Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is an
alliance of governmental units in the West Michigan area
that are appointed to plan for the growth and development, improve the
quality of the community's life, and
coordinate governmental services. GVMC: Ensuring trust, credibility and
confidence in governmental affairs
GVMC Welcomes New Members - At the December 5th Board Meeting, the Metro Council was extremely pleased to officially swear in representatives for two new GVMC member communities: Roger Towsley, of the Village of Sand Lake; and George Haga, of Ada Township. Also taking the Oath of Office were Steve Kepley of Kentwood; Steve Maas of Grandville; and Mark Huizenga of Walker.
Additionally, GVMC unanimously approved the request by Lowell Township to become a Metro Council member.
EMS Consortium Partnership - At the December 5th GVMC Board Meeting, Rich Houtteman updated the Council on the progress of the EMS Consortium Partnership of Kent County.
GVMC Board Members
are invited to the first ever Meet the MLive Journalists night,
5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 20, at the MLive Grand Rapids hub, 169
Monroe Ave. NW. Matt Vande Bunte will be here along with police
reporter Angie Jackson, courts reporter Bart Deiters and the MLive/Grand
Rapids Press editorial board. Food and refreshments will be served
We need your input! GVMC has reviewed and
updated its previous Public Participation Plan, a document that details
the specific times and ways that GVMC staff will engage the public during
the transportation planning process. The draft Public Participation Plan
(PPP) is available for public comment through Monday, January 6. To view
the document, please click here.
Comments should be submitted to Andrea Faber, Transportation Planner,
by email, phone (616.776.7603),
fax (616.774.9292), or mail. To fill out our online comment form, please
click here. To download a comment form, please click here.
The December 5th GVMC Board Meeting will be held
at 8:30 a.m. at the East Grand Rapids Community Center, 750 Lakeside
Drive, East Grand Rapids, MI.
Grand Valley Metropolitan
Council applies for the Governor’s Regional Prosperity Initiative
Grant. Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is
very pleased to submit this grant application on behalf of the 13
county West Michigan Prosperity Alliance. We appreciate the
work of our partners and over 90 organizations that have endorsed
our application. We look forward to the opportunity to begin
this critical project to enhance communication, collaboration, and
cooperation in our region.
GVMC Executive Director, John Weiss; Al Vanderberg,
Ottawa County Administrator; and Rick Chapla (The Right Place)
gave a presentation on the Governor’s Regional Prosperity
Initiative at the October 3 GVMC Board Meeting. Click
here to view presentation.
New Director of Environmental
GVMC is very pleased to announce that Wendy Ogilvie, LEED AP ND,
has recently joined GVMC as Director of Environmental Programs.
Ms. Ogilvie has been affiliated with GVMC and its environmental
programs for over 13 years. She has been responsible for the complete
administration of the 23 community NPDES Municipal Storm Water Permit
Consortium serving Kent and Ottawa Counties. She has also been an
active member of GVMC’s Lower Grand River Organization of
Watersheds (LGROW) and was instrumental in authoring and coordinating
the Lower Grand River Watershed Management Plan. In addition
to her leadership with environmental programs within the GVMC/LGROW
Region, Wendy has also held leadership positions serving governmental
agencies and citizen groups in Berrien, Cass, Calhoun, Muskegon,
Ottawa, Kent, Huron and Van Buren
Counties. She has significant experience with environmental agencies
at all levels of government including the MDNR, MDEQ and EPA.
Wendy has a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. from
Michigan State University. She also received the “2013 Outstanding
Environment Consultant” award from the Michigan Water Environmental
To read feature story written by Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental
GVMC Executive Director
presented an update of GVMC activities to the Kent County Commission September
12, 2013. Click
here for presentation
Mayor Jim Buck
to Be Honored at GVMC Breakfast With Special Guest Senator Carl
After 41 years of service to the City of Grandville and 18 years
as Chairman of Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Jim Buck will
retire after the November election. Jim has served as
mayor for 28 years and prior to that he was a member of the City
Council for 13 years.
Our speaker and special guest for the breakfast will be United
States Senator Carl Levin. Senator Levin has also announced
his decision to retire at the end of his term.
Senator Levin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978. Prior
to that he was a member of the Detroit City Council and served as
general counsel to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission during the
turbulent early 1960s. Senator Levin is chairman of the Senate
Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Committee on Investigations.
At the end of his term he will have over 50 years of public service.
Together our two guests have served the public for 90 years.
We invite you to join GVMC, business leaders, and members of our
community for this special breakfast meeting honoring public service
and these two dedicated public servants.
Monday November 4, 2013 GVSU Seidman School of Business $20.00 Per Person 8:00-9:30 am Seating will be open at 7:30 am
Registration Closed – Event is at Capacity
Safe Route 2 School
- A Safe Routes to School (SR2S) regional training session was held
on Wednesday, August 28 at the Grand Rapids Township Hall. April Morrison-Harke
and Adrianna Jordan from the Michigan Fitness Foundation led the training,
which was geared toward Michigan principals, school transportation
supervisors, planners, road authorities, and Safe Routes to School
champions. Those in attendance learned how to develop SR2S education,
encouragement, enforcement and engineering programs; how to build
a strong SR2S planning team; how to conduct an effective walking audit;
and how to develop a SR2S action plan. Funding application requirements
were also covered. The training session was sponsored by GVMC, MDOT,
and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.
For more information on SR2S or to view training materials, please
Development Update - The FY2014 – 2017 Transportation
Improvement Program was approved by the Grand Valley Metro Council Board
on 6/6/13. The next step in the approval process will be for GVMC to prepare
and send six copies of the entire document to the Michigan Department
of Transportation for their review and approval. Once comments and corrections
have been completed, the Michigan Department of Transportation will prepare
and send the documents to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for
approval. All approvals are scheduled to be complete sometime before the
1st of October, the first day of fiscal year (FY) 2014. At that time,
the new document takes effect. If you have any questions or comments,
please click here,
or contact Darrell Robinson by phone at (616) 776-7609 or email email@example.com.
Kent County Commissioner
Jim Saalfeld presented the final report of the Community
Collaboration Work Group at the GVMC Board Meeting on June 6, 2013.
Click here to
view the Presentation.
Draft FY2014 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
Available - The draft UPWP, which includes the budget for all
federally assisted transportation planning activities that will be undertaken
by the GVMC Transportation Division, the Interurban Transit Partnership
(ITP), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), is now available
for review. For more information, please click here.
Grand Valley Metro
Council Pavement Management Van Featured on WZZM 13 News and Grand
Rapids Business Journal
The Grand Valley Metro Council is using a unique and efficient
way to monitor road conditions in West Michigan.
GVMC hosted the second public meeting for
the FY2014-2017 TIP - On Monday, April 29, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
held its second public meeting for the draft FY2014-2017 TIP. The purpose
of this meeting was to solicit input on the entire FY2014-2017 TIP Document
and to detail the findings of the Environment Justice Review GVMC performed
on the FY2014-2017 list of projects.
The meeting itself featured an informative presentation on the TIP development
process, the Environmental Justice review process with multiple maps of
transportation projects provided as visual aids, and several staff members
were in attendance to answer questions. To view the presentation from
the meeting, please
Holds Street Summit - Monday, April 8, a crowd of over 40
legislators, business representatives, local government officials, and
media representatives convened at the Kent County Road Commission for
a Street Summit. The event was a joint endeavor by State Rep. Rob
VerHeulen, Grand Valley Metro Council, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce,
Kent County Road Commission, The Rapid, and local officials. GVMC
Executive Director, John Weiss, explained “The Summit’s intent
is to bring into focus the deteriorating condition of area roads. In order
for West Michigan to prosper, quality roads are imperative. Rather
than advocating for a particular funding method, the message we are sending
is Just Fix the Roads.” House Transportation Appropriations
Subcommittee Chair and former City of Walker Mayor, Rob VerHeulen co-sponsored
The Summit kicked off at 9:30 a.m. at the Kent County Road Commission
with presentations from Steve Warren, of the Kent County Road Commission,
and Eric DeLong, Grand Rapids Deputy City Manager. The conclave
then embarked for a two-hour tour of the “Good, Bad, and Hardly
Passable” of area roads during which business representatives stressed
the importance of road condition for commerce.
The Summit wrapped up at 11:45 back at the road commission for a roundtable
discussion and luncheon catered by Johnny Braan of Braan’s Kitchen
TIP DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - On Tuesday,
April 9, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council held its first public
meeting for the draft FY2014-2017 TIP. The purpose of the meeting
was to solicit input on the draft project lists for the FY2014-2017
TIP. Twenty-nine individuals attended the meeting, including an
Introduction to Transportation Planning class from Grand Valley
The meeting itself featured an informative presentation on the
TIP development process, multiple maps of transportation projects
provided as visual aids, and several staff members were in attendance
to answer questions. To view the presentation from the meeting,
Additional $3.7 Million in Carryover Funding Received
for Projects - MDOT recently informed Grand Valley Metropolitan
Council that $3.7 million in carryover funding from previous years was
available to the MPO for FY2013 projects.
To view the draft project list that is being proposed to be funded with
this carryover balance, please click
here. Please note that the project list includes projects moved forward
from FY2014 from the FY2011-2014 TIP, projects moved from TIP illustrative
lists into FY2013, and increases in project length and cost.
For additional information, or if you wish to comment on this project
list, please contact Darrell Robinson by phone (616.776.7609), email,
or mail comments to GVMC’s office (678 Front Ave. NW, Suite 200,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504). To fill out a comment form electronically, please
click here. To download
a copy of our comment form, please click here.
Comments will be received through Wednesday, April 24.
The Transportation Programming Study Group will meet in the near future
to determine a project list for FY2014, should additional funding become
Grand River Sediment Survey - NTH
Consultants, Ltd. (NTH) has prepared this Phase II environmental Site
Assessment (ESA) Report on an approximately 1.5-mile long stretch of the
Grand River immediately north of the 4th Street dam. The Phase II
ESA was conducted on behalf of the Grand Rapids Whitewater Association.
The Phase II ESA was performed under the Brownfield Assessment Grant that
the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) received from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. Click
here to view the full report.
2035 Michigan Transportation
Plan Revision – help drive Michigan’s Transportation Future!From 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Rapids MDOT Transportation
Service Center (2660 Leonard St., NE) the Michigan Dept. of Transportation
will be holding a public meeting to gain input to help revise its long-range
plan. The open house will feature a brief presentation at 5:15 p.m. and
6:15 p.m. Click here for
Lt. Governor Attends GVMC
Board and Quarterly Meeting
Brian Calley, Michigan's Lt. Governor attended the GVMC Board Meeting
and Quarterly Luncheon on July 9th. Speaking first in a casual
conversation with the Board of Directors, Calley outlined the administration's
goals for future and outlined key issues impacting our state.
Board members asked questions on a variety of topics including the
new International Bridge, new state fireworks law and the personal
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council
678 Front St NW, Suite 200 • Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504.
Phone: (616) 77-METRO (776-3876)• Fax: (616) 774-9292
GVMC Board Meetings can be seen on GRTV Charter Communications Channel
24 the second Tuesday and Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Plus, starting
November 17th on Rogueview Community TV (RCTV) Charter Communications Channel
22 on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.