Ludington City Council to vote on seeking grant for splashpad, fishing pier

March 23, 2019 GMT

The Ludington City Council on Monday will vote on approving submitting an application for a $150,000 grant to help finance the proposed splashpad and fishing pier replacement at Copeyon Park.

The grant would be from the Michigan Natural Resources Recreation Passport program, and it must be submitted by April 1 to meet the deadline for the funds to be awarded in 2020.

The splashpad, which is planned as a public water play area, would be paid for by $50,000 of the requested grant funds and $180,000 in private donations. The public fishing pier, which would be a permanent, year-round dock, would cost an estimated $150,000, of which $100,000 would come from the grant funds and $50,000 from the city, according to the grant application.

The council will also vote on choosing new City Manager Mitch Foster to hold the additional role of being the designated street administrator, according to a memo from City Clerk Deborah Luskin. A designated street administrator is required to oversee street improvements, maintenance and traffic operations.

The council will also hear 2018 annual reports from the Ludington Department of Public Works and Ludington Police Department, as well as updates from the city manager and councilors.