The Ludington city council met last night. The meeting started with discussion of the 2017 Budget and Capital Improvement plan. In the process of updating the wastewater treatment plant, the design will be determined upon how the city wants to address the growing biological oxygen demand due to a growing businesses use. The 2017 Budget and Capital Improvement plan will have a public hearing on December 19th. An amendment to exempt the city from raising health care costs was approved. The city also approved a change in pension benefits for city employees. During the public comment, Tom Rotta expressed concern regarding the health care excemption and Bill Carpenter addressed a growing problem with fungus on downtown maple trees. With assurance from the Lake Michigan Carferry that matching funding has been secured, the City approved to apply for the fast lane grant funding to help cover dock and restoration costs for LMC. It was recommended to the city to apply for the 2017 Occidental Chemical Corporation Community grant to help cover costs for the Copeyon Park splash pad, which they approved. The meeting concluded with councillor Winczewski addressing lead concerns brought up in a previous meeting, stating that out of the 51 water fountains at Ludington schools, only 2 were shut down due to issues with lead in the solder and that there had been no additional complaints of lead.