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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.

April 3rd 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 Citizen Police Academy members have been weekly over the past months.  The academy provides attendees with a variety of information about police work, and information about the City of South Haven.  Participants also have an opportunity to take part in training activities.  One of the highlights of the academy includes a track day at Gingerman Raceway.  To view images from this past week’s track day, please click the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the Van Buren Conservation District has announced a need for volunteers.  The district is seeking volunteers to assist with their tree seedling sale, Earth Day events, urban farming events, and other activities.  More information on the volunteer opportunities and the tree seedling sale can be found at the following links:
  • Related to the Conservation District, the organization has announced a partnership with the Van Buren County Department of Human Services, for the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste collection event.  The event is scheduled to occur in Paw Paw on June 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  More information on the event can be found at the following link:
  • 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:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released an update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue.  The contractor has announced plans to resume construction on Monday, April 6th.  The contractor plans on finishing the remaining storm sewer work at Black River and North Shore Drive, water main at the intersection of North Shore Drive and Dyckman, and constructing the sand sub base and aggregate base at the intersection of Park Street and Dyckman.  This will complete all of the underground utility work as well as the construction of the road base.  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 installation of riveted steel roadway grating.  The contractor has reinstalled the bridge tail locks, installed the hydraulic cylinders, and removed the scaffolding beneath the bascule span of the bridge.  The contractor is currently working to complete the concrete sidewalk repairs.  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:
  • The State of Michigan released its “Blue Economy” report this week.  The report provides information on the state’s water-based “Blue Economy”  The report describes how water and water innovation creates jobs.  To view the report, please click the following link:
  • This week the staff at City Hall celebrated “April Fool’s Day” by having some fun with the city manager’s personal style choices.  April 1st featured the bulk of staff wearing sweater vests.  One of the highlights was seeing the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk, who were in Lansing for training, wearing their sweater vests near the Capitol Building.  To view images of the sweater madness, please click the following links:

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

March 27th 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.

March 20th 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 Council meeting this week featured a variety of grant applications.       The City Council approved grant applications for the city’s North Beach, the city’s South Marina, the city’s Black River Park, and the city’s proposed bicycle pump track.       The North Beach grant application seeks to reconstruct Lake Shore Drive, the park sidewalks, install new playground equipment, and other improvements. The bicycle pump track application seeks funds to construct the proposed dirt based track for bicycle riding. The application for Black River Park seeks funds for a new driveway, restroom improvements, and skid pier replacements.       To view the proposed improvements, click the following links:
  • As part of this week’s City Council meeting, the Council discussed the city’s efforts at paving projects. The Council requested a map which illustrates the amount of paving work which has occurred in the past ten years. In an effort to provide the illustration, staff prepared the following files. The files illustrate pavement work from 2005 through 2015, pavement work from 1990 through 2015, and a listing of all of the projects. To view the pavement maps, please click the following links:
  • The city will be hosting a “Day of Energy Savings” at City Hall on Monday, April 6th through Thursday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event will feature energy saving equipment, for residential homes, for very low costs. More information on the event can be found at the following links:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released an update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue. As noted in last week’s update, the project’s contractor has exited the site.       The gravel road base has been installed and the road is open for local and emergency traffic. The city’s Street Department will perform snow plowing of the road through the remainder of the winter. In the spring, the contractor will complete a variety of minor excavations, prior to concrete and pavement installation. 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. Over the upcoming week, the contractor plans to install the remaining hydraulic components, installation of walkway and navigation lighting, installation of light poles, installation of traffic signals, sidewalk repair work, and other various work items. To review the full update, please click the following link:
  • The Michigan Public Policy Survey, which is authored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan, has issued its latest edition. The current edition of the survey focuses on Michigan’s local leaders seeing the need for State and local ethics reform. To view the latest edition of the survey, please click the following link:

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

March 13th 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:

  • As noted in last week’s update, the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has approved staff to move forward with a grant application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The USDA makes funds available for public projects. The city is pursuing USDA funds for the development of additional parking near the city’s Black River Park. The parking lot would be adjacent to the Kal Haven Trail, and could be used as overflow parking for the city’s downtown, north side, and Black River Park. To review the project application, please click the following link:
  • Also noted in last week’s update is the news that the City Council has met to develop the fiscal year priorities for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year.       The priority listing is used to guide the budget development for the city’s staff and elected officials.       The City Council will be asked to adopt the priority listing at the March 16th regular meeting, on Monday. To review the DRAFT Fiscal Year 2015-16 Priorities, please click the following link:
  • One of the adopted fiscal year priorities for the current year is for the development of a capital improvement plan for the city’s Lake View Cemetery. Over the past several months the city’s staff has been working with Abonmarche Engineering to develop a long-term improvement plan for the city’s cemetery. The plan will be presented to the city’s Parks Commission, at one of the board’s upcoming meetings. To review the DRAFT plan, please click the following link:
  • Another of the adopted fiscal year priorities for the current year is for the planning and development of new restrooms and concessions at the city’s South Beach. Over the past several months the city’s staff has been working with GMB Architects to develop a long-term improvement plan for the city’s South Beach restrooms/concessions area. The plan has been presented and endorsed by the city’s Parks Commission (plan #3 has been endorsed.) To review the DRAFT plans, please click the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the Michigan Municipal League (MML) has prepared information on the upcoming Proposal 1, which is a statewide ballot proposal to increase funding for roads and transportation, as part of the May 5, 2015 state ballot. The MML’s information appears to be neutral, and provides information on the proposal and how the funds would be used. The MML’s information on Proposal 1 can be found at the following links:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has released an update on the reconstruction of Dyckman Avenue. As noted in last week’s update, the project’s contractor has exited the site.       The gravel road base has been installed and the road is open for local and emergency traffic. The city’s Street Department will perform snow plowing of the road through the remainder of the winter. In the spring, the contractor will complete a variety of minor excavations, prior to concrete and pavement installation. 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. Over the past week, the contractor has installed two main hydraulic cyclinders on the south side of the bridge. The contractor has installed new office lighting, and begun installation of various electric components. Once the cylinder installation is completed, hydraulic piping will be installed between the cylinders and the hydraulic power units.       To review the full update, please click the following link:

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

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