Press Release

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

adminNotice: City of Muskegon Heights Electronic City Council Meeting Monday, March 23, 2020 5:30 p.m.
read more

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS ADOPTS COMPRESSED WORK WEEK WITH EXTENDED HOURS

January 15, 2020

Beginning Tuesday January 21, 2020, as the City of Muskegon Heights, “Sets its Sights on the New and Greater Heights”, the City Hall will have extended business hours Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., as enhanced customer service to our community. Residents will be able to maximize their time with the extended hours to visit City facilities. Furthermore, the City of Muskegon Heights is striving in the near future to offer residents more progressive services, such as a mobile phone application which will provide additional customer service communication capability and functionality.

City Hall will be open a ½ hour earlier in the morning and 1 ½ hours later in the evening. City Hall will be closed on Fridays. The following provides a detailed schedule of city services and how they will be affected.

Community Development Department (Planning & Zoning, and Building Inspection):  Residents and business owners will be able to conduct planning and zoning related business at City Hall Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Community Development offices will be closed on Fridays. For additional information please call 231-733-8830. Building Inspections will be offered Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Building Inspections offices will be closed on Fridays. For inspection requests call 231-733-8860.

Fire: Administrative offices will operate Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Fire Administration office will be closed on Fridays. If you would like to schedule a station

tour, or fire inspection, please call Fire Administration at 231-733-8890. As always, for emergencies dial 911.

Police: Administrative offices will operate Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30

p.m. The Police Administrative office will be closed on Fridays. Police Operations will continue to be available anytime. As always, for emergencies dial 911. The Police lobby will be open for walk in traffic Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will be closed Fridays. For non-emergency information please call 231-733-8900.

Public Works: Public Works crews will operate on a Monday through Thursday schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Public Works facility will be closed on Fridays. As always after hours  emergency service can be reached calls by calling 231-737-4130. 

Cemetery: Mona View Cemetery offices will now offer additional hours of operation Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Burial requests for Friday through Monday should be made with the cemetery office before 4:00p.m. the Wednesday prior to the burial. Friday burials will be the same rate as Saturday. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will City Hall’s new hours be?

Beginning Monday January 20, 2020, City Hall will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall will be closed on Friday. 

Why is the City closing on Friday?

The majority of residents frequent City Hall Monday through Thursday, as opposed to Friday. This is a City Manager efficiency initiative designed to reduce the City’s utility costs by being closed on Friday when patronage is low. In addition, the change will provide extended hours for residents Monday through Thursday. This is also a means to attract and retain employees, increase employee morale, and improve citizen interaction. 

Why extend the hours of City Hall?

Many Muskegon Heights residents have to take time out of their workday to access City services such as paying a water bill or getting a building permit. Extended City hours will allow residents more convenient access to City services before or after their workday.

Will City employees be working less hours by having Fridays off?

City employees will work only 38 hours a week, many of whom will work four 9.5-hour days to provide extended service Monday through Thursday.

Will I still be able to pay my utility bill on Fridays?

Yes, multiple options are available for making payment during, or outside of, business hours: 

  • A drop-box, located in front of the City Hall, provides a secure location for customers to deposit their Muskegon Heights payments (check or money order). 
  • Customers will soon have the option to set up an online account to make a payment at their convenience using a card or checking account. 
  • Currently, the Consumers Energy Direct Payment Office will remain open with normal Monday through Friday hours.  

Will I be able to schedule to have my water turned on/off on Fridays?

Yes, the City will work with new customers on an individual, as-needed, basis to ensure they have access to new utility services on Fridays. The City will continue the current practice of avoiding scheduled turn offs on Thursdays and Fridays.

Will the day my water bill is due be affected by City Hall being closed on Fridays?

No, utility bill due dates will not be affected by City Hall being closed on Fridays. Bills due on weekend will be on that following Monday. 

Can I still schedule construction inspections on Fridays? Building Inspections will be offered Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For inspection requests you can call 231-733-8860

adminMUSKEGON HEIGHTS ADOPTS COMPRESSED WORK WEEK WITH EXTENDED HOURS
read more

Muskegon Heights Reunion Weekend

Muskegon Heights, Michigan September 30, 2019: On September 28,2019, the City of Muskegon Heights Reunion Weekend estimates over 1,000 alumni, family and friends navigated the inclement weather to celebrate, honor, reflect on and remember that which bonds us one to another and all to the great city of Muskegon Heights. The event that took place in center city spotlighted City Hall.

The past is brilliant and serves not only to remind us of our glory but to also illuminate the bold path out in front of us raising up to New Heights.

Troy Bell

City Manager

adminMuskegon Heights Reunion Weekend
read more

41st Year Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report Notice of Public Hearing

City of Muskegon Heights

41st Year Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

Notice of Public Hearing

(B-15-MC-26-0027)

Notice is hereby given to the public of the availability of the 41st Year Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). This report is a summary of the work performed under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Development Block Grant Program during the program year 7/1/15-6/30/16.  The City will accept public comment regarding its CAPER from August 16, 2016 – September 16, 2016. The report is available for review via the City’s website at cityofmuskegonheights.org or the City of Muskegon Heights, Department of Planning and Community Development, 2724 Peck Street, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444 from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM.  A public hearing will be held in the City’s Council Chambers on September 12, 2016 at 5:30 PM. Comments and/or questions received in written format shall be included as part of the official record.

admin41st Year Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report Notice of Public Hearing
read more

State of the City Address

Mayor Kimberly Sims.jpgMuskegon Heights, Michigan January 25, 2016: Please join the Muskegon Heights City Council as newly elected Mayor Kimberley D. Sims, delivers her first State of the City address. This will take place at the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on January 25th, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., at 2724 Peck Street, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444. In a statement from Mayor Sims, she stressed the importance of making communication with citizens a priority. “Citizens of this City need to hear from me, where we are, where we plan to go, and how we plan to get there”. This is a very exciting time for Muskegon Heights. Mayor Sims will be available following the meeting for questions and answers with the community.

adminState of the City Address
read more