireless web-based management system. City parking rates would apply.

If the trial was successful in generating more city revenue and winning over drivers, Grand Rapids Parking Services would consider expanding the system.