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Mayor discusses Tuesday elections, other citizen questions on City Connection

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Mayor Heartwell answered questions from local citizens on topics such as police complaints, Nov. 3 elections, and advice for mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss.

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Every month on the first Monday, Mayor Heartwell is open to all questions sent in during his live on-air show "City Connection." 

This month, City Connection was aired on GRTV Channel 24 and live-streamed right here on The Rapidian on Monday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m. The mayor responded to citizen questions submitted by calling in, emailingtweeting or just posting a question in the comments section at the bottom of the article page.

Topics covered included:

  • The election of November 3
  • How to apply for the job of City Commissioner
  • The mayor's advice for mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss
  • Concern about the complaint-filing process for the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD)
  • History of the Civilian Appeals Board
  • Update on the implementation of body cameras for all police officers
  • Heartwell answers a phone call regarding the income for the executive of The Rapid
  • Conventions hosting in Grand Rapids and the City's plans for expanding the capabilities of hosting even more
  • 311's new system for retrieving your own neighborhood-specific snow-removal updates and information
  • What is to come for Heartwell's final City Connection show as mayor
  • and more


For 18 years, the mayors of Grand Rapids have hosted City Connection, a monthly, live call-in show on GRTV’s Livewire, Comcast channel 24.  Mayor John Logie started the program in 1992 as a way to share mayoral perspective with Grand Rapidians and to bring a little more transparency to local government. City Connection is an opportunity to interact directly with one of our city’s top elected officials.


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