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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.

Deer-motorcycle accident results in fatality

27 year old Justin Paulsen lost his life sunday night after colliding with a deer on Decker Road west of Tyndall while riding a motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet at the time and speed is not indicated as a factor in the accident.

Armed Robbery Photos released

Police have released pictures from the surveillance video of the armed robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning at the New Era Wesco. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oceana County Sheriff's office at (231)873-6763

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Huizenga fights to cap fees

On Wednesday, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on his legislation to modernize the Endangered Species Act. H.R. 3131, introduced by Congressman Huizenga, brings the hourly rate for awards of fees to prevailing attorneys to $125 per hour.

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Huizenga defended his bill on the house floor, “This bill would ensure that all Americans who sue the federal government are entitled to the same reasonable limits when it comes to being awarded taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees. Veterans, small businesses, and federal benefit recipients go through this right now and frankly Mr. Chairman if it’s good enough for our citizens, it should be good enough for our flora and fauna. It is past time to apply this sensible cap to ESA suits as well.” Huizenga responded to the criticism that the bill would restrict access to the courts, by clarifying it should not limit access if it is truly about the wellbeing of our natural resources, and not about money.  

Congressman Huizenga’s Testimony:

Sheriff Activity report included Stolen Kayaks

The Mason County Sheriff's office activity report includes the theft of 3 kayaks as well as a trolling motor and paddle were stolen from the 6500 block of S. Appleton in Riverton Township. The kayaks were yellow, green and purple.

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