Press Release

NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDS AND PRIORITIES SURVEY

As a result of a recent lawsuit settlement with Fannie Mae, the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan received funds to invest in the areas of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights most affected by home mortgage foreclosures. The lawsuit alleged that, after the foreclosure crisis, Fannie Mae did not market or maintain the homes it owned through foreclosure in neighborhoods of color as well as it marketed and maintained its homes in predominantly White neighborhoods.

The settlement funds must be used to address the harm caused by the failure to maintain and market the homes in neighborhoods of color. Potential uses of the funds in the impacted neighborhoods could include, for example, programs to brush up the condition of homes, expand and improve green space, help with a down payment to buy a house, create new housing, or other neighborhood improvements.

Please complete this survey to tell us about how the settlement dollars might be used to make a difference for you and your neighborhood. The Fair Housing Center will consider your responses as it plans for potential programs to invest the settlement funds into the impacted neighborhoods. Those needs and priorities that exceed the scope of settlement investments will be passed along to your city officials.

Complete the survey here.

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Delano Restoration Project

East Delano Avenue Reconstruction, Muskegon County


Phase One Start: November 2021 Phase One End: November 2021
Phase Two Start: Spring 2022 Phase Two End: Spring 2022
Investment: $650,000

What Is Being Done?

  • The project involves full depth reconstruction of two lanes of undivided roadway in two phases:
    • Phase One:
      • Asphalt Removal
      • Sidewalk and curb removals
      • Storm sewer improvements
      • Roadway grading and aggregate base
    • Phase Two:
      • Concrete curbs
      • Sidewalk and driveway improvements
      • Asphalt paving and turf restoration


How Traffic Will be Affected:

  • Construction will take place in two phases:
    • Delano Avenue will be temporarily closed during construction between the intersection of Sanford
    • Street to the intersection of Hoyt Street. Residents are encouraged to park on side streets during
    • construction.
    • Traffic to businesses and residents will be maintained utilizing side streets and alleys.
    • Pedestrian traffic will be detoured as necessary during construction.
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Notice: City of Muskegon Heights Electronic City Council Meeting Monday, March 23, 2020 5:30 p.m.

CITY OF MUSKEGON HEIGHTS

ELECTRONIC CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Monday, March 23, 2020

5:30 p.m. at

Electronically on the City of Muskegon Heights Government Facebook Page

Reason for Electronic Meeting

In accordance with the state and national directives, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the public health, and provide essential protections to vulnerable persons, it is crucial that all persons take steps to limit in-person contact. Paramount among these mitigation measures are the practices of social distancing and limiting the number of people interacting at public gatherings.  Titled, “Temporary authorization of remote participation in public meetings and hearings and temporary relief from monthly meeting requirements for school boards”, Executive Order 2020-15, was signed On March 18, 2020 by Governor Whitmer.  However, the City of Muskegon Heights must continue to conduct public business during this emergency.  This includes actions to respond to COVID-19, yet the general public must still be able to exercise their right to participate in government decision making without unduly inhibiting or compromising public health, safety, and welfare. To do so while yet complying with CDC recommendations, City Council meeting will solely be held remotely and electronically, until further notice.

Public Participation Instructions 

Members of the public may view the meeting live on the City of Muskegon Heights Government Facebook page at the link below. Members of the public may submit comments to be read aloud by the City Clerk during public comment by sending an email (including your full name and address) in advance of the meeting to SGibbs@CityofMuskegonHeights.org or during the public comment portion of the meeting by submitting your full name, address, and comment on the Facebook live stream.  If you are participating by phone and have note emailed your comments in advance, there will be an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting when the meeting organizer will solicit from the callers on the phone to see if anyone would like to comment.  At that time, you will have an opportunity to provide your name and address, and at the appropriate time for public comment you will be called upon by name and address to provide your comments.  Comments should be limited to a minute and a half of reading material.

The meeting can be accessed, live for viewing only, at the website address: 

https://www.facebook.com/MuskegonHeightsCity/

The meeting can be joined by phone for 2-way Telephonic participation at 

+1-408-418-9388 and when prompted dial 290197992# when prompted again dial #

The meeting can be accessed for 2-way Video Conference participation at 

Join the Video Meeting Click Here or send an email to SGibbs@CityofMuskegonHeights.org to receive an invite link via your email.

Public Input and Questions on Business Before the Council 

Members of the public may contact the City Council to provide input or ask questions on any business that will come before the City Council by e-mail at SGibbs@CityofMuskegonHeights.org 

Persons with Disabilities Participation Instructions:

The City of Muskegon Heights will work to 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 eight (8) hours’ notice to the City of Muskegon Heights.  Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids or services should contact the City of Muskegon Heights by e-mailing or calling the following:

Sharon Gibbs,

City Clerk

E-mail: SGibbs@CityofMuskegonHeights.org 

(231) 733-8999

Date: March 22, 2020

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