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.
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.