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An informational meeting regarding the renovation of several homes in Ludington’s 4th ward were discussed last night. Habitat for Humanity and Pennies from Heaven are partnering to provide assistance and coordination to not only give the neighborhood a mini make-over, but also to build community spirit and pride. 2-3 homes will be chosen to be revitalized through the program with the assistance of volunteers over the course of 3 days.

MOM News spoke to Monica Schuyler, Executive Director of the Pennies from Heaven Foundation about how she felt the night went, “People are often shy to talk about housing situations, so it’s interesting to see how many come up after to talk about it. But I think it was good. We had a good turn out and it was really about getting the information out there and getting people excited to know what's coming to their area.” A complete list of qualifications and how you can help the Neighbor to Neighbor Program can be found online pfhf.org/n2n

Missing man in Oceana Co.

The Oceana County Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance in locating 50 yr old  Ryan Richard Walsworth. He is a white male last seen leaving his residence in Mears, MI on Monday morning in his white 2012 Ford F150 Crew Cab  License number is AC85142 and it is a log/farm plate.No foul play is suspected but the family is concerned for his well-being.  Anyone with information or who has seen Walsworth or his vehicle is asked to contact the Mason/Oceana Central Dispatch at 231-869-5858.

 

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Mason County Board of Commissioners 2.14.17

The Mason County Commissioners met Tuesday Morning at the Courthouse. The meeting began with the approval of additional house for a legal assistance in the prosecutor's office in order to accommodate for training new employees. An addition of an Intern from the University of Georgia was also approved for the Emergency Management Office. The county approved the purchase of two vehicles for the Mason County Sheriff's office from the equipment replacement fund. One of the vehicles purchased will go towards the jail, with the other being used as a K-9 unit. The contract for the household hazardous waste collection day was approved, with the collection taking place on Saturday August 19, 2017. Appointments to the Local emergency planning committee and Mason County Growth alliance was approved. Prein and Newhof was approved as the federal airport consultant while, Layton and Richardson was approved to work as auditors for the county. Two leases were approved during yesterdays Commission meeting. The first was a move of the MSU Extension office from the State Theatre in Scottville to a building on the campus of West Shore Community College. MOM news spoke to Michael Krauch, about MSU extension moving to West Shore.

“The services are going to be enhanced by the move. It’ll give us the ability to better serve to community. That's why I’ve pursued this.  For those folks who have concerns I encourage them to call the office, talk to me, let me know what their concerns are, so as we are making our transition we make sure we are doing our very best to address it.”

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The Lease for District Health Dept #10 was also approved.  Timothy Hansen was appointed to the Mason County Hospital Finance Authority and Barbara Neilson was reappointment to the Jury Board. The meeting concluded with reports from The treasurer, clerk and administrator.

Ludington City Council 2.13.17

The Ludington City Council met last night. Mayor Pro-tem Castonia lead last night's meeting beginning with the approval of the Ludington Lakestride marathons with registration beginning on June 9th and the race occurring on the 10th.

City Manager John Shay explained 2016 expenses pointing out that the city exceeded expenses by $214,700 from the general fund,  but still left the general fund above the recommended amount by auditors. The city went onto approve payment of bills and 2016 budget amendments.

 

Public Safety and utilities began with the extension of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Agreement with Republic Services. During public comment, concerns were expressed regarding removing the spring clean up event.  The extension agreement included a change from having an annual spring clean up to allowing residents to have two bulky items picked up per month along with their standard trash pick up. any  Additional bulky items beyond two per month would be picked up with a small fee. Due to being high risk for drivers, large Items that exceed 250lbs are being recommended to contact individual contractors, such as Two Men and a Truck, to transport to the landfill. Matt Biolette, Municipal Program Manager for Republic Services said that some customers enjoy having bulky items removed throughout the year rather than on an annual basis and that regular pick up in other cities have not caused any zoning or refuse issues. He also spoke of the challenge of coordinating the spring clean up on his employees versus the easier ongoing pickup. Counselor Karuch expressed conflict with the decision and made a motion to send the agreement back to the committee for consideration. 4 yes and 2 no’s lead to the motion being sent back. The city welcomes any feedback from the public regarding their opinion on the bulky item removal.

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The result of water bonds will lead to many water and sewer mains being replaced in the 4th Ward in Ludington, focusing on water and sewer mains on 6th St and Taylor St. The 2nd ward will also see some water and sewer main replacements as well as one block in the 5th ward.

 

The Water Plant, Wastewater Treatment plant and Utility maintenance department reports were received by City Council. Over 1 billion gallons of water was treated and pumped in 2016 from the water plant. The increase was reportedly due to the service agreement between the city of Ludington, PM township and Michigan Power. Lead testing currently occurs every 3 years, and will likely increase due to the Flint water crisis. Those interested in testing their home for lead were encouraged to reach out the the Health Department to receive water testing kits. The Wastewater treatment plant reported an increase in part due to upgrades as well as an industrial users use of the wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment plant is working with the industry on ways to reduce usage. This is causing a delay in the upgrades to the treatment plant.

 

Standard business resumed with the approval of the purchase of 316 acres  to Dow Chemical. The purchase includes the south side of the Pere Marquette Land and north channel of Pere Marquette river. This land is to be used for recreational development on a possible interconnected trail system. The meeting concluded with the approval of the City of Ludington working towards receiving their Redevelopment Ready Community certification in order to continue to be eligible for community grants.

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