The Ludington city council met last night. Suds on the shore was approved to use rotary park the weekend of August 19th. The Council approved Trinity Church's request to close part of Monona Drive for a church picnic on June 24th.
The council responded to a request by city employees to provide more retirement options. The MERS uniform 457 supplemental program resolution allows city employees to invest in the 457 plan sponsored by MERS. Retirement continued as a topic of discussion, regarding an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police and the City of Ludington clarifying police pension benefits. An early retirement incentive letter of agreement between the City of Ludington and Service Employees International Union encouraged some, including Roy Harper, whose retirement agreement was approved during the meeting, to take an early retirement in exchange for health insurance coverage and possible deposits into a Health Savings Account.
Consumers energy replaced 211 mercury vapor streetlights with high-pressure sodium streetlights for the city. The city council also readopted a resolution authorizing fire-protection for Pere Marquette Charter Township and other outlying communities within the Ludington area.
Joe Stickney provided the 2016 annual report for the DPW, motor pool and cemetery and parks. In 2016 they removed 125 trees due to sickness and applied 100 tons more road salt than the prior year. Mr. Stickney reported on the increasing prices of salt, saying that the price has doubled in the last year. He remained hopeful that prices will decrease with the recent state renegotiation with salt companies that has lead to a temporary decrease in prices. Mr. Stickney expressed his intent to resurface one block of Grant st. and one block of seventh st resulting in the use of their $32,000 budget.