Lund to be Honored With Celebration and a New Home Today

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Eric Lund today. Eric will be moving into his new home that was made possible by Lund was severely injured by a roadside bomb explosion while fighting with the Army National guard in Afghanistan, in May of 2012, costing him his arms and other serious injuries.

The Patriot Guard Riders are scheduled to gather at Home Depot and then ride to Jebavy Drive for the ceremony.

Jebavy Drive between Jagger Road and Decker Road will be closed for the event, possibly from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, will include Lee Greenwood singing his Grammy Award-winning song “God Bless the USA.”

Also Vietnam War veteran Rick Plummer, U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga and Dan Benishek, state Sen. Darwin Booher and state Rep. Ray Franz are expected to attend the event and may speak.






Journey Closing its Doors

Journey School will be closing its doors for the 2015 school year and very possibly forever.  The plan is now for students to join their respective districts until the opening of the new "Gateway to Success"  building in 2016. Andrea Lange expressed  concern for students and teachers but open the doors for them to possibly join LASD and MCCS so they can continue on the same programs that have been implemented for them.  "Our first concern is the students" said Jeff Mount Superintendent of MCCS.  Jamie Bandstra  stated that the new "G2S" building would focus on project based learning for students and that the Journey students would be taken into consideration when it opens in 2016.


Rental Inspection Ordinance Faces Negativity From Public

Thursday, the Ludington Building and Licensing Committee held an open meeting to discuss a proposed rental inspection ordinance. Around 150 tenants and landlords filled the room to express their concerns. The ordinance as drafted would require landlords to pay fees of $105 per unit every 3 years in order to fund inspections ensuring that living spaces are healthy, safe, and overall livable. During open comment, the public bombarded the committee with overwhelming support against the proposal. The ordinance was heavily criticized, being called unfair, unlawful, and even "un-American".

Landlords and tenants are apprehensive about a "snowball effect" that could raise city-wide rents and force tenants to look for housing elsewhere. The overall landlord concern was that this ordinance is unfair to those already doing their jobs well; many called for a reformed program that would only target the few "bad" owners in the city. Some suggested a complaint hotline so that tenants could inform the city of housing problems directly without going through landlords.

Property owner Melissa Reed expressed some major troubles with the legislation including excessive fees, and vague inspection guidelines. While landlords are obviously concerned about the fees, they're also worried about renters being able to afford places to live.

I spoke briefly with City Manager John Shay about the committee's plans for the program; Shay assures the public that "profit is not the intent," and that the main purpose of such an ordinance is to make sure renters have safe places to live while simultaneously incentivizing good owners to stay good and bad owners to change.

The public called for a redraft of the ordinance to be written with the help of local landlords and renters. The current committee consists of neither. The meeting concluded with a decision to reassemble at an undetermined later date to further discuss the ordinance. If you're interested in attending the follow-up meeting, the date and time will be released on the city's facebook as well as here on WMOM.

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