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Take-Back Prescription Drugs on April 29th

This year, Saturday April 29th is recognized as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Properly disposing excess medications helps protect the public safety and health of your community. Studies have shown that the presence of pharmaceuticals in our surface and groundwater can have a negative impact on the aquatic ecosystem, including fish, birds, and other wildlife.  The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recommends disposing of medications to keep them out of the environment to protect our natural resources.  

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Getting rid of unused medications also reduces the risk of addiction and accidental overdose.The city of Ludington’s Police Department has a “Prescription Medication Collection Program” where residents can bring unused, expired and unneeded prescription medication to the department for free disposal. To find out more information regarding the prescription medication collection program contact the Ludington Police Department at 231-843-3425.

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Ludington City Council discusses retirements and recieves DPW report

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The Ludington city council met last night. Suds on the shore was approved to use rotary park the weekend of August 19th. The Council approved Trinity Church's request to close part of Monona Drive for a church picnic on June 24th.

The council responded to a request by city employees to provide more retirement options.  The MERS uniform 457 supplemental program resolution allows city employees to invest in the 457 plan sponsored by MERS. Retirement continued as a topic of discussion, regarding an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police and the City of Ludington clarifying police pension benefits. An early retirement incentive letter of agreement between the City of Ludington and Service Employees International Union encouraged some, including Roy Harper, whose retirement agreement was approved during the meeting, to take an early retirement in exchange for health insurance coverage and possible deposits into a Health Savings Account.

Consumers energy replaced 211 mercury vapor streetlights with high-pressure sodium streetlights for the city. The city council also readopted a resolution authorizing fire-protection for Pere Marquette Charter Township and other outlying communities within the Ludington area.

Joe Stickney provided the 2016 annual report for the DPW, motor pool and cemetery and parks.  In 2016 they removed 125 trees due to sickness and applied 100 tons more road salt than the prior year. Mr. Stickney reported on the increasing prices of salt, saying that the price has doubled in the last year. He remained hopeful that prices will decrease with the recent state renegotiation with salt companies that has lead to a temporary decrease in prices. Mr. Stickney expressed his intent to resurface one block of Grant st. and one block of seventh st resulting in the use of their $32,000 budget.

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No Stearns Parking Fees

Stearns Park remained a topic of discussion throughout last night's City Council meeting, beginning with public comment. Some expressed that the beach clean up is  worthy because they willing to donate to support, more than the city would receive from parking fees.  Members of the parks department stood up in support of the possible parking fees, citing the unfair cost to only Ludington taxpayers to maintain a beach that all others have the opportunity to enjoy free of charge. The parks committee has recommended to not charge for parking at stearns park.

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Councillor Michael Krauch encouraged the council to continue brainstorming and seeking ideas to expense growth but did not feel that parking fees would accomplish the goals set by the finance committees. Councillor Dick Rathsack expressed his disappointment at the committee's decision on abandon the possible parking fee idea. Councillor Kathy Wincheski emphasised the positive feedback received from other communities regarding possible parking fees. City Manager John Shay acknowledged the criticism that income projections would be based upon assumptions, as the number of beach visitors have never been tracked. He also encouraged communication from the public to the council regarding ways the council could increase income to ensure the budget remains fiscally stable in the upcoming years.

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