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Kayak Stolen

Monday morning a 13.5 foot Carolina kayak was stolen from Piney Ridge Rd in Hamlin Township. The Kayak was red, orange and yellow with storage compartments.

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Police welcome Angels to help fight addiction

The Michigan State Police (MSP) has joined almost 200 police departments nationwide in the Angel Program to assist people struggling with addiction and reduce drug demand. The Angel Program allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post to seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation.  It originally began in Gloucester, Mass. in 2015.

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The Hart Post is currently recruiting volunteers who wish to provide support to participants, including transportation to treatment. Volunteers must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and live within one hour of the post, among other requirements. Volunteers will receive training, and will be reimbursed for mileage and meals. The Michigan State police plans to continue expansion of the program across the state throughout 2017.  If you are interested in learning more about the program or becoming an Angel Volunteer, please contact the Hart Post at 231-873-2171.

 

Police seek assistance in identifying suspects

The Michigan State Police Hart Post and Mason County Sheriff’s Department are requesting assistance with the identification of two suspects responsible for identity theft and multiple illegal credit card transactions which occurred from Mason County to Ottawa County starting on July 9th 2017. If you have any information Silent Observer at 888-786-7274 or contact Michigan State Police Hart Post at 231-873-2171.

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City Council approved mileage and 6th ward councilor

Last night the Ludington city council voted unanimously to appoint Dave Bourgette to the position of 6th ward councilor. Council members praised both candidates. Councilor Les Johnson was also confirmed as Mayor Pro-tem. They also honored Gary Castonia for the work he has done as 6th ward councilor.

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Taxes were a large portion of yesterday's city council meeting. The city intends to use bonds to help pay for the new Fire Station. There will be a slight increase in taxes that will go towards the Downtown Development Board. The Police Pension Fund rate will stay the same as last year, general operating millage and Refuse Fund will see a slight drop. The independent auditor gave a positive evaluation, praising the “excellent cooperation with city staff” and work well done for the city.

During last night's public comment, concern was expressed regarding the impact of the lane reduction on traffic and safety. Sargent Sands was mentioned as a concern, questioning the impact of the trucks on additional traffic with fewer lanes. The city responded to these concerns by confirming that no decision had been made regarding lanes. At this time, the city is seeking volunteers to assist in counting traffic at intersections in order to provide data to MDOT whether this is the best options for these road. At this time, if lane changes are approved, the trial period would occur in spring of 2018.


Council to appoint new councilor and vote upon mileages

The Ludington city council will vote on adjustments to the mileage based upon the Headlee amendment.  This limits the amount that can be collected in taxes to the rate of inflation. The Police Pension Fund rate is expected to stay the same as last year. General operating millage and Refuse Fund are expected to see a slight drop.

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Now that Gary Castonia has decided to serve as 2nd district commissioner, the council must appoint a new 6th ward councilor. There were 2 who submitted letters of interest, Carrie Rangel and Dave Bourgette. Interviews for the position of 6th ward councilor will begin tonight at 4pm at the Community room in the basement of the Municipal building.

 

Communications from the Mayor will include resolutions of appreciations and an appointment of Adam Lamb to the marina board. The Ludington City Council meeting will take place tonight at 6:30pm in the Municipal Building.

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