Mason County Board Meeting Wrap And A Surprise

The Mason County Board of Commissioners met for the first time of the New Year.  Basic housekeeping and procedures were addressed.  Contract extensions, appointments and even a surprise announcement comprised the session.

First on the agenda after no public comments the appointment of the Chairman and Vice Chairman.  Both were approved with no incident.  The Chairman of this years Mason County Board of Commissioners will be Curtis VanderWall.  The Vice Chairman will be Bill Carpenter.

Moving through the meeting, basic procedural issues were handled, including renewing the contract of County Administrator Fabian Knizacky.  The board extended his existing contract to three years.  This is a yearly undertaking by the commission, choosing to allow Administrator Knizacky to work on a three-year basis as opposed to year to year.  The contract is now valid through December 31st 2018.  Three years is the maximum allowed under current state law.

To close the meeting, there was a surprise.  Newly appointed Chairman, Curtis Vanderwall made an announcement that he would run for the 101st District House of Representatives seat in the November 8th election.  Tune to 102.7 WMOM for more coverage through out the day.

The next meeting will be, Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm, inside the Mason County Court house.

City Council Meeting Wrap

As the temperatures dropped and the snow flew outside the Ludington Municipal Building last night, there was plenty of heat inside.  The Ludington City Council held their first meeting of the New Year.  The meeting began just as any other would have then came time for the council to open the floor for public comments, and comments there were.  A collection of neighbors from the Washington Avenue and Monona Drive area, near East Tinkham Avenue, came together to express their disapproval of Ordinance No. 322-16 to re-zone the property located at 916 North Washington Avenue to residential 3, from residential 2.  This change would allow for five apartment buildings with parking lots to be constructed on the potentially re-zoned property.

This was just the first presentation of the ordinance, leaving many questions to be asked and answered.  As the Ludington citizens came up to the podium one-by-one, the tension mounted.  Mayor Ryan Cox declined comment.  Needless to say, this will be a hotly contested issue for the residents living near the proposed re-zoning ordinance.

City Manager, John Shay addressed the council and public in attendance on the biggest issue facing the city this year and for the next few years.  Ludington will be updating its water and sewer system along with adressing the infrastructure.  Both are more than 40 years old.  This is an expensive but necessary project was the tone that was expressed by the council.  Total dollars for the project could reach the low $30 million mark.

The next meeting will be January 25th at 6:30 at the Municipal Building in Ludington.

WSCC Will Be Closed Today

West Shore Community College offices will be closed today, Friday, January 8th 2016 for a faculty and staff in-service.  The in-service is for professional development and training.

The library and bookstore will also be affected by the closure.  The Recreation Center and West Shore Ice Arena will remain open today.

Free Rides To Be Offered To WSCC

Free bus rides will be available to the West Shore Community College campus beginning January 11th.  Manistee County Transportation, Inc. and the Ludington Mass Transit Authority will be offering free rides, round-trip.  Students, as well as anyone using the college facilities and anyone that is traveling from Ludington, Manistee and Scottville can take advantage of the service.

The service will offer three round-trip rides Monday through Thursday and one round-trip ride on Fridays.  The rides Monday through Thursday will be offered in the early morning hours, before noon, and the mid-afternoon.

The buses will depart from Ludington’s Rath Avenue and Loomis Street parking lot, Manistee’s Memorial Drive parking lot, and Scottville’s municipal parking lot, located behind West Shore Bank and will return to the same location.

The service is available until April 29th.  For more information log onto

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