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The City Wants Public Input on Dog Beaches

Thinking about taking your dog to the beach? You wont be going to Stearns Beach.  Last night the City sent back  the request to allow dogs & owners to access the beach on the south side of the north breakwater. Thats basiclly the beach located where Ludington Ave dead-ends.While Buttersville, Pentwater, and Cartier Park have beaches designating a spot for Rufus to frolic and cool off, City manager Jon Shay says the negatives out way the positives for Stearns Beach. Mason County Mutts has stepped up in offering doggy stations for bags, disposal bins, and two signs designating the area.

Regardless of concessions put forward, this issue has been sent back to committee.

Feel strongly one way or another? Now is a great time to have your voice be heard on this issue. Council member Kaye Ferguson Holman said she wants community input via email, phone calls, or attending city council meetings. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can contact her at 231-590-2259.

ORV and Golf Cart Ordinances Passed by Ludington City Council

The Ludington City Council passed both of the controversial off-road-vehicle and golf cart ordinances last night during its Monday meeting. The council’s uneasiness with the legislation was evident having both ordinances pass by just one vote each (4-3).

It is now legal to operate ORVs and golf carts on the public roadways of Ludington. The new laws still require a valid driver’s license in order to operate either of these vehicles alone, but anyone over 12-years-of-age with the proper safety certification can operate an ORV on the road as long as they are directly supervised by a licensed parent or guardian.

Both ordinances include sunset clauses, which allow the city to cancel them after one year if necessary. Most of Mason County’s townships and the City of Scottville have passed similar laws regarding the use of such vehicles on the roads. 

Ludington North Breakwater Vandalized

The North Breakwater off of Stearns Beach has been heavily vandalized. The walkway to the lighthouse was tagged in at least 5 areas over the weekend.

Vandals used bright green spray paint to leave a combination of messages and images that are still clearly visible. The tags included a moon, sun, peace-symbol, clouds, waves, tic-tac-toe board, and even the phrase “I (heart) Ludington.”

Though this was clearly not an act of hate, it is still an act of crime. If you have any information regarding the taggers, please contact the Ludington Police Department. 

Scottville Considers Disbanding Police Department

Citizens and elected officials in Scottville are in the midst of a decision that could result in disbanding the city’s police department. As financial issues and costs of living continue to complicate city operations, commissioners search for potential budget cuts that could create solutions.

Currently, Scottville’s budget doesn’t have room for the employment of a treasurer, forcing City Manager Amy Williams to uphold her own duties as well as those of a treasurer. The proposal to disband the police department could solve this issue. WMOM spoke with commissioner Ed Hahn about why he believes the city could prosper without the police department.

Hahn: “From what I’ve been able to gather from the vast number of residents is the fact that… they feel that by eliminating the police department and recouping that $180,000 a year, and the fact that Mason County [Sherriff’s Office] is so good at what they do, we would be just as well off without [the polcie department] as we would with them.”

Mason County Sherriff Kim Cole has assured Scottville residents that his office would respond to their 911 calls and address concerns brought to their attention. The commissioner pointed out that other cities in Michigan have made similar changes with positive results.

Hahn: “Pontiac disbanded their police department, Oakland County took it over. Their crime rate dropped 21% in 18 months… and from everything that I’ve been able to find and read, the residents there are completely satisfied with that."

Hahn worries that people have taken his proposal as a tirade against the police department rather than as a solution for the city’s needs.

Hahn: “It’s really a financial issue, it truly is. And it’s been brought up in a number of meetings… and we’re always told the same thing, 'we just don’t have the money for it, we just don’t have the money for it,' so if we don’t have the money for it then what we need to do at this point is try to find a way to generate the money for it.”

WMOM will continue to follow the situation as it progresses. 

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