Monthly Archives: May 2019

Dismemberment Abortion Ban Introduced in Michigan

March 12, 2019, Lansing, Mich. -– Legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan was introduced today in the Michigan House.

House Bills 4320 and 4321 would amend Michigan’s 2011 ban on partial-birth abortions by including the dismemberment abortion procedure, also known as a dilation and evacuation abortion (D&E).

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “These bills are Michigan’s response to New York’s abortion law and other states seeking to explicitly allow abortions through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason.”

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy accurately described dismemberment/D&E abortions in his opinions in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) and Stenberg v. Carhart (2000).

In Gonzales, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The doctor, often guided by ultrasound, inserts grasping forceps through the woman’s cervix and into the uterus to grab the fetus. The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix and vagina, continuing to pull even after meeting resistance from the cervix. The friction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix and out of the woman.”

In Stenberg, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn from limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off.”

Listing said, “In his opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy rightly said that dismemberment abortions are ‘laden with the power to devalue human life.’ Tearing the arms and legs off children in the later stages of pregnancy is not a good reflection of our Michigan values.”

The dismemberment abortion procedure is the most frequently-used late-term abortion procedure in America and Michigan. In 2017, there were 1,777 dismemberment abortions in Michigan reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, 98 percent occurred in the second trimester, between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

In published research on reasons women have abortions, the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute has stated that most late-term abortions are done for elective reasons.

In a 2013 study the Guttmacher Institute published, the authors admitted, “But data suggest that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

Listing said, “Opinion polls routinely show a majority of Americans believe late-term abortions should be illegal. Dismemberment abortions are obvious violence and that’s not how we should be treating our own children.”

Ottawa County Recognized as ‘Champion of Diversity’ by West Coast Chamber

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Ottawa County Commissioners and key staff receive the Champion of Diversity Award for Ottawa County. Photo Credit: Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce held its Celebrating Diversity Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, and recognized Ottawa County as the Corporate Champion of Diversity.

Under the leadership of Administrator Al Vanderberg, Ottawa County embarked on a Four Cs organizational improvement strategy, which focuses on customer service, creativity, communication and cultural intelligence. As part of the cultural intelligence strategy, Ottawa County has implemented programs to train over 650 employees on diversity and inclusion within the sheriff’s office, the courts, the health departments, and other government services. Ottawa County’s Cultural Intelligence Committee has built relationships with many community organizations including the Migrant Resource Council.

Ottawa County recently established the Diversity and Inclusion Office, which will be responsible for developing templates to uncover and eliminate implicit bias, develop plans to promote diversity, and be an internal consultant on diversity, equity and inclusion topics.

Grand Valley State University Graduate List

More than 1,150 Grand Valley State University students participated in commencement ceremonies on December 8 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. A partial list of the names of Grand Valley’s most recent graduates follows.

Students who graduated at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 semester in December include:

Fruitport: Christopher W. Ashford, BBA; Austin J. Fialek, BSN; Kyle J. Yates, BA

Muskegon (49444): Travis J. Bradfield, BBA; Collin R. Cribley, BS; Megan N. Heath, BS; Kaitlyn J. Wright, BBA

Ravenna: Erica J. Austin, BA; Todd W. Brown, BBA

Spring Lake: Brandon M. Aho, BS; Mason A. Bialik, BA; Michelle A. Bogi, BS; Megan L. Boomgaard, BS; Seth S. Carrier, BS; Arden M. Clark, BS; Matthew J. Clark, BS; Emily A. Dalman, MSW; Samantha L. Dalman, MBA; Mitchell S. Hoffman, BS; Anna M. Huizenga, BS; Erin Kleist, MS; Lori A. Mitchell, BA; Brieanna R. Wilson, MHA

Ask Dr. Universe – Why Flowers Smell Nice

Dear Dr. Universe: Why do flowers smell so nice? – Miles, 5

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Photo by Rachael Bonoan of a Puget Blue butterfly on a daisy. Some insects can pick up a scent with receptors in their feet.

Dear Miles,

Flowers not only smell nice to humans, but also to many insects and birds who help the flowers do a really important job. Let’s imagine that you are a bee or a butterfly. You don’t have a nose on your face, but instead use your two antennae to smell things.

As you fly around, you catch a whiff of chemicals floating in the air. Down below, you see a field of daisies. The flowers are releasing some chemicals, which are the building blocks of a smell.

You fly down to the field and land on a daisy’s petal. It’s just what the flower wanted you to do.

Not only can you drink nectar from the flower to get some energy, but you can help the flower get ready to produce even more flowers.

As you sip on the daisy’s sweet, liquid nectar, the hairs on your body start picking up pollen, sticky grains on the flower. If you are imagining yourself as a bee, you might also use your front legs to put the grains into your pollen baskets, or pollen pants, near your back legs.

That’s what I found out from my friend Rachael Bonoan, a scientist with the Conservation Biology Laboratory at Washington State University.

She told me that bugs, birds, bats, and a few other animals make up a group called pollinators. They carry pollen around from flower to flower. The process is called pollination and it is kind of like a matching game.

Different flowers will send out their own unique smells to attract the right kind of pollinators. Not all of these smells are sweet, though. Even stinky flowers need pollinators to survive.

Flies like flowers that smell like rotting garbage or poop, such as the corpse flower. Beetles like spicy, musky smelling flowers. Bees and butterflies like sweeter smelling flowers.

Flowers send out their chemical messages, or smells, at different times of the day. Jasmine and Honeysuckle are a few of the flowers that release their smells at night. They do this to attract insects like moths that are awake when it is dark out.

Insects also pick up smells from a flower’s leaves. And in addition to their antennae, some insects that walk around on plants can even pick up a scent with receptors in their feet.

Bonoan studies one of these insects in the Pacific Northwest. It’s called the Puget blue butterfly. She told me that a leaf’s smell is likely one way these butterflies decided where to lay their eggs. Smell plays a big part in how pollinators and plants can help each other survive.

Humans also really like the way flowers look and smell. We plant gardens, which are great places for pollinators to do their work. Do you have a favorite flower? What kinds of pollinators can you spot in your neighborhood? Tell us about it sometime at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Michigan Libertarians Say “Free Assange! Stop Police Brutality!”

April 19, 2019

Bay City, MI – Delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention made their feelings about the abuse of power clear over the weekend.

Over two-thirds of those attending the event at the Courtyard by Marriot in Bay City want to see the firing and prosecution of law enforcement officers who use excessive force, as well as those in the judicial branch who enable them.  They expressed this sentiment in the resolution that read…

“Whereas the initiation of force by state police officers is often done under false or unclear pretenses,
that all individuals possess the same set of rights,
that individual rights are not suspended when accusations are made against an individual,
and that a free society cannot co-exist within a militarized police state.

We, the Libertarian Party of Michigan, resolve
that awarding impunity to police who violate the individual rights of an accused is more harmful than the alleged crime itself,
that the perpetual betrayal of the public’s trust by law enforcement officers is an indication of a culture of tyranny,
and that the judges and the state police officers responsible for protecting or participation in this systematic aggression should be immediately removed from their positions of authority and prosecuted for the crimes they committed in their betrayal of the people.”

The convention also appears to be a hotbed of support for Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange.  Most Libertarians view him as a political prisoner who is being prosecuted to punish him for exposing “the most grievous of crimes” by government officials.  They expressed this in the following resolution:

“Whereas the Libertarian Party of Michigan holds that the most grievous of crimes is the mass murder committed by the federal government overseas,
Whereas journalism is not in any way, shape or form, a crime and is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution,
Let it be RESOLVED that whistleblowers “crimes” provide a valuable service for the American people, and that Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and all other whistleblowers, journalists and their publishers must have all charges dropped and be released from detention immediately.”

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The Libertarian Party of Michigan, PO Box 27065, Lansing, MI 48909; www.michiganlp.org, Phone: 1-888.FREE.NOW. Paid for with regulated funds by the Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee, Inc. d/b/a the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Not authorized by any candidate.

Measles – It’s Not Just a Little Rash!

measlesMeasles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people exposed to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

Measles symptoms typically include:
High fever (may spike to more than 104° F)
Cough
Runny nose
Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums and roof of the mouth
Rash (red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on ears and/or face; spreads to trunk, arms and legs)

Measles can be serious:
Measles can be serious in all age groups. But, children younger than five years of age, pregnant women and people with immune system-suppressing conditions/medication are at a higher risk of getting measles and are more likely to suffer from measles complications.
Measles may cause a pregnant woman to give birth prematurely or have a low-birth-weight baby.
Ear infections occur in about one out of every 10 children with measles and can result in permanent hearing loss.
About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.
1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage.
1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

Learn more about complications.

KNOW YOUR VACCINATION STATUS!

CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR TODAY! LEARN MORE ABOUT MEASLES

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Michigan is Experiencing a Measles Outbreak

mdhhslogoMeasles cases reach 34 in Michigan, highest number since 1991. As of April 2, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 34 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019. Oakland County has 33 cases and one case was a Wayne County resident. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63. Exposure Locations. Stay up-to-date on the situation at michigan.gov/MeaslesOutbreak.

Stomach Bug Circulating in the Community

Increase in stomach bug

March 14, 2019 – Norovirus-like illness (stomach bug) is circulating in the community and increasing. It spreads very easily and quickly person to person and by touching surfaces contaminated with vomit or stool. Common norovirus outbreak settings are in enclosed places like nursing homes, daycare centers, schools and cruise ships. It is also a major cause of outbreaks in restaurants and catered-meal settings if contaminated food is served or people handling food are ill. Anyone can get norovirus and can have it more than once.

Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that a person will get norovirus about five times during their lifetime. Norovirus outbreaks occur throughout the year, but more than eighty percent of reported outbreaks occur from November to April.

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How You Get Norovirus
• Having direct physical contact with a person who is infected, such as caring for or shaking hands with a sick person and then touching your hands to your mouth.
• Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus.
• Touching surfaces or objects with norovirus on them and then putting your hands in your mouth.
• People with norovirus illness are most contagious from the moment they begin feeling ill and for the first few days after they recover. Some people may be contagious for even longer.

 

“We are seeing increases in emergency department visits for stomach virus-like complaints. Schools, childcare settings and physician offices are also reporting more stomach illness in the past few weeks. Outbreaks are occurring in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. To reduce the risk of illness in our community, people should take preventive measures to stay healthy,” said Marcia Mansaray, senior epidemiologist.

 

Protect Yourself and Others from Norovirus
Wash hands with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers – and always before eating or preparing food. Hand sanitizers are generally not effective for norovirus.
Handle and prepare food safely. People with norovirus illness should not prepare food for others while they have symptoms and for at least two days after they recover from their illness.
Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces (such as toilets, counters and doorknobs). Always clean up the entire area immediately after someone with norovirus vomits or has diarrhea. Put on disposable gloves and disinfect contaminated surfaces using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label or with a solution of five tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of water.
Wash laundry thoroughly. Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. Handle soiled items carefully – try not to shake them – to avoid spreading the virus. If available, wear disposable gloves while handling soiled clothing or linens and wash your hands after handling.
Stay home if sick for at least 24 hours after symptoms end to avoid spreading the illness to others.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/norovirus.

Secretary Benson Releases Report on Observations, Recommendations from Tour of 131 Branch Offices

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today released a report on her observations and recommendations upon completing a tour of all 131 secretary of state branch offices in Michigan.

At a news conference at Cadillac Place in Detroit, Benson spoke about visiting all branch offices in Michigan’s 83 counties and talking with customers and employees about how to improve service and shorten wait times for Michigan residents.

“Every Michigan resident deserves efficient access to state services,” Benson said. “We are ready and determined to rebuild a system of delivering services that is modern and effective. Michigan’s hard-working residents and our employees deserve no less.”

Benson’s recommendations fall under these headings:
• Upgrade online services and communications.
• Provide targeted support to the highest volume customers.
• Revamp self-service kiosks to ensure reliable service.
• Review internal policies and pursue legislative reforms.
• Create a culture of support for staff.
• Improve the physical environment of offices.
• Expand features that work and restructure those that don’t.
• Look for opportunities to continuously streamline operations.
• Encourage customer and employee feedback.

Van Allsburg Reappointed to Business Court

vanallsburgThe Michigan Supreme Court has reappointed Ottawa County’s 20th Circuit Court Chief Judge Jon Van Allsburg to the Business Court for a six-year term. The Business Court is a specialized docket of the circuit court, created by the legislature in 2012 to promote timely, effective, and predictable resolution of complex business cases. The court began operations on July 1, 2013, utilizing electronic filing, phone and video conferencing, and early intervention to promote rapid resolution of these cases. Court opinions are posted to an indexed website for public access.

“We anticipate the business court will promote the use of technology and early intervention among those litigants who are most able to make use of it,” said Judge Van Allsburg. “We will be evaluating the effectiveness of these tools and procedures in the hope that we can apply them to all cases, and ultimately reduce the time and expense involved in resolving court cases.”

Van Allsburg is an honors graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, and joined the Circuit Court in 2005 after a 25-year career in the practice of law, during which he served as chairman of the board of the Michigan West Coast (formerly Holland Area) Chamber of Commerce. He will continue to be assigned to the Family Division of the Circuit Court, and he is also assigned to hear appeals from lower courts, municipalities, and state agencies.

Free Walking Program in Ottawa and Allegan Counties

topbannerParks & Public Health team up to offer Step it Up! Walking Program free in Ottawa & Allegan counties

Step it Up! is free, 8-week program is designed by Ottawa County Parks & the Department of Public Health to help participants get active and visit new parks. All levels of fitness welcome!

Participants will be able to track their steps and activity online, as well as monitor their progress throughout the challenge. Each week, participants who track their activity are eligible for incentive prizes.

walkingtrailIn order to help participants stay active throughout the program there are weekly guided walks, with varying pace groups, offered for free in both Ottawa and Allegan County Parks. New this year: group walks in Ottawa County will also include a short, body weight strength training program prior to the walk with the help of Cari Draft from EcoTrek Fitness, the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, and Jessie Riley from the Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging.kayaks

To encourage participants to discover new recreational activities, the program offers opportunities to try kayaking, biking, orienteering, disc golf, and a thru-hike. These activities and necessary equipment are free-of-charge to registered participants who are recording their activity.bottombanner

Home Show Experiences Record Number of Attendees

This year’s Muskegon Home, Garden, and DIY Show drew a record crowd. With almost 1800 people in attendance, the exhibitor floor was buzzing with attendees looking for their next spring projects. The newest addition to the Home, Garden, and DIY Show was the opening of the Gallery Level in the Fricano Place Event Center.

“Opening the Gallery Level allowed us to have more exhibitors than we have had in previous years,” commented Kristin Knop, Show Director. “The response on the opening of the new level has been very positive.”

Almost every seminar offered was filled to capacity. Chef Char from Kitchen 242, floral arranging by Skeeter Parkhouse of Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts, and DIY chalk painting with Pretty in Paint were among show favorites. Some attendees even came early just to sign up for their favorite seminar.

Our featured artist, Jeremy Church, spoke with guests in the Gallery Level about what it takes to get a great photograph and the preparations he takes to get amazing photos. One of Church’s photography prints, of the Muskegon State Park Blockhouse, was given away to a lucky person who attended the home show. Additionally, Create.a.frame Studio had budding artists painting their own home décor canvases all day.

“We are already looking forward to keeping this momentum going for next year’s home show,” says Knop.

The Muskegon Home, Garden + DIY Show is a production of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce with support from the Lakeshore Home Builders Association. Sponsors included, Shepherd Shoreline Gutters & Garage Doors, First General Credit Union, Padnos, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Spectrum Reach and many others. For a complete list of sponsors visit muskegonHGS.org.

Proposal 1 Not Good Enough for Michigan Libertarians

April 20, 2019

Bay City, MI – While many Michiganders are looking to last year’s Proposal 1 as the conclusion of the decades long marijuana legalization movement, delegates to the Libertarian Party of Michigan state convention last Saturday April 13 saw it as a beginning, and they are looking ahead to more reforms.

Many of those attending the convention in Bay City expressed dismay at the taxes that will be levied on cannabis and are disturbed by the continued incarceration of people imprisoned for marijuana related activities before they were legalized.

Over two-thirds of the delegates voted to endorse the following resolution:

Be it resolved, that the Libertarian Party of Michigan supports the amendment to the Michigan Constitution proposed as of this date by End Prohibition Michigan.

Proposed language to amend the Michigan Constitution
This proposal would add a new Section 28 to Article 1.
The natural, lawful, unalienable and absolute rights of the people to cultivate and utilize the natural plant known as Cannabis shall not be infringed. These rights include, but are not limited to, the possession, consumption, growing, manufacturing, delivery, treatment, purchase, sale, transfer, storage and transport of any plant, seed, flower, leaf, mixture, derivative, extract, product, or preparation of any Cannabis plant for personal preparations including, but not limited to the recreational, religious, medical, development, educational, commercial and industrial purposes within the State of Michigan.
All local and state penalties shall be repealed, nullified or otherwise abrogated.
No fines, fees, regulations, or penalties to diminish the use of cannabis shall be applied or allowed.
Any tax levied shall be in accordance with the current State of Michigan sales tax code. Cannabis used for medicines and foods shall be exempt from all taxes. No other taxes shall be levied.
All prior and current non-violent Cannabis related convictions shall be null and void and the records of such convictions expunged from the records.

Muskegon’s Excellence Award Winners Announced

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce recognized those who are making a lasting impact on the community at the first annual “Excellence Awards” Luncheon. This year’s winners set the standard of excellence every day in their business sector.

The 2019 Excellence Award Winners are:
Retail – Sanborn’s Inc.
Manufacturing – Geerpres, Inc.
Non-Profit – Read Muskegon
Service – The Station Grill
Tourism – USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Community Engagement – CWC Textron
Entrepreneur – Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has a long history of recognizing innovative business leaders and has awarded an outstanding entrepreneur(s) each year since 1982. This year’s Excellence Awards are expanding on the past award program and awarding winners in seven categories.

Muskegon County Launches Redesigned Website

Muskegon County is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at www.muskegoncounty.net.  The new website has a fresh, contemporary look making it easier for residents to navigate, access services, find information and engage with local government.

The County collaborated with vendor CivicPlus to create the new website based on feedback from employees and citizens.

While still containing links to the County Departments individual pages, the new site also incorporates some new features which make it easier for citizens to quickly find specific information.  A sample of the new features are:
How Do I… lists many of the most popular links for residents to apply for employment or various licensing, sign up for mailing lists, submit payments, or find reports and meeting information.
How can we help you is displayed on each page in the top right-hand corner.  Suggestions appear when you begin typing what you are looking for.  This intuitive search helps you quickly find the information available.
Board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes are available via the calendar on the home page or through the Agenda Center.
Our Geographical Information System (GIS) area offers many online mapping applications to access property information, County Commissioner jurisdiction maps, election polling precincts, available Land Bank properties and much more.

One of the priorities was making the new site mobile compliant.  The county website receives over 40,000 visits each month with more than 50% coming from smartphones and tablets.

Please check back often as departments will continue to update content and expand the online services as they become available.

Muskegon County Veterans Affairs Awarded State Grant

Muskegon, MI – On March 4th, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency awarded the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs the County Veterans Service Fund (CVSF) grant in the amount of $95,232.00.  The grant is through September 30, 2019.

Pursuant to PA214 of 1899, Soldiers and Sailors emergency relief may only be provided to War-Era Veterans.  Under the CVSF Grant, emergency relief will be provided to Peacetime-Era Veterans through the remainder of this grant.  There is a need in our community and it is very exciting that the State approved this grant to provide this assistance to Peacetime-Era Veterans!

A Peacetime-Era Veteran would have served during the following time frames:
• January 1, 1947-June 26, 1950
• February 1, 1955-February 27, 1961
• May 8, 1975-August 1, 1990

Any Muskegon County Veterans who served during the years listed above, did not receive a National Defense Service Medal, and have emergent financial needs may contact the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs to determine eligibility to receive assistance from this grant.

When contacting the Department the Veteran will need to provide the following:
• Valid Photo ID with a Muskegon County address;
• DD-214 showing years of service and character of discharge;
• Proof of income; and
• Verification of emergent need(s)

Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs
165 E. Apple Ave, Suite 201
Muskegon, MI  49442
231-724-7143

End Prohibition Michigan

Lansing, Michigan;  4/20/19: The ballot initiative committee known as End Prohibition Michigan is proud to have received the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of Michigan at their Spring Convention on April 13.

As today is an important date in the cannabis community, we celebrate this endorsement as an important step toward not just being legal, but being lawful.

End Prohibition Michigan was formed to ensure that Michigan citizens who use cannabis are freed from the toxic effects of a long war on the plant.  While voters approved Proposal 1 by a wide margin last November, there are many ongoing effects of the political, regulatory, and financial war on cannabis that simply were not addressed by the so-called “recreational” proposal.

End Prohibition Michigan is proud to accept the endorsement of the Libertarian Party, who has long supported the ideas of free use of cannabis.  EPM, a registered 503(c) non-partisan committee, plans to reach out to all the political parties, medical societies, criminal justice groups, and others who recognize how destructive past policies have been in our state.

Interested parties can learn more at:  EndProhibitionMichigan.org

Norm Peterson – Outreach Committee / Secreatary
Murry Rea – Chairman

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Minutes – 05/20/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Regular Monthly Meeting
May 20, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Edgewood Art Room

I. The Regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 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, Dave Hazekamp, and Steve Kelly.

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-054. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS
Principal, Tom Hamilton welcomed board members, the community, and staff to Edgewood. He introduced Assistant Principal, Sephram Raymond who spoke about the HIL Grant and Super Kids; a reading program for K-2 students. Teachers, Rebecca Robison, Samantha Nutt, and Lisa Stroup gave examples of the success teachers and students were having with Super Kids.

High School Social Studies Teacher, Deeann Skov introduced two students who attended the Michigan Youth in Government conference in Lansing. The students spoke about being part of the legislative process during the four days in Lansing. Both are looking forward to going again next year. Deeann also thanked board member, Susan Franklin for taking 20 AP Government students on a tour of the court house.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS
Board Secretary, Steve Kelly read aloud a thank you note from Rhonda Finn.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
Teacher, Theresa Stinson-Lahring addressed the board regarding middle school health class, the pool, and LGBTQ student health.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
Bob Szymoniak offered to give a tour of the high school bond project to anyone who wanted to attend after the board meeting.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
Item 19-055. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to approve the Consent Agenda as listed below:
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of April 22, 2019
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 7-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. MAISD Biennial Election Resolution.
Item 19-056. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Franklin to adopt the MAISD Biennial Election Resolution naming Dave Hazekamp as the Fruitport Community Schools’ election representative and Elroy Buckner as the alternate to support candidate: Mary Schaab for a six year term expiring June 30, 2025 at the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District’s Biennial Election to be held June 3, 2019. Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. MAISD 2019-20 General Fund Budget Resolution.
Item 19-057. MOTION by Burgess, SECOND by Brott to adopt the MAISD 2019-20 General Fund Budget Resolution as presented. Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. MHSAA 2019-20 Membership.
Item 19-058. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Buckner to adopt the 2019-20 Membership Resolution as prepared by MHSAA for participation as presented. Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

4. Resolution Supporting Adequate Funding of Michigan Schools.
Item 19-059. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to adopt the Resolution in Support of Adequately Funding Michigan Schools as presented. Roll Call: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; and Kelly, Yes.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held May 14, 2019.
Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held May 14, 2019. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Bob Szymoniak, Jeff Grossenbacher and Mark Mesbergen were present.

The committee discussed: a Phone System Recommendation, the Chartwell’s Contract Renewal, Sinking Fund, Year 3 of Vehicle Replacement Schedule, the School Funding Resolution, and School of Choice Data.

2. Purchase and Installation of New Phone System.
Item 19-060. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the purchase of the new phones and installation of the new phone system based on the quote for a total of $139,326.80 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

3. Chartwell’s Contract Renewal.
Item 19-061. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to approve the 2019-20 Chartwell’s contract for management services as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held May 13, 2019.
Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held May 13, 2019. Dave Hazekamp, Tim Burgess, Steve Kelly, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: Teacher Moves, ECC Expansion, the School Funding Resolution, the Superintendent’s Testimony on Mental Health in Lansing, and the PBIS High School Assembly.

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Report of committee meeting held May 13, 2019.
Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held May 13, 2019. Dave Hazekamp, Allison Camp, Jill Brott, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: School Improvement, the School Funding Resolution, Classroom Re-assignments, Clark Hill, Career Ed Legislative Mandates, and the Superintendent’s Testimony on Mental Health in Lansing.

2. Parent-Student Athletic Handbook.
Item 19-062. MOTION by Brott, SECOND by Franklin to approve updates and revisions to the Parent-Student Athletic Handbook as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS
Jill Brott spoke about the Art Exhibit held at the middle school, a Reproductive Health Meeting and an Instructional Council Meeting she attended.

Elroy Buckner mentioned his positive thoughts on seeing the excitement of teachers presenting at the board meeting. He wondered what the next steps are for moving forward. A discussion regarding reading pilot programs for grades 3-5 ensued.

Dave Hazekamp gave a brief update on Instructional Council and spoke about the need to keep curriculum current. He also mentioned the high school PBIS assembly where many prizes were given away along with a car!

Kris Cole spoke about a trip with his daughter and the 8th grade class to Washington DC. He was very impressed with the tour company and the valuable experiences, education, and knowledge gained.

Susan Franklin mentioned the Edgewood Spring Sing. She was impressed with the K-2 program and stated, “The concert was very well done.”

Steve Kelly updated the Board on the success of Fruitport Varsity Girls’ Tennis. He said they placed 2nd at Regionals and will be competing at State on May 31st. Two track athletes will be competing at State as well.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS
1. Business and Finance Committee will meet June 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
2. Personnel Committee will meet June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
3. Student Affairs Committee will meet June 10, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
4. Truth and Taxation Hearing June 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-063. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

FCS – Business and Finance Committee Meeting Minutes – 05/14/19

Business and Finance Committee
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office
Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Bob Szymoniak (late), Jeff Grossenbacher and Mark Mesbergen

1. Technology Phone System Recommendation
Jeff presented a recommendation regarding Fruitport’s phone system. Since the new high school instructional classrooms will be going online next school year, the district needed to determine what it was going to do with the phone system. The technology department determined the best option was to switch to the MAISD consortium with other Muskegon school districts. With the switch to the MAISD consortium, Fruitport needs to purchase new phones (hardware) district wide. Jeff presented the recommendation to purchase all of the phones coming out of the Technology-Security Fund.

2. Chartwells’ Renewal
Based on our contract with Chartwells, management fees are adjusted annually in accordance with the cpi. Management fees are adjusted to increase by 1% for the 2019-20 school year. Per the State of Michigan, Fruitport needs to approve the contract renewal agreement which will be attached with the resolution.

3. Sinking Fund Discussion
Mark discussed sinking funds.

4. Year 3 of the Vehicle Replacement
Mark presented a recommendation to change the year three of the vehicle replacement schedule. Originally, year three was to purchase one maintenance truck and put roughly $30,000 into the building and site fund. However, Fruitport’s suburbans that transport students need some repairs and the recommendation is not to fix them due to the poor return on the investment. The change would be to purchase two transportation vans to replace the suburbans and move the suburbans to central receiving and to the maintenance fleet. With this change, there would be no need to purchase the last maintenance truck. There is no budget impact with this change.

5. School Finance Resolution
Mark presented the school finance resolution. The resolution will be under general board business.

6. Other – School of Choice
Mark presented updated school of choice trend data. The data always lags behind as the data for the Fall 2019 just was released.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

FCS – Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes – 05/13/19

Student Affairs Committee
Monday, May 13, 2019
12:15 p.m. – Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Allison Camp, Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, Bob Szymoniak

1. An update on work done regarding the school improvement process was given.

2. The school funding resolution that the Board will be asked to take action on was discussed.

3. It was shared that classrooms will be reassigned in the middle school to make available a room for our ECC program to grow accordingly.

4. Clark Hill as a potential policy provider was briefly discussed.

5. Career Ed legislative mandates were shared.

6. The superintendent shared that he will be going to Lansing on Tuesday, May 14 to testify in front of the House Education Committee on student mental health.

Meeting adjourned at 12:46 p.m.

FCS – Personnel Committee Meeting Minutes – 05/13/19

Personnel Committee
Monday, May 13, 2019
5:00 p.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office
MEETING MINUTES

Attendance: Steve Kelly, Dave Hazekamp, Tim Burgess, Bob Szymoniak

1. Teacher moves to better address grade-level proximity, and to make room for an expanded ECC program were discussed.

2. As stated above, efforts are underway to expand the ECC program by one classroom for the fall of 2019.

3. The school funding resolution that the Board will be asked to take action on was discussed.

4. The fact that the superintendent will be traveling to Lansing on May 14, 2019 to testify in front of the House Education Committee on student mental health was discussed.

5. A question about the PBIS assembly’s prize eligibility for high school students who are away at a school sanctioned event was raised.

Adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Fruitport Board of Education Workshop Minutes – 04/22/19

Fruitport Board of Education
Board Workshop
April 22, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Board Room

I. The Workshop of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Board President, Dave Hazekamp.

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

III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Item 19-051. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Brott to approve the agenda as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of April 15, 2019.
Item 19-052. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Cole to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of April 15, 2019 as presented.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Budget.
Superintendent, Bob Szymoniak shared information on the School Finance Research Collaborative. Bob discussed some state budget talking points and the 2019/20 budget outlook for the district. Finance Director, Mark Mesbergen shared some budget detail for the upcoming year. He also talked about some retirements for this year. He shared details about upcoming School of Choice changes.

3. Facilities and Future Growth.
Mark spoke about some changes to the physical walls in Beach to move staff from the portables to the main building.
Bob shared information about a counseling office being added at Edgewood. This is the Hackley Health office partnership that has just been agreed upon.
Bob spoke about catchment area shifts to maximize classroom space.

4. Music.
Curriculum Director, Allison Camp talked about the new choir director position.

5. Auditoriums.
Bob spoke about the potential of an auditorium director.

6. Technology.
Mark shared information about the new district phone system.

7. Programs to Expand or Implement.
Bob talked about possible programs to expand or implement.

8. Policy
Bob talked about a meeting that he and Maribeth went to about policy.

9. Other.
None.

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC
None.

VI. ADJOURNMENT
Item 19-053. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of April 22, 2019

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, April 22, 2019, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, Clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Greg Hulka, Terry Knoll, Denise Winebarger
Members Absent: Jeff Jacobs, excused

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 3- residents; 1- employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities Ron Langlois; Attorney Ron Bultje.

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of April 8, 2019 as presented.

The motion by Andrea Anderson, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Heidi Tice shared on road projects throughout the County for 2019; There will be a group of people volunteering to clean up the areas around the Lakes Mall on Saturday, April 27th; The Lions Easter Egg Hunt went well.
2. Ron Langlois shared that D&J Sewer Cleaning has donated a Diaphragm Pump to the DPW; The West Michigan Regional Water Authority has contracted with H2O Towers to clean the Smiley water tower in May at the price of $4,365; The DPW will be contracting with Advanced Sealing and Paving to reseal their parking lot.
3. Rose Dillon shared that the Fruitport Youth Club’s opening day is this Saturday.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

19-059 Second Reading: Business Registration Ordinance
Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to establish the charge for the registration fee at $35.00.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

Andrea Anderson moved, Terry Knoll seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Business Registration Ordinance. Said ordinance will require any business establishment to obtain a certificate of registration within Fruitport Township.

This constitutes the second and final reading of Amendment Ordinance No. 809.

Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

NEW BUSINESS:

19-060 Approval to hire Director of Public Utilities
Current Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois, recently shared that he will be retiring this summer. The DPW committee recommends the hiring of Steve Biesiada and recommends offering him the presented contract.

The Board discussed adding additional verbiage to item #7-

Was: Vacation. Will receive 4 weeks vacation.
Amended: Vacation. Will receive 4 weeks vacation annually. Carry over as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the SEIU.

Greg Hulka moved, supported by Terry Knoll, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the hiring of Steve Biesiada and approve the contract as presented with the above change as discussed.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

19-061 Approve reappointment of ZBA members: John Winskas and Joe DeMarco
John Winskas has not confirmed his willingness to serve, therefore his reappointment will be tabled.
Andrea Anderson moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the Supervisor’s reappoint of Joe DeMarco to a three year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals. His term will end January 1, 2022.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

19-062 Approval of water service material supplier
Andrea Anderson moved, supported by Denise Winebarger, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Utilities Director, Ron Langlois, to accept the low bid for brass service materials from Ferguson Waterworks and to continue to purchase iron materials from EJCO for the water & sewer department.
Ayes: Knoll, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

19-063 AT&T Metro Act Right of Way Permit Extension
Rose Dillon moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve a 5 (five) year unilateral Metro Act Permit with AT&T. The purpose for the permit is for access to and on-going use of public rights-of-way within the Township of Fruitport for the purpose of providing telecommunication services to its customers.
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

19-064 Police Special Assessment discussion
Ron Bultje shared that a recent amendment to the statute that the Township used in the creation of the Police Special Assessment District states that such assessments may not be assessed by usage. Ways of assessment must be uniform and may be calculated by percentage of taxable value, store frontage, square footage, etc. The Board would need to adopt a new resolution to establish a new formula.
It was requested that the Supervisor run the numbers based on square footage for the next meeting.

19-065 Discussion of foreclosure property
Discussion of a property on Hts Ravenna Rd. Final discussion will take place at the next meeting.

19-066 Payment of bills
Terry Knoll moved, Heidi Tice seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $11,578.54; Public Safety $80,048.10; Water $285,540.67; Sewer $299.71; T&A $648.00; Street Lights $15,093.73; Drug Forfeiture $2,500.00
Totaling: $395,708.75
Ayes: Hulka, Winebarger, Dillon, Tice, Anderson, Knoll
Nays: none

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
1. Matt Peterson, Spruce St, inquired about the process of changing the roll for the Spruce St special assessment district.

The motion by Terry Knoll, supported by Heidi Tice, was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:08pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/20/19 – 05/27/19

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

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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.  Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Planetarium Show: Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 7:35 pm
Visit West Michigan’s only free planetarium!  Carr-Fles Planetarium on the main campus of Muskegon Community College is showing “Faster Than Light! The Dream of Interstellar Flight,” April 2 – June 13 (no shows on May 7 – 16) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm – 7:35pm.  Be dazzled with virtual rides aboard the spacecraft of the future and see how far our technology can take us.  For more information, call (231) 777-0289.

Jazz at the Watermark
May 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Watermark 920 and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra invite you to Jazz at the Watermark! Tuesdays at 7:30pm, March 19, April 16 and May 21 there’ll be dancing, a cash bar and good food from Fatty Lumpkins.  The Truth in Jazz Orchestra is led by Muskegon legend and drummer Tim Froncek and has been a Muskegon institution for the past 12 years.  The cover is only $5 or $2 for students.  For more information call (231) 578-0469.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Awesome Distraction
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 23 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Awesome Distraction!  Enjoy the beautiful songwriting, superb harmonies and unique interpretations of this talented northern Michigan trio.  Bring a friend or the whole family and join fellow music lovers for free live concerts at the Norton Shores Library on Thursday nights.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
May 22 – May 27
Enjoy good old fashioned family fun at Fruitport Old Fashioned Days May 22 – 27!  This annual event features fireworks, a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, a 5K Run, the Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell and more.  This is a wonderful family festival with something for everyone.  For more information, visit www.fruitportlionsclub.com.

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Opens for the Season
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 23, the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper will open for the season! Muskegon’s original ferry features art deco interiors, a soda fountain, ballroom and movie theater.  Built in 1904, eight years before the Titanic, the “Queen of the Great Lakes” traversed Lake Michigan from 1941 until 1970 carrying untold thousands of passengers and automobiles between Muskegon and Milwaukee!  In May of 1989 she was designated a National Historic Landmark.  The ship is open every Thursday – Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The last tour leaves at 4:15pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.  Children under 6 are free.  For more information, visit www.milwaukeeclipper.com.

10th Annual Tee-Up FORE Kids Golf Outing
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May 23 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, join the Muskegon Child Abuse Council as they host the 10th Annual Tee-Up FORE Kids Golf Outing at the Muskegon Country Club! Your registration fees get you:  greens fees, play pass, golf cart, lunch, access to driving range, prizes, and happy hour hors d’oeurves.  Also throughout the day, they will have a bucket raffle with great prizes.  Winners will be called during happy hour hors d’oeurves at 5:30pm.   Individual registration is $125 per person.  Team Registration is $500 for a team of four.  Register today, as there is a limit of 96 players.  For more information call (231) 728-6410.

Opening Event: Rock n’ Roll Jendrasiak
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 23 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art to attend the opening reception for “Rock n’ Roll Jendrasiak!” This new exhibit highlights the music photography of Paul Jendrasiak.  The reception begins at 5:30pm followed by a talk with the artist at 7:00pm.  Admission is free.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Night on the Town with Nikon
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attention photo enthusiasts, photographers and aspiring photographers: Join The Camera Shop, Thursday, May 23 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at SMASH Wine Bar & Bistro for a fun evening of shooting, socializing and networking with industry experts! If you have your own gear, be sure to bring it. (Don’t forget an SD card!) They’ll have shooting stations set up and live models on site.  If you don’t have gear, no problem!  Nikon representative Nick Czupek will be bringing in trunks of the latest and greatest gear for you to try out, absolutely free.  This is a free event sponsored by The Camera Shop, Nikon and SMASH Wine Bar and Bistro, but please RSVP at the Eventbrite website if you plan to attend so they can plan accordingly.

MADL Thursday Night Music Club: Awesome Distraction
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 23 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Awesome Distraction!  Enjoy the beautiful songwriting, superb harmonies and unique interpretations of this talented northern Michigan trio.  Bring a friend or the whole family and join fellow music lovers for free live concerts at the Norton Shores Library on Thursday nights.  For more information call 231-780-8844.

White River Light Station Opens for the Season
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The White River Light Station opens for the season May 24!  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the White River Light Station was built in 1875 by Captain William Robinson, and now serves as a physical reminder of the rich nautical history of Michigan.  Climb the spiral staircase to the top of the light house tower, browse the many 19th and early 20th century photographs and examine the of collection nautical artifacts.  You’ll also enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan as the light house keeper did a century ago.  Tours are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.  For more information call 231-845-7417.

Michigan’s Adventure Exclusive Season Pass Preview Event
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Michigan’s Adventure invites you to their Exclusive Season Pass Preview Event Friday, May 24 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm!  If you do not have your 2019 season pass yet, the Group Sales Office will be open to provide the opportunity to make your purchase. Enjoy the afternoon with park guests who are visiting during the first School Day of the season. For the best prices and payment plan opportunities, purchase your season pass online before visiting the park.

• 5:00pm – 5:30pm: Mary Lynn’s Group Catering Pavilions will offer an all-you-can-eat meal for season pass holders. Be prepared to use your Season Pass ID card for entrance.
• 5:25pm: Please stay until 5:30pm so that you don’t miss the prize drawings.

This event is free for Season Pass Holders who claim a ticket online prior to the event. Print-at-Home voucher and your processed 2019 Season Pass will need to be presented to enter Mary Lynn’s Group Catering Pavilions at 5:00pm.  Free meal ticket sales will end on May 20 at midnight.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

Michigan’s Adventure Opens for the Season
May 25 – May 27
Join Michigan’s Adventure Memorial Day Weekend as they kick off another season of family fun! Plan your visit now and be one of the first to experience their rides and slides.  Opening Weekend at Michigan’s Adventure is just the beginning of another fun and memorable year at this amazing amusement and water park.  Make sure you get the best value with a 2019 Michigan’s Adventure Season Pass!  It pays for itself in just three visits.  You’ll enjoy a whole summer of fun with unlimited visits to Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure, Bring-a-Friend days and food and merchandise savings.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

Open Mic Night at The Red Lotus
Fridays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The fourth Friday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Red Lotus Gallery for Muskegon’s longest running open mic event!  Any kind of talent is welcome; songs, poems, readings, comedy, plays, dancing or whatever other skill you want to show off.  Observers are welcome, too.  They only ask that everyone remain mostly clothed and that you don’t burn the place down!  Other than those simple rules, it’s truly an OPEN mic event.  For that reason, they encourage parents to use their discretion as to whether to bring children, as there most likely will be adult language and subject matter.  Feel free to bring in your own food and drinks too.  Donations are encouraged, but not required.
They’re in the lower level of the Century Club building, so use the main front entrance of the building and head downstairs.  There is an elevator for those who need it.  Just call 231-981-8525 and they will let you in the back door.

Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments
May 25 – May 26
The Midwest Professional Volleyball Association presents Inside Out Beach Volleyball Tournaments at beautiful Pere Marquette Beach! For more information call (231) 739-3911.
May 25 & 26
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s,16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA,A,B, High School
June 8 & 9
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s,14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School
July 6 & 7
• Saturday: M&W 2’s AA/Pro, A, B, High School 12’s, 14’s, 16’s,18’s
• Sunday: Co-ed 2’s AA, A, B, High School

Summer Luge Opens for the Season
May 25
Saturday, May 25, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex will open their Summer Wheeled Luge!  Don’t wait for snow, luge in the summer! Slide down the only wheeled luge track in North America! Wheel luge is done on a specially designed track with the same sleds used on the ice, but with wheels attached. The design of the track, adaptive equipment and surrounding common areas also accommodate persons with disabilities. Shorter than the ice track, average runs take approximately 9 seconds while covering 300 feet of track.
Tickets for summer luge are not sold in advance. Guests are served on a first come, first served basis, but wait times are rarely more than 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for 4 runs or $15 for archery add-on.  All equipment and instruction are provided with the purchase of a pass. Sneakers, long sleeve shirts and long pants are highly recommended to protect your skin from fiberglass “burns” in case you brush up against the side of the luge track. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. For more information, call 1-877-TRY-LUGE or visit www.msports.org.

Western Market Chalets
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Downtown Muskegon’s Western Market Chalets, located in the heart of downtown Muskegon, feature seventeen local pop-up retailers with wonderful and unique items! Summer hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Meisch at 231-724-6705.
Retailers Include:  Abeshi, Bodhi Tree Market, B Unique, Dune & Sky Gallery, Gems Near the Lakeshore, Halaula, Happy Hands Woodworking, Maggie’s Gourmet Foods & Gifts, Muskegon Inspired, Port City Dry Goods, Pound Buddies, Seaway Tours, Shane Rodarte Art, Skee Tee’s, Tarrerweave, Village Baker

Pickin’ on Pine Market
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Irma, owner of The Front Porch, is proud to present her second annual “Pickin on Pine Market” in Downtown Muskegon!  You’re invited to be a part of this upscale market Saturday, May 25 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  The road will be closed in front of her shop on Pine St. to host 50 antique, vintage and artisan vendors during this boutique style market with a food court and live jukebox!  All spots are 12×12 and rent for only $75!  Please consider joining her and some of the best vendors around for what is sure to be the official kick-off to summer on the lakeshore!  For more information call 231-750-1987.

Sweetwater Local Foods Market
Saturdays @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sweetwater Local Foods Market offers healthy, humane, homegrown, local food you can trust! They are open year-round, Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Summer markets are held in the parking lot; winter markets are inside the lobby.  For more information, visit www.sweetwaterlocalfoodsmarket.org.

13th Annual Ride to Remember
May 25 @ 10:30 am
The 13th Annual Ride to Remember happens Saturday, May 25 beginning at 10:30am! This annual bicycling event raises funds and awareness for the Harbor Hospice Foundation and the Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence program.  Held in Fruitport and in conjunction with the Fruitport Old-Fashioned Days Festival, you’ll ride around beautiful Spring Lake in memory of loved ones who have died.
The morning begins with rider check-in and late registration at 10:30am. An informal welcoming and surprise prize giveaways will be done at 11:00am and then the ride kicks off!  All riders are encouraged to take their time.  This is not a timed race, only leisurely fun in support of the hospice residence with a complimentary lunch at the festival at the conclusion of ride.  For more information call Harbor Hospice at (231) 728-3442.

Create a Memorial Day Craft at Muskegon’s History Museum
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 25 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Lakeshore Museum Center to commemorate Memorial Day by creating a patriotic craft you get to take home! The cost is $5 for this walk-in, open-house style event.  For more information call (231) 722-0278.

Blessing of the Boats
May 26
Sunday, May 26, join the Aquastar and Lake Effect Boating for the 14th Annual Blessing of the Boats!  It begins with the “Gathering of the Fleet!”  Boats of all types will gather on Muskegon Lake near the Milwaukee Clipper as they prepare for the Parade of Boats.  Then, it’s the “Parade of Boats” as vessels follow the Aquastar down the Muskegon Channel towards Lake Michigan to the South Breakwater Cove.  Stick around for the “Ceremonial Washing of the Lighthouse.”  Enjoy the show as the Muskegon County Sheriff Pumper boat, ceremonially washes the South Lighthouse representing the start of the boating season!  Then, it’s the “Blessing of the Boats” in the South Breakwater Cove as boaters are asked to cruise by the Aquastar for a blessing.  For more information, visit www.lakeeffectboating.weebly.com.  If you would like to participate aboard the Aquastar, contact them by calling (231) 903-0669.  They will provide a light lunch and a cash bar.

Michigan Adventure’s Tribute to the Armed Forces
May 26 – May 27
Michigan’s Adventure appreciates the commitment of our military troops. In an effort to honor this extraordinary brand of men and women who preserve our freedom, a cause greater than self, they have an offer for you.  Michigan’s Adventure celebrates America’s best by offering thrilling rides, super-fast water slides and ginormous waves, never-ending laughs and memories for a lifetime.  During the Tribute to the Armed Forces, they honor service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts.
May 26 – 27, they will waive the regular admission fee for active and retired members of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve. What’s more, this special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well.  Military personnel can purchase up to six discounted tickets for immediate family members for only $27 each.  Just bring an active military ID, DD-214 papers or a veteran’s designated driver’s license to receive these tokens of their military appreciation.  For more information call 231-766-3377.

32nd Annual Lost Boat Ceremony
May 26 @ 11:00 am
Sunday, May 26 at 11:00am, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 32nd Annual Lost Boat Ceremony.  The event begins with a flyover of planes performing the Missing Man Formation.  It includes a musical celebration of those who serve in every branch of the military.  It also features a tribute to the 52 submarines lost in WWII taking the lives of over 3,500 brave young Americans who remain on eternal patrol to this day.  The event ends with the running of the engines of the USS Silversides Submarine and a complimentary picnic lunch. The guest speaker this year is Captain Paul J. Ryan (Ret) U.S. Navy.
While we appreciate the time holiday weekends allow us to spend with family and friends, we encourage you to take a small amount of time over Memorial Weekend to participate in an unforgettable event designed to honor the very reason we have this American holiday.  There is no charge to attend this event.  For more information call 231-755-1230.
Note: For the month of May, USS Silversides Submarine Museum members can show their cards at the Lakeshore Museum Center and enjoy free general admission to their sites, including the Main Museum as well as the Hackley & Hume homes, the Firebarn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  Muskegon has so many wonderful things to offer and they are excited to partner with the Lakeshore Museum Center to showcase a few of them with their members.

2019 Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27 beginning at 9:00am!  This parade will begin on Morris St. (assembly area adjacent to the Social Security Building) proceeding to Terrace St., turning west on Clay Ave. and ending at Hackley Park.  You are being encouraged to attend and/or participate in this solemn event that honors our veterans.  In order to participate, an application will need to be completed and submitted so that you can be properly placed within the parade.  You can attain this application by calling Steve Allen (Parade Chairman), email address: steve_allen02@comcast.net or by calling 231-744-5166 and an application will be forwarded to you.  Completed applications must be received no later than May 18 and there is no charge to participate.
Immediately following the parade a Memorial Day program featuring the Mona Shores Marching Band will be held at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is absolutely free and everyone is encouraged to attend. In addition to the Mona Shores Marching Band, there will be a guest speaker and a tribute to our Veterans who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms that we have today.

Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
May 27 @ 10:30 am
Monday, May 27 at 10:30am, bring the family to the Lakeside Memorial Day Parade!  Step-off takes place at Denmark and Harrison streets, then the route follows McCracken St. to the Lakeside Cemetery.  There’ll be floats, classic cars, marching bands, local businesses and more.  For more information call Chris Cross at 231-329-3980.

2nd Annual Keep the Boat Afloat Fundraiser
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Memorial Day, May 27 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, you’re invited to Vikings Lodge #57 for the “Keep the Boat Afloat” fundraiser! This is the second annual fundraiser to benefit Operation Black Sheep and PBR 7331.  Operation Black Sheep is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to restoring and operating a Viet Nam era patrol boat (PBR 7331) on Muskegon Lake.  This fundraiser will help Operation Black Sheep to fulfill its mission to offer veterans a sense of belonging and healing while cruising together on Muskegon Lake. Other cruises are available to the general public to help tell this part of the story of our country’s military history.  For more information call 231-755-1892.
• $5 cover (Kids get in free, so bring the family!)
• PBR 7331 tours all afternoon
• Cash raffles all day
• Prize package raffles
• Bloody Mary Bar 12:00pm – 3:00pm
• Steeple Hill Band 1:00pm – 5:00pm
• Kids games 1:00pm – 3:00pm
• Cornhole tournament 2:00pm ($20/2-person team)
• Memorial service to honor those who gave their lives for our country 4:00pm
• Live auction 5:00pm
• Burgers, brats, hot dogs and sides available for purchase
• Cash bar
• Direct donations to PBR 7331 cheerfully accepted!
• Bring your lawn chair and join the fun!

Muskegon South Pierhead Light Tours
Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day! For more information call 1-844-MLIGHTS.
Docent-led Tower Tours Admission:
• $2 – Kids 11 and under
• $3 – Military and veterans
• $4 – 12 and up

Fruitport Board of Education Meeting Agenda – 05/20/19

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Edgewood Elementary
Monday, May 20, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. ROLL CALL

IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

V. PRESENTATIONS
1. Welcome and Edgewood Update – Tom Hamilton
2. Michigan Youth in Government – Deann Skov

VI. COMMUNICATIONS

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Workshop Minutes of April 22, 2019 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund                           $169,260.06
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center                   928.05
Food Service                                   1,103.56
Coop Ed (ISD) Tech Millage          6,653.68
Total Bill List                          $177,945.35

3. Acceptance of Monthly Financial Report and ACH Transactions (attachment IX-3)
4. Acceptance of Student Activity Summary Report (attachment IX-4)
5. Acceptance of Credit Card and Utilities Report (attachment IX-5)
6. Approval of Capital Projects Progress Report (attachment IX-6)
7. Approval of Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment IX-7)

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. MAISD Biennial Election Resolution (attachment X-1)
2. MAISD 2019-20 General Fund Budget Resolution (attachment X-2)
3. MHSAA Membership Resolution (attachment X-3)
4. Resolution Supporting Adequate Funding of Michigan Schools (attachment X-4)

XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held May 14, 2019 (attachment XI-1)
2. Purchase and Installation of New Phone System (attachment XI-2)
3. Chartwell’s Contract Renewal (attachment XI-3)

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held May 13, 2019 (attachment XII-1)

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held May 13, 2019 (attachment XIII-1)
2. Parent-Student Athletic Handbook (attachment XIII-2)

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS

XV. 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. High School Graduation May 31st – report to the LC Walker Arena @ 6:30 p.m.
5. Retirement Celebration, June 5th – Middle School @ 4:30 p.m.
6. Adult Education Graduation, June 13th – Middle School Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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*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.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 05/13/19 – 05/20/19

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

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00am – 2:00pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.
Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Aquastar Boat Cruises Open for the Season
May 16
Thursday, May 16, the Aquastar opens for the season! Scheduled public cruises go out every weekend of the season. Join the crew for an afternoon on the water or board after dinner for a beautiful cruise into the sunset. Check the schedule and book your ticket online now by visiting www.aquastarcruises.com or calling (231) 903-0669.

Paint Your Pet
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday, May 16 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market and Paint You Pet! Enjoy drinks and friends while you paint a custom piece of your pet. After you register, please email a picture of your pet by April 28 to ryan.cummins@shorelinecity.com. Your photo will be pre-drawn onto a canvas ready for finishing touches the day of the event. There are only 25 spaces available so time is of the essence! Cost is $40 and will include heavy snacks. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

56th Annual White Elephant Sale
May 17 – May 18
Friday, May 17 from 8:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday, May 18 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, it’s the Muskegon YMCA’s 56th Annual White Elephant Sale! Admission for the early bird sale from 8:00am – 9:00am on Friday is only $5, otherwise, admission is free!  Find great deals on office supplies, sports items, building supplies, books, bicycles, furniture, fabric, carpet remnants, tools, stereos, flat screen TV’s, file cabinets, toys, plumbing fixtures, pictures, hardware, antiques, collectibles, boats and more.
They are a registered non-profit with proceeds earmarked for the YMCA Camp Pendalouan Scholarship Fund. Charitable contribution receipts are available.  Call their donation phone to request a pick-up at 231-727-9900.

Hackley & Hume Historic Site: All Access Tours
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every third Friday of the month from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, you can go where no visitor has gone before on All Access Tours of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site! Explore behind closed doors including attics, porches, and basements of both houses.  Enjoy different themed topics such as restoration, preservation, family stories, new discoveries in the research, the Hackley House during the Red Cross years, the Hume home as a Daycare Center, as well as future projects.  Please RSVP by calling 231-722-7578.  The cost is $20 or $15 for members.

Hennessy’s Comedy Night
May 17 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Select Fridays from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for live stand-up Comedy!  Hosted by Tim Locke, Hennessey’s features various stand-up comedians from all over Michigan!  The cover is free!  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

ForeShore Adventure Run
May 18
The ForeShore Adventure Run is rolling, rumbling, tumbling, and running into year 5 Saturday, May 18 at Pere Marquette Beach!  This exciting event will feature over 20 obstacles on a wet and sandy 5k course.  Participants will be able to enter as teams or individuals and register for the competitive flight or non-timed flights.  The 2019 ForeShore Adventure run will feature more climbing, tougher water obstacles, and tons of fun.  The event benefits the Muskegon Rescue Mission’s homeless shelters and food pantries.  For more information, visit www.foreshore.org.

Armed Forces Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 18 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, come to Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo for Armed Forces Day!  This national holiday recognizes and honors those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Military.  This is your day, and Lewis Farms wants you to feel the love and appreciation they have for all service members!  Active, retired, and veteran members of the U.S. Military along with their spouse and children will receive free admission.  For more information call 231-861-5730.

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
May 18 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays, enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.
With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature:
• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office
May 18 the featured film is “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu!”

Back Alley Comedy Club: Crank Yankers’ Jim Florentine
May 18 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 18, at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, come to the Back Alley Comedy Club to see Jim Florentine! Jim is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, comedian, voice artist, and performer, who is currently co-hosting VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series “That Metal Show” alongside Eddie Trunk and now label-mate Don Jamieson.  Jim Florentine is best known for his work on Comedy Central’s show Crank Yankers where he performed the voice of Special Ed, a mentally challenged teenager, and Bobby Fletcher, a despicable, alcoholic slob who is the older cousin of Ed.  Recently, Jim Florentine opened up the American Carnage Tour for Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer in arenas across the country.  He also appears in the feature film “A Little Help” starring Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesley of The Office) and Chris O’ Donnell (Scent of a Woman).  Jim plays the character Brian, who is Jenna Fischer’s love interest in the film.  “A Little Help” has already won best film in several different film festivals and Jim Florentine appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! on June 22 to promote the movie.

• $35 VIP Tickets, includes Meet and Greet and preferred seating
• $25 General Admission

Buy tickets at the door the day of the show or at www.backalleycomedyclub.com/muskegon.  Call (616) 570-8765 for more information.

Mega 80’s
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater for “Mega 80’s!”  Take a handful of your favorite 80’s songs, a splash of some retro fashion, a pinch of panache and an eye-popping video spectacle in the background and what do you get?  The Mega 80’s, of course!  Since their emergence onto the Detroit music scene, the Mega 80’s have taken southeast Michigan by storm.  Now veterans of the 80’s cultural milieu, they are still rocking as hard as ever.  The proof is in the pudding!  They’ve since been bestowed with awards such as:  the Real Detroit’s “Best of…” Best Live Production/Cover Band in 2002, and have won this category every year through 2013!  With all of the continued improvements to the show, from dancers to enhanced video media, the Mega 80’s and Tangerine Moon Productions will continue to fill concert halls and add to your experience.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser Auction
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 19 at 11:00am, come to the Muskegon Country Club for the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper Annual Fundraiser Auction!  Enjoy a delicious brunch served from 11:00am – 1:00pm and live and silent auctions from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  There’ll also be door prizes, a raffle and cash bar.  Attire is casual.  Tickets are $35 per person and available by calling 231-722-2375 or 231-744-5101.  100% of the proceeds will go to the continued restoration of the Clipper!
Auction Items:
• African Safari
• A stay at The Grand Hotel
• Overnight Stay in the ship “City of Milwaukee”
• Weekend in Auburn, Indiana
• Learn to drive a Model T

Symphonicomedy
May 19 @ 3:00 pm
May 19 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the Shoreline Symphony Community Orchestra presents, “Symphonicomedy!”  In the spirit of P.D.Q. Bach, Victor Borge, and Spike Jones, the Shoreline Symphony celebrates the lighter side of classical music.  Slapstick, musical jokes, gags, puns… nothing is too far outside the box.  Expect all things hilarious!  Tickets are $10 and $2.  For more information, call 231-727-8001.

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.

Muskegon County 2019 Economic Summit

Economic Priorities

May 30 | 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Holiday Inn & Conference Center
Get connected to your countywide peers in government and business, learn what is happening in 2019 and how your local efforts play into countywide and regional decision making!

Topics include the State of Housing and Talent, Opportunity Zones, Infrastructure, Roads and Construction and Marijuana Zoning.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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EVENT DETAILS:
Thursday, May 30, 2019
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Holiday Inn & Conference Center
939 Third Street
Muskegon, MI 49440

$15/member
$30/general admission
Elected officials within Muskegon County are complimentary.

EVENT SPONSORS:
Comcast Business
Manpower
Rehmann
Consumers Energy
Independent Bank

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SIGNATURE SPONSORS

Arconic Whitehall Operations
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan
Meijer
Mercy Health
Warner
L3 Combat Propulsion Systems

13th Annual Ride to Remember, May 25

A bike ride to support the Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence

Looking for a leisurely bike ride and great cause?

Join members of the Fruitport Lions Club and Fruitport Chiropractic Center for their annual 15-mile Ride to Remember around Spring Lake to support the Poppen Hospice Residence on May 25.

The ride is held in conjunction with Fruitport’s Old Fashioned Days, beginning at 11:00 a.m. from Fruitport Edgewood Elementary, 3255 Pontaluna Road. Check-in is at 10:30 a.m.

“My family and I know how important hospice care is because we experienced it with my mom,” says Jim Kauppila, member of the Fruitport Lions Club and chair of the Ride to Remember. “Many of our riders come back year after year, and we’re all grateful to be able to support the Poppen Hospice Residence with this fun event.”

Early online registration is $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 16.  Please visit HarborHospiceMI.org/ways-to-give/Ride2Remember.  Registration is open on the day of the event.  Pre-order t-shirts available online or by using forms available at Harbor Hospice, Fruitport Lions Club, Fruitport Chiropractic Center and X-Cell Regenerative Health.

All riders are encouraged to wear safety helmets. Lunch is included for each rider at the conclusion of the event, courtesy of the Fruitport Lions Club Ox Roast.

The Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence is part of Harbor Hospice and located in Fruitport Township on nine acres of woods and walking paths. Its 14 private patient rooms have served as a welcoming home with compassionate and skilled care for almost 3,000 terminally ill patients since it opened in 2005.

For event information please call Ammy Seymour, Director of Development, 231.728.3442 or Fruitport Chiropractic Center, 231.865.6545

Free Parenting Conference on May 16

parentingJoin us for the 37th Annual Challenge of Children Conference!

This year’s conference focuses on overcoming challenges associated with trauma, ADHD, Autism, pornography, anxiety and more! The keynote speaker, Dr. Stephanie Grant PhD, LPC, IMH-E®, is a proud biological, adoptive and foster mother of three (+) and Director of the REACH Parent-Child Program & Trauma Informed Communities at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health. Dr. Grant loves her work. It is not just what she does, it is a part of who she is. Whether it’s working with kids and their families, teaching college students, or providing training to adults, she looks forward to it. Her clinical work has been with children and their families. Her focus areas are on infant mental health and children who have experienced trauma, particularly trauma associated with foster care and adoption.

In the keynote speaker address, Dr. Grant will offer an overview of how childhood stress and trauma can change a child’s brain and body. She will examine how such changes result in differences in how the child reacts to stress, in how they respond to their environment, and in what they may need from their environment to be successful. She will also highlight why traditional care-giving strategies may be ineffective for such children.

Register here  |  Available workshops
Flyer  |  Poster

girlThe Challenge of Children Conference is a free annual conference for parents, professionals, and caregivers. Raising and caring for children is a demanding job. In 1981, a dedicated group of health and human service professionals recognized this challenge. They subsequently identified the need to offer parent education, support and a network where parents and caregivers could talk with one another about family life management. Today, the coalition extends into Allegan, Ottawa and Kent Counties, and the conference attracts more than 500 attendees every year.

Contact:
Delaney Mullennix
outreach@brainspotential.com

Professional Development Meeting Plant Tour

APICS-Grand Rapids Wednesday, May 8, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – APICS, the Grand Rapids Chapter, hosted their monthly professional development meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 with a plant tour of Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The evening began at 5:30 PM with registration networking, and limited beer sampling and the tour being promptly at 6:15 PM.

Cost for APICS members was $12.00; non-members $15.00 and full-time students $7.00. All attendees were required to be at least 21 years of age with photo ID. Reservations for APICS-Grand Rapids professional development meetings can be made online at www.apics-gr.org or email to admin@apics-gr.org or call Kathy at (616) 490-8608.

For more information regarding the Chapter’s professional development meetings and speakers, please visit our website at: www.apics-gr.org.

Mosquito Creek Trails Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Opening – May 11, 2019

Muskegon County, Michigan‐ Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association announced the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Mosquito Creek Trails.

You are invited to attend a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that will take place on May 11, 2019, 10am at 2190 North Maple Island Rd. in Twin Lake. This will kick off the opening of phase one including a 3 mile beginner loop, or the “green loop”, as trail users will call it. This specific trail will have a tread width between 3 to 4 feet, and an average grade between one and three percent.

Mosquito Creek Trails, named for the Mosquito Creek stream that runs through the 500‐acre Muskegon County recreation area, will debut its initial trail this spring. The series of multi‐use trails will have varying difficulties, widths and grades. Mosquito Creek Trails will be built so that user experiences support the local landscape and environment instead of working against it. The trails will utilize natural obstacles and anchor elements to define the trails. This will deter users from unintentionally widening paths. The trails will be created to optimize water drainage, counter the force of users and prevent erosion.

In the fall of 2016, Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association (MEMBA) members met with Visit Muskegon and Muskegon County Wastewater Complex staff. Together they identified approximately 500 acres of untouched land as an ideal area to create a recreation area. Upon reaching a collaborative agreement with Muskegon County, MEMBA raised over $50,000 to engage with Applied Trails Research and Dirt Artisans. These two companies provided a comprehensive engineering and design proposal. Applied Trails Research is a trails and recreation consulting firm that specializes in spatial data analysis, mapping resources, and impact minimization planning for outdoor and reaction management. Dirt Artisans designed Mosquito Creek based on the resources and data from Applied Trails Research.

Mosquito Creek Trails will offer the opportunity for local cyclists and visitors to use the multi‐use trails year round. As these trails will be shared‐use, MEMBA looks to build a better local trail community that will foster a pride in our recreation options and keep users honest and respectful towards each other. These trails will support Muskegon County’s need for increased access to safe and secure trails in which users have a variety of options for exercise and recreational socialization. For mountain bikers specifically, the trails will also provide a variety of challenging and thrilling obstacles

MEMBA is currently fundraising to complete phase two and three of the project. Phase two will include three to four miles of trail and is projected to be completed in the fall of 2019. Phase three will add an additional three to four miles of trail, two bridges, and a restroom facility. Phase three will complete the project, and is expected for 2020.

MEMBA would like to thank the following sponsors for their assistance in making Mosquito Creek Trails a success:
• Bulldog Dumpsters
• The GE Foundation
• The Gerber Foundation
• Innovative Sheet Metal
• J Stevens Construction
• Klingel Homes
• Leprino Foods Foundation
• Mill Site Associates
• Mull‐It‐Over Products
• Muskegon Community Foundation
• Universal Products, Inc.
• West Michigan Coast Riders
• Mark & Christine Fazakerley
• Tom and Phippi Garrison
• Alex and Jaclyn Wagner

Village of Fruitport Special Council Meeting Minutes – 04/23/19

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
APRIL 23, 2019

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 5:30pm

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

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

5. Approve the agenda for the April 23th Council meeting
Motion made by Jeff to approve the April 23rd agenda, supported by Donna. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approval of April 15th Council meeting minutes
Motion made by Jeff to approve both the April 15th council meeting minutes, supported by Jay. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment
None

8. Hiring of new DPW Worker
Carl gave an update on the interview process and candidate selection that was completed last week. Carl made a motion to hire Seth Shavalier for the full-time DPW worker position at a rate of $13.00 per hour and that after a 120 day probation period that his rate will be $13.50 per hours, also after successful completion of his CDL license his rate of pay will increase to $14.00 per hour. In addition, a cell phone stipend of $25.00 per month. The motion was supported by Bill.
Roll call AYES: Pope, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Guiles and Vanderstelt.
NAYES: Bolt

9. Public Comment
None

10. Adjournment
Motion made by Donna to adjourn the meeting at 5:44pm, supported by Jeff. With a unanimous vote the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by,
Ann LaCroix Clerk

Fruitport Township Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – 03/19/19

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

March 19, 2019
6:30 PM WORK SESSION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING

BOARD MEETING

01. Roll Call: Geoff Newmyer, Matthew Farrar, Kyle Osterhart, Jason Franklin, Brett Suchecki.
Staff: Supervisor Tice, Jacob Mason.

02. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: February 19, 2019; No comments accepted as presented.

03. Approval of Planning Commission Minutes: Special Meeting February 27, 2019; No comments, vice chair Osterhart accepted as presented.

04. Approve / Amend Agenda: Accepted as presented.

05. Correspondence / Reports: None

06. Public Comments pertaining to agenda topics. None were heard

07. Discussion: Proposed ordinance amendment prohibiting marihuana establishments

New Business

Old Business

08. Zone Change- North Ottawa Community Hospital
Parcel/s:             15-134-100-0001-00
∙                           15-134-100-0002-00
∙                           15-134-100-0004-00
Purpose:            Re-zone to match Fruitport Township’s master plan: Commercial/B-2

Motion by Suchecki, support by Newmyer to table this item. Unanimous

09. Site Plan Review– Township of Fruitport/Sheringer Park
Parcel:             15-112-100-0040-00
Purpose:          Approval for improvements

Newmyer: Disposition of the sand piles? Mr. Hulka is trying to move some of the sand piles once the weight restrictions are removed.

Suchecki: are the walk ways completed? Not yet, will be at some point.

Osterhart: Outlined the options before the PC. Requested more trees between the park and residential homes. Phase I landscaping is excellent. Restrooms, trails, parking, and fields need to be completed.
Suggested the following priorities:
1  Parking
2  Landscaping
3  Restrooms
4  Traffic Pattern: that does not include outletting into the residential area to the north.

Farrar: No comments.

Karen Johnson stated the soccer club pays for portable restroom.

A motion was made by Farrar to grant the special use request for parcel number(s) 15-112-100-0040-00 for the following requested for a soccer park.

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-157 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. The special use [will/will not] be harmonious with and in accordance with the general objectives or with any specific objections of the Master Plan. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–b. The special use [will/will not] be designed, constructed, operated, and maintained so as to be harmonious and appropriate in appearance with the existing or intended character of the general vicinity, and it [will/will not] change the essential character of the same area. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ___________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–c. The special use will not be hazardous or disturbing to existing or future uses. This finding is based upon the following facts: Existing use & Site Plan
–d. The special use will be a substantial improvement to property in the immediate vicinity and to the Township as a whole. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Existing use and site plan.
–e. The special use will be served adequately by essential public facilities and services, or have them adequately provided by the applicant; facilities and services include highways, streets, police and fire protection, drainage structures, refuse disposal, and schools. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan.
–f. The special use [will/will not] create excessive additional requirements at public cost for public facilities and services and [will/will not] be detrimental to the economic welfare of the Township. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ___________________________________________________________.
–g. The special use [will/will not] involve uses, activities, processes, materials, and equipment and conditions of operation that will be detrimental to any persons, property, or the general welfare by reason of excessive production of traffic, noise, smoke, fumes, glare, or odors. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): __________________________________________________________.
–h. The special use [will/will not] be consistent with the intent and purposes of the Zoning Chapter. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ____________ _________________________________________________________________.
–i. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the proposed special use: __________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established as authorized by Section 42-158 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. The special use must comply with the site plan, dated 07-06-11, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.
–b. The special use must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.
–c. The special use 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 construction of the special use must be completed as funding becomes available. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.
–e. If the special use approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the special use may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.
–f. A financial guarantee is required as allowed by Section 42-158(d) of the Zoning Chapter. The details of the financial guarantee are: NA
–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 special use: Begin with landscaping in the buffer areas between the park and residential dwellings.

Motion was supported by Newmyer:
Roll Call yes, Farrar, Suchecki, Newmyer, & Osterhart.
No: Franklin.

10. 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

Dan Taber 5859 Chandonnet. Has concerns about the CAE. States pond has not received approval of the drain commissioner, concerns with the land division, North third of the retention pond will be parceled off. Also wants to make light there was a bunch of trees cleared over the past two months without an approved site plan. Concerned about a separate HOA. Is against having separate entities in the proposed development.

Dan Larabel AEH Byron Center Michigan: AEH has reverted to the original. One master deed and one site condo. Drain commissioner has approved the current storm water. Is clearing more trees for retention capacity. A 433 drain agreement is recorded.

Dan: Why was the tree clearing started prior to site plan approval. It was explained by the vice chair. PC was concerned with the retention done without approval, the numbering system, and the like. What AEH has submitted addresses these concerns. Dan feels the process has been not been followed and that work has been ongoing without PC approval.

Farrar: The PC was concerned with these things as well but they have been addressed.

Dan S: How deep is the pond, Dan L: 22 feet deep. The new size of the retention has eliminated lot A.

Osterhart: Overall, the changes made from the previous site plan have improved greatly. Does not like the large retention pond but that is what the County is doing everywhere. The numbering system is improved…more consistent neighborhood.

Bob Haren 5968 Chandonnet: The other pond is 30’ deep.

Matt Brink 2192 Colbert. Is the new pond private.

1 The motion is made by Farrar to grant the site plan request for parcel number(s)
61-15-127-2000-0007-40

2. The motion is based upon specific findings by the Township relative to the factors specified in Section 42-224 of the Zoning Chapter.
–a. All elements of the site plan are harmoniously and efficiently organized in relation to topography, the size and type of lot, the character of adjoining property and the type and size of buildings. The site will not impede the normal and orderly development or improvement of surrounding property for permitted uses. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan.
–b. The landscape [will/will not] be preserved in its natural state, insofar as practicable, by minimizing tree and soil removal, and by topographic modifications which result in maximum harmony with adjacent areas. This finding is based upon the following fact(s):
–c. Special attention has been given to proper site surface drainage. Removal of storm waters will not adversely affect neighboring properties. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Storm water plan has been approved by the MCDC
–d. The site plan [will/will not] provide reasonable visual and sound privacy for all dwelling units located therein. Fences, walks, barriers, and landscaping [will/will not] provide appropriate protection and enhancement of property and privacy of its occupants. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________ _________________________________________________________________.
–e. Buildings or groups of buildings are arranged as to permit emergency vehicle access. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site plan approved by the FTFD
–f. Every structure or dwelling unit does have access to a public street, walkway, or other area dedicated to common use. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): Site Plan
–g. A pedestrian circulation system which is insulated as completely as reasonably possible from the vehicular circulation system [is/is not] provided. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–h. All loading and unloading areas and outside storage areas, including areas for the storage of trash, which face or are visible from residential districts or public thoroughfares [are/are not] screened by a vertical screen consisting of structural or plant materials no less than six feet in height. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–i. Exterior lighting [is/is not] arranged so that it is deflected away from adjacent properties and will not impede the vision of traffic along adjacent streets. This finding is based upon the following fact(s): ______________________________ _________________________________________________________________.
–j. Any other findings regarding any other factors established by the Zoning Chapter for the site plan: ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________.

3. If the motion is to grant approval, the following conditions are established.
–a. The development must comply with the site plan, dated 11-1-18, submitted to the Township, as well as any written material submitted by the applicant to the Township.
–b. The development must comply with all federal, state, and Muskegon County laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.
–c. The 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 development must be completed within 2 years. This deadline may be extended by the Township, without going through the entire application process, upon request by the applicant and evidence showing that the applicant is proceeding in good faith toward completion.
–e. If the site plan approval is contingent upon public water service or public sanitary sewer service or both being provided, then no construction of the development may begin until all required easements are in place, all required forms have been completed, and all approvals for service have been obtained.
–f. 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.
–g. Any other conditions placed by the Township upon the site plan approval: none.

Supported by Osterhart.
Roll Call: Yes. Newmyer, Farrar, Osterhart.
No Franklin & Suchecki.

11. Public Comments
3292 Sheringer Road. Will there only be one exit off Sheringer. Wants to open an outlet Mark Street and does not want a second curb cut off Sheringer.

12. Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 8:57.

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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.

Fruitport Township Board Meeting Agenda – 05/13/19

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

MAY 13, 2019

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

01. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 4/22/19
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Approve appoint of Russell Stressman to the ZBA
B. Police Special Assessment discussion
C. Discussion of foreclosure property

08. New Business
A. Public Hearing: Special Assessment Roll for Spruce St road maintenance
B. Discussion regarding letter from Bureau of Indian Affairs

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

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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 May 6 – May 13, 2019

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

National Travel & Tourism Week: Social Media Happy Hour
May 6 @ 4:00 pm
Monday, May 6 beginning at 4:00pm, Visit Muskegon will celebrate U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel & Tourism Week with “Social Media Happy Hour” at Hennessy’s Pub! This free event will offer a cash bar, featuring a specially crafted “Visit Muskegon” cocktail, a chance to win prizes like Michigan’s Adventure tickets and, of course, great information on promoting your business.

Facebook is the largest social network in the world. Do you manage a Facebook business page, or are thinking of starting one?  Is your brand represented and easy to find?  Learn the process of creating and maintaining a Facebook Business Page and establishing a plan to engage with your audience.

This event is free, but please register by visiting http://bit.ly/2DghQt5.  Call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 231-724-3100.

Hackley Crafts: Hoop Wreath
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, May 6 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the crafting workshop, “Hoop Wreaths!”  This is a fun and simple way to add flowers to your home!  All supplies will be provided.  Registration is required and will open one month before class.  To register call 231-722-8011, visit the HPL reference desk or visit their online calendar at hackleylibrary.org.  This event is free to the public and recommended for ages 16 and up.

Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy
May 6 @ 6:00 pm
The USS Silversides Submarine Museum Lecture Series “Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy,” concludes in May with one last lecture, May 6 at 6:00pm. “The Cost of Manufacturing for WWII,” presented by George  Maniates is the Grand Finale of this winter’s lecture series which features a temporary exhibit from The National WWII Museum of New Orleans entitled Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy.  This exhibit tells the inspiring story of the Home Front effort that produced tanks, planes, ships and guns with staggering speed and unparalleled energy.  It was a surge in productivity that not only brought the country out of depression, but also created mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, and opened new doors of opportunity and social change.  The exhibit will run from May 20-August 5, 2019. The cost for the lecture is $5.00 per person or free with your USS Silversides Submarine Museum membership.  For more information call 231-755-1230.

Note: For the month of May, USS Silversides Submarine Museum members can show their cards at the Lakeshore Museum Center and enjoy free general admission to their sites, including the Main Museum as well as the Hackley & Hume homes, the Firebarn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  Muskegon has so many wonderful things to offer and they are excited to partner with the Lakeshore Museum Center to showcase a few of them with their members.

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.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market & Flea Market
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers’ Market, owned and operated by the City of Muskegon, is dedicated to showcasing the best in locally-grown foods, flowers, nursery stock, handicrafts and baked goods. The Market also hosts The Flea where everything imaginable is sold.

Farmers’ Market summer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm. The Flea Market is Wednesdays from 8:00am – 2:00pm.  For more information call 231-722-3251 or visit www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com.

National Tourism Week: Muskegon Convention Center Information Session
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Visit Muskegon invites you to join us for a Muskegon Convention Center Information Session at the Holiday Inn Muskegon-Harbor! We’re celebrating National Tourism Week and invite you to hear, and join the conversation, about plans for the upcoming Muskegon Convention Center.  You’ll get answers to questions like, “What does it mean for tourism in Muskegon County?” and “How should you prepare your business and staff?”

This event is free, but please RSVP http://bit.ly/2VLai8V.  For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.

Mariachi Music with Gabriel Estrada III
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, visit Hackley Public Library and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with classic Mariachi singer, Gabriel Estrada III!  This talented musician will emphasize the beauty of Mariachi, a music tradition which expresses many cultural influences.  As you enjoy this festive music, Gabriel will also showcase a bit of Mariachi history.  Begin your month of May with stunning music, and mark your calendar for Mariachi!  This event is free to the public and great for all ages!  Please feel free to call 231-722-8011 with any questions or for more information.

*Please note:  If you received the “Community Ink” Newsletter in the mail, the day is incorrectly labeled as Saturday.  The CORRECT date is Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm.*

Group Bicycle Tour
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet in the parking lot behind Unruly Brewing Company every Tuesday at 6:00pm for a 90 minute group bike ride!  There are five different groups to fit your biking needs and abilities and helmets are strongly encouraged.  Loaner helmets are always available at City Hub Cyclery (585 W. Clay Ave., Downtown Muskegon).  Unruly Brewing Co. is offering $1 off your first post-ride beer!  For more information call Raymond at 231-206-6182.

Open Irish Jam Session
Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first Tuesday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, all musicians are welcome at Hennessey’s Irish Pub for their open Irish Jam session!  Whether participating or just watching it is always a fun time and admission is free.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

National Tourism Week: Muskegon Convention Center Ground Breaking
May 8 @ 11:00 am
Wednesday, May 8 from 11:00am – 11:45am, you’re invited to join Visit Muskegon and Parkland Properties as we celebrate National Tourism Week and the Ground Breaking of the Muskegon Convention Center!

The new convention center will feature 20,000 square feet of multi-functional, divisible space with an expansive pre-function area overlooking Muskegon Lake. The groundbreaking will be at Fourth St. and Western Ave. in Downtown Muskegon.  Be sure to dress for the weather and the press!  For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.

Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale
May 8 – 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday – Saturday, May 8 – 11, come to the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club for the “Junk to Jewels Rummage Sale!”  Your purchase of gently used items will help support the preservation of their beautiful, historic downtown venue.  The Pre-Party is May 8 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm.  The entry fee is $5 and includes appetizers and beverages.  Admission is free for the sale on May 10 – 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Donations are being accepted at the club on May 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  If you have questions or need a pick-up, contact Dianne Buck at 231-215-0007.

Muskegon Heritage Museum Opens for the Season
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Muskegon Heritage Museum will open for the season Thursday, May 9!  This museum is dedicated to preserving the economic, industrial and social history of the greater Muskegon area! With over 12,000 feet of display space, it spans three floors and features informational exhibits, artifacts and photos pertaining to Muskegon’s industries, historic homes and businesses.  They have a working steam engine with a line shaft that runs 11 machine tools, as well as a working Brunswick pinsetter, a spring winding machine, and over 80 other companies represented in exhibits.

Hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm, Thursday – Saturday through mid-October and by appointment all year.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.  Children under 6, active duty military and MHA members are free. Special group and school tour rates may apply. For more information call 231-722-1363 or visit www.muskegonheritage.org.

National Tourism Week: Lunch & Learn
May 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, come to the “Marina View Room” at the Shoreline Inn for a “Lunch & Learn,” presented by the Hope Project. Visit Muskegon is celebrating National Tourism Week and we invite you to join us for this educational discussion on what human trafficking is, how it happens, how to recognize the signs, and how to be part of the solution to end it,  whether while travelling or in your hometown.  This event is limited to the first 30 people.  Due to high demand, please contact LaShelle for more information on how to sign up at 231-724-3102.

Replay: The Exhibition
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
May 9 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, come to the Muskegon Museum of Art for the opening reception of “Replay: The Exhibition!”  This is a celebration of pop culture, complete with super heroes and a LEGO® brick building activity area! The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570.

Music for Meds
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm, come to the Folkert Community Hub & Banquet Center for Music for Meds, a fundraiser for the Mission for Area People! Enjoy an evening of entertainment while raising money to benefit the Emergency Medical/Dental Fund.  The Dueling Pianos featuring Billy Ryan and Frank McGlynn will perform and there will be a cash bar and appetizer bar by Creations Catering.  Tickets are $30 per person or reserve a table for 8 for $225.  For more information call (231) 733-9672.

Opening Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, May 10 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo will open for another season of fabulous fun and flavor!  Be the first to say “Hi” to Jeffrey the Camel, meet their new animal additions, and get your hands on some of those delicious Apple Cinnamon Donuts!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

Threads of Friendship Quilt Show
May 10 @ 10:00 am – May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, come to the Threads of Friendship Quilt Show at Fellowship Reformed Church!  There’ll be more than 150 quilts on display as well as daily demonstrations, vendors, bed turnings, challenge quilts, a Quilter’s Boutique, silent auction and raffles.  Lunch will also be available for purchase.  For more information e-mail palsquiltguild@gmail.com.

National Tourism Week: Tourism Trivia
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, May 10 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, it’s Tourism Trivia with Visit Muskegon at Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.! We’re celebrating National Tourism Week, and we will wrap up the week by testing your knowledge of tourism in Muskegon County!  Find a partner and brush up on all things Muskegon! Teams will be limited to 2 people based on prizes. Our very own Community Development Director, Bob Lukens, will lead the rounds of questions related to tourism in Muskegon County in 6 categories.  Win great prizes such as Lake Express High Speed Ferry tickets, a night’s stay at Delta by Marriott in downtown Muskegon, Aquastar Cruises and more!

For more information call the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 231-724-3100.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Sharon Isbin and Beethoven’s 7th
May 10 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for Sharon Isbin and Beethoven’s 7th!  This Grammy winner has been called “the Monet of the classical guitar” by the Atlanta Journal.  Wagner dubbed Beethoven’s 7th Symphony “the apotheosis of the Dance… in its highest aspect,” and Beethoven himself spoke of it as “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

Single ticket prices are $24-$60.  Student tickets are $10.  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.

Friday Night Comedy at Hennessy’s Pub
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 10 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm, come to Hennessey’s Irish Pub for Comedy Night featuring J.R. Williams and Richard Mathis!  Every Friday night, downtown Muskegon’s only authentic Irish Pub features a great a variety of stand-up comedians from all over Michigan for your enjoyment.  For more information call (231) 728-3333.

Shop Ravenna: Spring Edition
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am – 3:00pm, visit the Ravenna Area as businesses team up for another BIG #ShopRavenna Event! Come on out and make a day of it!  Shop numerous huge sale locations in the Village of Ravenna, all within a mile radius.  There will definitely be something for everyone, and great Mother’s Days gifts.  Shop at least 5 of the great locations and get in on the door prize drawings for items donated by each Shop-Stop!  For more information, call the Memories of You Artisan Shop at (616) 745-3635 or visit www.facebook.com/events/2091671654241985.

Flowers Super Saturday
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
May 11 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, bring the family to the Muskegon Museum of Art for a “Flowers Super Saturday!” Just in time for Mother’s Day, enjoy free family fun with flowers.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 231-720-2570 or visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org.

• 11:00am and 1:00pm – Family Film
• 11:00am – 1:00pm – Guided Look: Explore the galleries with an MMA docent.
• 11:00am – 2:00pm Make & Take your own bouquet of flowers

Sensory Friendly Movies: Where “Shhhhh!” isn’t allowed!
May 11 @ 10:30 am
Family Hope Foundation and Cinema Carousel present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Select Saturdays; enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!  For more information, call Family Hope Foundation at 616-729-8833.

With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might not typically be able to do. Brighter lights, lower sound, limited previews and a group of people who understand your child’s disability will make this family outing enjoyable for everyone!  These special event films feature:

• 10:30am showings
• Regular Matinee Pricing
• All movies in 2D and Open Caption
• Seating questions can be directed to the box office

May 11, the film is “Ugly Dolls!”

Kids Fruit Carving: Edible Bouquets for Mom with Chef Char
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 11:00am – 1:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the culinary class, “Kids Fruit Carving: Edible Bouquets for Mom with Chef Char!” Make a special, edible treat to take home for mom! You will be using various fruits and vegetables to put together a completely edible fruit basket that will surely make mom smile. Warning: the carved creations may be just too cute to eat!  The cost is $45.00 and tickets are available through Eventbrite.com. For more information call (231) 769-2202.

Billiards Against Abuse
May 11 @ 11:30 am – May 12 @ 11:30 am
Saturday, May 11 at 11:30am, The Break Room Billiards is hosting the Billiards Against Abuse benefit tournament to support Every Woman’s Place!  Every Woman’s Place provides shelter for women and their children who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking.  Billiards champion Dennis Hatch “The Hatchet Man,” along with Top Shots author Steven Gifford, will appear at the this important event.  The cost is $35.  For more information call (231) 755-8236.

Holy Smokes! BBQ Competition
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, come to Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. for the “Holy Smokes!  BBQ Competition!”  Benefiting Catholic Charities West Michigan’s programming in Muskegon, all proceeds from the event will support their child welfare, behavioral health, family preservation and community outreach initiatives.  At the event, the community will gather to taste and vote for a variety of BBQ entries from local restaurants.  Guests will also be able to enjoy the spring weather and sip on craft brews, play yard games, and experience live entertainment.  Tickets are $20.  For more information call 616-356-6207.

The SuperB Woman: Mother’s Day Tea and Author Event with Janet Neal
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm, come to Hackley Public Library for the free program “The SuperB Woman!”  Janet Neal gives hope to women who are trying to do it all with this entertaining tale of a burned-out Superwoman.  Celebrate at Hackley Library’s Mother’s Day Tea, accompanied by an author talk and book signing!  For more information call (231) 722-8000.

Performances @The Block: Sharon Isbin
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to The Block for Sharon Isbin!  Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.”  On the heels of her West Michigan Symphony concert, this is a rare opportunity to experience this great artist up close!  Call 231-726-3231 ext. 223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 4:30pm.

SJO Supercross
May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross presented by SJO Productions! Admission is $10 per person or $5 for kids under 11 years old.  For more information call the fairgrounds at 231-788-4568 or visit www.sjoproductions.com.

Time Details:

• 1:00pm – Signups
• 3:00pm – Practice
• 5:00pm – Race

The Winds Celebrate Gospel Music
May 11 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Concert Winds celebrate gospel music!  The new Downtown Live Concert Series features every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert Winds.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and children. For more information call 231-727-8001.

Mother’s Day at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 from 9:00am – 6:00pm, spend Mother’s Day at the farm creating special memories with Mom!  Mothers will receive free admission, so bring the kiddos and let them run off all that extra energy while you sit back, relax, and enjoy a complimentary Apple Cinnamon Donut and Cup Of Coffee on them!  For more information call 231-861-5730.

Mother’s Day Brunch at SE4SONS
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 12 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, bring Mom to SE4SONS Gastropub for a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch! Chef Tim and his team have an over the top buffet planned so you can show Mom how much she means to you!  Seatings are available at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  The cost is $32 for adults, $14 for kids 7 – 12, $8 for kids 4 -6 and free for children 3 and under.  For reservations or more information call 231-755-3737.

Free Latin Dance Party
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Every other Sunday, March 3 – May 13 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, come to Unruly Brewing Co. in downtown Muskegon for bi-monthly, free Latin Dance Classes offered by the Facebook group MADLOS!  They will cover simple steps, turns and spins that are easy to learn and fun to do.  No partner or experience is needed to participate.  The lesson is from 5:00pm – 6:00pm with music continuing until 7:00pm so you can practice what you’ve learned or show off what you know.  If you don’t need a lesson and just want to dance, join them at 6:00pm.  There is no cost for the lesson, but they are accepting donations that will go to support the Child Abuse Counsel of Muskegon County.  MADLOS offers different dance styles, including Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, and more.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what they’re up to next.

Instructor:  Florencia Manon Colella from Argentina