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Heartwell's State of City: Fix the roads

11:37 PM, Jan 11, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) - The condition of Grand Rapids streets is a concern to many residents, and was the central focus Saturday during Mayor George Heartwell's "State of the City" address.

Heartwell said the potholes are bad, and there's not enough money to fix them. The city needs $22 million dollars to begin work. The mayor says Lansing politics and less money from the state are not helping the city. That's why he says the city commission has already prepared a May ballot proposal to find money.

Early in his speech, Heartwell discussed education and new partnerships with Grand Valley State and Grand Rapids Community College. Grand Rapids Public Schools will also create a 6th through 12th grade Museum School.

Heartwell was excited about the increase in alternative transportation in the city, and the trimming the city workforce by 30% in the past 10 years.

You can read the Mayor's full speech here.

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