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June 19th 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:

  • At the June 1st meeting of the City Council, the Council adopted a resolution to adopt updated fees for beach parking.  The $7.00 daily fee has been increased to $9.00 for the daily beach parking fee.  The $9.00 daily fee mirrors the fees at the State of Michigan’s beach front parks.  Additionally, the beach parking violation fee for unpaid tickets has been increased to $60.00, if not paid within 60 days.  The new fees were implemented on Monday, June 15th.  More information on the fees can be found at the following link:
  • At this week’s City Council meeting, the Council hosted the “Miss & Mr. South Haven” court.  The members of the court are local high school students.  The students were presented proclamations from the City Council, along with keys to the city.  To view an image of the event, please click the following link:
  • The Michigan Municipal League (MML) is hosting their Community Excellence Award program.  One of the nominees for the MML award is the city’s Elkenberg Park Playground project.  The award process allows the public to vote via the MML’s website.  More information about the award, the city’s project, and information on voting can be found at the following links:
  • The Historic Association of South Haven continue their efforts to raise funds for the South Pier Light.  The fundraising effort is intended to raise $300,000 to restore the light.  The association is hosting a variety of events, throughout the 2015 summer season, to raise funds for the restoration work.  More information on the fundraising events can be found at the following link:
  • On June 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Van Buren County Department of Human Services Building, located at 801 Hazen Street, Paw Paw, there will be a recycle collection event.  The event will allow Van Buren County residents to dispose of passenger tires, latex paint, electronics and household hazardous waste.  There are fees associated with some of the waste items.  More information on the event can be found at the following links:
  • As noted in last week’s update, on June 24th the city’s Lakeview Cemetery will hosting a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the disappearance of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501.  The ceremony marks a recently discovered unmarked burial plot, located in the Lakeview Cemetery, with remains from the airliner.  More information on the ceremony and the incident can be found at the following link:

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

June 12th 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.

June 4th 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 29th 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:

  • Over the coming weeks, South Haven will be hosting the filming of “Alaska is a Drag.”  The film’s producers toured communities throughout the State of Michigan before selecting the City of South Haven as their site.  The filming is anticipated to occur throughout the month of June, and will occur at a variety of locations in town.  More information on the film production can be found at the following site:
  • The city’s Engineering Department has announced two projects will soon be underway near the I-196 overpass on Phoenix Street.  The construction of the new traffic signal on Phoenix Street, near the Meijer driveway, will begin in early June.  J. Ranck Electric is scheduled to begin installation work in early June.  The work will begin with installation of underground conduits for power and control wiring.  The signal is planned for completion by mid-July.  In addition to the traffic signal, MDOT will be working to construct the new loop ramp from northbound I-196 to westbound Phoenix Street.  The ramp project is scheduled for completion by the end of July.  More information on the projects can be found at the following link:
  • Mr. Tom Renner, a longtime South Haven resident, has been actively volunteering his time to provide images of various city events.  To view Tom’s latest pictures, from last week’s Memorial Day parade, please click the following link:
  • The Michigan Public Policy Survey is produced by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, located at the University of Michigan.  The latest edition of the survey focused on local leaders and their relationships with county road agencies.  The survey found that most leaders have positive views on the relationship with county road agencies, despite some concerns.  To review the findings, please click the following link:
  • Another report of interest in Grand Valley State University’s, “Michigan BLUE ECONOMY.”  The economic report provides information on the value of Lake Michigan to the state and local economy.  The City of South Haven is featured in the economic report.  To view the file, please click the following link:
  • As noted in last week’s update, the city’s Building Department has been sending courtesy letters to property owners whose lawns have grown to over six inches in height.  As of last week, more than 70 courtesy letters had been sent for the week.  Beginning Tuesday, May 26th the city’s code enforcement officer was rechecking the properties to determine if the yards have been mowed.  If compliance had not occurred, a notice of violation letter was sent.  To review the compliance efforts related to lawn maintenance, please click the following link:

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

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.

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