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May 22nd 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 City Council celebrated the completion of the improvements to the bascule bridge on Dyckman Avenue.  The ribbon cutting event occurred on Monday, May 18th, prior to the regular Council meeting.  The event recognized the 31 weeks of work on the bridge and roadway, which cost approximately $4.3 million to complete.  More information on the event, the project, and images can be found at the following links:
  • Earlier this week, the City Council approved the acceptance of a new sculpture for the lawn at City Hall.  The sculpture is placed on the west side of the lawn at City Hall.  The donation was made by SHOUT, a local organization that had originally donated the little girl statue at City Hall.  The new sculpture was created by Cynthia McKean, a Saugatuck based artist.  The sculpture was constructed of welded steel elements which depict seagulls in flight.  With the installation of the new sculpture, the little girl statue was relocated to City Hall’s front yard, near Phoenix Street.  To view images of the installation efforts and completed work, please click the following links:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the Van Buren County Road Commission has announced pavement work is underway for Blue Star Hwy.  Beginning May 18th the Road Commission has begun the work to repave Blue Star Hwy, between M-140 and Phoenix Street.  The project is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2015.  More information on the paving project can be found at the following link:
  • This week the city’s Building Department have been sending courtesy letters to property owners whose lawns have grown to over six inches in height.  As of today, more than 70 courtesy letters have been sent for the week.  Beginning Tuesday, May 26th the city’s code enforcement officer will be rechecking the properties to determine if the yards have been mowed.  If compliance has not occurred, a notice of violation letter will be sent.  To review the compliance efforts related to lawn maintenance, please click the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the local Farmers’ Market has resumed operation for the 2015 season.  The market will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday and Saturday, from May 16th through October 17th.  Please note that animals are no longer permitted under the pavilion, during the market’s hours of operations.  More information on the market can be found at the following link:
  • The Historical Association of South Haven (HASH) announced this week that there will be an open house which features firefighting in South Haven.  HASH will host an open house on Saturday, May 23rd from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and a second session on Sunday, May 24th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The open houses are free and open to the public.  More information on the events can be found at the following link:
  • As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 25th as part of the Memorial Day holiday.  With regards to Memorial Day, below is a link to some recent images of the city’s cemetery.  The cemetery work crew has been preparing the area for the upcoming Memorial Day ceremony.  Please click the following link:

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

May 15th 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:

  • The Van Buren County Road Commission has announced pavement work is planned for Blue Star Hwy.  Beginning May 18th the Road Commission will have construction crews working to repave Blue Star Hwy, between M-140 and Phoenix Street.  The project is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2015.  More information on the paving project can be found at the following link:
  • The Municipal Marina website is now up and running, and available for the public’s use.  One highlight of the website is the blog section.  This week’s blog posting provides information on the recent installation of the South Side Marina’s dinghy dock, the upcoming 29th Annual South Haven Steelheaders Pro-Am Fishing Tournament, and information on the Eastland disaster.  The Eastland was built to run from South Haven to Chicago.  In 1915 the 2,500 passenger capacity turned on its side and flooded while still tied to a Clark Street dock on the Chicago River.  The accident killed more than 800 people aboard the ship.  To read the blog posting, please click the following link:
  • The city is pleased to note that beginning Saturday, May 16th the local Farmers’ Market will resume operation for the 2015 season.  The market will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday and Saturday, from May 16th through October 17th.  Please note that animals are no longer permitted under the pavilion, during the market’s hours of operations.  More information on the market can be found at the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) recently hosted their annual dinner.  As part of the annual SHAES dinner, the organization honored individual members for their service.  Tim Quinn was named “Firefighter of the Year,” recognizing his years of service to SHAES.  Shawn Smith was given the “Life Saving Award,” honoring his efforts to care for a mother and newborn baby.  Brian Montgomery received the department’s “Leadership Award,” for his efforts to plan and implement the fire prevention program.  Finally, Timothy McGee was recognizing for his 17 years of service as the SHAES chaplain.  More information on the honors can be found at the following link:
  • Related to SHAES, the Historical Association of South Haven (HASH) announced this week that there will be an open house which features firefighting in South Haven.  HASH will host an open house on Saturday, May 23rd from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and a second session on Sunday, May 24th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The open houses are free and open to the public.  More information on the events can be found at the following link:
  • Over the past two weeks, the city’s staff has received inquiries on fireworks regulations.  Specifically, the questions have asked whether or not fireworks allowed within the city.  Police Chief Martin has prepared a response that addresses both state and local regulations related to fireworks.  That response, along with additional information, can be found at the following links:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released the final update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue, and the additional north side pavement projects.  This week the contractor has continued work on pouring concrete for sidewalks, ramps, and driveways.  The contractor has installed pavement leveling course on all projects.  The asphalt surface at the Maritime Museum Public Parking Lot has been installed.  To review the full update, please click the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released the final update on the Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation project.  This week, the city’s contractor has completed bridge tender training, the design engineers have completed the final inspections, and the final painting work is now done.  The city’s staff is pleased to announce the reopening of the bridge and Dyckman Avenue on Friday, May 15th.  More information on the project can be found at the following link:

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

May 8th 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.

May 1st 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:

  • The latest edition of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, produced by the Michigan Public Policy Survey at the University of Michigan, is now available for viewing.  The latest edition of the survey focuses on transit services and local government leaders’ positions on transit.  To view the latest edition of the survey, please click the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the Michigan Municipal League (MML) hosts an annual Community Excellency Award program.  As part of this year’s MML award program, the city has submitted the Elkenburg Park community build project for the award.  The entry allows the city to highlight the project on a statewide platform.  More information on the award, and the park project, can be found at the following link:
  • The city’s weather buoy has been deployed for the 2015 summer season.  The buoy provides weather and wave monitoring in Lake Michigan, and is positioned nearly 2 miles offshore from South Haven.  More information on the buoy deployment can be found at the following link:
  • The city’s Tot Lot restroom improvement project is progressing, and is scheduled for completion prior to the Memorial Day weekend.  Olson Brothers Company of South Haven is contracted to construct the new restroom at the park.  To view images of the construction project, please click the following link:
  • The repair efforts at the city’s Ellen Avery Park are now underway.  The city’s Engineering Department has been overseeing the park restoration.  The park was damaged by high water and waves during the winter months.  To view images of the repair efforts, please click the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released information on a variety of paving projects on the city’s north side.  Resurfacing and partial reconstruction of streets is scheduled to occur during the week of April 21st.  Park Avenue, Wells Street, and Brockway are scheduled to see pavement work.  More information on the projects can be found at the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released an update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue.  This week the contractor has continued work on pouring curb and gutter, sidewalks, ramps and driveways.  The contractor has completed milling and pulverizing the asphalt pavement.  The asphalt leveling course is scheduled for next week.  The contract date for substantial completion on this project is May 15th.  To review the full update, please click the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released information on the Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation project.  This week the city’s contractor has continued work on installation of the traffic gates, installation of traffic signals, poured hot rubber expansion joints, and completed the hydraulic and electrical work.  As of April 15th, the bridge became operational for masted navigation.  The bridge will be opened on weeknights and weekends when the contractor is not working onsite.  Boaters requiring an open on a weekday should contact the city’s Department of Public Works at 637-0770.  The city’s staff will begin regular bridge operations no later than May 1st.  More information on the project, along with information on the bridge opening schedule, can be found at the following links:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) has announced a “spring clean-up at the amazing Black River Preserve.”  SWMLC will be hosting a volunteer work day at the Black River Preserve on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  More information on the event can be found at the following link:

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

April 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:

  • The city’s Department of Public Works has announced the resumption of leaf pick-up services.  The spring leaf pick-up resumed on April 20th and will run through May 1st.  The leaf trucks will be working throughout the city.  More information on the leaf pick-up services can be found at the following link:
  • This week the city’s Police Department hosted the Citizen Police Academy graduation.  The graduation ceremony was a near standing room only event, with dozens of attendees gathered at the Police/Fire Complex.  More information on the event and academy, along with a highlight video, can be found at the following links:
  • The Michigan Municipal League (MML) hosts an annual Community Excellency Award program.  As part of this year’s MML award program, the city has submitted the Elkenburg Park community build project for the award.  The entry allows the city to highlight the project on a statewide platform.  More information on the award, and the park project, can be found at the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released information on a variety of paving projects on the city’s north side.  Resurfacing and partial reconstruction of streets is scheduled to occur during the week of April 21st.  Park Avenue, Wells Street, and Brockway are scheduled to see pavement work.  More information on the projects can be found at the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released an update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue.  This week the contractor has continued work on pouring curb and gutter, prepared to pour concrete approach slabs, and started work on concrete sidewalks, ramps, and driveways.  The contract date for substantial completion on this project is May 15th.  To review the full update, please click the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released information on the Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation project.  This week the city’s contractor has continued work on the electrical systems, hydraulic systems, and begun testing of the bridge equipment.  The following works remains to be completed: installation of traffic gates, installation of light poles, installation of traffic signals, adjusting bearing plates.  As of April 15th, the bridge became operational for masted navigation.  The bridge will be opened on weeknights and weekends when the contractor is not working onsite.  Boaters requiring an open on a weekday should contact the city’s Department of Public Works at 637-0770.  The city’s staff will begin regular bridge operations no later than May 1st.  More information on the project, along with information on the bridge opening schedule, can be found at the following links:
  • The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) has announced a “spring clean-up at the amazing Black River Preserve.”  SWMLC will be hosting a volunteer work day at the Black River Preserve on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  More information on the event can be found at the following link:

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

April 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.

April 10th 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 city of South Haven, the South Haven Police Department, and individual members of the South Haven Police Department were named in a lawsuit.  The suit claims that the individual was physically abused by to the city’s Police Department’s officers.  The city’s Police Chief and officers have denied the allegation, and the issue has been referred to the city’s attorney for review and response.  For more information on the suit, along with media coverage of the suit, please click the following links:
  • Related to the South Haven Police Department, this week I received questions about the department’s staffing levels and how the city’s department compares to surrounding community departments.  In an effort to provide the information, staff prepared a spreadsheet which illustrates the city’s staffing levels and compares to other lake front communities.  To view the spreadsheet, please click the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, on Thursday, April 16th from 2:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Van Buren ISD Conference Center in Lawrence, there will be a “place making” event.  Michigan State University Extension is partnering with the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to offer the event.  The event provides information on place making strategies.  More information on the event can be found at the following link:
  • Over the past two weeks, the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) staff has been assisting the Liberty Hyde Bailey museum staff with a variety projects on the museum grounds.  The DPW provided operators and equipment to remove several concrete curbed planting areas, and replaced them with natural compost.  More assistance is planned for the coming weeks.  To view an image of the work in progress, please click the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released an update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue.  The contractor resumed construction on Monday, April 6th.  The contractor has now completed the remaining storm sewer work at the intersection of Park Avenue and Dyckman Avenue.  The contractor is currently installing a new water service to North Side Memories.  After that work is completed, the contractor will be installing three catch basins at North Shore Drive and Dyckman Avenue. To review the full update, please click the following link:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released information on the Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation project.  This week the city’s contractor has completed the concrete sidewalk repairs, installed the tail lock cylinders, installed the hydraulic fluid tubing, continued work on the electrical systems, and repainted steel at the expansion joints.  The bridge is scheduled to be operational for masted navigation on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  More information on the project can be found at the following link:

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

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