With winter on our doorstep, please remember there is a
removal ordinance in the Village of Grand Rapids!
$5.00 Zoning Certificate is required for any building erected, enlarged,
reconstructed, or moved on any lot in the Village. This requirement will
assure that the percent of lot coverage and the setbacks are in
accordance with the Zoning Code. If you have any questions, please
inquire at the Village office before starting any construction. The
Zoning Ordinance states that the Zoning Certificate fee is $100.00 for a
post construction application.
Residents in the Village must keep all vehicles licensed and in operable
order. A disabled vehicle is any vehicle which, by condition of
disrepair or accident, is unable to be moved and maneuvered under its
own power, but is subject to repair, or is not currently licensed.
By law, everyone MUST contact O.U.P.S., 1-800-362-2764, at least 48
hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal
holidays) before beginning any digging or excavation work. This
regulation also applies to smaller or personal projects to include but
not limited to digging fencepost holes, anchoring supports for decks and
swing sets, planting trees, removing tree roots and driving landscaping
stakes into the ground.
When in doubt, don't make a judgment
for a list of information you
will need when you call.
With more and
more people walking, jogging, or pushing baby carriages, the
Sidewalk Committee and Village Council has been very concerned recently
of the conditions of the sidewalks in the community. We are in
the process of evaluating the financial condition of the sidewalk fund within
the Village and where
we should go from there. In the meantime, we would like to
suggest you look at your
sidewalks and check the SIDEWALK REPAIR POLICY to see if your sidewalks
fall under the conditions that require replacement or repairs. As
a reminder, a permit must be approved and the framing inspected prior
to pouring of any new sidewalks.
Otsego Clothing Closet
School District residents in need are welcome to “shop”
(at no cost) for clothes at the Otsego Clothing Closet
Location: Corner of
Beaver & Second St.
(garage of the manse for the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids)
are accepted by appt. at
Hosanna Lutheran Church.
Those in need of clothing can call Hosanna Lutheran Church
(419-832-1041) to schedule an appt.
Otsego Food Pantry
Serving the Otsego School district.
For information or an appointment to pick up food
call Lisa at 419-830-1051.
Home Improvement Team
The First Presbyterian Church sent a team of members to
Mississippi where they did door to door canvassing asking residents what
kind of repairs were needed. Many lives were touched by these folks
and the project was warmly welcomed.
They have brought this
idea back with them and are trying to adapt this program to Grand Rapids.
They are in need of opportunities to try and help folks who may be in need of
help to get a project completed within or without the home.
If you or someone you know is in need of help,
the First Presbyterian Church at