As winter approaches as neighbors in an old city neighborhood, we are all to aware of how parking/travel in the winter can be difficult. In this post we will be discussing why Even/Odd Parking, Snow Removal/Sidewalk and Fire Hydrant Clearing is Important. Listed below are the reasons why we need to work together as a neighborhood!
Rental properties with more than one household in it makes for needed parking on the street due to multiple vehicles. Even single family properties have multiple vehicles and maybe a small driveway. It is understandable when you have a car and need to park at home, however there is a good reason for Even/Odd parking rules. Safety.
In the winter travel gets more and more difficult for emergency vehicles and residents trying to get to and from work, especially during winters like the one we are currently in where there is a larger amount of snowfall. This is especially the case when residents or visitors do not observe the even/odd parking rules or there is an abandoned vehicle that the plows cannot get the roads cleared because they are in the way. The situation gets more dangerous for both pedestrians, homeowners and drivers when the snow keeps piling up, roads get narrower and sidewalk clearing is ignored. We cannot stress this enough!
City of Grand Rapids Winter Parking
A perfect example of when Even/Odd Parking rules were ignored. This photo was taken by resident Luci Anderson of Fire Trucks that were unable to respond quickly to a business fire (Sam's Party Store) on 2/27/2014 due to cars being parked on both sides of the street. This is a safety hazard for homeowners and business owners alike as the Emergency Vehicles trying to respond cannot pass to get to the emergency, people could possibly not get help in a timely manner and in the case of a fire, it could spread to other buildings if not contained quickly. In a worst case scenario, a person or persons could be hurt or killed because of it. There have been multiple instances in the news where this was the case.
We live in a neighborhood where most of our children walk to school, some residents walk or catch the city buses to work. Did you see a young child or adult walking in a road instead of the sidewalk? That is probably because the sidewalks are not clear or the crosswalks/corners that plows have covered have not been cleared for them to safely get across. As homeowners and renters it is our responsibility to clear those walkways.
If neighbors or businesses are not clearing their sidewalks in a timely matter please take the time to report it to the City Sidewalk Division if it has not been done within 24 hours of the precipitation event.
Per the City of Grand Rapids Website:
SNOW REMOVAL COMPLAINTS
The City requires that public sidewalks be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours following the precipitation event by the owner of the adjacent property. Complaints regarding sidewalks that have not been cleared within this timeframe may now be submitted online through the Inspection Services Portal. To do so, go to Online Inspection Services, click on the “Enforcement” tab, then click the “Report a Code Violation” link. Complainants will need the address of the property adjacent to the sidewalk that has not been cleared, and will need to provide a description of the complaint (e.g., ”snow covered sidewalk on west side of street”). Complainants may enter their contact information, but this is not required. Once the complaint has been submitted, it will be assigned a tracking number that can be used to follow the status of the complaint.
Before submitting a complaint, please wait at least 24 hours after the precipitation event to give the property owner time to clear the sidewalk, and to allow the City to focus its inspectors on valid complaints.
THE SIDEWALK DIVISION IS LOCATED AT THE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
1120 MONROE AVE NW, ON THE 3rd FLOOR
HOURS OF OPERATION ARE 7:30AM - 4:00PM MONDAY - FRIDAY
Were you cited for non compliance?
According to the city: If you are cited for non-compliance you are given 48 hours to clear the sidewalk. After 48 hours a re-inspection is conducted; if the sidewalk remains in violation of the City Ordinance your sidewalk will be plowed by a contractor, and you will be responsible for the charges associated with clearing the sidewalk. An administrative fee of $95, plus $25 per quarter hour labor for snow and ice abatement will charged to the property owner.
Fire Hydrants in the Winter
This picture was sent to the West Grand Neighborhood Organization's Facebook page by a GRFD firefighter with a message:
"Please shovel your street's fire hydrant out. Our fire trucks have about two minutes worth of water aboard. We need quick access to a hydrant to stop a fire.
This photo is exactly how we would like to see them shoveled.
You never now when your house might need it."
On the Grand Rapids Fire Department Facebook page they are asking for your help to keep them clear and visible by clearing a 3-foot area around a hydrant in your area, every second counts in a house fire!
City View Church is hosting their Trunk-Or-Treat this year!
Feel free to join in the fun and decorate your cars and dress up if you want to hand out candy.
Remember to keep it family friendly!
We look forward to seeing families stop by for treats!
For more information, please check out the event on Facebook at: City View Church Trunk-Or-Treat on Facebook
See also our event Calendar at WGNO Calendar
Need Ideas for decorating your car? Check out this link: Ideas for decorating your cars for the event: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/kids-korner/trunk-or-treat-ideas/
We continually strive to update our website calendar for community events if we get word of something upcoming. Usually our Facebook page is the most updated for events as we have many community members that post the information to our page, we try to get them all into our calendar for you to see them. If you see an event that you think should be posted on our calendar feel free to let us know! Thank you for your time!
Added today (Check our calendar for details):
Free Paper Shredding Event
GRFD Community Day
Hello West Grand Neighbors!
Even though you cannot see it yet we are working on many things for our website and other endeavors. Slowly we have been adding new things to this website to make it easier for you to find the information your need. Polls have been added, more descriptions in the Programs section have also been added. Some of the stuff we are working on is also not visible on this site, but are being posted to our Facebook page. We are also working on an information (welcome) packet for new members (Also not visible to you). A few things with that have had to be reworked so it is not ready yet, as we have not done one in recent years and our volunteer who is working on it is also making it digitized for people that would rather not have to bring more papers home and just want to view it online. Not only with this save with paper and ink costs for us as an organization so we can put that money into other important things, but it will also give some of you a little less clutter in your lives. Secondly, we have not done a welcome packet in recent years but have always and will continue to have information available on this website or at our office. You are welcome to come in and we will give you the information you are looking for, or you can check out the site to see if we have it online. If you have gotten a membership recently, just remember you won't see a welcome packet yet because of it still being put together. All of these things will take some time to complete, especially when people are helping in their free time. Remember our volunteers also work and have families, which as you know is a full time job. If you have questions you can message us on Facebook, email or call us! We will do our best to answer them.
A volunteer is helping us with this so please be patient as the changes and new things roll out. Summer is always a busy time of year for us and there is a lot of events going on (You can view them on our Facebook events page and also on our calendar on this site). A lot of planning and volunteers make this happen for our community.
We have gotten some feedback about the lack of information available to some of you on Facebook. Information is available and has been posted as we get it, but Facebook has settings that make it so you do not see ALL posts from a page you have liked UNLESS you have interacted with that particular page every so often. Interactions like commenting or "liking" a post. When you like our Facebook page you can choose on the "Like" tab "Get Notifications" it should help somewhat if you do that, but remember that you still have to interact with our Facebook page in order to get more of the posts from it. It is a Facebook thing, not an issue we can fix. Also, any information posted to Facebook about WGNO programs is contained on this website if it involves events/programs or even contacting us.
Thank you for your patience and your support! We look forward to hearing from you!
A Charity Sale to benefit Adeline's Promise is on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 8 am-5pm at 703 Strobel NW. Stop down and support a great program!
Read more about Adeline's Promise which benefits our Senior citizens here: http://www.westgrand.org/programs/adelinespromise
Save the Date!
A chance for anyone who has a stake in the West Side Improvement Plan!
Come and give your input. The city would like to hear from you!
You can invite people to this event and get more information through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/237810629757340/
To read more about the plan prior to the Open House go to the following links:
City Commission Resolution for a West Side Corridor Improvement District Authority (Map of Corridor Included)
We have multiple events coming up and volunteers are needed. Please call (616) 451-0150 or fill out the form below.
Officer Tony Leonard of the Grand Rapids Police Department needs your input about Richmond Park! If you live, work or play there, please answer this poll. Help us keep Richmond Park sage and beautiful for all!
Please take the following poll: http://www.westgrand.org/polls