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Live interactive show with Grand Rapids' Mayor Heartwell aired Monday night

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Mayor Heartwell and Linda Gellasch in a previous episode of City Connection

Mayor Heartwell and Linda Gellasch in a previous episode of City Connection /GRTV

At 5pm Monday night, City Connection, Mayor Heartwell's live interactive public access show was simulcast right here on The Rapidian. The program, now in its 19th year, is co-hosted by Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell and GRCMC's Linda Gellasch, and is an opportunity for Grand Rapidians to talk with our mayor about important city issues.

Between Governor Snyder's proposed revocation of state/city revenue sharing in Michigan and the implications of mass-protest in Wisconsin on our local fiscal priorties, there is a lot to talk about. Got any questions for Mayor Heartwell? City Connection airs every first Monday of the month. Citizens can interact by leaving questions on The Rapidian articles, emailing [email protected], tweeting @GRTVaccess,  or leaving a Facebook comment. Tune in each month, first Monday of the month at 5 p.m., to hear him respond to you live on GRTV’s Livewire (channel 24 on Comcast) and streaming on The Rapidian.

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 i recently saw an article on mlive describing a possible change to our city governance model. (

could you explain to us the basics of this possible metropolitan governing system? i'd like to know the differences in your role as well as how city governance would change overall.