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.