Ludington City Council looks to amend parks plan, new plan wanted for harbor

March 19, 2018 GMT

Ludington’s parks committee is recommending the city council amend its five-year parks and recreation plan to include a harbor improvement plan amendment.

That amendment is needed, City Manager John Shay said, for the city to be eligible for Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant money for work on the Ludington Municipal Marina.

Shay said the city posted a public notice March 6 that began a two-week comment period on the issue. The council has also scheduled a public hearing on the proposed amendment for 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.

The harbor improvement plan includes plans for replacing docks with a new floating dock system as well as several other projects to upgrade the facilities.

Also on Monday

The council is also scheduled to consider a first presentation of an ordinance would impose a debt-service fee on industries that contribute large quantities of waste to be treated at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The ordinance would apply to industries that exceed the upper limits allowed by the city’s sewer user ordinance.

The ordinance would allow the city to charge House of Flavors for a portion of the cost to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, according to Shay.

He said the city is currently negotiating with House of Flavors with the intention of allowing the company to make its contributions over a five-year period.

In other business Monday, the council is scheduled to:

• consider allowing the United Way of Mason County to use Rotary Park on Saturday, Aug. 18 for the annual Suds on the Shore Craft Beer and Wine Festival. The request also asks that Lewis Street be closed for the event from 5 p.m. Aug. 17 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18.

• hear annual reports from the city’s police department, department of public works and recreation department.

• consider declaring April 3 as National Service Recognition Day.


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