The Ludington City Council met last night. The meeting began with Heather Tykowski presenting the 2016 Community Development Annual report.
The city voted to allow the architect to develop a plan for the new fire station. The city budgeted for 1.7 million, and ultimately accepted an estimate of 1.9 million. City Manager John Shay cited a strong economy and a growing michigan as reasons for the increased construction costs.
Plank Street was reclassified as Plank trail, with vehicular traffic becoming prohibited between Slagle Street and Rath Avenue. Pedestrian and bike traffic will still be welcome to utilize Plank Trail. Counselor Les Johnson expressed disappointment at the decision, citing no personal issues while using Plank Street.
Contracts were amended to allow Fleis and Vanderbrink to replace the water and sewer main and repave the road on Madison Ave between 4th St. and 6th St. and Second St between Madison and South Washington.
Trash services were reaffirmed with Republic Services with the spring clean up event being kept for 2017 but will be eliminated come 2018 to be replaced by the monthly bulky item pick up. Counselor Michael Krauch cited public response, stating that much of the feedback he had heard was in favor of keeping the spring clean up, resulting in his vote against the proposal. Mayor Kaye Ferguson Homan also spoke about feedback, saying that once It was clarified that everything allowed in the spring clean up is allowed in the bulky item pick up, the response she heard was mostly positive.
The ordinance to allow the construction of houses on lots less than 60 ft wide was a topic of discussion throughout the night. The single family dwelling would have to meet requirements and qualify for a special land use permit in order to be approved for construction. Public comment was heard with some saying that the ordinance would legitimize current buildings that could not be rebuilt if they burnt down, other citing concern it would encourage modular homes. Heather Tykowski also spoke about the ordinance, informing the city council that Ludington is “built out” according to current building standards and that the city currently owns four 30 ft empty lots that the city pays to maintain, two of which are results of fire. During the vote, Counselor Rathsack reaffirmed his concerns from the previous meeting. The ordinance passed with a 5 to 1 vote.
During communications, Mayor Holman invited the public to a special meeting on April 5th at 5:00pm to discuss upcoming projects and proposals.
The meeting concluded with Counselor Krauch acknowledging the efforts of the Neighbor to Neighbor program, citing an attendance of more than 30 at the recent meeting discussing 4th ward renovations.