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Michigan League's quality of life awards.

Thirty-five communities were honored for improving their citizen's quality of life in the eighth annual Michigan Municipal League Achievement Awards competition.

For the first time the league also recognized municipalities for their efforts to protect or nurture the environment. Twenty-one communities received Awards for Environmental Responsibility.

Flint Councilman Woodrow Stanley, vice chair of NLC's Human Development Committee, presented the awards during the league's recent annual meeting in Grand Rapids.

Eaton Reapids' Safety Town

Eaton Rapids won first place in the 100-5,000 population category of the general competition for Safety Town, a hands-on program to teach kindergarteners personal and pedestrian safety.

Honorable mention in this class went to Fremont for a downtown renovation and beautification that provides barrier-free access to nearly all Main Street buildings.

Certificates of Achievement: Decatur, Christmas decorations; Grayling, street rebuilding; Hart, downtown renovation; Lathrup Village, mailbox replacement; Portland, historic bridge restoration; Rockford, water infiltration intake system; Scottville, downtown infrastructure redeveloppment and Westphalia, municipal center construction.

Fenton river cleanup

Top honors in the 5,001-10,000 population class went to Fenton for cleanup of the river flowing through the heart of the city. Volunteers removed debris to create a community recreational facility.

Manistee earned honorable mention for a weekly newspaper column written by the city manager.

Certificates of Achievement: Coldwater, housing rehabilitation; Hudsonville, American flag display; Rochester, municipal building expansion; South Lyon, police bicycle patrol and Walled Lake, cooperative narcotics enforcement with two other jurisdictions.

Muskegon Heights housing

A public/private affordable housing construction venture garned first place in the 10,001-25,000 category for Muskegon Heights.

Birmingham brought home honorable mention for its library services for homebound senior citizens.

Certificates of Achievement: Cadillac, nighttime lakefront sidewalk lighting; Clawson, informational yearbook for residents and transformation of a former school into a community center; Escanaba, promotional brochure; Marquette, strategic plan and property tax assessment explanation pamphlet and Mount Clemens, automated vehicle fuel dispensing system and historic preservation newsletter.

Wyoming nature preserve

First place in the 25,001-75,000 category went to Wyoming for creating a nature preserve in a former floodplain area.

Farmington Hills' reconstruction of a dirt road while preserving its natural beauty and historic past earned an honorable mention.

Certificates of Achievement: Burton, police services to a shopping mall; Jackson, housing code enforcement and zoning[paragraph]violation inspections and Royal Oak, improving the quality of worklife for Department of Recreation and Public Service employees.

Dearborn, Southfield share prize

Dearborn and Southfield shared the first place prize in the 75,000 and above class.

Dearborn's social program for mentally impaired youth and adults offers at least one activity a month to eligible residents of the city and surrounding communities.

Southfield established the first municipal child care facility in the state in a former arts center and is experiencing reduced employee absenteeism and turnover.

Southfield also received the honorable mention in this category for its housing integration incentives.

Certificates of Achievement: Ann Arbor, butterfly and hummingbird garden and fund-raising canoe race; Flint, foster care youth support prgram and Department of Community and Economic Development newsletter; Grand Rapids, sewer system improvements and Sterling Heights, Fire Department physical fitness program and custom-designed fire hose loading device.

Environmental Responsibility

East Lansing took firs place in the new Environmental Responsibility awards competition for its Commission on the Environment. The eight-member citizen advisory committee has implemented a recycling program, persuaded the city to purchase recycled materials and developed policies for reducing pesticide use.

East Lansing also won one of five honorable mentions for its use of a cartoon character in its waste reduction education campaign.

Honorable mentions went also to Fowlerville, Lathrup Village, Grosse Pointe Woods and Flushing.

Certificates of Achievement: Capac, yard waste composting; Clawson, 24-hour-a-day recycling center; East Grand Rapids, composting and wood chipping yard waste; Escanaba, marina dredging and weed harvesting, tree farming fertilization experiment and composting; Grand Blanc, household hazardous waste collection day; Hart, bicycle trail; Hudsonville, yard waste recycling; Madison Heights, all-out war on garbage; Marysville, yard waste composting; Plymouth, phased-in solid waste reduction plan; Rochester, mandatory recycling; Saline, voluntary curbside recycling; Scottville, recycling and composting; Southfield, comprehensive solid waste management program; Sterling Heights, yard waste management campaign and hazardous substance policies and Taylor, tree planting and maintenance.
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Title Annotation:Michigan Municipal League Achievement Awards
Author:Turner, Laura
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Nov 4, 1991
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