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BRUSH CHIPPING SEASON COMING TO AN END, AND WITH SOME CHANGES

Due to extenuating circumstances, the City has discontinued removing brush from the curbside for the remainder of the 2017 season.  We apologize for the inconvenience to those that have placed brush at the curbside for the scheduled September pickup process, but brush can now be dropped off during daylight hours at the City Yard Waste Drop-off area thru the month of November.  The Drop-off area is located on the south side of Oak Street at the intersection of Stone and Oak.

Please stack Brush with limbs no more than three inches (3”) in diameter, whereas the City crew will chip the brush from there.  As before, the program is intended for routine tree/bush trimming and fallen branches for City residents only, and use by private tree-removal companies is prohibited. Brush is not to be placed at curbside anymore, whereas the City will not be picking it up.  Christmas trees can be dropped off at the new site during the month of January.




***PRESS RELEASE***

September 6, 2017

On the morning of Tuesday, September 05, 2017, a Fremont Department of Public Works employee, Nathan Wolford was injured in a vehicular-related accident on East Main Street, Fremont.  He was lifted by Aero-Med to Grand Rapids and is currently in stable condition.

The City has established a fund for the Wolford family to help cover travel costs.  Donations can be made at the City’s municipal offices during business hours (M-F; 8-5), placed in the drop box at the northwest exit of the municipal offices parking lot or mailed to the City of Fremont, 101 E. Main St., Fremont , MI  49412.

The incident is still under investigation, so there is no other information available at this time.

City Manager


 

Branstrom Lodge Closed for Winter Season  

      

The City will be closing down Branstrom Lodge until further notice.  The stone fireplace is in need of replacement amongst other needed repairs, making it unfit for public use.  Over the winter months, we will preparing plans for repair or replacement of the Lodge.

 



Public Art Fundraising Campaign for the Oak Arch

In the Spring Newsletter, the City introduced a Downtown Beautification project for our community, “The Darling Walkway.”  The project entails removal of portions of Darling Avenue and Sheridan Street, and the former high school parking area west of the Rec Center.    The proposed innovations will include implementation of a decorative winding sidewalk with art nodes, landscaping, sitting areas, a new parking lot and pickle ball courts.

“Oak Arch”, the focal art piece, is designed to be located at the intersection of Darling and Sheridan, west of the Gateway & Rec Center.  A fundraising campaign will begin on Friday, July 7th, in coordination with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan-based crowd funding platform “Patronicity.”  Patronicity partners up with communities to help raise funds for public spaces, whereby if the City is successful in reaching its campaign goal of $30,000, MEDC will match the $30,000. 

The art piece specifically costs $40,000 to construct and it will cost an additional $20,000 to clear the streetscape and implement the decorative walkway under and around the art piece.  It is anticipated that the larger community will also contribute, along with those who have already supported this growing part of what makes Fremont a welcoming location in West Michigan. 

The overall project is a collaboration of planning between the Fremont Public Art Committee, City of Fremont, Fremont Downtown Development Authority, Fremont Area District Library and Fremont Community Recreation Authority.

We hope you, too, will consider donating toward this wonderful fundraising campaign, starting July 7th.  Please visit the Patronicity website (Oak Arch) for more information on the “Fremont Oak Arch” project and to make donations beginning July 7th.  You can also contact City Hall at 924-2101 if you have any other questions about the project, would like to donate, or if you would like to serve on our Public Art Committee – we welcome interested members.


12th Annual Hike & 5K Run

The 12th annual hike & 5k run will take place in branstrom park on saturday, october 7, 2017, with registration starting at 8:00 - 8:30 am and the run/walk will start at 8:40 - 8:50 am.  
the first 150 applicants who pre-register by monday, september 25, 2017 will receive a free t-shirt, (ages 7 and older are eligible for a shirt), thanks to the tamarac, koffee kupppe, anytime fitness and the fremont recreation authority.  
registration forms are available at fremont city hall or by clicking this link.
you can also get a copy of the map here.