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August 28th Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

  • This week I was pleased to participate in a committee meeting at Lake Michigan College (LMC.)  LMC leadership has formed a committee to assist with the search process for the college’s new president.  President Bob Harrison is stepping down from the leadership role in December, 2015, and LMC is engaged in a search process.  A committee of college stakeholders was formed to assist with the search process, and I was asked to participate and represent the South Haven community.  More information on the search process can be found at the following links:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the city has announced the approval of bids for the demolition of the Overton Building, which is located at the intersection of Indiana and Elkenburg Streets.  The Overton Building is in a dangerous condition due to many areas of the roof and 2nd story floor collapsing into the building.  Entering the building is extremely hazardous.  The demolition work will proceed first with removal of hazardous waste drums, asbestos removal, and transformer cleaning.  After hazardous materials are removed from the building, demolition crews will begin the process of tearing down walls, hauling away debris and removing the foundation.  When complete, the site will be seeded and restored to a grass field condition.  More information on the demolition work can be found at the following link:
  • The city will be hosting the South Beach Triathlon this Saturday, August 29th at 8:00 a.m.  This year’s event will feature an Olympic distance event, a Sprint distance event, and a Super Sprint distance (this is a shorter distance event.)  The overall event will also feature an aqua bike event and kayak/paddle board event.  More information on the South Beach Triathlon can be found at the following link:
  • Over the past week, staff have been reviewing trees in the Central Business District for possible trimming and/or removal work.  A variety of the older locust trees will be trimmed in the coming weeks, to remove dead or dying limbs.  In addition, the city’s arborist has noted two trees which will need to be removed.  One is a large dying tree in Dyckman Park, across from City Hall.  A second tree set for removal is a new tree, placed in front of Dairy Queen, which was damaged by a semi-truck.  That tree will be removed and replaced.  More information on the tree trimming and/or removal work in the Central Business District can be found at the following link:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

August 21st Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

  • This week the South Haven Police Department (SHPD) implemented an “Immediate Deployment/Rapid Intervention” field training exercise at Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday, August 20th.  The training was conducted to expose schools, hospital, fire/rescue, and police to rapid intervention tactics used in response to a potential critical incident which could occur at schools or other public environments.  The training involved a variety of first responders and vehicles, with approximately 100 volunteers that assisted with creating an intense atmosphere for the first responders and school staff to coordinate with.  More information on the training can be found at the following link:
  • The city has announced the approval of bids for the demolition of the Overton Building, which is located at the intersection of Indiana and Elkenburg Streets.  The Overton Building is in a dangerous condition due to many areas of the roof and 2nd story floor collapsing into the building.  Entering the building is extremely hazardous.  The demolition work will proceed first with removal of hazardous waste drums, asbestos removal, and transformer cleaning.  After hazardous materials are removed from the building, demolition crews will begin the process of tearing down walls, hauling away debris and removing the foundation.  When complete, the site will be seeded and restored to a grass field condition.  More information on the demolition work can be found at the following link:
  • This week the city’s Department of Public Works noted progress on the repaving of Center Street, from Elkenburg Street to Superior Street, and Michigan Avenue from Center Street to Broadway Street.  The construction efforts began on Monday, August 10th and are planned for completion by Friday, September 11th.  More information on the project, along with images of the construction efforts, can be found at the following links:
  • As a reminder, on August 27th at 6:00 p.m. the Allegan Conservation District will be hosting a meeting about invasive species.  The meeting is set to occur at Lake Michigan College’s South Haven campus.  The meeting will focus on phragmites, an invasive species which can grow is wet areas.  More information on the presentation plan and meeting details can be found at the following links:
  • As noted in last week’s update, another upcoming event is the South Beach Triathlon.  The event is scheduled to occur on Saturday, August 29th at 8:00 a.m., at the city’s South Beach.  This year’s event will feature an Olympic distance event, a Sprint distance event, and a Super Sprint distance (this is a shorter distance event.  The overall event will also feature an aqua bike event and kayak/paddle board event.  More information on the South Beach Triathlon can be found at the following link:
  • Finally, this past Friday, August 14th the city hosted Fox 17’s “Road Tripping” report from the South Beach.  The local news segment featured a variety of locals answering questions about South Haven and the local attractions.  Mayor Burr participated in one of the interview segments, and spoke about the city’s efforts to create pedestrian improvements along with upcoming special events.  To view the “Road Tripping” interviews or to see images of the event, please click the following links:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

August 14th Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

August 7th Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

July 31st Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

July 24th Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

July 17th Weekly Update

Below is a brief description of some of the items that the South Haven staff has been working on during this past week:

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions and/or concerns.

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