Ludington City Council 12.19.16

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The Ludington city council met last night at City Hall. After officials were sworn in, business proceeded as usual.  The 2017 budget and capital improvement plan was approved after the public was invited to make comments on the plan. Business continued with Mika, Meyers, Beckett and Jones being approved as City attorney for civil matters and the Prosecutor's office approved as attorney for criminal matters for the city of Ludington.


During communications Sheriff Kim Cole honored Firefighters Andy Larr, Scott Lattimer and Gary Walton for their quick response to a suicide attempt that occurred in September at the jail, ultimately saving the life of the inmate.

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Kaley Peterson then presented on “Be Someone's angel”, a fundraiser for the Cancer Service Center.  The fundraiser, to take place June 10th 2017, will be an effort to break the record of the most amount of sand angels created simultaneously. The funds raised would remain local.


The Council approved to clarify regulation for special events. Requiring that fees will apply for special events who request to use city property, establishing a $25 fee to haul and use misc. property and establish flat fee of $2000 that the downtown ludington board would pay to cover events. Councillor Rathsack expressed concern at the flat fee for the DLB, questioning the amount of cost the city ought to absorb for special events. The Council agreed that if additional events occur, additional fees may be added if the council so desires. Councillor Krauch expressed concern at the policy, particularity charging fees for 501c(3) non-profit organizations in order to hold events. Councillor Rathsack was the lone vote against the changes.


Councillor Wincheski, Krauch, Castonia, Johnson and Mayor Ferguson Holman spoke highly of John Shay as City Manager. John Shay was approved for City Manager for 2017 and his contract was approved to reflect an additional year of services.


The Council approved the salaries for the city clerk and treasurer for  2017.


The city also approved Hallack as the contractor for 3 contracts for utility projects. Water and sewer mains will be replaced along 6th st, S washington, N washington, Anderson St, and Lawndale. Water mains will be replaced along 6th st, 1st st, and Taylor St.


The meeting concluded with the ongoing discussion of lead and its impact on Ludington. The Council agreed to prepare informational resources regarding lead in the water in order to address public concern.

Ludington City Council meeting tonight

The Ludington City Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30pm at City Hall. Items on the agenda include discussion of the expected approval of the city’s request for the $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) for the West End Project. The Council is also expected to receive public comments about the proposed 2017 budget and possibly approve the budget. The City will also hear an proposed fundraiser from Spectrum Health to benefit the Cancer Service Center. The fundraiser, to take place June 10th 2017, is called “be someone’s angel” It will be an effort to break the record of the most amount of sand angels created simultaneously. There will also be the appointment of the city manager and city attorney for 2017 and approving the 2017 salaries for the city clerk and treasurer. Edits to the special events application will be reviewed and voted upon. The council is also scheduled to consider hiring a contractor to upgrade the city’s water and sewer systems.

Oceana County comes together to support fire victims

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 Oceana’s Home Partnership In collaboration with Oceana Emergency Management, Hart Brewing co. and Gales IGA is working to support victims of the Parkview Manor Fire. 81 residents were impacted by the fire which completely destroyed 2 buildings. They are collecting personal hygiene items and home goods as well as clean warm clothes. There were few children impacted by the fire, so they are asking for adult clothing only at this time. The apartment complex office is also accepting donation between 9am and 5pm today.

The Oceana County Council on Aging has raised a total of $300 in donations. The money raised is being used to buy items that residents have already identified as needs. The OCCOA is also providing free transportation for those impacted by the fire and offering displaced parkview tenants to come in for meals. Donations made to OCCOA through the end of the year will be used to cover those expenses.

Oceana’s Home Partnership is encouraging those interested in assisting to also inform them of available rental units in Oceana County in order to connect households impacted by the fire to new housing opportunities. They are also asking for the public to provide direct community supports in the form of opening your home or assisting with transportation. For more information you can contact Oceana’s Home Partnership at (231)873-2222.

Shop with a Cop brings smiles

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Children Shop with a Cop. Spirits were high as a sea of badges greeted children at the walmart entrance in Ludington. Sounds of the LHS Band and choir could be heard throughout the store as 60 kids walked around the store with a cop partner picking out gifts for family and friends. Some family members stood nearby, taking pictures of their children with their new friend. After checking out, many of the kids got the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and get a picture. The total raised amount raised this year for Shop with a Cop was $14,000. Officer Tony Kuster, the coordinator for the program said, "[It's great] for the kids to see the officers in a totally different light. Everybody's happy tonight and to be able to bless them with gifts for their families. The kids are actually more excited about buying for their family than they are for themselves. We couldn't do it without the generous support we get from our community. I want it to keep growing, there's more kids out there that we would like to serve. [We want to make it] bigger and better next year."

DEQ holds public hearing on Sargent Sands permit

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Sands of our Sargent. Chairs had to be pulling into the community room last night to accommodate those in attendance at the Sargent Sands Public Hearing on their permit renewal. Attendees were provided a packet of frequently asked questions from Sargent Sands. There was a general consensus that Sargent Sands has worked hard to be a good neighbor to locals and the community.  Some going as far as saying that there is little evidence that Sargent Sands will not be good stewards of the land in the future. Multiple citizens requested an updated environmental impact study that would be done by a 3rd party. Others expressed concern regarding the renewability of sand and the environmental impact on natural ecosystems. Noise was brought up multiple times, some by those who say they can hear the mining operation, and others who say they cannot. Still others focused on the impact of the truck traffic on noise pollution as well as concern regarding pedestrian traffic being hurt by a vehicle. Brian Brink, owner of Brink Farms, expressed support for Sargent Sands, explaining that 15-20 families are supported through his trucking business due to the company. He also stressed that they review GPS data to ensure his truckers are not speeding and that an inspection of the sealed trailers are required before leaving the site. Supervisor for permitting and technical services section for the Department of Environmental Quality office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Adam Wygant said,

"I was pleased that everyone had a space to make their comments. We heard some pro mining type comments as well as comments that requested denial of the permit and exactly why. Every time we've engaged this community, they've been very gracious and it's been very civil. I think that the department got what they wanted to get out and what the citizens asked for."

Due to the amount of citizen responses, it is not expected to have the renewal approved before the end of the year. Additional public comments can be emailed to OThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will remain open until Friday, December 16th. IMG 5799IMG 5803


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