Commissioners focus on Airport

Court House

The Mason County Board of Commissioners met yesterday. Action items included the jury board wage being increased to $12.00 an hour. The commission approved the building of a roof over the dog run at the Mason County Animal Control. 50%  of the funds to build the roof will be provided by Lakeshore Animal Friends and the remaining will come from the public improvement fund. The Mason County Airport was a major focus during yesterday’s meeting. A fuel rate formula was approved for the Mason County Airport to sell fuel, along with an agreement with Avfuel to act as the vendor. With the retirement of Dave Johnson and the end of the county's contract with Mason County Aviation, the board decided to provide fuel self service equipment as an investment to allow for more cost efficiency. Credit cards were approved as a form of payment and landing fees were determined. Fees are for planes with a Double Engine Turboprop and larger and range from $75 to $200.

Jim Scatena retires after 20 years of service to FloraCraft

One of Ludington’s most popular businessmen has announced his retirement.  Jim Scatena has been the CEO of FloraCraft corporation for almost two decades.  As a community member, Mr. Scatena has held leadership positions at Spectrum Health- Ludington Hospital, West Shore Community College, Michigan Works! Workforce Development Board and others throughout the community. According to FloraCraft, Lee Schoenherr will assume President and CEO duties for the time being.

Ludington City Council 5.8.17

The Council approved the AAUW to place signs throughout the city beginning on June 18th regarding a book sale to take place at the Lakeview School June 22nd through the 24th. A proclamation was adopted in Support of the 2017 Childhood Cancer campaign lemonade stand to take place throughout ludington on June 3rd.

Tom Rotta offered Council members tap water from ludington pipes, citing concern for possible lead contamination due to old water connections. With a comment of, “I am not afraid of Tom.” Mayor Kaye Furguson-Holman drank the yellow dyed water. Buissness proceeded as usual as the council approved the retirement of Julie Ledger. They congratulated her on her work and years of dedicated service.

Councillor Kathy Wincheski reminded the public that bulky item pick up will occur the first week of every month beginning January 2018, that participants in the city's recycling program will be eligible to win gift cards to local establishments and  thanked the three anonymous donors who funded the green “Gator bags” used to water trees.  The meeting concluded with the mayor calling to set a public meeting to receive feedback on the direction of the council.

President Scouts for Soldiers

The City Council recognized Daisy Girl Scout Troop #4688 last night for receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award.


This was for their 870 hours of service towards our community and their Scouts For Soldiers Campaign. The Scouts for Soldiers Campaign took place throughout downtown Ludington in the form of buckets with toy soldiers, asking visitors to “Please Take A Soldier In Honor Of Our Heroes Fighting For Our Freedom"


In the course of 3 months over 14,000 toy soldiers were distributed.  


The troop will be celebrating the honor Friday May 19th from 6 until 8 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

Smoke Testing Tuesday May 9th

Smoke Testing to occur Tuesday, May 9th, in the City of Ludington. The test involves blowing smoke into the sewer system to find damage, improper connections, and where unwanted water may be entering the City’s sewer system. Work will occur between 9:00am and 4:00pm. If you have a bathroom or plumbing fixtures that are not used or seldom used, the trap should be filled by running water in the fixtures the day before, today Monday May 8th. Please let a representative of the smoke testing crew know if any leakage occurs in your home or business. If you have any questions about the test, health issues or any other concerns, feel free to ask a crew member, or contact the City of Ludington’s City Manager, John Shay at 231-845-6237.

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