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City Hall Corner

By Mike Womack, Cedar Springs City Manager

Toilet Leaks

The City’s utility billing clerk monitors abnormal water usage at homes and businesses in the City and tries to contact owners about whether the home or business might have a water leak. Some of those leaks are found in the crawlspace or under the kitchen sink but by far the biggest culprit is the toilet flapper valve. A leaky flapper valve can waste 200 gallons a day or 6000 gallons in a month. To put that in perspective, an average showerhead uses 2.5 gallons per minute so a leaky toilet is equal to 80 minutes in the shower per day. Big leaks are generally easy to detect, as it will sound like the water is constantly running and the water in the toilet tank will continually be cycling. Smaller leaks can be detected by putting a food coloring into the toilet’s tank and waiting to see if that coloring makes its way into the toilet bowl water within 30-60 minutes. In either case, the flapper’s rubber degrades over time and begins to lose its ability to properly seal. The City’s DPW recommends replacing your toilet flapper on a regular basis at least every 2-3 years, and more frequently if you use a chemical bowl cleaner.

Morley Park Pavilion

Morley Park is a very popular destination and the City is working to make it even better every year. Last year, the City ran electricity to the Pavilion and started allowing citizens to reserve its use for get-togethers and parties. The Pavilion has proven to be a well-liked spot for family reunions, birthday parties and a few baby showers. If you are interested in reserving the pavilion for your party, the City starts accepting reservations up to 60 days in advance starting March 1 of each year and the cost is $20 for City residents and $30 for non-residents.  You can find the application on the City’s website under FORMS.

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City to hold special meeting tonight (Thursday)

By Judy Reed

This City of Cedar Springs will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at City Hall, to take care of some last minute business before the new fiscal year starts on July 1.

Action items include voting on purchasing a new radar speed sign for the city; Morley Park pavilion rental and electricity at the pavilion; and a motion to approve the Library Services Agreement, Grant Area District revision.

According to City Manager Mike Womack, the radar sign would be portable and could be moved around the City, wherever there was a need.

“The reasoning behind the radar sign is that we have seen the Sheriff Department’s radar sign in action and it absolutely does result in slower traffic, which is safer for the public,” explained Womack. “By having our own sign, we could be quicker to respond to citizen complaints of speeding traffic and we would also have the benefit of the resulting data that the sign takes in while its measuring traffic speed. This data could then be used to help direct when/where Sheriff intervention might be needed but it could also be used for economic development reasons such as knowing how many cars go past a certain place during a day or week.”

He added that the radar sign is also part of his ongoing initiative to make the streets safer for pedestrians overall. “We are also considering pedestrian crossing signs in the downtown area and we will be repainting the crosswalk paint on the asphalt,” he explained.

The radar signs they will be looking at range from a low of $1,785 to $3,165.

There are also several discussion items on the agenda, including choices of several different logos to use on the Elm Street garage that people walking or riding on the White Pine Trail would see; pedestrian crosswalk signs; and whether they can inscribe “Red Flannel Town” on the new clocktower at the corner of Main and W. Maple, by the library.


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