Monthly Archives: July 2018

Local Farmers at The Shops at Westshore

Holland, MI – Shop local. Eat local. Locally grown. We hear these phrases daily.  And in Ottawa County, those phrases mean a huge variety of foods – strawberries, cranberries, black beans, apples, blueberries, cheese, eggs, pork, and chicken are just to name a few.  All of these foods and many more are grown right here in Ottawa County by the farmers who are our neighbors.  And on June 9, Ottawa County Farm Bureau partnered with The Shops at Westshore to put on an event where these farmers could greet the public, answering questions about where food comes from, how it is produced, and why it is produced that way.  The families attending this free event enjoyed a huge variety of product samples, exhibits, live animals, and one on one chats with farmers.  Kids could take a break with bounce houses, activities, and food trucks.

“Educating consumers about where their food comes is a something that is weaved through everything we do here at Ottawa County Farm Bureau,” commented event chair Joe Austin. Austin is the Assistant County Administrator for Ottawa County Farm Bureau and used his event planning skills learned during his time with Muskegon’s Summer Celebration to put together this inaugural event in Holland. “Ottawa County producers want to tell their story.  They are proud of what they do and that they have the privilege to feed their neighbors.”

Many Ottawa County residents enjoy the bucolic farm scenery as they drive through the countryside.  They love going apple picking and to pumpkin patches in the fall.  But in Ottawa County, farming is also big business.  The County ranks 3rd statewide in total value of agricultural products.  There are 88 family farms producing blueberries on 5,900 acres in Ottawa County.  The County ranks in the top ten in dairy, egg, turkey, and broiler chicken production.  Michigan ranks 2nd nationwide in celery production, and the largest celery farm in the state is located in Hudsonville.  Ottawa County even has cranberry bogs!  There is so much to know about local agriculture, and no one better to tell that story than the folks who do it every day as their livelihood.

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Ask Dr. Universe – Earth’s Garbage – Part 3

Part 3/3
 
Dear Dr. Universe: What happens to the world’s garbage? -Presley, 8, Spokane, Wash.
How do you recycle an object into another object? -Brianna, 12, New York

Dear Presley and Brianna,

So far, we’ve investigated how recyclables like plastic, aluminum, and paper can end up in the trash. If our clothes get damaged, or we simply outgrow them, we might toss them in the trash, too. Or send them to a thrift shop. Either way, they often end up buried in a landfill.

But my friend and Washington State University researcher Hang Liu imagines a different future for our used clothes. In her lab, she and her team are coming up with creative ways to recycle cotton into a new fiber.

My own lab coat is made of cotton. If you look at the tags on your clothes, maybe you’ll see some of them are also made from cotton. Cotton comes from a plant and is a natural fiber made up of lots of different parts that we call molecules.

As we learned last week, we can use heat in the recycling process to break down materials. However, the molecules that make up cotton stand up to heat really well. This has made it hard to recycle cotton in the past. Instead of using heat, Liu and the team created a mix of environmentally-friendly chemicals to dissolve the cotton fabrics.

Using a machine they built in the lab, they can transform those molecules back into a new fiber that can be woven into new clothes. The machine in their lab has five holes that spin out tiny fibers. But one day this method could be used in even bigger machines to create even more fiber for clothes.

Liu even showed me a spool of blue cotton made out of denim from an old pair of jeans. Denim is just one of many cotton products that can be recycled with this new process.

In the U.S., an adult discards about 68 pounds of textiles, cloth or woven fabric, every year. About at least 75 percent of that eventually reaches a landfill.

Liu and her team are excited to be able to recycle old cotton materials like clothes, sheets, and towels into new fiber— over and over again. Their invention will help keep more waste out of landfills.

Liu reminds me that finding new ways to recycle clothes is important if we want to meet the needs of people today while also making sure the next generations have what they need in the future.

One question that remains is what to do with the zippers and buttons on these recycled cotton clothes, Liu says. Who knows, maybe you can help come up with a creative way to recycle clothes or fabric. After all, recycling never goes out of style.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

P.S. Thank you to all our generous Dr. Universe readers who inspired future scientists and engineers by donating items to the first-ever Science Rules STEM Supply Drive! The donations will support science education in local classrooms, libraries, and after-school programs.

Fruitport Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting Agenda – 07/16/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Annual Organizational Meeting
July 16, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

I. Call to Order

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Roll Call

IV. Approval of Agenda

V. Re-adoption of all Existing Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Education (attachment #1)

VI. Designation of Banking Institution (attachment #2)

VII. Resolution for Investment Authority (attachment #3)

VIII. Designation of Legal Firms (attachment #4)

IX. Establishment of Board Compensation (attachment #5)

X. Approval of District Memberships and Affiliations (attachment #6)

XI. Designation of Board Member Liaison to MASB (attachment #7)

XII. Adoption of Schedule of Regular Monthly Meetings (attachment #8)

XIII. Adjournment

– Recess –

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 07/16/18

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Board Room
Monday, July 16, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. ROLL CALL

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

IV. PRESENTATIONS
1. Above and Beyond Awards

V. COMMUNICATIONS

VI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Truth and Taxation Hearing Minutes of June 25, 2018 (attachment VIII-1)
2. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of June 25, 2018 (attachment VIII-2)
3. Approval of Ad Hoc Construction Minutes of June 26, 2018 (attachment VIII-3)
4. Approval of Bills (attachment VIII-4)
General Fund                           $264,151.77
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                      45.50
Food Service                                  69,361.79
Building & Site                             110,324.00
Capital Projects (BOND)               22,755.85  
Total Bill List                            $466,638.91

5. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions (attachment VIII-5)
6. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report (attachment VIII-6)
7. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report (attachment VIII-7)
8. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report (attachment VIII-8)
9. Approval of Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment VIII-9)

IX. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. First Reading of Policy 151 and 165.1 (attachment IX-1)
2. First Reading of Special Technology Policy Updates (attachment IX-2)
3. Transportation Code of Conduct for Student Handbook (attachment IX-3)
4. Middle School Handbook (attachment IX-4)
5. FEA Letter of Agreement and Tentative Agreement (attachment IX -5)

X. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson

XI. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson

XII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson

XIII. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XIV. AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Schedule Business & Finance Committee Meeting
2. Schedule Personnel Committee Meeting
3. Schedule Student Affairs Committee Meeting
4. Ad Hoc Construction Meeting – July 24, 2018, 10:15 a.m. O-A-K Trailer
5. Schedule Board Workshops (April, June, September and October)

XV. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVI. ADJOURNMENT

*Time is provided for members of the audience to address the Board of Education regarding any topic including items on the agenda. The board is providing two opportunities for the public to comment during the meeting. The first is for people who wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. At the end of the meeting the board will provide a brief opportunity for community members to comment on activities and/or discussion that took place during the board meeting. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

Love Motorcycles? Share Your Passion with Others!

Instructors needed for Michigan’s motorcycle safety classes

Michigan is looking for men and women, who love motorcycles and working with people, to teach others how to ride.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who oversees the state’s Michigan Rider Education Program, says that becoming a motorcycle safety class instructor, or “RiderCoach,” provides benefits beyond the pay.

“Safe motorcycling requires that you learn how to use good judgment and the information on the road to assess risks and react appropriately,” Johnson said. “It’s a complex skill set that’s important to practice every time you ride. As instructors, there is nothing more satisfying than working with a class of students to develop that habit, knowing that you are helping them take an important step to becoming safe, life-long riders.”

The pay rate for RiderCoaches varies from $24 – $35 per hour, depending on location. RiderCoach applicants must be experienced motorcyclists who enjoy working with people and possess good riding and communications skills.

To become a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach, you must meet the following criteria:

• Be at least 18 years old
• Have passed a Basic Rider Course (beginning motorcycle class) within the last year
• Have held a motorcycle endorsement for at least one year
• Possess a good driving record
• Pass a criminal background check
• Obtain a sponsorship with an approved public or private motorcycle safety course provider (providers are located throughout the state)
• Successfully complete the RiderCoach Prep Course

The fee for a RiderCoach Prep Course is $75 and includes the materials required for the course. RiderCoach candidates will spend approximately 80 hours in the classroom and on the motorcycle riding range. Participants must attend every session, pass a riding-skills test and a knowledge test. They will learn how to effectively instruct and evaluate students in the classroom and on the range and will be required to teach a basic motorcycle safety class under the tutelage of an experienced instructor.

Two RiderCoach Prep Courses are being offered in August.

August 13-16 at Macomb Community College – South Campus
August 17-19 at Schoolcraft College – Radcliff Campus
August 20 at Schoolcraft College – Livonia Campus

This eight-day course will be led by RiderCoach Trainer Vince Consiglio. For more information, contact Renee Waraksa at waraksar@macomb.edu.

August 9-12 and August 16-19 at the west campus of Lansing Community College in Lansing. For more information about this eight-day course, contact RiderCoach Trainer Steve Lick at Steve.Lick@gmail.com.

In 2017, nearly 11,500 people enrolled in a Michigan motorcycle safety class. In addition to the Basic Rider Course, the state offers a Returning Rider Basic Rider Course, an Advance Rider Course and a 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course.

“We have a great need for motorcycle RiderCoaches,” Johnson said. “The pay is good, the work is rewarding, and you get to mingle with like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts. What more could you ask for?”

For more information about the Michigan Rider Education Program, visit www.michigan.gov/mi-rep. For a list of public and private motorcycle safety sponsors, go to www.michigan.gov/motorcycling.

Ottawa County Hosting Fundraiser to Benefit Farmland Preservation

An event to support farmland preservation in Ottawa County!

Ottawa County’s Farmland Preservation Program is holding its 2nd annual Farms are the Tapas fundraising event on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6-8pm at Terra Square in Hudsonville. All proceeds from this event will support the preservation of farmland in the County.

This fun evening features a master chef cooking competition with chefs from Sonder Eatery, The Farmhouse Deli, Butch’s Dry Dock, and The Elbo Room. Guests will dine on delicious creations made with locally sourced ingredients and vote on their favorite one. There will be a cash bar with local beer and wine and live entertainment by West Michigan musician Jack Leaver.

New to the event this year is a silent auction that features outstanding agricultural-related items up for grabs, such as a CSA share, a Lake Michigan sunset cruise with a farm-to-table style dinner onboard, half of a locally raised pig complete with processing and freezer, a family farm pass bundled with local coffee and blueberries, as well as an aerial photography package. Also new this year is an Early Bird Gift Basket Giveaway—purchase your ticket(s) before July 31 and you’re automatically entered into a drawing for a gift basket valued at $125 that features gift cards from the event’s participating restaurants and a howler (with a fill) from Farmhaus Cider Co.

All of the proceeds from this event support the thriving agricultural community in Ottawa County, which is the most agriculturally diverse County in the entire state of Michigan. Ottawa County leads the State in the production of turkeys, blueberries, ornamental nursery crops, and perennials. The County’s productive farmland, made up of almost 1,400 farms, offers an abundance of jobs to hardworking individuals. It also lends to the natural beauty that the County is known for, and it provides us all with access to fresh, locally grown agricultural goods. Preservation of this land is of utmost importance amid widespread growth and development.

“Productive farmland is disappearing across the nation. Right here at home in Ottawa County we enjoy a bounty of local agricultural commodities thanks to our abundant farmland,” says Cliff Meeuwsen, President of Zeeland Farm Services and Chair of Ottawa County’s Ag Preservation Board. “To ensure that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do, it’s important to support farmland preservation whenever possible.”

Tickets for Farms are the Tapas are $50. For more information about Farms are the Tapas or to purchase tickets, go to www.miOttawa.org/Tapas.

Muskegon Bike Time Encouraging Motorcycle Enthusiasts to Visit Muskegon

“Activities and Events Happen in Downtown and Throughout the County”

MUSKEGON, Mich., June 13, 2018 – Now in its 12th year, Muskegon Bike Time has been promoting Muskegon and the lakeshore as a great place for motorcyclists and the general public to gather and enjoy the spectacle, attractions, entertainment and food offered during this four day event.

The event takes place annually the third weekend in July. This year’s dates will be July 19th through the 22nd, 2018.

The mission of Muskegon Bike Time is to produce entertainment opportunities in Muskegon aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts for a vacation experience on Michigan’s West Coast.

“Over the years, Muskegon Bike Time has been an economic boon to hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, local retailers and other local tourist attractions”, said Tim Lipan, spokesperson for Muskegon Bike Time. “All of the events surrounding this special motorcycle weekend provide an economic impact of over $30 million yearly to the local economy and showcases all we have to offer in Muskegon and along the lakeshore.”

With activities and events occurring in the downtown Muskegon area and throughout the county, the focal point of Bike Time activities will be at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson property in downtown Muskegon. Hot Rod Harley Davidson, located at 129 Shoreline Drive, will be open from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm each night of Bike Time.

Other activities include:

Food and Beverages
Food service will be provided by Texas Road House. Enjoy ice cold Budweiser products in the Little River Casino Resort beverage tent.

Bike Time Merchandise
Official Bike Time merchandise will be available.

Little River Casino Resort Information
Information from Bike Time signature sponsor, Little River Casino Resort will be available.

Music
Live music featuring two of the Lakeshores favorite bands:
Friday, July 20, 6:00pm – 9:00pm: The Westside Soul Surfers – An R&B, Funk and Soul Powerhouse.
Saturday, July 21, 6:00pm – 10:00pm: Yard Sale Underwear – The self-proclaimed flamboyant kings of polyester pop and soul.

Rides
Muskegon Bike Time promotes a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers. They include:
Patriot Ride – scenic ride that raises funds to support Every Woman’s Place shelter.
7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing 7 different lakes and many interesting small towns in West Michigan.
Hot Rod Harley & Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only, which includes beer tents, brewery’s, restaurants, vendors and other activities.
Pere Marquette Beach – visit one of the most beautiful sugar sand beaches in the country right on Lake Michigan.
Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort town of Grand Haven and the Dutch village of Holland and several lakes and rivers.

Other Events
American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle
The Muskegon Museum of Art devotes a gallery to the American love of vintage motorcycles with American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle.
American Icon offers a glimpse at the artistry of the motorcycle over the years, through vintage and custom bikes drawn from Muskegon area collections. The display includes motorcycles from Harley-Davidson alongside early, ultra-rare examples from American manufacturers Henderson and Excelsior. American Icon also features portraits and images that highlight the artistry of customized motorcycles and the men and women who ride them by Michigan photographers Bill Chardon and Jennifer Green.

Military and Veteran Museums
Welcome aboard the USS LST 393
Tour the Decorated World War II tank landing ship and veterans museum. Walk where heroes walked, right in downtown Muskegon! History jumps out at you from every deck and every corner. Discover LST 393’s outstanding wartime record as you tour a nationally renowned veterans museum with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Tour a decorated World War II submarine and naval museum. The Mission of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is to honor the men and women of the military, preserve military history and provide experiences that educate the public about past and present military history and technology.

Community Attractions
Muskegon Heritage Museum
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is located in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial & social history of the greater Muskegon area. The collection includes informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses. There is a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools. There is also a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.

Lakeshore Museum Center – Explore Michigan History
Visit the Lakeshore Museum Center for a 400 million year journey that explores the prehistoric plants and animals of Michigan’s past. Or get pulled into the Science Center, where everyone can learn about simple science through hands-on activities for the whole family.

Hackley &Hume Historic Homes
Tour the beautifully restored Hackley & Hume Historic Site homes and walk through the unique living spaces showcasing how local Muskegon lumber barons lived in their late 19th Century Victorian homes.

Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing
Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing is a living history park featuring a walking tour through 10,000 years of Michigan History in a natural woodland setting near Whitehall in northern Muskegon County.

Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park
Michigan largest amusement and water park. Michigan’s Adventure has over 60 rides and attractions including their world-class wooden roller coaster, Shivering Timbers, which is over one-mile long and 125 feet tall. Experience other great roller coasters, thrill rides, and their water park, WildWater Adventure.

For more information on Muskegon Bike Time 2018, please visit our website at www.muskegonbiketime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Richard Riekse Passes Eagle Scout Board

Richard Riekse, member of Fruitport Boy Scout Troop 1023, and son of retired Lieutenant Colonel Max Riekse, passed his Eagle Scout board on March 18th, 2018 with numerous palms. He earned 69 Merit Badges, including ones for backpacking, canoeing, small boat sailing, & hiking many miles. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Max Riekse

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/09/18 – 07/16/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Monday July 9:

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays, @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon. Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market. This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm. For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show! Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams! Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge. Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week. For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell. This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams! Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event. For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Tuesday, July 10:

Free Summer Concert Series: Scottville Clown Band
July 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Arts Council of White Lake every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell for the ACWL’s Free Summer Concert Series! In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School. For more information, call (231) 893-2524.

Rock Painting
July 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to Hackley Public Library for a free rock painting class! Are you ready to get creative? Rock out and paint at HPL! Embrace your imagination by painting beautiful “Mandala” designs and lovely ladybugs during their rock painting program! Your painted rocks can decorate your home, your garden, or provide as a nice summer gift. This program is FREE, and all supplies will be provided! Kids are welcome with adult supervision. For more information, call 231-722-8000.

Paddle and Pints
July 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Paddle Muskegon invites you to join them at Heritage Landing for “Paddle and Pints!” Come enjoy an evening on the working waterfront of Muskegon, followed by some craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.! You will have your choice of single or tandem kayak, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or their giant inflatable Megalodon SUP for an evening cruise. All equipment is provided! The cost is $20 with pre-registration required through Eventbrite. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, they just ask for a suggested donation of $5 for the coordination of the event. Ticket sales will end 2 hours prior to the event. For those wanting to register after that please call (616) 745-4287.

McGraft Park Free Summer Concert:
July 10 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy summer evenings filled with music at McGraft Park’s Free Summer Concert Series! Concerts are Tuesdays (except where noted) and begin at 7:00pm. West Michigan Concert Winds will perform tonight

Thursday July 12

Muskegon Heritage Museum: FREE Tour
July 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum is offering “Community Days” throughout the 2018 season with free admission sponsored by Consumers Energy Foundation! Thursday, July 12, the theme is ” Commercial Fishing – Peterson Fisheries,” featuring guest Chris Petersen. For more information, call (231) 722-1363.

Crash Course with Motorcycle Collectors
July 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to meet local motorcycle collectors Clyde Whitehouse, Dr. Mark Campbell, and Mark Fazakerley! Organized in conjunction with American Icon: The Art of the Motorcycle, this event is free and open to the and offers a cash bar. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Mom’s Gift
July 12 @ 7:30 pm – July 14 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday, July 12 – 14 at 7:30pm, come to the newly renovated Howmet Playhouse for the production of “Mom’s Gift” by Phil Olson! In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one, the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. There is a surprise ending that will not be divulged here, but suffice it to say, the result is an always engaging, funny evening of love and laughter. For more information, call (231) 894-4048 or visit the website below.

Friday July 13

Parties in the Park: Bari Lee Band
July 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution providing Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere! Be a part of the tradition and enjoy your summer evening with us downtown in Hackley Park most Fridays from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Sponsor this week is West Michigan Speedskating Club

Saturday July 14

White Lake Area Nature Walks
July 14 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area! Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife. The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents. Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6. Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring water and snacks if needed. Other optional items include: sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens. Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe. Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Fresh Coast Fitness Festival 2018
July 14 @ 8:00 am – July 15 @ 8:00 am
It’s the Fresh Coast Fitness Festival 2018 at Pere Marquette Beach! This three person (m/m/m or f/f/f) team competition guarantees to test your fitness in ways that you just can’t inside the box. They plan to take full advantage of the sandy shoreline and maybe the water, too. But, what about the barbells? Don’t worry, a heavy lift event will be one of the day’s highlights.
Included with registration is a one of a kind shirt/tank so that you can show off those weapons of mass destruction as you strut up and down the beach this summer. In addition, each team will receive a ridiculous grab bag of goodies, as well as a raffle ticket for a few top secret giveaways. They want everyone to win something!
It’s going to be a party! The loudspeakers will be fueling your workouts, and The Deck (Muskegon’s best barbeque restaurant) will be fueling your body. The Deck is conveniently located just a Frisbee-toss away from their event on the beach.
This event is rain or shine with two large tents for athletes and guests to relax in between events. One of the tents will double as a back-up workout area if Mother Nature decides not to play nice. They encourage you to bring your own pop up tent and beach towels as there will be plenty of space to sprawl out.
Vendor Village features local businesses offering supplements, clothing and equipment.
Movement standards for each division can be found at their website www.freshcoastfitnessfestival.com.

Honey Bears & Circus Peanuts Super Saturday
July 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the kids to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a Honey Bears & Circus Peanuts Super Saturday! This is a free family fun day! Imagine towers of colorful honey bears and a floor COVERED in circus peanuts! Guess what?! It’s actually there at the MMA! Come check it out and make your own art inspired by the fantastical installation, “Perchance to Dream,” created by local artist Michael Peoples. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
• 11:00am and 1:00pm – Family Film: Yogi Bear (120 mins.)
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Tour “Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples” with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm – Make & Take Circus Peanut Sculpture: Play with your food on Super Saturday as you play, stack, and discover how candy can make a pretty cool sculpture.

Soulful Sudz: Pigeon Hill Brewing
July 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Muskegon Yoga invites you to join them for “Soulful Sudz!” Enjoy a one-hour vinyasa yoga class on the lawn of the historic Union Depot in downtown Muskegon, and then gather a few doors down at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for a community hangout. Bring your yoga mat and a friend, or come on your own and meet some new friends. The cost is only $10 for the yoga session (all levels welcome) and a level one beer from Pigeon Hill. Registration is highly encouraged, so sign up online at www.muskegonyoga.com.

Adult Summer Watercolors
July 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Come to the Hackley Public Library for an adult water color class! Summer is the time for pops of color, and this free class, led by popular Muskegon artist and children’s book illustrator Lori McElrath-Eslick, will teach you basic techniques of watercolor painting. You will also create a summer-themed artwork to take home with you! For more information, call (231) 722-8011.

Project 7:14
July 14 @ 2:30 pm
Come to Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon for the “Project 7:14” event presented by the Central Assembly of God. Enjoy live music, entertainment, games, activities and free food. There is no admission to this community event for all ages featuring a kid friendly atmosphere. For more information, call 231-777-3938.

Maritime History and Dune Ecology Paddle
July 14 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Paddle Muskegon invites you to join them at Snug Harbor inside Muskegon State Park for a “Maritime History and Dune Ecology Paddle!” Why did ship captains used to refer to Muskegon as the “Riviera?” When were there more millionaires per capita in Muskegon than anywhere else in the USA? Just how rare are these coastal dunes? What is Muskegon’s tallest dune often referred to as? Come experience Muskegon from the water with their local history buffs and explore the rich history of the area through stories while also getting up close and personal with the living history still surrounding you. These programs may involve both paddling and hiking. Participants can choose from single or tandem kayaks or stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) for their watercraft. The cost is $30 and all equipment is provided. Please pre-register through Eventbrite.com. Ticket sales will end 2 hours prior to event. For those wanting to register after that please call the Paddle Muskegon Program Director at (616) 745-4287. Parking is at Snug Harbor within Muskegon State Park, directly across from the park headquarters. Upon entering Snug Harbor take a right and look for the Paddle Muskegon trailer. Participants keeping a vehicle at Snug Harbor during programs must have a “Recreation Passport” as the launch site is within Muskegon State Park. Cancellation policy: In the event of severe weather, they may need to cancel a day’s program. If programs are cancelled due to severe weather all registered participants will receive a full refund.

SJO Supercross
July 14 @ 5:00 pm
Come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for motorcycle and quad racing at the SJO Supercross! Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under. For more information, call (231) 924-5778.

Maranatha Summer Concert:Richard Allen Farmer
July 14 @ 7:00 pm
Every Saturday evening at 7:00pm, come to Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for a free summer concert. You can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening Italian buffet in the dining room. Dinner begins at 5:00pm. All dinner guest receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm. Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game –vs- Settlers
Saturday July 14 & Sunday July 15 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Scouts! Admission is only $5! The Muskegon Clippers vs Settlers. For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com.

Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Damon
July 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come to Hidden Creek Farm, 1230 West River Road Muskegon for a farm-to-Table dinner featuring Chef Damon! This will be a wonderful night of the best authentic farm to table dishes with five courses of hand harvested and freshly prepared culinary cuisine. There will be live music as well as a complimentary selection of wines. You are also welcome to bring your favorite beverage. The cost is $100 per person. For tickets visit Eventbrite.com.

July 15

Film at the USS Silversides: The Hunt for Red October
July 15 @ 2:00 pm – July 21 @ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer. For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

July 16

Dune Adventurers Camp
July 16 @ 10:00 am – July 20 @ 1:00 pm
Monday – Friday, July 16 – 20 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, bring your kids age 7 – 13 to the Dune Adventurers Camp! Explore the dunes, paddle Muskegon lake, solve nature based puzzles, work through challenge courses, try your hand at archery and slide the summer luge! Sound fun!? They have numerous week long summer camp offerings that will keep your children active and engaged. In their half-day dune adventurers camp campers will take part in a variety of activities from kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to dune hiking, nature reflection, archery, summer luge, silly games, and challenge courses. For more information call 1-877-879-5843 or register at Eventbrite.com.

Marketing Monday: Leveraging Influencers to Expand the Reach of Your Message
July 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Monday, July 16 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, come to the Muskegon Innovation Hub for a Marketing Monday! The theme will be “Leveraging Influencers to Expand the Reach of Your Message.” When you hear the phrase ‘social media influencer’ who comes to mind? You may be surprised to learn that influencers come in various forms (and sizes!). Conducted by Leandra Nisbet of Stingray Advisory Group. The cost is $10 and you will need to pre-register at eventbrite.com. No walk-ins, no exceptions. For more information, call 616-331-6900.

ONGOING EVENTS:

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience! The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesday 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Flea Market (at the Farmers’ market) is located at 242 W. Western Ave. For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon! Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s! You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village. For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project. The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy. The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian. www.muskegonartmuseum.org

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 21- September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6. Free and open to the public. Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park! The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com. In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting. Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake. They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles! DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase! For more information, call (231) 722-2600

Dancing into the Sunset: Dancing and Music
Thursday, @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing. The fun begins at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public! For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer! For more information, call 231-720-2570

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm. Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July. The cost is $2 – $4. For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Yoga Top Deck of the LST 393
Sundays @ 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Get your down dog on while participating in yoga each Sunday evening. Just $5 a person and the money raised goes back into the community. This is open to everyone (no membership needed) See you on the deck of the LST 393 Veterans Museum (you may even see an amazing sunset at close of class) For more information contact Rootdown Yoga 231-722-9642

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• Come to the Union Depot Building (we have Selfie Stations!) or snap yourself having fun at your favorite Muskegon County attraction.
• Use our hashtag #VisitMuskegon when you share your photo!
• Throughout Summer we will search for #VisitMuskegon selfies (remember, we won’t see it unless it is public) on each Wednesday.
• Using random.org we will select someone’s smiling selfie to snag some Visit Muskegon swag!

Fruitport VFW Post – Veterans of Foreign Wars

Elections were held on May 7th & the following are the post officers for 2018-19

• Commander: Max Riekse; Vietnam & Iraq Veteran.
• Senior Vice Commander: Floyd Peplinski; Panama & Iraq Veteran
• Junior Vice Commander: Edward Vokal; Korean Veteran.
• Quartermaster: George Kotkowicz; Iraq Veteran.
• Trustee: Wesley Owen; Korean era veteran
• Trustee & Assistant Chaplain; Larry Davis; Korean era veteran
• Trustee & Assistant Chaplain: Andy Peck; Persian Gulf veteran.
• Surgeon: Darrell Huddlestun; Vietnam Veteran
• Adjutant: Floyd Peplinski
• Guard: Larry Davis
• Judge Advocate: George Kotkowicz.
• Legislative & POW/MIA Officer: Max Riekse
• Offices of Chaplain & Community Services remain open.

The Fruitport VFW normally meets on the first Monday of the Month at 7:30pm; call Max Riekse for more details; If you’re a veteran of Iraq & or Afghanistan, think about joining your local VFW Post – especially if you live in Spring Lake & Fruitport; This is a non-drinking post as we have no Bar; George Kotkowicz is the Fruitport Cub Scout Master; and Andy Peck is both a Cub Scout & Boy Scout leader; Floyd Peplinski is the post Edward Jones financial adviser; Our post, along with the local Fruitport Cub Scouts & Fruitport Boy Scouts, place American flags on the graves of local veterans at the Fruitport – Pine Hill cemetery on the Friday before Memorial day at 5pm; and on Monday, hold a Memorial Day event at 11:00am at the Fruitport – Pine Hill cemetery; along with leading the parade with our Fruitport color guard which we have done for over 40 years. Our post also helps the children of local veterans go to Cub Scout camp; Boy Scout camp; VFW summer camp; etc; If you’re a veteran who has been awarded a military service medal, give Max Riekse a call and ask about joining your local VFW post; (231) 865-3238.

Post activities coming up are: Meet the Candidate/legislative event on Wednesday July 11th 5:30pm – 7pm for the upcoming August primary; & on Wednesday, October 17th 5:30pm – 7pm for the November election; On Friday July 20th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, a special meet & greet of our new 2018-19 VFW Post officers will be held for members, their families; and prospective members; especially those from Iraq & Afghanistan. Food and refreshments will be served. Bring your own band/music. Spouses of veterans can join the Fruitport AUX; Female Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans are especially welcome to become active in our/your local Fruitport VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

Max Riekse
May 11, 2018

Muskegon County Clerk to Offer Free Election Inspector Training

Election inspectors are people who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Join us for a FREE 3-hour training. If the training is completed you will receive a certificate which qualifies you to work any election in the state of Michigan for up to 2 years. Training is offered at 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In an attempt to have election inspectors ready for the  November election due to the elimination of straight party voting, Muskegon County Clerk, Nancy A. Waters is offering a free three-hour training to become a certified election inspector.

When: Monday, July 16, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Muskegon Innovation Hub at Grand Valley State University
200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI 49440

Applications are available at the Muskegon County Clerk’s office or online at http://www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk

The requirements for this event:
-Complete and return Election Inspector Application to Muskegon County Clerk, 990 Terrace Street, 1st Floor by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11th
-Registered to vote in Michigan (High school students 16 and older are also eligible)
-Legible handwriting
-Basic computer knowledge
-Bring photo ID to training
-Must commit to working on Election Day from 6 a.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m. (or as assigned by municipal clerk)

Anyone interested must return your application by mail/drop off at the Muskegon County Clerk’s office. Located at 990 Terrace Street, Michael E. Kobza Hall of Justice, 1st floor Muskegon, MI 49442.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Register at: http://www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk
Registration Deadline: WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Upcoming Election Dates:
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Active Shooter. What would you do?

Learn what you should do at the “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” class, enrolling now. Available Sessions:

July 10 | Register
August 16 | Register

All classes are 7-10PM at the Ottawa County Fillmore Administration Building, 12220 Fillmore, West Olive. There is no cost, but registration is required.

What should you do in the case of an active shooter? Hide? Evacuate? Doing the right things can increase your odds of survival. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is again offering the popular “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” training. This thought-provoking and engaging class provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event.

To date, the sheriff’s office has trained thousands of individuals on the topic in communities, at worksites, in schools and in places of worship.

Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz: Focuses on Protecting Lakes

zebramusselsCitizen volunteers and aquatic invasive species experts will team up at boat landings throughout the state to educate boaters about preventing the spread of harmful species during Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz, June 30 through July 8, 2018.

The Landing Blitz is a collaborative outreach campaign to raise awareness about preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) through recreational boating and related activities. Boaters will learn about preventing the introduction and spread of AIS from the movement of watercraft and equipment between water bodies at both public and private boating access sites throughout the state.

“Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!”

Locally, the Landing Blitz will be conducted at Riverside Park in Grand Haven on July 2 and 3 from 1-3 pm by Ottawa County Parks and the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds. Those who stop by can expect to learn more about:

• Boat washing & equipment decontamination procedures
• The Clean Boats Clean Waters program
• Reporting protocols for watch list species and others
• Awareness of specific regulations (Part 413 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act PA 451 of 1994, Fisheries Order 245 Fish Disease Control, etc.)
• Proper bait disposal

The Landing Blitz is sponsored by the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development in partnership with local organizations as part of Michigan’s annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week. For more information about aquatic invasive species in Michigan can visit: www.michigan.gov/InvasiveSpecies

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Ask Dr. Universe – Earth’s Garbage – Part 2

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Dear Dr. Universe:
What happens to the world’s garbage? -Presley, 8, Spokane, Wash.
How exactly do you recycle an object into another object? -Brianna, 12, New York

Dear Presley and Brianna,

While a lot of our trash goes in a landfill, we can also recycle all kinds of stuff on our planet. Depending on what the object is made of, we might grind it up, mix it up or melt it down before we turn it into something new.

Let’s start with paper. When you recycle paper, it usually ends up at a recycling center where it gets washed with soapy water and mixed into a huge, thick slurry.

Sometimes we add a few other ingredients if we want a specific kind of product, like cardboard or printer paper. The slurry is poured out onto a big table and flattened with big rollers. After it dries, it can be cut into different sizes and shipped to stores. Recycling is a great way to help us make new paper without cutting down more trees.

We can also recycle things like glass, plastic and aluminum. A lot of these materials are mixed together in a recycling bin, so the first step when they arrive at a recycling center is to wash and sort them. Engineers have built conveyer belts and equipment to help divide up the different items into groups.

Once they are divided up, they can be melted down, cooled and shaped into flat sheets or new objects. A glass bottle might become a jar, a plastic bottle might become recycled clothing and a soda can might become another soda can.

While different objects go through different recycling processes, most of the time we break them down before we build them up into something new. But some materials that we want to recycle don’t break down quite as easily.

While most of us put smaller items into the recycle bin, we also have lots of really huge stuff we need to recycle, too. Things like airplane wings and giant blades from windmills often end up in landfills. My friend Jinwen Zhang, a scientist at Washington State University, is helping research ways to recycle the lightweight materials and keep these big objects out of landfills.

This kind of lightweight material, carbon fiber plastic, they work with in the lab can’t melt down like a lot of other things we recycle. Zhang and his team figured out a different way to break them down using just the right environmentally-friendly chemical mix.

Exactly what kinds of objects those wings and blades will become is a question that we are still looking to answer. It will inspire more research and help us understand how to recycle things that couldn’t really be recycled before we learned to break them down.

These are great questions you ask, Brianna and Presley. Thank you for being curious. We can help make the planet a safer and healthier place to live when we recycle.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Village of Fruitport Special Council Meeting Minutes – 06/27/18

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
JUNE 27, 2018

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 7:09pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll Call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Amy Haack and Bill Overkamp. Absent: Carl Rothenberger and Jay Bolt

5. Public Comment
None

6. Hiring of a temporary DPW Employee or Manpower
Roger advised that one of our full-time employees was in an accident and will be out of work for what is expected to be a two or three-month period. Roger make a motion that we allow him as the Village President to hire Sam Florea as a temporary employee to fill this vacancy for the duration of the vacancy, at a wage of $11.00 per hour up to 40 hours per week. Start date 7-2-2018 shift 6:00am – 2:30pm, supported by Bill. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp and Vanderstelt NAYES: None

7. Public Comment
None

8. Adjourn
Motion made by Donna to adjourn the meeting at 7:30pm, supported by Bill. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Amy Haack – Council member

Village of Fruitport Council Meeting Minutes – 06/18/18

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
June 18th, 2018

1. Call to order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 7:01pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Amy Haack, Bill Overkamp and Jay Bolt.
Absent: Carl Rothenberger

5. Approval of previous meeting minutes from May 21st regular council meeting and May 30th Special Council Meeting
Motion made by Bill to approve the minutes from the May 21st regular council meeting, supported by Jay. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
Motion made by Jay to approve the minutes from the May 30th special council meeting, supported by Bill. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approve the agenda for the June 18th Council meeting
Motion made by Amy to approve the agenda, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
Jeff Jacobs, Village of Fruitport Planning Commission Chairperson, asked for permission to contact Dave Bossenbroek, Village attorney regarding a letter change in the zoning ordinance. He would like to change C (Commercial) to B (Business). President Roger Vanderstelt gave Jeff the approval to contact the Village attorney directly.

8. Correspondence (Ann)
Ann read a thank you note from Rodger Bagnieschi who attended the last meeting regarding stump removal. Ann advised the Michigan Municipal League Convention will be held in Grand Rapids this September.

9. Reports from Officers (Each Council Member)
Donna had nothing to report.
Jay advised that the next Planning Commission is Thursday June 21st. At the previous meeting Jay asked for feedback from the council on two items LED signs and Business Mixed Use. A discussion took place about LED signs. The council provided positive feedback on pursuing the updating of the sign ordinance regarding LED signs. Jay then discussed Mixed Use – Section 8. Jay made a motion to support mixed use along Third Avenue and continuation of that Zoning, supported by Amy. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
Amy gave an update on the web-site. She received admin rights on May 15th. She added Ann as an admin. Amy uploaded the new boat dock to the web-site. She has updated all the pages and will work with Ann on posts. Amy advised if council members what to add something that it should go to the council prior to any changes being made.
Bill questioned if you have multiple trailer do you need more than one annual pass. Roger advised that one pass is acceptable, and it can be put on their dashboard. Bill questioned the green slime near the shore. Roger advised they are working on the green slime and the cattails.
Roger had nothing to report.

10. Audit for fiscal year end 3-31-2018
Cal Meeusen, CPA for the Village of Fruitport, discussed the audit report for year end 3-31-2018. He reviewed the net position and assets. Cal answered questions. He stated that the Village is in a very good position financially. Amy made a motion to accept the audit for year end 3-31-2018 as presented, supported by Will. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

11. Park Street chip and seal
Amy discussed the Chip and Seal that was presented at the Budget meeting in March. Amy wanted information from the road rating process prior to deciding on the Chip and Seal. The Village Streets were rated by the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission on May 24th as part of the state-wide Asset management Program. Fruitport Village DPW Supervisor was included in the process. Park Street was rated a six. This rating confirms that the Chip and Seal would be a good repair for Park Street. Jeremy has the Road Soft program used for rating roads on his computer. Jay questioned if the parking section in front of the bank was included. Roger said it would be separate and he will check on that. Motion made by Roger to Chip and Seal Park Street from 3rd Ave to 8th Street and to not exceed $19,000.00 in cost supported by Amy. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

12. Boat Launch information station
Roger presented multiple bid for the new boat launch station. A discussion took place. Motion made by Roger to go with Miracle Midwest Quote for $7435.00 plus additional costs not to exceed $12,000.00 (Boat launch fund $9000.00 General Fund $3000.00), supported by Amy. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

13. Assistance with Boat launch enforcement
Roger reviewed the process for the boat launch permit enforcement. Ron and Justin, DPW employees, are patrolling the area on weekday mornings. Roger is asking for assistance from the council to help in the evenings or weekends. Margo will be hired for the 4th of July, Coast Guard and Labor Day weekends. Jay suggested a seasonal person for next year. The process will be reviewed at a future meeting.

14. Flag Poles and new trees in Flower beds
Roger would like to table this discussion until the next regular council meeting. More time is needed for Amy to research it. Discussions with the business owners involved will take place.

15. Boat launch attendant for 4th of July holiday weekend
Roger questioned the council on what days the boat launch attendant should work over the 4th of July holiday. A discussion took place. Roger made a motion to hire the boat launch attendant to work July 4th, July 6th, July 7th and July 8th, supported by Amy. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

16. Credit card reader for boat launch permits
Ann advised the cost of a chip/magstripe reader is $29.00. The fee is 2.75% of purchase. Motion made by Roger to purchase the reader for $29.00 and charge a fee of 2.75% of the purchase to the purchaser. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt NAYES: None

17. 755 Tractor replacement
Roger presented multiple bids for the new tractor. A discussion took place. Jay made a motion to purchase the Pell’s tractor for $26413.00 with all options for a total of $35,913.00. A discussion took place and the motion was amended by Jay to purchase the tractor from Pell’s for $26413.00 with the Broom option $5350.00 and Pallet forks $550.00 for a total of $32,313.00, supported by Amy. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

18. Buoys
Roger advised that we need to put in and remove 3 buoys every year. Pro-Tec Marine will charge $225 for all 3 buoys to be put in the lake in the spring and another $225 to remove all 3 of them in the fall.
Roger gave another option of purchasing a small boat and do it ourselves. A discussion took place. Amy made a motion to hire Pro-Tech Marine to remove the buoys in the fall for a cost of $225.00, supported by Bill. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

19. New property at Pomona Park
Roger thanked everyone involved in the process of obtaining the new property. Roger suggests that we hire a contractor to get rid of the underbrush. The cost would be $2500.00 for 8 hours. A discussion took place and the council decided to hold off on this for now until we decide on future projects for the property.
The property donor has expressed an interest in meeting, so Amy would like to meet with the donor along with other representatives of the Village to discuss proposed uses of the land. After that meeting the Parks and Recreation Group will have a meeting to gain public input on the proposed use of the land to present to council. Amy advised the press release regarding the park property generated much positive press for the Village. It was in local papers, radio, on-line and television news stations.

20. Static IP for Clerk to have remote access to computer
Roger discussed getting a Static IP for the Clerk to have remote access to her computer. Roger made a motion to get a Static IP at the cost of $15.00 per month, supported by Amy. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

21. Public Comments
Jeff Crago, 293 Lake, would like a garbage can at the 8th Street Park. He would like the no parking signs to be put back up. He would also like the sidewalk across from the park to be repaired. Roger will refer all these items to the DPW Supervisor. A discussion about the signs took place and that will be added to the regular council meeting agenda next month.

Jen Anderson, 6895 Brooks, questioned the barrels on the corner of Bridge and Brooks. Roger advised we will contact the Fruitport Township water department to get them removed.

22. Warrants
Motion made by Donna to approve the warrants, supported by Bill. Roll call AYES: Pope, Haack, Overkamp, Bolt and Vanderstelt. NAYES: None

23. Adjourn
Motion made by Donna to adjourn the meeting at 9:23pm, supported by Bill. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,

Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Fruitport Board of Education Ad Hoc Construction Meeting Minutes – 06/26/18

FRUITPORT BOARD OF EDUCATION
June 26, 2018 – 10:15 a.m. a.m.
O-A-K Construction Trailer
Ad Hoc Construction Meeting Minutes

Present: Dave Hazekamp, Matt Hulswit, Tom Kaywood, Mark Mesbergen, Gary Peasley, and Bob Szymoniak, and John Winskas.

I. The meeting was called to order at 10:15 a.m.

II. Remarks from the Public
None.

III. Construction Discussion
Shettler ~Tom confirmed drawings to OAK this Friday for budget. Bidding time frame still holds as well as construction.
Beach ~Fruitport took care of new concrete walk way. The team believe no other bond items are open at
Beach ~Tom Kaywood was going to verify this in the bond language for this location.
Middle School ~TowerPinkster was out with elevator consultant to look at existing unit. Preliminary account is that the existing shaft imensions are good for the intended scope. Tower to start on drawings.
Edgewood – Still working to identify scope for the boiler rework.
Pool ~Discussed with team that the board would like to see a $/SF in comparison to the HS project to give it some scale. Matt to circle back with Kevin to get that information. Possible funding from general fund to supplement bond dollars discussed.

Project Priority:
1. Shettler Rooms
2. Elevator Replacement
3. Boilers at Edgewood
4. Water pipes replacement
5. Pool

IV. Other
None.

V. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by

Maribeth Clarke

Fruitport Board of Education Truth and Taxation Public Hearing Minutes – 06/25/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Truth and Taxation Public Hearing
June 25, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Truth and Taxation Public Hearing of the Fruitport Community School district was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, and Dave Hazekamp. Absent – Steve Kelly.

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-072. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

IV. Budget Hearing Presentation
Director of Business and Finance, Mark Mesbergen opened the Budget Hearing with a 2017/18 General Budget Overview. He also spoke on the topics of: Taxable Values & Millage Levy Rates, Outstanding Debt, 2018/19 Budget Assumptions, Enrollment Trends, School of Choice, Foundation Allowance Trends, 2018/19 MPSERS Rates, 2018/19 General Budget Overview, and Revenues vs. Expenditures. Mark covered Budget Overviews of the Early Childhood Center, Food Service, and Technology. He also answered all questions asked by board members.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. OTHER
None.

VII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-073. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 6:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Clarke, Recording Secretary

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Minutes – 06/25/18

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
June 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

II. The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE was recited.

III. ROLL CALL: Present – Jill Brott, Elroy Buckner, Tim Burgess, Kris Cole, Susan Franklin, and Dave Hazekamp. Absent – Steve Kelly.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 18-074. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
High School teacher, Dale Grimm was presented with an Above and Beyond Award for his work transforming the old auditorium into a temporary wood shop classroom.

Edgewood Principal, Amy Upham gave an overview of the Trojan Trek fundraiser. Enough money was raised to purchase new playground equipment. On behalf of the Edgewood PTO, Amy gifted the NRG Builder Playground Structure to Fruitport Community Schools.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Parent, Sonia Sellinger spoke to the Board about concerns she has regarding a teacher placement at Beach Elementary.

Parent, Stacey Norkus expressed her concerns about a teacher placement at Beach Elementary. She mentioned she would like to meet with the superintendent to learn more about the situation.

Parent, Cheri Helmann also mentioned her shared concerns with a Beach Elementary teacher placement.
**A meeting with the superintendent and concerned parents will be arranged.**

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak mentioned that he had a meeting with Public Safety Officer, Brian Michelli to discuss the possibility of bringing a Resource Officer to the district. He also acknowledged a grant received to hire a School-based Community Resource Navigator.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 18-075. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of June 11, 2018
2. Acceptance of Bills, Monthly Financial Report, and ACH Transactions
3. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report
4. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report
5. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report
6. Approval of the Personnel Report
MOTION CARRIED 6-0
Bob Szymoniak recognized and officially welcomed the new Edgewood Principal, Tom Hamilton.

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Adoption of the MHSAA Membership Resolution.
Item 18-076. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to adopt the 2018-19 Membership Resolution as Prepared by MHSAA for Participation. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

2. Second and Final Reading of NEOLA Volume 32, Number 2.
Item 18-077. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to approve the second and final reading of updated board policies: 0143.1, 1421, 3121, 4121, 4162, 5111, 7540.02, 8321 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held June 11, 2018.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held June 11, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Brian Michelli, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed a potential School Safety Officer, received a Negotiations Update, received an L-4029 update, and reviewed the 2018 and 2019 general fund and school service fund budgets.

2. Approval of the 2017-18 General Fund Budget Amendment.
Item 18-078. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the 2017-18 General Fund Budget Amendment as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

3. Approval of the 2017-18 School Service Fund Budget Amendments.
Item 18-079. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the 2017-18 School Service Fund Budget Amendments as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

4. Approval of the Budget Appropriations Act for 2018-19 General Fund.
Item 18-080. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the Budget Appropriations Act for the 2018-19 General Fund as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

5. Approval of the Budget Appropriations Act for 2018-19 School Service Fund.
Item 18-081. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the Budget Appropriations Act for the 2018-19 School Service Fund as presented. Roll Call Vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes. Absent – Kelly.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held June 12, 2018.
Dave Hazekamp reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held June 12, 2018. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed new and updated board policies, and the hire of Tom Hamilton. They also received a negotiations update.

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held June 11, 2018.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held June 11, 2018. Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, Susan Franklin, Allison Camp, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed implementing the Superkids Reading Program, paying a stipend to teachers who attend after school work, and new/ updated board policies. They also received a negotiations update.

2. Second and Final Reading of Policy 2340 (Field Trips).
Item 18-082. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the Second and Final Reading of Revised Field Trip Policy #2340 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

3. Purchase of Superkids Reading Program.
Item 18-083. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve the purchase of Superkids Reading Program for K-2 reading instruction as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Kris Cole commented on the Middle School Awards Ceremony. He said many parents were in attendance and he mentioned two students who received an award from the Fruitport Safety Officer for saving a 7 year-old at Michigan Adventures during a recent school trip.

Jill Brott spoke about graduation. She was happy to see former students getting their diploma and GED. She was proud of the commencement speakers and said they did a fantastic job!

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
4. A Regular Meeting of the Board has been scheduled on July 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 18-084. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 6-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Fruitport Township Board Meeting – AGENDA – July 9, 2018

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415

JULY 9, 2018

6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 6/11/18
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Closed session to discuss pending Muskegon Heights water litigation with attorney and POLC labor agreement; exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
B. Resolution for Muskegon Heights water dispute

08. New Business
A. Street light request- corner of Mt. Garfield & Maple Island
B. Zoning enforcement discussion
C. Business registration discussion

09. Approval of Bills
10. Reports
11. Public Comments
12. Adjournment

The Township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the following Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Township Hall, 5865 Airline Road, Fruitport, MI 49415 (231) 865-3151

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 07/02/18 – 07/09/18

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
www.visitmuskegon.org

Monday July 2:

Film at the USS Silversides: Run Silent, Run Deep
July 2 @ 2:00 pm – July 7 @ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer.  For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.
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Tuesday, July 3:

Free Summer Concert Series: Dave Collee Jazz Band
July 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Arts Council of White Lake every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Montague Band Shell for the ACWL’s Free Summer Concert Series!  In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Montague Area Public Schools Center for the Arts located at Montague High School.  For more information, call (231) 893-2524.

Tuesday & Wednesday July 3 – 4

RockStock:
July 3 – July 4
The 9th annual Muskegon Rockstock will be held on July 3-4 at beautiful Heritage Landing! The mission is to provide a rockin’ family event at a reasonable price that supports all things local. This year’s 2 day 4th of July celebration will feature lots of great food, craft beers, vendors, tried and true music and KIDSTOCK, a Kangaroo Palace special event for kids of all ages. Tickets are $5 per day and will be available at the Heritage Landing Box Office each night starting at 4:30pm, or you can purchase them online and pick up at will call.  Active Military and Veterans are FREE.  Children 3 and up REQUIRE A TICKET and must be accompanied by an adult. Kidstock opens at 5:30 each night, and requires an additional wristband which is FREE with the child’s entry ticket. Gates open at 5:00pm each night, with an amazing Fireworks finale at dusk on the 4th of July. Event Rules: No Fireworks of any kind No Weapons No outside food or beverage No coolers For more information, visit muskegonrockstock.com

Wednesday July 4:

Fireworks on Deck: LST 393 Deck
July 4 @ 9:30 pm
Enjoy “Fireworks on Deck” aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum!  It’ the “best seat in the house” for the awesome display over Muskegon Lake.  The World War II landing ship is located at the Mart Dock in downtown Muskegon, just yards from the fireworks site. Seating is $5 per person and you do not need advance tickets. Arrive before 9:00pm before road closes and for the best seats!  More info is at lst393.org or by calling 231-730-1477.

White Lake Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
July 4
Beginning at 10:00am, the White Lake Area 4th of July Parade will travel from Whitehall City Hall to Downtown Montague.  Over 100 entries are involved in this family fun, annual parade.  Fireworks begin at dusk and are viewable from both Montague and Whitehall downtown areas!  For more information or to participate in the parade, call (231) 893-4585

Thursday July 5:

Kayak Sculpture Unveiling Event
July 5 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Lakeshore Art Festival invites you to the Kayak Sculpture Unveiling Event to celebrate nine new sculptures in Downtown Muskegon!  The sculptures, which incorporate real kayaks, will be installed at various locations Downtown. The unveiling event will begin at 4:00pm at the Olthoff Stage at the corner of W. Western Ave. and Third St.  Attendees will receive a map showing where the kayak sculptures are located and will be invited to participate in a “kayak crawl” to tour the sculptures from 4:30pm – 5:00pm. The event will conclude with a reception at the Muskegon Museum of Art to honor kayak sculpture artists and Lakeshore Art Festival artists from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The 2018 kayak sculpture project is one of the ways Muskegon is recognizing Sun Dolphin’s decision to locate their corporate headquarters in Muskegon.  Sun Dolphin, the world’s largest kayak manufacturer, donated kayaks for the sculptures and is the project’s Signature Sponsor. Get all the details at www.muskegon.org/public-invited-to-kayak-sculpture-unveiling-event.

Lakeshore Art Festival Vendor Reception
July 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Lakeshore Art Festival vendors and the public are invited to mingle and enjoy refreshments at this pre-Festival reception hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art at the Museum.  This event is free and open to the public and offers a cash bar.  For more information, call 231-720-2570 Michigan’s most popular art fair takes place at various locations around downtown Muskegon Friday and Saturday, July 6 – 7.  www.lakeshoreartfestival.org

Friday July 6

Muskegon Clippers Baseball Home Game –vs- Sugar Beets
Friday, July 6 @ 7:00 pm
Come to historic Marsh Field as the Muskegon Clippers baseball team plays a home game against the Scouts!  Admission is only $5! The Muskegon Clippers vs Sugar Beets. For more information, visit www.muskegonclippers.com.

Movies on Deck: Independence Day
July 6 @ 9:00 pm
The 12th annual Movies on Deck film features movies showing at dusk on Friday evenings on the LST 393.  Friday, July 6, it’s “Independence Day” starring Will Smith (1996). Each showing is free to the public, but donations are welcome.  Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and weather appropriate clothing.  Popcorn, soda and snacks will be available at the event.  In the event of inclement weather, showings will be moved inside the ship, and will begin at 10:00pm. The museum is open for regular tours from 10:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week with the last daily tour starting at 4:00pm.  More information is available at lst393.org.

Friday July 6 & 7

Lakeshore Art Festival
July 6 – July 7
The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon. Experience nearly 300 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers, multiple interactive art stations including Chalk-The-Walk, Color Muskegon and so much more!  This festival was ranked No. 1 in Michigan and No. 27 nationally for 2017 in the Sunshine Artist Magazine!  For more information, call 231-724-3176.

Saturday July 7

Stand Up for the Cure
July 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Standup for the Cure Event features instruction from top local paddleboard experts as well as FREE breast cancer and melanoma screening by Mercy Health, live music and a health and fitness expo.  Attendees will also enjoy a great festival with catered lunch, courtesy of KJ Catering, and beverages.  Boardworks Surf, Standup for the Cure’s national sponsor, leads the visionary family of partners which includes Spectrum Health Cancer Center (Title Sponsor), Mercy Health (Presenting Sponsor), Tom DeVoursney (Presenting Sponsor), Shape Corp, KL Outdoor,  Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, and  Meijer (Gold Partners) and a number of local supporting partners and vendors. Online Registration is now open at https://www.crowdrise.com/MuskegonStandUpfortheCure2018
Event Details:
⦁ Location:  Harbour Towne Beach, Muskegon, Mich.
⦁ Date:  Saturday, July 07, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
⦁ For Beginners:  Standup Paddleboard Clinic SUP Clinic for beginners
⦁ Events:  Kid’s race, 5K expert and Fun “Sea of Pink” paddle
⦁ Other things to do:  Industry Health and Fitness Expo with free screenings for Breast Cancer, Live Music, Catered Lunch and Happy Hour with Michelob Ultra and Barefoot Wine, SUP lessons and Demos as well as a Sweepstakes Drawing and Silent Auction

Bark in the Park: Michigan’s Heritage Park
July 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Come to Michigan’s Heritage Park for Bark in the Park!  Pack your pup and family in the car and come on down to Michigan’s Heritage Park for a “Dog Days” weekend event! On this weekend, man’s best friend is welcome to join the fun! Water dishes will be distributed throughout the park for our fluffy friends, but please remember to bring doggy bags for any “gifts,” left behind.  All dogs MUST be leashed.  For more information, call (231) 894-0342.

Mini Carnival for All Ages
July 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, July 7 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, bring the kids to the C.A.A.M.P Mini carnival!  There’ll be pony rides ($5), games, food, activities and prizes.  Wristbands will be available for $10 each with discounts for families of four or more. 1073 Evanston Ave.

White Lake Area Nature Walks
July 7 @ 10:30 am
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families;  no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning in June 2 and continuing through October 6.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 to confirm or if you have questions.

Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show
July 7 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 2nd Annual Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit is happening Saturday, July 7 from 1:00pm – 9:00pm just north of Babbitt’s on Getty St. Proceeds will go towards the suicide prevention charity Lighthouse for Veterans. Show entry fee is $10 with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies to be awarded to the top cars and motorcycles.  General public admission is $5 per person, or free for kids 5 and under.  Show parking starts at 12:00pm and gates open for the public at 12:30pm. This year’s show features a Corn Hole Tournament, pig roast, a silent auction, face painting, a bounce house, 50/50 drawings, a pinning ceremony for all veterans in attendance and live music from Steeple Hill!  For more information, call 231-981-8501 or find Heykoop Veteran Memorial Car Show & Benefit on Facebook.

July 8

Film at the USS Silversides: Operation Petticoat
July 8 @ 2:00 pm – July 14 @ 2:00 pm
Stop in at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum this summer.  For the price of an admission ticket to the museum, not only can you explore exhibits in the two-story museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McLane and, of course, the USS Silversides Submarine, but at 2:00pm every day you can also enjoy a full-length feature film in their newly renovated, air conditioned theater.

ONGOING EVENTS:

Maranatha Summer Concert: Land of Color
July 7 @ 7:00 pm
Every Saturday evening at 7:00pm, come to Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference for a free summer concert.  You can receive preferred concert seating by purchasing tickets to their Saturday evening Italian buffet in the dinning room.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm.  All dinner guest receive early entry into the concert venue beginning at 6:30pm.  Call 231-798-2161 or stop by the front desk to make reservations.

Roll On Muskegon
Mondays,  @ 6:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Team Trivia Game Show
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mondays at 6:30pm, come to Racquet’s Downtown Grill for the Team Trivia Game Show!  Groups of any size are invited to play for free with prizes for the top three teams!  Categories range from pop culture and entertainment, to sports, history, science, culture and general knowledge.  Your live host will also offer many genres of music throughout the game, plus, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials each week.  For more information, call (231) 726-4007.

Team Trivia at Fricano Place
Mondays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to The Hideaway Lounge at Fricano Place for Team Trivia, hosted by Brandon Covell.  This is a free event with prizes given to the winning teams!  Team Trivia players will get a $3.00 discount on Fricano’s Pizza during the event.  For more information, call (231) 722-2600.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market is more than a market, it’s an experience!  The summer market season for 2018 is May – November located at 242 W. Western Ave.  For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Muskegon Flea Market
Wednesday 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Flea Market (at the Farmers’ market) is located at 242 W. Western Ave.  For more information, call (231)722-3251 or visit muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market is open year-round, every Saturday from 9:00am-Noon!  Healthy! Humane! Homegrown is their pledge to use NO synthetic fertilizers, NO synthetic chemical pesticides or herbicides, no growth promoting antibiotics and NO GMO’s!  You can find them in the lobby and parking lot of Mercy Health Lakes Village.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian
The 150th Anniversary of Edward Curtis: 150 Masterpieces from The North American Indian will be on display at the museum May 24 – September 9 as they present 150 photographs that represent the breadth of subjects touched on in the project.  The exhibition also examines criticism of Curtis’s works, and uses the objects themselves to present the dilemmas inherent in understanding the project’s legacy.  The show will also premiere newly acquired copper plates used to create the photogravures, and several of the volumes of The North American Indian.  www.muskegonartmuseum.org

54th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition Reception
May 21- September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The annual Muskegon Community College Student Art and Design Exhibition will be on display in Overbrook Art Gallery May 21 – September 6.  Free and open to the public.  Call the MCC Arts and Humanities Office at (231) 777-0324 for more information. Summer hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.

Serene Yoga Beach Series: Hoffmaster State Park
Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Serene Yoga will be hosting a Beach Yoga Series June 5 – August 30, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park!  The drop-in rate is $15 or $10 for Michigan residents. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com.  In case of inclement weather, call 231-343-8381 or 231-343-8381 for cancellation information. A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks.

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place happen from 5:30pm – 8:00pm every Wednesday evening, weather permitting.  Bring your classic car to the parking lot behind Fricano Place, overlooking Muskegon Lake.  They welcome all antiques, customs, classic and novelty vehicles!  DJ Tom Schalk will be playing your favorite songs. Your favorite beverages, Fricano’s Pizza, as well as ice cream and desserts from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe will be available for purchase!  For more information, call (231) 722-2600

Dancing into the Sunset: Dancing and Music
Thursday, @ 7:00 pm
Most Thursdays, May 10 – August 30, come to the band shell in Pomona Park for Dancing into the Sunset!  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages to settle in for a great evening of music and dancing.  The fun begins at 7:00pm.  Free and open to the public!  For more information, find “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

Muskegon Museum of Art: Free Thursday Evening Tours
Thursdays @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a free tour guided by MMA docents, compliments of Meijer!  For more information, call 231-720-2570

Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in June, July and August from 1:00-5:00pm.  Additionally, there will be Friday and Saturday night tours from 5:00pm – 8:00pm during the month of July.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Yoga Top Deck of the LST 393
Sundays @ 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Get your down dog on while participating in yoga each Sunday evening. Just $5 a person and the money raised goes back into the community. This is open to everyone (no membership needed) See you on the deck of the LST 393 Veterans Museum (you may even see an amazing sunset at close of class) For more information contact Rootdown Yoga 231-722-9642

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•  Come to the Union Depot Building (we have Selfie Stations!) or snap yourself having fun at your favorite Muskegon County attraction.
•  Use our hashtag #VisitMuskegon when you share your photo!
•  Throughout Summer we will search for #VisitMuskegon selfies (remember, we won’t see it unless it is public) on each Wednesday.
•  Using random.org we will select someone’s smiling selfie to snag some Visit Muskegon swag!

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 05/23/18

MINUTES

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP
5865 AIRLINE RD
FRUITPORT, MI 49415

May 23, 2018
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6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

WORK SESSION

Continue review of ordinances: Start at 42-152. June Start at “Zero Lot Line in 152”

BOARD MEETING

Chair called meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

01. Roll Call: Kyle Osterhart, Brett Suchecki, Mike Michelli, Matthew Farrar, Jeff Jacobs, & Jason Franklin. Staff present, Jacob Mason, & Kimberly Morse.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: April 17, 2018. Chair accepted the minutes as presented. No comments

03. Approve / Amend Agenda: None.

04. Correspondence / Reports: Correspondence from the Road Commission relative to the Journey Church changing two entrances to one. Approved by the Chair.

Chair introduced Kimberly Morse as the new liaison to the PC.

05. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics: None

New Business
06. Site Plan Review Modification-Chandy Acres East 2239 Mt. Garfield Rd.
Parcel:                 61-15-127-2000-0007-40
Purpose:             Modification of approved site plan under section 42-226

Mr. Dan Larabelle 795 Clyde Court, Wyoming Mi. On behalf of Allen Edwin Homes. Same lot dimensions and layout. Only change is to split the project into two phases and renumbering of the lots and HOA’s (two). Same houses and same lots.

PC members expressed some concerns about the storm water system not being reviewed or approved by the Drain Commission. It was learned that there were changes to the pond that is already dug that did not get approval from the appropriate authority (County Drain Commission) and that this pond is larger and deeper than the previously approved by the PC. Concerns were also expressed about the rental units.

Motion was made by Osterhart to table this item until the Drain Commission approves the storm water system and show more detail on which HOA is responsible for what items and have such in the HOA docs. Supported by Suchecki and carried unanimously.

07. Public Hearing/PUD Revision-Garage Doors Plus 3074 Hts. Ravenna Rd.
Parcel:           61-15-111-200-0009-10
Purpose:       3,200 SF storage Building

Motion by Farrar supported Franklin to open a public hearing. Unanimous.

Mr. Eric Norbotten outlined his project he is proposing. Mike Johnson 141 West Pontaluna, 49444. No objections to the project just wants the Township to make sure it is done in compliance with all ordinances.

Jacobs/Osterhart motion / support to close public hearing

Motion to approve the item was made by Jacobs and supported by

1. The motion is made to grant the planned unit development application for parcel number(s) 61-15-111-200-0009-10, for the proposed planned unit development ammendment known as Garage Door Plus.

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-486 of the Zoning Chapter.

–a. The proposed planned unit development is consistent in all respects with the preliminary development plan approved by the Township Board, including any conditions imposed on the preliminary development plan approval. Changes in any of the following features of the planned unit development shall require resubmittal of a revised preliminary plan for review by the Planning Commission and the Township Board:

—(1) Addition of uses different from those included in the preliminary plan;

—(2) Increases in the size, height, or number of buildings;

—(3) For a residential development, any increase in the number of dwelling units; and

—(4) Any change deemed by the Planning Commission to be inconsistent with the preliminary plan previously approved by the Planning Commission and the Township Board.

–b. The proposed planned unit development conforms with the policies, goals, guidelines, and recommendations concerning land use, vehicular access and circulation, pedestrian circulation, building placement and design, landscaping, signage, and amenities contained in the Master Plan, and any sub-area plan which has been adopted by the Planning Commission as an element of the Master Plan. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): site plan

–c. The proposed planned unit development is consistent with and does promote the intent of the Zoning Chapter. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): site plan.

–f. The proposed planned unit development is consistent with the public health, safety, and welfare of the Township. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): site plan.

–g. The proposed planned unit development has safe and efficient ingress and egress, with particular reference to pedestrian safety and convenience, traffic flow, and control and access in case of fire or other emergency. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): site plan.

–h. The design and placement of buildings and other structures, parking, lighting, signs, refuse storage, landscaping, and other elements of the proposed planned unit development are compatible with surrounding properties and properties within the proposed planned unit development. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): site plan.

–i. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the proposed planned unit development: none.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.

–a. The planned unit development must comply with the site plan, dated 4-17-18, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.

–b. The planned unit development must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

–c. The planned unit development must be acquired, developed, and completed in conformance with the Zoning Chapter, as amended, and the rest of the Fruitport Charter Township Code of Ordinances.

–d. The conditions of the planned unit development, including a performance guarantee, shall be set forth in an agreement between the Township and the applicant which complies with Section 42-487 of the Zoning Chapter.

–e. The time limit for the planned unit development must comply with Section 42-489 of the Zoning Chapter.

–f. If the planned unit development approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the planned unit development may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.

–g. A digital copy of the site plan as approved shall be provided to the Fire Inspector at brian.michelli@mcd911.net, or such other e-mail address as the Fire Inspector may designate.

–h. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the planned unit development:
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Motion was supported by Franklin. Roll call vote.

Ayes: Jacobs, Newmyer, Farrar, Suchecki, & Franklin
Nays: None
Abstain: Osterhart

Old Business
07. Site Plan Review & Special Use – 2963 Hts. Ravenna Rd.
Parcel:           61-15-293-000-0001-00
Purpose:       Smokehouse/General Store and Seasonal Outdoor Market

No discussion or action taken.

09. Public Comments: None

10. Adjournment. Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:18


The township will provide necessary reasonable aids and services for this meeting to individuals with disabilities by writing or telephoning the Township Clerk: Andrea Anderson, Fruitport Charter Township, 5865 Airline Rd, Fruitport, MI 49415

(231) 865-3151.