Ludington City Council meeting tonight

The Ludington City Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30pm at City Hall. Items on the agenda include discussion of the expected approval of the city’s request for the $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) for the West End Project. The Council is also expected to receive public comments about the proposed 2017 budget and possibly approve the budget. The City will also hear an proposed fundraiser from Spectrum Health to benefit the Cancer Service Center. The fundraiser, to take place June 10th 2017, is called “be someone’s angel” It will be an effort to break the record of the most amount of sand angels created simultaneously. There will also be the appointment of the city manager and city attorney for 2017 and approving the 2017 salaries for the city clerk and treasurer. Edits to the special events application will be reviewed and voted upon. The council is also scheduled to consider hiring a contractor to upgrade the city’s water and sewer systems.

Oceana County comes together to support fire victims

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 Oceana’s Home Partnership In collaboration with Oceana Emergency Management, Hart Brewing co. and Gales IGA is working to support victims of the Parkview Manor Fire. 81 residents were impacted by the fire which completely destroyed 2 buildings. They are collecting personal hygiene items and home goods as well as clean warm clothes. There were few children impacted by the fire, so they are asking for adult clothing only at this time. The apartment complex office is also accepting donation between 9am and 5pm today.

The Oceana County Council on Aging has raised a total of $300 in donations. The money raised is being used to buy items that residents have already identified as needs. The OCCOA is also providing free transportation for those impacted by the fire and offering displaced parkview tenants to come in for meals. Donations made to OCCOA through the end of the year will be used to cover those expenses.

Oceana’s Home Partnership is encouraging those interested in assisting to also inform them of available rental units in Oceana County in order to connect households impacted by the fire to new housing opportunities. They are also asking for the public to provide direct community supports in the form of opening your home or assisting with transportation. For more information you can contact Oceana’s Home Partnership at (231)873-2222.

Shop with a Cop brings smiles

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Children Shop with a Cop. Spirits were high as a sea of badges greeted children at the walmart entrance in Ludington. Sounds of the LHS Band and choir could be heard throughout the store as 60 kids walked around the store with a cop partner picking out gifts for family and friends. Some family members stood nearby, taking pictures of their children with their new friend. After checking out, many of the kids got the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and get a picture. The total raised amount raised this year for Shop with a Cop was $14,000. Officer Tony Kuster, the coordinator for the program said, "[It's great] for the kids to see the officers in a totally different light. Everybody's happy tonight and to be able to bless them with gifts for their families. The kids are actually more excited about buying for their family than they are for themselves. We couldn't do it without the generous support we get from our community. I want it to keep growing, there's more kids out there that we would like to serve. [We want to make it] bigger and better next year."

DEQ holds public hearing on Sargent Sands permit

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Sands of our Sargent. Chairs had to be pulling into the community room last night to accommodate those in attendance at the Sargent Sands Public Hearing on their permit renewal. Attendees were provided a packet of frequently asked questions from Sargent Sands. There was a general consensus that Sargent Sands has worked hard to be a good neighbor to locals and the community.  Some going as far as saying that there is little evidence that Sargent Sands will not be good stewards of the land in the future. Multiple citizens requested an updated environmental impact study that would be done by a 3rd party. Others expressed concern regarding the renewability of sand and the environmental impact on natural ecosystems. Noise was brought up multiple times, some by those who say they can hear the mining operation, and others who say they cannot. Still others focused on the impact of the truck traffic on noise pollution as well as concern regarding pedestrian traffic being hurt by a vehicle. Brian Brink, owner of Brink Farms, expressed support for Sargent Sands, explaining that 15-20 families are supported through his trucking business due to the company. He also stressed that they review GPS data to ensure his truckers are not speeding and that an inspection of the sealed trailers are required before leaving the site. Supervisor for permitting and technical services section for the Department of Environmental Quality office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Adam Wygant said,

"I was pleased that everyone had a space to make their comments. We heard some pro mining type comments as well as comments that requested denial of the permit and exactly why. Every time we've engaged this community, they've been very gracious and it's been very civil. I think that the department got what they wanted to get out and what the citizens asked for."

Due to the amount of citizen responses, it is not expected to have the renewal approved before the end of the year. Additional public comments can be emailed to OThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will remain open until Friday, December 16th. IMG 5799IMG 5803


Pictures capture the spirit of Ludington in 2017 Calendar

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The City of Ludington will be printing its 3rd annual calendar for residents. Each year the City has held a photo contest where photographers can submit their works for inclusion in the calendar. The  winning cover photo for the 2017 calendar is by Jim Bowman. It depicts a sailboat in the Ludington Harbor on the Crystal Blue waters of Lake Michigan. Community Development Director Heather Tykoski said “Not only is this calendar a useful tool for our residents with helpful hints, meeting times, and important information, it is also a way to highlight the beauty of our area and showcase the work of some talented photographers who capture this beauty”The City of Ludington thanks all of the submissions for their excellent contributions. The submitted photos will be displayed throughout the calendar. Calendars will be delivered to ludington residents via the US Post Office in January. An online version will also be made available at that time.


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