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Fruitport Township Board Meeting – Minutes – September 25, 2017

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, September 25, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Trustees Ron Becklin, Jeff Jacobs, Denise Winebarger, and Greg Hulka
Members Absent: Rose Dillon, excused

At 7:02pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 22– residents; 9 – employees; 5- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of September 11, 2017 as presented, with the following addition to item 17-137:

Invoices will begin November 1, 2017 for services beginning October 1, 2017.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented, with the following additions:

Requested by Brian Michelli: Add Police Department hire as item 07-D.
Requested by Heidi Tice: Add new appointment to the Planning Commission as item 08-A.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS

1. Heidi Tice gave an update on the Wolverine monument project. It is projected to be installed Spring 2018.
2. Brian Michelli reported that call volumes for police and fire continue to rise.
3. Brian Michelli reported that new AED equipment for the fire department has arrived, as well as the new tasers for the police department. Additional medical equipment is on its way.
4. Ron Langlois gave an update on the Odeno project; phase one has been broken into two phases.
5. Ron Langlois reported that the water main for the new Wesco is complete, tested, and in service.
6. Heidi Tice shared quotes from Batteries + Bulbs for converting town hall to LED lighting and asked that it be considered at the next meeting, October 9, 2017.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
17-146 Badge presentation/swearing in new public safety position holders
Jeff Whelan was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
Daniel Babinec was promoted to Police Sergeant.
Ross Deyoung was hired as a full-time Police Officer.
Joshua Karafa was hired as a full-time Police Officer (completed after his hiring was approved by the board).
Troy Lanore was promoted to Fire Captain.
Timothy Doctor was promoted to Fire Lieutenant.
Shane Ingersoll was hired as a full-time Firefighter.

All of the above employees were sworn into their positions and presented with badges accordingly. Congratulations to all.

17-147 DDA update
Heidi has scheduled a meeting with Mark Eisenbarth and Johnathan Wilson from Muskegon County on Monday, October 2, 2017 to discuss the likelihood of the County opting out of a potential DDA in Fruitport.

17-148 Public hearing for Police & Fire Special Assessment District (Sherman/Harvey)
It was noted that there were businesses that were unintentionally left out of the district due to having zero police runs to those locations. It was also discussed that the district boundaries be re-evaluated. It is proposed that the district include the business corridor on Sherman Blvd from Lowes to US-31 and on Harvey Street from Independence Drive to Mount Garfield Rd. It is proposed that the assessment roll be re-evaluated annually based on usage.

With there being no guests in attendance who wished to comment on this topic, it was agreed upon to re-schedule the public hearing.

The motion by Jeff Jacobs, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to TABLE this item and reschedule a public hearing for October 9, 2017 on the revised district.

Notices will be mailed and reposted accordingly.

17-149 Police Department Hire
Public Safety Director Michelli recommended that the board consider hiring Joshua Karafa into a full-time Police Officer position.
Ron Becklin moved, supported by Jeff Jacobs, MOTION CARRIED, to hire Police Officer, Joshua Karafa, into a full- time position. Mr. Karafa started working as a part-time Police Officer for Fruitport Township Police Department on August 14, 2015. He participated in an interview process that took place on July 20, 2017. Joshua will be filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Jason Pavlige. Joshua began filling shifts in a full-time roll on September
22, 2017 and the board agreed to back-date his hire date to then.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None Absent: Dillon

NEW BUSINESS:
17-150 Planning Commission appointment
Supervisor Tice has chosen to appoint Jason Franklin to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to ratify the appointment of Jason Franklin to the Fruitport Township Planning Commission.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None Absent: Dillon

17-151 Payment of bills
Ron Becklin moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $21,466.00; Public Safety $28,702.91; Water $25,529.81; Sewer $2,108.96; Trust & Agency $663.00; Street Lights $12,749.63 Totaling: $91,220.31

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None Absent: Dillon

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

1. Heidi Tice shared that there will be trick-or-treating at town hall on Halloween, October 31, 2017, from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the lobby.
2. Ron Becklin announced that there will be a meeting of the Muskegon County Recreational Authority on September 26, 2017. Ron also announced that Matt Farrar has been appointed the new Chair of the committee.
3. Jeff Jacobs inquired with Attorney Ron Bultje regarding the process of bringing a new ordinance recommendation from the Planning Commission to the township Board.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Denise Winebarger was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 7:41pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/09/17 – 10/16/17

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

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Hackley and Hume: Muskegon Residents tour FREE
October 1 – October 29
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Monday, October 9 @ 6:00pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.

Gourmet Pizza from Scratch with Chef Jamie
Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Gourmet Pizza From Scratch with Chef Jamie!”  In this class, you will make the dough and sauce from scratch and experiment with several toppings.  While you are waiting for the dough to rise, you will make a salad with homemade ranch and vinaigrette dressings.  You can choose to bake your pizza in class or at home.  This class will be four hours long to accomplish everything from scratch. The cost is $40 and class size is limited to 12.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

AHFEST Film Fest
Wednesday, October 11 @ 5:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave., Muskegon
Wednesday evenings throughout October, the 2017 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahfest) will show and discuss four films associated with WATER, the ahfest’s theme this year, at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  Each movie will be followed by a brief discussion.  All films begin promptly at 5:00pm when the doors will be closed. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. A cash bar for beer and wine, along with free popcorn, will be available. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
Thursday, October 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information 231-821-9125

Opening Reception: ‘Water: Paintings by Sheryl Budnik and Mary Sundstrom’
Thursday, October 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon
From a placid, introspective pool to a roaring, ship-wrecking beast, water is the subject of paintings by Michigan artists Sheryl Budnik and Mary Sundstrom on exhibit in Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Gallery from September 25 through October 26. The gallery, located on the Muskegon Community College main campus, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Arts and Humanities Department at (231)777-0324.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Season Opener Home Game
Friday, October 13 @ 7:15pm

L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.,Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch the first regular season home game Friday, October 13 at 7:15pm as they take on the Chicago Steel at the L.C. Walker Arena. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: Open Jewelry Workshop
Friday, October 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Join talented artists of the Muskegon Center for the Arts for their October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery (in the basement of the Century Club)!  Classes fill up quickly, so pre-register soon by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Students will bring their own materials to create jewelry with the assistance of the instructor, if needed. There will be “extra pieces” available for anyone needing that final touch or that might be missing a piece to complete their work. The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members. For more information, find them on Facebook.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.

Gather your family and friends to experience the vibrant fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour!  This free self-guided tour happens October 14, 21 and 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber Depot at 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall.  Using the map as a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes!  Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot.  For more information call 231-724-3100.

23rd Annual Pumpkin Fest
October 14 @ 9:30 am

White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St.,Whitehall
Always held on the 2nd Saturday in October, Pumpkin Fest features pumpkin pie baking contests, seed spitting contests, pumpkin painting and carving contests, and the festival favorite, the Pumpkin Roll down Dowling Hill with over 700 contestants of all ages.  Registration for the roll begins at 9:30am. The White Lake Senior Center will have food specials to go along with vendors selling elephant ears, hot dogs, pizzas, candied apples and more! For more information call the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585.

Cupcakes Halloween Style with Kathy DeHoag
October 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Saturday, October 14 at 10:00am, Come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Cupcakes Halloween Style with Kathy DeHoag!”  Kids, get prepared for Halloween!  Each student will decorate a dozen fun cupcakes for Halloween to take home and share with family and friends. The cost is $25 and class size is limited to 15. This if for ages 7-13. For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

City of the Dead: Tour Evergreen Cemetery
October 14 @ 5-8:00pm- October 15 @ 2-4:00pm

Evergreen Cemetery, 391 Irwin Ave.,Muskegon
Visit the Evergreen Cemetery for the 8th Annual City of the Dead!  This annual, family-friendly event features actors from Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation portraying the figures that are prominent in Muskegon’s history at their burial places. The City of the Dead highlights Muskegon’s industrial and entrepreneurial past and seeks to accurately portray the people who shaped this city. Period games and traditions are also demonstrated when appropriate to the people portrayed. Tickets are $5, with children 6 and under admitted free. For more information, visit their Facebook page

Annie Jr.
October 14 @ 7:00pm – October 15 @ 3:00pm

Beardsley Theater, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
Come to the Beardsley Theater for “Annie Jr.” presented by Muskegon Civic Theatre. The Penguin Project is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All will sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers (Mentors). Who can participate? Artists are children and young adults (ages 10-22) with disabilities, including (but not limited to) Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and neurological disorders. Mentors are children and young adults (ages 10-22) who do not have disabilities. For more information, call 231-722-3852.

Water Super Saturday
October 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Ave.,Muskegon
Bring the family for a free family fun day at the Muskegon Museum of Art during a “Water Super Saturday!”  Living on the lakeshore means that we have a major connection and relationship to water. For more information, call 231-720-2570.
•10:00am & 1:00pm / Finding Dory (97 mins.) – Join the happy-go-lucky Dory (who has a bad memory) on a journey to find her family. There are lots of ups and downs on her adventure but best of all she discovers many new friends along way.
•11:00am – 1:00pm / Guided Look – Explore how many of the MMA’s permanent works of art have a water theme.
•11:00am – 2:00pm / Make & Take – Lots of things live in the water. Create your own under water creature—mermaid or merman—using found materials to create texture and dimension.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Home Game
October 14 @ 7:00 pm

L.C. Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.,Muskegon
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running! Catch a home game Saturday at 7:15pm as the Jacks take on the Chicago Steel. Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

2017 Knowsmoke Zombie Walk
October 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

LC Walker Arena, 955 Fourth St.,Muskegon
Calling All Zombies!  Join the Knowsmoke Zombie Walk and declare yourself part of the smoke free generation on Saturday, October 14 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The Knowsmoke Zombie Walk starts with check-in taking place at the L.C. Walker Arena at 1:00pm. Youth age 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. No pets, roller blades, bicycles, smoking or weapons allowed for the safety of all participants. For more information, call 231-724-1263.

Muskegon Center for the Arts: October Wokshops
October 14 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Red Lotus Gallery, 356 W. Western Ave.,Muskegon
Join talented artists of the Muskegon Center for the Arts for their October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery (in the basement of the Century Club)!  Classes fill up quickly, so pre-register soon by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Today it’s Intermediate Chainmaille!  Tools will be provided and you will learn a more intricate style of the medieval art of chainmaille.  The cost, including materials, is $25.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Haunted Hall
October Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.

Visit the Lakes Mall for The Haunted Hall! Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!”  Enter all four haunts for only $15.00. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age. For more information, visit hauntedhall.com or find them on Facebook.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pere Marquette Beach
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of all events in Muskegon!

Fruitport Township Board Meeting – Minutes – 09/11/17

FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MEETING MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, September 11, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Jeff Jacobs, Denise Winebarger, and Greg Hulka Members Absent: none

At 7:00pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a 9-11 remembrance and prayer given by Rev. Ken Babcock.

Also Present: 44– residents; 10 – employees; 3- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; and Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of August 28, 2017 as presented.

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

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS

1. Fred Briggs and Rick Perreault from the Muskegon Motorcycle Club presented the township with a 20’x38’ flag as a donation for the 9-11 memorial flag pole located at the US-31/I96 interchange. A big thank you to the Muskegon Motorcycle Club for such a generous donation.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

17-137 County Prosecutor representation agreement
Matt Roberts, Chief Trial Attorney from the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office shared an update on the outcome of the trial period of Fruitport Township’s representation by the Prosecutor’s office for civil infractions written under ordinance. All is going well for both parties and only fines that are physically collected are shared 50/50 between the two parties. Invoices will begin November 1, 2017 for services beginning October 1, 2017.

Rose Dillon moved, Jeff Jacobs seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to enter into an ongoing agreement for representation by the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s office.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-138 DDA update
Heidi has spoken with the county, but there is not yet a consensus on if they would plan to opt-out of a DDA in Fruitport Township. Further updates will come to the September 25th meeting.

17-139 Resolution to set public hearing for Sherman/Harvey special assessment business district
Rose Dillon moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt resolution setting the public hearing date for September 25, 2017.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

It was requested that the information be presented to the board as soon as it becomes available before the next meeting.

17-140 Kuis Drain
Due to Drain Commissioner, Brenda Moore, being held up at another meeting the board decided to move on to the next three topics while awaiting her arrival. There were many residents in attendance who had interest in the Kuis Drain. While the board was in closed session for item 8-C, Brenda arrived. When returning from closed session, most residents were gone and Brenda shared that she was able to take their comments and answer questions.

Brenda gave update to the board. 1,083 parcels will be effected by contract #1 and 83 parcels for contract #2. The township will be expected to share a 10% responsibility for contract #1 with Sullivan Township. Shared responsibility for contract #2 is being negotiated. At Fruitport Township’s request, the Drain Commissioner’s engineers and contractors have investigated where costs can be reduced.

There will be a day of review for the projects held at the office of the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner, 141 E. Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 9:00am-5:00pm. Residents and interested parties are welcome to attend.

NEW BUSINESS:

17-141 2016-2017 Audit presentation- Brickley DeLong
Eric VanDop,CPA and Senior Manager from the firm of Brickley DeLong, PLC, gave an overview and analysis of the financial activities of the Township for the fiscal Year ending March 2017. At the end of the analysis of the 2016- 2017 fiscal year, the governmental funds reported a total General Fund balance of $1,652,323.

Rose Dillon moved, Ron Becklin supported, MOTION CARRIED, to keep the 2016-2017 Audit report on file.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-142 Computerized assessment roll
Rose Dillon moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, for Fruitport Township to adopt a resolution authorizing the use of a computerized database as the assessment roll and authorize the Fruitport Township supervisor and Fruitport Township assessor to complete and sign the “request for new certification for use of a computerized assessment roll by a local unit” form.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

17-143 Closed session
A. Ron Becklin moved, supported by Rose Dillon, MOTION CARRIED, to go into closed session at 7:39pm per Section 8A of the Open Meetings Act, per employee’s request to discuss specific personnel matters.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

B. The motion by Rose Dillon, seconded by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously to go back into open session at 8:55pm.

17-144 Employee-Township separation
Andrea Anderson moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to authorize the Public Safety Director and the Township Supervisor to negotiate a separation agreement with the employee who requested closed session and to authorize the Public Safety Director to begin the process of filling the vacancy that will be created by this separation.

Ayes: Becklin, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Hulka Nays: Jacobs, Winebarger

17-145 Payment of bills
Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund $21,590.69; Public Safety $30,927.02; Water $162,260.19; Sewer $17,263.10; Trust & Agency $1,430.00; Revolving Road $165,604.69 Totaling: $399,075.69

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none received

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II:
John Bumstead introduced himself as a candidate for State Senate.

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Andrea Anderson was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:58pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Fruitport Township Board Meeting – Agenda – 10/09/17

AGENDA
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
OCTOBER 9, 2017
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00P.M. BOARDMEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 9/25/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence / reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Public hearing: Police Special Assessment District
B. Downtown Development Authority (DDA) update

08. New Business
A. First reading- Keeping of Animals Ordinance
B. Town hall conversion to LED lighting
C. Approval of retirement gift for Randy Lee
D. Pine Park cell tower funds distribution

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

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

Over $800,000 Distributed to Ottawa County Libraries

If you have ever wondered what the fine for a speeding ticket supports, look no further than your local library. A portion of the fines collected through the courts from criminal violations and civil infractions supports libraries. Today, Bradley Slagh, Ottawa County Treasurer, announced that the funds heading to the nine local libraries total $826,633.

The Michigan State Constitution of 1963 requires that all penalties collected for violations of the state penal laws be divided into court costs, statutory fees and penal fees. The penal fines are placed in a library fund to be used for the support of public libraries and a county law library. The distribution of these dollars is based on the size of the county population that is served by each library.

“In Georgetown Township, penal fines are an important source of funding for the Library, and as a revenue source, rank second only to the Township’s appropriation to the department,” said Pamela Myers, Director of the Georgetown Township Public Library. “The Library utilizes revenue from penal fines to support programs, services, and collections (e.g., books, DVDs, music CDs, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.). In short, funding from penal fines assists the Township in providing invaluable access and service to Georgetown Township residents through its public library.”

“In recent years the total has ranged from $700,000 to over $900,000 depending on the citations written using the state penal code and the fines levied by the court,” said Brad Slagh. “This year the total fines collected and disbursed are very close to the amounts that were dispersed in 2016.”

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 10/02/17 – 10/09/17

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

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Hackley and Hume: Muskegon Residents tour FREE
October 1 – October 29
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
6:00pm
USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St.

All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230. September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11 Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs.

Movies at the Library: “Loving”
October 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.
Come to Hackley Public library to see a free movie on the first Tuesday of the month.  Feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.  October 3 at 5:30pm, it’s a screening of “Loving,” the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage. The movie runs 123 minutes.  For more information, call (231) 722-7276.

Grape Escape
October 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
Wednesday, October 4 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm come to the Frauenthal Center for the Muskegon Rotary Club’s annual Grape Escape event!  Tickets are $50 for this tasting event featuring Michigan wines, craft beers, delicious local food, and interesting auction items.  This event benefits a local charity.  For more information or tickets, call 231-727-8001.

50th Anniversary Celebration: Mission for Area People
October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Dr.
Come to the Muskegon Country Club for the Mission for Area People’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!  There’ll be amazing live music from Alexander Zonjic (of Shoreline Jazz Festival fame) as “Zonjic Meets Motown!”  His award winning band will join Serieux, a Temptations tribute review, will entertain you with Motown classics and jazz!  The cost is $100 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a cash bar.  Your support will assist Mission for Area People in meeting the emergency needs of Muskegon County residents.  For more information or tickets, call 231-733-9672.

An Evening with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
The Frauenthal Center is proud to present “An Evening with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning is proud to present Rev. Stephon Ferguson. For more information please contact 777-0226

Oktoberfest: Biers, Bands & Brats
October 6 – October 7
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 462 Scenic Dr.
October 6 – 7, you’re invited to Muskegon State Park for Oktoberfest, a Bavarian celebration with Michigan’s longest beer tasting trail! Celebrate the season outdoors with classic German music, food and traditions with local craft brewers. O’zapft is! (It’s tapped!) drink the first beer as they tap the kegs on Friday night.  On Saturday evening, hit the beer trail for a taste of a variety of local beers and wines and hear the  sounds of Ein Prosit and other local musicians. For more information, call 231-744-9629.

Buster Keaton Convention & Film Festival
October 6 – October 7
Frauenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave # 200
October 6-7, the Damfinos make their annual trek to Muskegon for the Buster Keaton Society Convention and Film Festival! October 7 at 8:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Center for the Buster Keaton Film Festival, co-produced with the Buster Keaton Society.  Tickets are $8. The International Buster Keaton Society celebrates the 100th anniversary of Buster’s debut. Please see their website to attend the convention or to register at www.busterkeaton.com.  To become a member of the Keaton Society visit www.busterstuff.com.

Michigan-MSU Tailgate A – Board the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum
October 7
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.
The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum hosts its annual family-friendly tailgate for the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry football game. They will play under the lights as game time is set for 7:00pm.  Tickets are $35 with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lakeshore.  This event is BYOB and includes a pig roast and raffle. They will have water and pop for purchase.  Grilling is allowed. Call 231-798-1391 for more information.

MUSKEGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS OCTOBER WORKSHOPS
October 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Muskegon Center for the Arts
Red lotus gallery

WIRE WRAPPING – $15, materials included. ($13 for MCA Members) Join talented artists for the October Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery 356 W Western Ave., in the basement of the Century Club, Downtown Muskegon. You will want to register for these classes now as they will fill up quickly. Tools will be provided for all workshops. Learn the basic skills, tools, and materials used for wire wrapping. Each student will make one wire wrapped bracelet. Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org. Tools will be available for use for all work- shops, however you may bring your own if you have them. All workshops are ages 10+. Students 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour
October 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 W. Western Ave.

fall color tour posterGather your family and friends to experience the vibrant Fall colors at the Depot-to-Depot Fall Color Tour!  This free self-guided tour happens October 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.  “Color Tourers” can pick up a map at either the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in the historic Union Depot at 610 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon or at the White Lake Area Chamber Depot at 124 W. Hanson St. in downtown Whitehall.  Using the map as a guide, you’ll have the opportunity to visit stops along the way to win great prizes!  Refreshments will be served at both the Muskegon and Whitehall Depots and kids will receive a free pumpkin that they can decorate on-the-spot.  For more information call 231-724-3100.

Kid’s Cooking: Homemade Caramel Apples and Baked Apple Roses with Chef Char
October 7 @ 10:00 am
Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.
Saturday, October 7 at 10:00am, bring the kids to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Kid’s Cooking: Homemade Caramel Apples and Baked Apple Roses with Chef Char!”  Beginning bakers will learn all about how caramel is made as the class will produce a big creamy batch of the candy to coat locally grown apples.  Also, they will put together easy but impressive-looking baked apple roses to enjoy in class or take home to share.  This is for ages 7-13 and the cost is $25.  Class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

White Lake Nature Walks
October 7 @ 10:30 am
White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St.
Discover the beauty of the White Lake area!  Local naturalists will lead guided tours of local natural areas and cover a variety of topics relating to native plants and wildlife.  The walks are appropriate for adults and families; no children allowed without parents.  Walks will take place the first Saturday of the month, beginning through October.  Walks begin at 10:30am sharp and last until approximately noon. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  Other optional items include:  sunscreen, hat, umbrella, binoculars, sketchpad, and pencils or pens.  Walks will take place regardless of weather, unless conditions are unsafe.  Please call 231-893-4585 with questions.

The Haunted Hall
October 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lakes Mall, 5600 Harvey St.
Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, come to the Lakes Mall for The Haunted Hall! Shake and cower with fright at “The Asylum,” “Phobia,” “The Fun House” and “3-D!”  Enter all four haunts for only $15.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. Save $1 for every canned good you donate to Love, Inc. at the ticket office with a maximum of $3.00 off per ticket. This attraction is NOT recommended for children under 12 years of age, the sickly, the faint of heart, or those likely to wet the bed after experiencing sheer terror. For more information, visit hauntedhall.com or find them on Facebook.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in October from 3:30-6:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
October 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center, 6221 Sweeter Road
Twin Lake, Michigan 49457

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open. For more information visit www.braveheartcenter.com or 231-821-9125

Port City Princess Fall Color Tours
October 8 @ 12:00-1:30
Come board the Port City Princess for a Fall Color Tour! Time is from 12:00-1:30. Please arrive at 11:30 to board.  The cost is only $10 per person or $30 for a family of four for either cruise.  Limited tickets are available by calling 231-744-1619.

Live Music: Squirrel Hillbillies
October 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hackley Public Library, 316 W. Webster Ave.
Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Library for live folk, country and blues music from the Squirrel Hillbillies.  Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences.

For more information, call (231) 722-8000

Visit our website www.visitmuskegon.org for a complete listing of all events in Muskegon!

Franklin Graham to Bring Lone Star Tour to Texas This Fall

franklingrahamAfter preaching the Gospel in 50 states last year, Franklin Graham is returning to Texas for prayer and evangelism events. Decision Texas: The Lone Star Tour with Franklin Graham will roll through seven cities this October.

Last year, during Graham’s Decision America Tour events in each of the U.S. state capitals, more than a quarter-of-a-million people joined him to pray for America. This year, he’s taking his tour back on the road. More than 22,000 people turned out during a four-city tour of Tennessee in May. Texas is up next, and plans are in the works to head to the West Coast and the Northeast in the next couple of years.

“I want to call God’s people to prayer and invite the lost to surrender their lives to Him,” Franklin Graham said. He is eager to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Texans in October, calling on them to pray for their communities, their state, and the country.

For more information about the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s upcoming events, including Decision Texas tour dates, visit www.billygraham.org.

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/25/17 – 10/02/17

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

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Through September 30
September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.

Jacks Classic Golf Outing
September 25
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that their annual golf outing, the Jacks Classic, will be held on Monday, September 25 at Muskegon Country Club! The format of the event is a four-person scramble, and includes breakfast before the round, 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner afterward.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and the area’s best silent auction will be ongoing as well.  As always, the auction will be packed with hockey memorabilia, and this year the list includes two jerseys signed by Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.

Join the Muskegon Lumberjacks players and staff as they get set to bring in the 2017-2018 regular season.  Teams that compete will have the opportunity to meet the Jacks players and even get some help from them on the course!

Breakfast and registration begins at 10:30am, with the shotgun start at 12:00pm.  Dinner and cocktails follow the completion of the golf.

The cost per team of four is $600. If you are interested in signing your team up or becoming a sponsor of the event, email Scott Bradford at sbradford@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
Through September 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 25 @ 6:00 pm
September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62), that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

You “Can” Do It
September 25 @ 6:30 pm
On Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts YOU CAN DO IT, a class on home preserving.  It’s tomato season and whether you are a canning newbie or looking for a refresher, this program is for you.  MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart shares safe methods to preserve the amazing taste of the garden fresh tomatos and other seasonal produce.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

Author Happy Hour: Drew Philp
September 26 @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30pm, come to the Book Nook & Java Shop for an “Author Happy Hour” with Drew Philp!  Enjoy $1 off wine and beer getting to know this published author from Detroit.

Drew Philp’s work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, The Guardian, The Detroit Free Press, De Correspondent, The Metrotimes, and The Michigan Daily. In 2017 Scribner published his first book of nonfiction, A $500 House: Rebuilding an Abandoned House and an American City. His essays and profiles have appeared in books and collections in the United States and Europe, and he is a 2016 11th Hour Food and Justice fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Michael Pollan. He is also a writer in the film industry, having written two feature length dramas on contract, including collaboration with an Emmy Award winning producer. His advertising copy has been used for national and regional campaigns, including overseeing 40,000 plus word website messaging.

In addition to writing, Drew built his house in Detroit with his own hands; hitchhiked across the United States; taught writing, literature and theater extensively in prisons and juvenile institutions; taught a class about racism at the University of Michigan; and is a graduate of the New England Literature Program. Drew graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is 30 years old. He lives in Detroit with his dog, Gratiot.

For more information, call 231-894-5333.

Arts and Craft Beer
September 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 26 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, the Lakeshore Museum Center presents “Arts and Craft Beer!  Create your own piece of string art using a piece of 120 year old mill debris from Muskegon Lake.  String, nails and mallets will be provided.  Templates will be available or bring your own.  This adult-only event is at Pigeon Hill.  The cost is $20 which includes a beer.  Buy tickets at www.lakeshoremuseum.org/events/arts-craft-beer.

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
September 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

Meals on a Budget with Chef Jamie
September 26 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Meals on a Budget with Chef Jamie!”  For this class, you will be learning how to make Pasta with a Meat Sauce and Beef Stroganoff for a family of four for approximately $10.  Chef Jamie demonstrates how to make both before turning you lose for a hands-on experience and tasting.  Plenty to take home as well.  The cost is $30 and class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Grand Opening of Blue Horizons Wellness
September 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 27 from 4:00pm -7:00pm, celebrate the launch of  Blue Horizons Wellness, Lakeside’s only wellness studio offering yoga, movement, meditation, breath, and inspiration classes with owner and instructor Vicki Schneider.  Join them for Ribbon Cutting at 4:30pm, followed by free refreshments, conversation, and giveaways.  For more information, call 231-755-7771.

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
September 28 @ 8:00 am – September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Thursday, September 28 from 8:00am – 5:00pm, come to the Maranatha for the Christian Writers’ Conference!  Packed with inspiration, information, and networking, the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference attracts novice and experienced writers from across the nation.  If you have a story to share, this conference has the proven record to help you find publication success.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

89th Michigan Regional Exhibition
September 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate the artists of the 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition with refreshments and an award ceremony, Thursday, September 28 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The juried 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, featuring 156 works from 145 artists, returns to showcase some of the best contemporary art in Michigan.  Juried from a wide pool of entries, the Michigan Regional is comprised of representational and abstract painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles and fibers, ceramics, mixed media and photography.  Visitors will be engaged and challenged by objects both traditional and experimental, and can explore issues of technical skill, artistic inspiration, social and political discourse, and how others perceive the world around us.  Many of the artworks on display are for sale, creating the opportunity for guests to collect original art and directly support a vital Michigan artist community.

For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Mums the Word: Naked Cake with Kathy DeHoag
September 28 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 28 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Mums The Word: Naked Cake with Kathy DeHoag!”  What is a naked cake?  What makes this a naked cake?  Learn how to frost, stack and to use fresh and silk flowers to decorate the Wilton way.  Take a beautiful fall naked cake home with you.  The cost is $40 and class size is limited to 15.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend
September 29 – October 1
The 3rd Annual Halloween Harvest Weekend at Pioneer County Park will take place this year Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.  During Friday night check-in, there’ll be goody bags for the kids, s’mores and a bonfire at the Lodge and a Glow in the Dark Bike Parade!  Saturday,  enjoy breakfast in the Lodge, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, Trick or Treating, site decorating contest, obstacle course and a Haunted Trail.  Sunday is check-out.  Reserve your campsite now for only $28 per night (2 night minimum).  For more information, call 231-744-3580.

West Michigan Symphony Presents: Ravel and Gershwin Piano Concertos
September 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday, September 29 at 7:30pm, come to the Frauenthal Center as the West Michigan Symphony presents Ravel and Gershwin Piano Concertos!

Scott Speck, conductor
Guest Artist – Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano

Wagner – Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Ravel – Piano Concerto in G major
Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano
Gershwin – An American in Paris
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Aldo López-Gavilán, Piano

Inspired by Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Ravel incorporated a lot of American jazz into his Piano Concerto in G major.  Gershwin in turn lent a suave French flair to An American in Paris.  Brilliant Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán makes his WMS debut in two concertos.  For more information, call 231-726-3231.

C.O.O.K Competition for Adults with Chef Jack Page
September 30 @ 9:00 am
Saturday, September 30 at 9:00am, come to Kitchen 242 inside the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the C.O.O.K Competition for Adults with Chef Jack Page! This is a culinary competition for adults!

Three teams of adults are paired with local chefs to create dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients along with a mystery ingredient chosen by their judges. Common cooking ingredients will also be available to all teams.  Teams will be given tokens to shop in the Muskegon Farmers Market.  After shopping, teams return to Kitchen 242 to prepare their masterpieces with the guidance of their chef.  Local celebrities will judge the dishes and present the winners with a mystery prize.  Participation is limited and the cost is $35 to enter.  Adults only.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Suicide Awareness and Remembrance Walk 2017
As September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Suicide Prevention Coalition will be holding their 4th annual Suicide Awareness and Remembrance Walk in downtown Muskegon, Saturday, September 30 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Gather at Olthoff Stage near the roundabout at Western Ave. and Third St. to hear a few words from speakers, and then make the one mile walk around downtown.  There will be live music by Kwame Kaume, and food available for purchase at Olthoff Stage following the walk.

Please join them to help raise awareness, spread the message of hope, give remembrance to those they have lost, and increase healing within the community. Tickets are not required.  For more information, call (231) 724-1111.

Antique Car Show
September 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, September 30 from 1:00 – 3:00pm, come to The Cove assisted living facility for an antique car show!  There’ll be dash plaques for the first 40 cars, music and lunch items available for purchase.  All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.  For more information, call 231-981-0624.

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops: Gemstone Beading
September 30 @ 2:30 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 30 at 2:30pm, it’s “Gemstone Beading!”  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Saturdays in September from 4:30-7:30pm.  The cost is $2 – $4.  For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

Performances @The Block: Aldo López-Gavilán – Jazz Duo
September 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 30 at 7:30pm, come to The Block for a performance from jazz duo, Aldo López-Gavilán!  Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán is joined by brother Ilmar Gavilan on violin for an electrifying jazz concert featuring original works as well as pieces by jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Churchill and Billy Strayhorn.  Call 231-726-3231 x223 for tickets and more information.  Doors and bar open at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

Hackley and Hume: Free Tours for Muskegon Residents
October 1 – October 29
Tours of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons are free for Muskegon County residents on weekends during the month of October.  Saturday hours are 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday hours are 1:00-4:00pm.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Port City Princess Fall Color Tours
October 1
October 1 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm and October 8 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, board the Port City Princess for a Fall Color Tour!  The cost is only $10 per person or $30 for a family of four for either cruise.  Limited tickets are available by calling 231-744-1619.

Fall Seniors’ Retreat
October 1 @ 8:00 am – October 4 @ 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 1 from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle invite you to enjoy several days of Bible teaching, worship, fellowship and fun with other adults aged 55 and older, featuring speaker, Knute Larson.  Group discounts are available.  For more information, call 231-798-2161.

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
October 1 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Sunday, October 1 from 8:00am – 10:00am, board the Port City Princess to watch the implosion of the Sappi smokestack!  A Champagne Breakfast is included and the cost is only $38.  For reservations or more information, call 231-744-1619.

Village of Fruitport – Special Council Meeting Minutes – 09/05/17

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

1. Call to Order
President Roger Vanderstelt called the meeting to order at 5:59pm.

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll Call
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Amy Haack, Carl Rothenberger, Will Overkamp and Bill Stone. Carl Russell arrived at 6:02pm.
Also present: Dave Bossenbroek Village attorney, Jeremy Statler DPW Supervisor, Heidi Tice Fruitport Township Supervisor and Brenda Moore Muskegon County Drain Commissioner

5. Public Comment – None

6. Drainage District
Roger explained that Brenda Moore, Muskegon County Drain Commissioner contacted the Village about a drain issue that evolved from a new commercial development in Fruitport Township. A letter from an Engineering firm to Brenda Moore outlined the issues of the failing private drainage system in the Village. The Village is receiving the overflow water. The Village Council is considering a petition to do the work necessary to correct the situation. This petition would go to a Board of Determination. A drainage district would then be created and a special assessment for the costs would be established. Amy Haack questioned if the Board of Determination has ever denied a request for a drainage district. Brenda said yes but it was overturned. Carl Russell questioned the breakdown of costs. Brenda stated that the approximate breakdown is 20% Muskegon County, 10% between Fruitport Township (3%) and Fruitport Village (7%) and 70% divided among the affected property owners within the watershed area. The cost can spread over time (5-7 years or longer). The approximate project cost is $500,000. Brenda requested up to $5000.00 to be reimbursed if the project gets voted down. The $5000.00 would be rolled into the Village Special Assessment if the Board of Determination approves the petition. Additional discussion took place on the process. Brenda stated that the project would take 2 – 3 years and after completion the special assessment would apply. Amy agreed to research this further and made a motion to table it until the next council meeting, supported by Carl Russell. Roll Call AYE: Vanderstelt, Pope, Amy Haack, Carl Rothenberger, Will Overkamp, Bill Stone and Carl Russell. NAYE: None. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Pine Tree in the Park by the Library
Roger passed out a picture of the pine tree in the park. It is near the septic system. He is asking to have it removed. Carl Rothenberger made a motion to have the tree removed, supported by Donna Pope. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

8. Fence in the Park by the Library
Roger explained that the Village is now taking care of the library grounds. He suggests taking down the fence to open the area and make it easier to maintain the grounds. Carl Rothenberger makes a motion to remove the fence, supported by Will Overkamp. Amy questioned what will be done with the fence. Donna wants to know who put up the fence. Jeremy will store the fence on site until it can be determined. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

9. Dock Update and Signage
Jeremy gave an update on the new dock installation and issues that were encountered. He answered questions from Amy about where the mistake was made and if it changes the warranty. The error was made by the company that built the docks and it will not affect the warranty.
Carl Rothenberger discussed quotes for reflective and non-reflective signs for the new dock. Carl Russell made a motion to transfer $600.00 from the General Fund to the Boat Launch Fund to pay for the cost of new reflective style signs for the boat launch dock, supported by Donna Pope. Roll Call AYE – Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Stone and Russell NAYE – None.
With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

10. Safety Winter Jackets
Carl Rothenberger displayed a high visibility safety coat for the DPW employees. The cost is $277.00 for 3 coats. Carl Rothenberger made a motion to purchase 3 coats, supported by Donna Pope. Roll call AYE- Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Stone and Russell NAYE – None.
Carl Rothenberger stated there are also bibs. He gave the cost for 2 pair of bibs for the full-time employees. It was discussed to get a pair of bibs for the part-time employee too. The cost for 3 pair of bibs is 278.40 Motion made by Carl Russell to purchase 3 pair of bibs, supported by Carl Rothenberger. Roll call AYE: Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Stone and Russell NAYE: None. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

11. Small Fir Trees in the Park
A discussion took place on removing the four small fir trees in the park. Prestige Landscape service will spade the trees out for free. They will fill in the holes and keep the trees. Motion made by Donna Pope, supported by Carl Rothenberger. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

12. Public Comment – None

13. Closed session to consider possible purchase of real property
Motion made by Carl Rothenberger to move to a closed session, supported by Amy Haack. Roll call to proceed with closed session 7:07pm. AYES – Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Stone and Russell. NAYES – None

Motion made by Amy Haack to end closed session, supported by Donna Pope. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried at 7:44pm.

Motion made by Carl Russell to resubmit the real estate offer, not to exceed the original offer, contingent on having funds available with an amended property description of an extension of the eastern property line extending south to the water line of Modular Systems from Park Street to water’s edge of Spring Lake. Supported by Donna Pope. Roll call AYES – Vanderstelt, Pope, Haack, Rothenberger, Overkamp, Stone and Russell NAYES – None

14. Adjourn
Motion made by Carl Rothenberger to adjourn, supported by Bill Stone. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried at 7:55pm

Respectfully submitted by,
Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Village of Fruitport – Council Meeting Minutes – 08/22/17

VILLAGE OF FRUITPORT
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
AUGUST 22, 2017

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

2. Pledge

3. Prayer

4. Roll call of the Board
Present: Roger Vanderstelt, Donna Pope, Carl Rothenberger and Bill Stone
Absent: Amy Haack, Will Overkamp and Carl Russell
Also present: Jeremy Statler DPW Supervisor and Brenda Moore Muskegon Country Drain Commissioner

5. Approval of previous meeting minutes:
July 18 meeting minutes, Motion made by Donna Pope, supported by Carl Rothenberger. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.
August 1st Special meeting minutes, Motion made by Carl Rothenberger, supported by Donna Pope. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

6. Approve the agenda for August 22 Council Meeting: Donna Pope asked that library grounds maintenance be added to the agenda. Motion made by Carl Rothenberger to approve the agenda and to add the library ground maintenance to the agenda (added as Item 12a) supported by Donna Pope. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

7. Public Comment – None

8. Correspondence – None

9. Reports from Officers
Donna reported that we received a check from the Michigan Municipal League. The MML shares any excess money with the participating municipalities.
Carl Rothenberger stated we have more time to meet the deadline for having reflective road signs in place. We need to address at a future meeting. Carl also suggested removing the pine tree that is right outside of the library. It is 5 feet from the new drain field and it also obstructs the view. He strongly suggests removing it. He would like all council members to look at it and talk to the librarian about it. He asked that it be addressed at the next council meeting. Carl advised that the Personnel Committee is looking at creating a Compensatory Time Off policy. The Personnel Committee will write up a policy and present to the council for approval.
Bill Stone had nothing to report.
Roger had nothing to report.

10. Lighting in the Park Update
Jeremy Statler gave an update on the project. Work will begin next week. A discussion took place about the process and Jeremy stated the cost will not go up and may come in under budget. Jeremy also discussed a donation from the Lion’s Club that will be for the lighting.

11. Boat Launch Docks Update
Jeremy advised the new docks will be put in this Thursday and Friday. The boat launch will be closed from Thursday at 10am until Friday at approximately 3pm. Carl Rothenberger suggested that a sign be put on the changing room door at the boat launch. Motion made by Carl Rothenberger to purchase a sign for the changing room door and not to exceed $40.00, supported by Donna Pope. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

12. Drain District Request
Roger explained that the request evolved from a new commercial development that is being built in Fruitport Township. Drainage needs to go from that location to Spring Lake. Jeremy discussed a letter from an Engineering firm to the Muskegon County Drain Commissioner. The firm looked at the current route and an analysis was done because of the failing conditions. Brenda Moore, Muskegon County Drain Commissioner arrived at the meeting. Brenda discussed the failing drainage system and that the Village is getting the overflow water. She will need a petition from the Village Council to do the work necessary to correct the situation. The costs breakdown is 20% Muskegon County, 10% Fruitport Township and Fruitport Village and the remaining 70% divided among the affected property owners. The costs can be spread over time with a Special Assessment. A discussion took place to have a Special meeting on September 5th to address the Drain District Request. Motion made by Carl Rothenberger to have a meeting on September 5, 2017 to address the Drain District Request, supported by Bill Stone. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

A. Library Grounds Maintenance
Jeremy gave a cost breakdown for mowing the library lawn, trimming and fertilizer. Carl Rothenberger made a motion that the Village will mow, weed whip and do snow removal for the library at no cost to the library, supported by Bill Stone. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

13. Public Comment – None

14. Warrants – Motion made by Donna Pope to approve warrants, supported by Carl Rothenberger. Roll Call AYE – Vanderstelt, Pope, Rothenberger and Stone NAYE – None. With a unanimous vote, the motion carried

15. Adjourn – Meeting adjourned at 8:32pm

Respectfully submitted by,
Ann LaCroix
Clerk

Fruitport School Board Student Affairs Committee – 09/11/17

Fruitport Community Schools
STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Monday, September 11, 2017
4:00 p.m. ~ Board Room

Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Susan Franklin, Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, JB Meeuwenberg, Lauren Chesney, Rob Rogers, and Bob Szymoniak

1. Reinstatement hearings were held for three students, two of which were reinstated and one was a no show and therefore not reinstated.

Meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

Fruitport School Board Personnel Committee – 09/12/17

Fruitport Community Schools
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
7:30 a.m. ~ Superintendent’s Office

Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Tim Burgess, Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak

  1. Operations Director Update
    Discussion was held that given the current economy, it was difficult to find a qualified operations director given the salary the district had traditionally offered. It was suggested to make amendments to the posting and repost.
  2. Human Resources Update
    Moving forward with the HR plan that was approved at last month’s Board meeting is on hold pending the hire and training of a new payroll person.
  3. Merit Pay
    The proposal to grant merit pay to teachers based on attendance and to principals based on the number of teacher observations they complete was given approval to be placed on the board agenda for approval.
  4. Transportation Issue
    Reported foul language on a school bus and ideas to resolve this issue were discussed.

Adjournment at 8:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Bob Szymoniak

Fruitport School Board Business and Finance Committee – 09/11/17

Fruitport Community Schools
Business and Finance Committee
Monday, September 11, 2017
11:30 a.m., Superintendent’s Office

Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak

  1. Financial Plan for the Future
    Bob and Mark discussed the financial plan for the future.
  2. Preliminary Count
    Mark explained the policy update that is in regards to the committee.
  3. Second Series Bond Sale Update
    Mark discussed the resolution that is presented under general board business. The resolution is giving the authority to Bob and Mark to sell the bonds.
  4. Transformer
    Bob discussed a transformer at the football field.
  5. Pitney Bowes Lease
    Mark discussed a lease with Pitney Bowes (postage machine).

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Mark Mesbergen

Fruitport School Board Workshop – Agenda – 09/18/17

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD WORKSHOP
Monday, September 25, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting Room

AGENDA

I. CALL to ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
IV. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS

1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of September 18, 2017 (attachment IV-1)
2. District Data Update
3. FCS III to District Focus (attachment IV-2)
4. Financial Planning
5. 105c – District Release

V. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*
VI. OTHER
VII.ADJOURNMENT

*Time is provided for members of the audience to address the Board of Education regarding any topic including items on the agenda. The board is providing one opportunity for the public to comment during the meeting. Members of the audience may wish to bring issues to the Board of Education for board consideration. Time limits may be placed if a large number of individuals would like to address the board.

Fruitport School Board Minutes – 09/18/17

Fruitport Board of Education 
Regular Monthly Meeting
September 18, 2017 7:00 p.m. 

Edgewood Elementary, Room #30

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 17-110. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Franklin to approve the agenda as presented.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

V. PRESENTATIONS 

STEM teacher, Jessica Lewakowski spoke to the Board about the new STEM curriculum at the elementary level.

Principal, Amy Upham welcomed the Board and staff to Edgewood. She presented PBIS information in the form of a brochure and discussed its contents. She also commented that the ASD classroom has been a great addition to Edgewood.

VI. COMMUNICATIONS 

None.

VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC 

None.

VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS 

Bob Szymoniak complimented Tim Tiefenbach and the middle school staff for a very successful start to the school year. He spoke about current enrollment numbers, the progress of bond and the fantastic start to the school year.

IX. CONSENT AGENDA 

Item 17-111. MOTION by Franklin, SECOND by Cole to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of August 21, 2017

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 Personnel Report

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS

1. Approval of Special Education parent Advisory Committee Representative.

Item 17-112. MOTION by Cole, SECOND by Franklin to approve the recommendation of Amber Reilly by Fruitport Community Schools Board of Education to fill the 2017-19 term on the MAISD Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Adoption of the Bonding Resolution.

Item 17-113. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Cole to adopt the Second Series Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Bonds, Delegation of the Sale and Other Matters Relating Thereto as presented. Roll call vote: Brott, Yes; Buckner, Yes; Burgess, Yes; Cole, Yes; Franklin, Yes; Hazekamp, Yes; Kelly, Yes.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XI. BUSINESS AND FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Report of committee meeting held September 11, 2017.

Elroy Buckner reported on a Business and Finance Committee meeting held September 11, 2017. Dave Hazekamp, Elroy Buckner, Kris Cole, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the Financial Plan for the Future, Preliminary Enrollment Figures, the Second Series Bon Sale, a Transformer and the Pitney Bowes Lease.

XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Report of committee meeting held September 12, 2017.

Steve Kelly reported on a Personnel Committee meeting held September 12, 2017. Dave Hazekamp, Steve Kelly, Tim Burgess, Mark Mesbergen, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee discussed: the Operations Director Vacancy, Human Resources Position, Merit Pay and Transportation.

2. Approval of Merit Pay.

Item 17-114. MOTION by Kelly, SECOND by Burgess to approve merit pay for members under the Fruitport Education Association contract and the Principals and Assistant Principals.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. Report of committee meeting held September 11, 2017.

Jill Brott reported on a Student Affairs Committee meeting held September 11, 2017. Susan Franklin, Jill Brott, Dave Hazekamp, JB Meeuwenberg, Lauren Chesney, Rob Rogers, and Bob Szymoniak were present. The committee held 3 reinstatement hearings.

XIV. BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND DISCUSSIONS 

Jill Brott expressed her appreciation of Danielle Hershey’s NHS student invitation to teachers who needed help setting up their classroom. Jill also commented that she visited Shettler and all seemed to be going well.

Kris Cole spoke about the Middle School Orientation. He was pleased to see the excitement and enthusiasm of staff and students this year. Kris also mentioned his attendance at the Elementary Tail-gate party and commented that it gets better every year.

Dave Hazekamp shared the success of Fruitport Athletic Foundation’s first annual golf outing at Terre Verde on September 16th. He said it went very well and everyone had a lot of fun. He thanked Steve Wilson for helping organize the event and looks forward to next year’s golf outing fundraiser on July 14th.

XV. AGENDA ITEMS for FUTURE MEETINGS & SCHEDULING OF ANY SPECIAL MEETINGS 

1. A Board Workshop has been scheduled for September 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

2. Business and Finance Committee will meet October 9, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

3. Personnel Committee will meet October 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

4. Student Affairs Committee will meet October 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

5. 5th Quarter Party to benefit the Fruitport Education Foundation will be October 21, 2017.

XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC 

Derek Woycehoski clarified a question he had on Merit Pay.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT 

Item 17-115. MOTION by Buckner, SECOND by Brott to adjourn.

MOTION CARRIED 7-0

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Kelly
Board Secretary

Maribeth Clarke
Recording Secretary

Fruitport School Board Agenda – 09/18/17

Fruitport Community Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Edgewood Elementary – Computer Room
Monday, September 18, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

I. CALL to ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. ROLL CALL
IV. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
V. PRESENTATIONS
1. Welcome and STEM Presentation – Amy Upham & Jessica Lewakowski
VI. COMMUNICATIONS
Secretary-
VII. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*
VIII. SUPERINTENDENT/ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
IX. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes of August 21, 2017 (attachment IX-1)
2. Approval of Bills (attachment IX-2)
General Fund       $595,510.94
Other Funds:
Early Childhood Center      2,009.24
Food Service      9,752.14
Cooper Ed (ISD) Tech Millage       34,114.43
Building and Site       92,930.00
Capital Projects (Bond)       299,737.57
Total Bill List       $1,034,054.32

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 Personnel Report (includes confirmation of new hires, resignations, retirees, and transfers) (attachment IX-6)

X. GENERAL BOARD BUSINESS
1. Approval of Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Rep (attachment X-1)
2. Adoption of Bonding Resolution (attachment X-2)
XI. BUSINESS & FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Elroy Buckner, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held September 11, 2017 (attachment XI-1)
XII. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Steve Kelly, Chairperson
1. Report of Committee Meeting held September 12, 2017 (attachment XII-1)
2. Approval of Merit Pay (attachment XII-2)
XIII. STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
Jill Brott, Chairperson

1. Report of Committee Meeting held September 11, 2017 (attachment XIII-1)
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
XVI. REMARKS FROM THE PUBLIC*
XVII. ADJOURNMENT

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

Fruitport Township Board Agenda – 09/25/17

A GE N D A
FRUITPORT CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP HALL
5865 AIRLINE ROAD, FRUITPORT, MI 49415
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
6:30 P.M. WORK SESSION
7:00P.M. BOARDMEETING

01. Pledge of Allegiance
02. Roll call
03. Approval of board minutes: 9/11/2017
04. Approve / amend agenda
05. Correspondence/reports
06. Public comments regarding agenda items

07. Unfinished Business
A. Badge presentation/swearing in- Public Safety
B. Downtown Development Authority (DDA) update
C. Public hearing: Police & Fire Special Assessment District

08. New Business
none

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

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

Road Commission Video

The Ottawa County Road Commission has released its first video!

We hope to use videos to help keep the residents of Ottawa County better informed about the Road Commission. All of our videos will be uploaded to our YouTube Channel and will be used on our social media and website. So be sure to follow, subscribe, and share!

Our first video highlights one our preventative maintenance programs: Chip Sealing

Frauenthal Center Hosts Free Season Launch Party

Celebrate the Community’s Vibrant Culture, Arts, and Entertainment

The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”

The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theatre organ and classical music to, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.

The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.

“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”

Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and the city

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible with support from John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/18/17 – 09/25/17

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

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
September 15 – September 30
September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.

A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
September 8 @ 10:00 am – September 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 18 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum. September 18, the lecture is, “Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs.” One of their most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. You will learn many surprising things that you didn’t know before about this defeat and what followed. For more information, call 231-755-1230.

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Frauenthal Center 2017-2018 Season Launch Party
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm, you’re invited to a celebration of Muskegon’s culture and vibrancy at the Frauenthal Center.  This event is free and open to everyone and features an evening of dynamic entertainment!

The historic Frauenthal Center, located in downtown Muskegon, invites everyone to join them in a free celebration of community, culture, and the launch of their new season!  “This evening will be filled with an eclectic array of performances,” said Ricki L. Levine, managing director of the Frauenthal Center. “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome our community, meet our neighbors, and make new friends.”

The open house event will feature over a dozen local performers from a gospel choir, the historic Barton theater organ and classical music, to R&B Funk, a mariachi singer, bucket drumming, an electronic-dub band and poets with performances located throughout the entire Frauenthal Center facility.
The evening will include tours of the historic Frauenthal Theater, free light refreshments, and a cash bar.

“This is a chance for the community to explore our entire Center,” said Levine. “We are so much more than just the theaters and entertainment. We’re home to weddings, conferences, art exhibits, business meetings, and special events. Our staff can create memorable celebrations and welcoming events.”
Parking will be available in the Morris Street lot, the Muskegon Chamber parking lot, and along city streets.

The complete list of event performers includes:

  • Jim Fles, the Barton Theater Organ
  • Brandon Davis & Victory in Praise Gospel Choir
  • Gabriel Estrada, Mariachi singer
  • The B Sharps, Acapella Singers
  • Poetry by Gemini DaPoet, D’Ericka Nichols-Lewis and Rozelia Patino
  • Cassidy Briggs, guitar
  • Musical numbers from Muskegon Civic Theater’s current production, “My Way”
  • The Lafayette Woodwind Quintet
  • Jonny Lawton, piano
  • Skee-Town Stylee, electronic dub band
  • Shoreline Symphony
  • Big Daddy Fox & Friends
  • Garret Riley, acoustic guitar
  • Jeremey Church, bucket drumming

The Frauenthal Center Celebration event is made possible by the generous sponsorships made by John and Linda Hilt, Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Peters, Mike and Kay Oltfhoff , Nancy Waters, Muskegon County Clerk, Jan and Chris Deur, Sytsema Funeral and Cremation Services and PNC Bank, Dr. F. Remington & Ginny Sprague, Above & Beyond, Bella Maria’s, Chalet Floral, Fatty Lumpkins, Hearthstone, Ryke’s Catering, Smash Wine Bar and Bistro and Teddy Spaghetti’s.

For more information, call 231-727-8001.

Artists’ Reception: “Going Beyond the Obvious”
September 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The month of September brings the artworks of Barbara Schilling, Connie Kuhnle and Kathleen Bechtel.  The three artists have been friends for years, and often have painted together.   In the show, they will have pastels and oils of landscapes, still lifes and portraits.  Please join them for the reception September 20 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the exhibit in the Reception Gallery in the Frauenthal Center to celebrate their work.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm with extended hours on show nights.  For more information, visit www.frauenthal.org.

Mighty Omegas: Heart Healthy Fish of the Great Lakes with The Fish Monger’s Wife
September 20 @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Mighty Omegas: Heart Healthy Fish of the Great Lakes with The Fish Monger’s Wife!”  Did you know Lake Whitefish, Lake Trout and Lake Cisco have two, three and four times the amount of omegas that salmon have? Fresh Herbs and simple baking techniques will be used to create a Heart Healthy meal that your friends and family will love.  Class size is limited to 15 and the cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.

Hackley and Hume Site All Access Tour
September 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
September 21, visitors will have an opportunity to view areas of the Hackley & Hume Historic Site that are not normally included in the tour of the lumber barns homes.  See the basements, attics and porches for a whole new perspective of Muskegon’s most well-known mansions.  There will be two sessions of the tour: 5:00 – 6:00pm and 6:30 – 7:30pm. The cost of the All-Access Tour is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required due to limited group size.  For more information, call 231-722-7578.

Thursday Night Music Club: Blue Water Ramblers
September 21 @ 7:00 pm
The Norton Shores Library hosts the Blue Water Ramblers Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm as part of the Thursday Night Music Club!  The Blue Water Ramblers write their own songs and take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds.  “Banjo-Jim” Foerch on his acoustic and electric banjos and R.H. “Bear” Berends on his big Martin guitar are the core of the Rambler vocal and writing team.  The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region.  It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties.  Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences.  “I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve,” opined Banjo-Jim.  “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.”

This event is part of the MADL Thursday Night Music Club concert series, where you can join your fellow music lovers at the Norton Shores Library for free live music events.  For additional information, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .

1st Annual Golftoberfest
September 22 @ 11:00 am
Friday, September 22, it’s the 1st Annual Golftoberfest at Lincoln Golf Club!  This fun golf outing is a lead up to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex’s Oktoberfest, featuring the World’s largest beer tasting trail, happening October 6 – 7.  It’s also a fundraiser for their new Zip-Line Canopy Tours and Rock Climbing attraction.  Every golfer will be the first to receive one of MWSC’s beer tasting mugs and a complimentary ticket to Oktoberfest.  There’ll also be a ceremonial ‘Tapping of the Keg’ with a German inspired beer before the start of the scramble.

This is a 4 person scramble that will commence with an 11:00am shotgun start.  Each person hits a shot and the team takes the best shot.  This process is repeated until the hole is finished.  Men under 65 play from the black tees.  Men 65 and older play from silver tees.  Women play from the gold tees.

Each golfer’s registration includes unlimited lunch, a ticket to the 6th Annual Oktoberfest and an official Oktoberfest Beer Stein.  The first 15 teams to register before July 15 will receive a $50 discount so don’t delay!  For more information, call 231-744-9629 or just register at the website below.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 23 @ 9:00 am
Saturday, September 23, come to Heritage Landing for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor.  Registration is at 9:00am, followed by the ceremony at 10:15am and the Walk at 10:30am.  For more information, call 231-750-5787.

Muskegon Harvest Fest
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Muskegon Farmers Market will hold its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00am – 1:00pm with music, giveaways, food samples and crafts for sale! Regular market hours will be the same from 6:00am – 3:00pm. For more information call 231-722-3251.

Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Creative Saturday
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Muskegon Center for the Arts in a creative exchange of ideas, inspiration and camaraderie as you work on your own project or create a new one on the 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Red Lotus Gallery!  “Creative Saturdays” are for ages 12 and up and are free to the public, but donations are always welcomed.  Bring a new or current working project and your own supplies for your artwork; whether it be sewing, drawing or painting projects.  Artists’ trading cards are also available.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The Red Lotus Gallery is located at 356 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon in the Century Building’s basement.

Museum Day Live!
September 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 23 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, it’s Museum Day Live!  Enjoy a free tour of Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th Annual Museum Day Live.  One ticket for two free admissions can be downloaded per email address.  To obtain free admission, download tickets via: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/tickets/.  Tickets must be presented in paper or digital form.

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops:
September 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 23 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, it’s “Earrings 101!”

Students will acquire the basic skills, tools, and materials needed to create their very own pair of dangle earrings.  Materials for one pair of earrings will be provided.  Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $10 or $8 for MCA members.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Lumber Barons’ Ball
September 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, September 23 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for the annual Lumber Barons’ Ball!  Back by popular demand, the event will take place at the iconic Hackley Administration Building for a night of Steampunk fun in support of Museum programs.  If you missed the event two years ago, now is your chance to enjoy the Industrial/Victorian theme of Steampunk!  If you attended, now is the time to embellish your steampunk costume from two years ago so you have a chance at winning the costume contest.  For more information, call  231-722-0278.

Muskegon Lumberjacks Pre-Season Home Game
September 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch a pre-season game Saturday, September 23 at 7:15pm as they take on Team USA U18 at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.

A Musical Tribute to John Denver
September 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of great music and help make a difference for struggling families on the lakeshore.  Saturday night, September 23 at 7:00pm, come to the Family Promise Day Center for your favorite John Denver songs performed by the fantastic Michael Snell, as well as food, soft drinks, and a cash bar.  Tickets are only $20 per person!

All proceeds will go to help Family Promise of the Lakeshore, the only shelter program that takes entire families and has a 88% success rate…usually with 90 days…of re-housing the families, getting them employed, teaching the basics of budgeting and finance and getting them back to self-supporting, productive lives once again.

To order tickets online, please go to www.fp-lakeshore.org or mail your check to Family Promise at 2160 Crozier Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441.

Jacks Classic Golf Outing
September 25
The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that their annual golf outing, the Jacks Classic, will be held on Monday, September 25 at Muskegon Country Club! The format of the event is a four-person scramble, and includes breakfast before the round, 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner afterward.  Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and the area’s best silent auction will be ongoing as well.  As always, the auction will be packed with hockey memorabilia, and this year the list includes two jerseys signed by Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.

Join the Muskegon Lumberjacks players and staff as they get set to bring in the 2017-2018 regular season.  Teams that compete will have the opportunity to meet the Jacks players and even get some help from them on the course!

Breakfast and registration begins at 10:30am, with the shotgun start at 12:00pm.  Dinner and cocktails follow the completion of the golf.

The cost per team of four is $600. If you are interested in signing your team up or becoming a sponsor of the event, email Scott Bradford at sbradford@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

You “Can” Do It
September 25 @ 6:30 pm
On Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm, the Norton Shores Library hosts YOU CAN DO IT, a class on home preserving.  It’s tomato season and whether you are a canning newbie or looking for a refresher, this program is for you.  MSU Extension Food & Safety Educator Jane Hart shares safe methods to preserve the amazing taste of the garden fresh tomatoes and other seasonal produce.  This program is free and open to the public ages 18 and up, with registration required.  For additional information or to register, contact Alison Purgiel, lead librarian, at 231-780-8844 or apurgiel@madl.org .  Registration begins one month before the program date.

Ask Dr. Universe – Earthquakes

Dear Dr. Universe: When will the next major earthquake be? Earthquakes really interest me and I want to know so I can be prepared when the next major quake happens. – Carmen, 11, Chowchilla, CA

Dear Carmen,

Our planet’s surface is constantly on the move. Sometimes this movement really shakes things up.

The Earth’s crust is made up 14 major pieces and dozens of smaller ones, called plates, that move in super slow motion. Earthquakes can happen when these plates suddenly slip past each other. They send out waves of energy that make the ground shake.

We can learn a lot about earthquakes after they happen, but the truth is they are pretty unpredictable.

“Everyone wants to know precisely when the next earthquake will be, but the best answer is that we really don’t know the exact timing,” said my friend Katie Cooper, a geologist at Washington State University.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center, more than a million large and small earthquakes shake the planet’s surface each year. By the way, if you’re curious about where some of the recent earthquakes have happened, check out this cool map from the USGS.

You’ll be able to spot some places where there have been earthquakes today. If we look at earthquake patterns, we can say with pretty good confidence that they happen every day along plate boundaries. We just can’t pinpoint exactly where or when they’ll happen next.

Because we don’t precisely know, it’s a good idea to be prepared, especially if you live in an earthquake-prone region like a plate boundary. Cooper said scientists are working on ways to inform people at the very early part of an earthquake.

Some earthquake warning systems can pick up on some of the first seismic waves generated by an earthquake. This may give people ten or so seconds to prepare before the ground starts shaking. That might sound like a really short time, but even a few seconds can help save lives, Cooper said.

Engineers are also helping us prepare for earthquakes. Along with fellow universities, engineers here at WSU are working on new building materials to help people’s houses stay upright on shaky ground. They are using layers of lumber glued together to create thick solid panels. Later, they’ll use the materials to construct a 10-story building. Then they’ll simulate an earthquake in a laboratory. I can’t wait to see what they discover.

One thing you can do to prepare for earthquakes is join the millions of people who participate in the Great ShakeOut, which helps people prepare for earthquakes at school or at home. If you haven’t already, you might even put together your own earthquake kit. It could include items such as a three-day supply of food and water, a flashlight, batteries, and other things you might need in case of a disaster.

Who knows, maybe one day you’ll discover another way to help us prepare for earthquakes—or help find ways to predict them. It’s a good question you ask, Carmen. Even when we don’t know exactly when an earthquake will happen, we can do our best to get ready.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/11/17 – 09/18/17

Presented by the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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A Call to Artists: Dias de los Muertos
Through September 26

The Muskegon Center for the Arts and the Red Lotus Gallery are taking submissions for the next Gallery Presentation of Dias de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed.  “Day of the Dead” (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States.  It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.  The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey.

Submit your creation of artwork or bring in pictures of your loved ones who have passed.  A wall will be created to pay homage to these people in your life who have inspired you.  The art submissions deadline is September 26 by 5:30pm.  To obtain a submission form for this event, visit muskegonca.org.  There is a small fee of $5 if your piece of artwork is not for sale when you submit it.  See the submission form for more information.


9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.


Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.


Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 – October 30 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62) that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.


Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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


A Slice of History
September 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

September 12 from 5:30pm – 8:00 pm, join the Lakeshore Museum Center for “A Slice of History!”  Pizza and history will make for a fun evening in downtown Muskegon as you and the staff enjoy a historic walking tour of the city with stops for pizza at Top Shelf Pizza and Pub, Rebel Pies, Whistle Punk Pizza and Naan Pizza.  The fee for the program is $25 which includes a slice of pizza at each restaurant.  The tour begins at the corner of Western Ave. and Fifth St.  Buy tickets at www.lakeshoremuseum.org/events/a-slice-of-history.


Eric Yager – The Mystic Prince
September 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a night of magic with Eric Yager, “The Mystic Prince!”  Mr. Yager has been the opening act for many celebrities, performed at Little River Casino, St. Cecelia’s Music Hall, and many private parties.  See him for FREE at the library as he dazzles you with his prestidigitation.  For more information, call 231-722-7276.


Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
Tuesdays in September @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.


Healthier You: Make It and Take It with Chef Jamie
September 12 @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Healthier You: Make It and Take It with Chef Jamie!”  Spend a little time, one day a week making several servings of meat to be used in different make ahead meals for the upcoming week.  Not everyone likes “leftovers,” with these make-ahead meals, but no one will know they are “leftovers.”  You will practice this with and entree and a dessert to take with you.  This class is for older teens and adults and class size is limited to 15.  The cost is $35.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.


“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm

Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.


Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 14 – September 17

The Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing September 14-17!  Back for the 18th year, this festival features continuous music on four covered stages.  You’ll also love the Celtic Kitchen and Bob and Bernie’s Pub for authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Fest Stout Irish Cream and others. There’s also the Irish Marketplace children’s activities a cultural center a session tent and tea room.  A popular highlight on Saturday is the Michigan FEIS an Irish dance competition held at Muskegon Catholic Central.  Sunday morning a Catholic Mass will be held at 9:00am followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday from 5:00 to 6:00pm.  3-Day passes are also available.  For more information, visit www.michiganirish.org.


Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call 231-821-9125 in advance to be sure they are open.


Girls Night Out – Wine and Chocolate with Chef Char
September 14 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 14 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Girls Night Out – Wine and Chocolate with Chef Char!”  Learn the art and science of working with chocolate, including dipped tuxedo strawberries, cute chocolate bowls and even chocolate bark.  Pair the chocolate creations with your favorite wine or try a wine slushie recipe for fun.  Must be 21 to attend.  Class size is limted to 15 and the cost is $45.  For more information, call (231) 769-2202.


My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
September 15 – September 30

September 15 – 30, the Muskegon Civic Theatre performs “My Way” in the Beardsley Theater!  This tribute to Frank Sinatra includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards of the man whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames “Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”  For more information, call 231-727-8001.  For Civic Theatre season tickets, visit http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/component/content/article/12.


Wild Side of the Museum
September 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

September 15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, come to the Lakeshore Museum Center for a Friday Family Fun Night!  This time, it’s the “Wild Side of the Museum!” It’s date night for the whole family with a live animal presentation from Blandford Nature Center, the Sensory Safari Mobile Wildlife Education Center from the Michigan Chapter of Safari Club International, and wildlife themed stations throughout the museum.  For more information, call 231-724-5524.


SJO Supercross Event
September 16 @ 5:00 pm – September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at 5:00pm, come to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds for the SJO Supercross Event featuring motorcycle and quad racing.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 11 and under.  For more information, call 231-788-4568.


Muskegon Center for the Arts/Red Lotus Gallery: Open Mic Night

The Muskegon Center for the Arts presents Open Mic Night at the Red Lotus Gallery the third Saturday of every month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  If you have a love for the stage and can perform an activity such as music, theater, poetry, etc., come and express is on stage or just enjoy the show!  This free event is for persons 18 years and older.  Donations are always welcome and help to keep the gallery open.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

The gallery is located downtown at 356 W. Western Ave. in the basement of Century Building.


Muskegon Lumberjacks Pre-Season Home Game
September 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States, for five years running!

Catch their first pre-season game Saturday, September 16 at 7:15pm as they take on the Bloomington Thunder at the L.C. Walker Arena.  Purchase tickets by calling 231-724-5225.


Star Gazing Open House
September 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Muskegon Astronomical Society is a 501(C3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to enjoy and promote amateur astronomy.  The activities of the society give amateur astronomers opportunities to meet and share experiences with others interested in amateur astronomy.  The Society was founded in 1972, incorporated in 1978, and given 501(C3) non-profit status in 1987.  They have gone from a small dome in town to a multi-building complex at the Muskegon Wastewater System.  Today the society continues to flourish thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members.

You are invited to a Star Gazing Open House Saturday, September 16 at 7:53pm (sunset) to view the solar eclipse at their observatory.  There is no charge.  They will be viewing the night sky with telescopes.  As you wait for night, you might get a tour of the facility or a presentation.  They’ll introduce you to amateur astronomy and have plenty of handouts on how to get started.  If an open house is cloudy, it’s cancelled.  If weather conditions are questionable, call (231) 777-1013 to find out the status of a particular event.

Come equipped!  Flashlights can be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities.  Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons.  While the clubhouse has heat and A/C, the rest of the facility is open to the night air.

If you wish to visit the facility at another date and time, wish to bring a group to an open house or wish to schedule a special open house, please contact them via email at mas@wmich-astro.org before the next regular meeting so they can schedule the manpower needed.


Chef Prize
September 17 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 17 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, come to Hampton Green Farm for Chef Prize!  Enjoy the tastes, sights and smells of chefs from local restaurants in Muskegon, Spring Lake, Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, as well as food-related vendors and beverage vendors.  Watch featured chefs and judges:  Martial Noguier from Bistronomic in Chicago and Chef Boyer from France, as they perform a live cooking demonstration.  Enjoy music and vintage cars, as well as touring Hampton Green’s Dressage barns throughout the event.

Judges will choose the top winners in these categories;  Best Gourmet Food, Best Pub Food, Best Dessert.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan and its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For more information contact Claudia at Hampton Green Farms at (231) 206-2534 or cfbryant53@gmail.com, or Susie at the Make-A-Wish Foundation at (616) 363-4607 or sziegler@michigan.wish.org.

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of August 28, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, August 28, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Jeff Jacobs, Denise Winebarger, and Greg Hulka
Members Absent: none

At 7:05pm, Heidi Tice opened the regular meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a prayer.

Also Present: 15– residents; 6 – employees; 2- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; and Attorney, Ron Bultje.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Ron Becklin, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of August 14, 2017 as presented.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to approve the agenda as presented with the following additions:
1. Ron Becklin requested that discussion of the Kuis Drain be added as item G under Unfinished Business
2. Heidi Tice requested that the topic of a wage increase for part-time Police Officers be added as item C under New Business.

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Heidi Tice shared an update for Mt. Garfield chip sealing. The portion approved by the board to be paid for the Township came in under the original bid.
2. Heidi Tice gave report that boarder roads have been chip sealed by the Muskegon County Road Commission at no cost to the township.
3. Heidi Tice shared a correspondence from a resident on Pleasantwood Dr.
4. Notice of Hearing for Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation.
5. Brian Michelli reported that a resident perished in a house fire last week. Although a strong response from the fire department was made, the fire was too involved to enter. Another resident perished in a bike vs. car accident.
6. Brian Michelli shared that the Fruitport Lion’s Club is donating $7,500 to equip two additional med trucks, one for each fire station. Lion Russ Stressman presented the check to the board. A big thank you to the Fruitport Lion’s Club for their generous donation.
7. New WEX fuel cards are being used throughout the township providing a discount on fuel.
8. Service requests for hook-up to the new water main on Vandenberg and Summit continue.
9. The cost to replace the culvert on Farr Rd came in less than expected.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

17-126 Adoption- Rental Registration Restatement Ordinance
Ron Becklin moved, Denise Winebarger seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the Rental Registration Restatement Ordinance. Said ordinance will update the current ordinance requiring rental units be registered and maintain a certificate of compliance in the Charter Township of Fruitport.

This constitutes the second and final reading of Amendment Ordinance No. 802.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-127 Adoption of the Articles of Incorporation for the Greater Muskegon Recreation Partnership
Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to adopt the resolution adopting the Articles of Incorporation of the Greater Muskegon Recreational Partnership.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-128 Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
Ryan Kilpatrick was present to give a presentation on the development and function of DDA’s. During and after the presentation there was discussion amongst the board, Mr. Kilpatrick, and residents.

It was requested that the supervisor speak with Muskegon County to discuss if they would have interest in refraining from taking the opt-out option.

The topic of a DDA will return to the September 11, 2017 meeting.

17-129 Public Safety Special Assessment District
Ron Bultje has received data on the usage of the areas in question. Before the next board meeting on September 11, 2017, Ron Bultje and Brian Michelli will meet to develop a resolution which will establish a date for a public hearing. Approval of said resolution will come to the board on September 11, 2017. Public hearing is anticipated to be held at a regular meeting on September 25, 2017.

17-130 Approve Mychal VanAllsburg’s Eagle Scout landscape project
The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Rose Dillon, was carried unanimously, to approve Mychal VanAllsburg’s Eagle Scout landscape project as presented with the ability to make minor changes.

17-131 Discussion of Wesco’s on-site aggregate processing request
A motion to approve an on-site aggregate processing operation was not supported and therefore dropped.

17-132 Kuis Drain discussion
The township will be obligated to pay a portion of the project cost. More information on cost will be available after bids are opened by the Drain Commission. This topic will return to the September 11, 2017 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

17-133 Approve township attorney
Current township attorney, Ron Bultje, has relocated from the office of Scholten Fant to the office of Dickinson Wright.

Jeff Jacobs moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to continue to be represented by Ron Bultje at Dickinson Wright.

The clerk will respond to Scholten Fant informing them of the decision.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-134 Approve purchase of Tasers
Ron Beckiln moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve the purchase of 4 Tasers for Fruitport Police Department. Forfeiture funds and capital outlay will be used to make the purchase.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-135 Approve increase of part-time police wage
It was requested by the Public Safety Director that the wage of part-time police officers be increased from $12.75 to $15.00 per hour. The increase comes in efforts to recruit and retain part-time officers. It was also suggested that a contract be drafted requiring a part-time officer to remain employed for a particular length of time after being certified and put through FTO.

Greg Hulka moved, Ron Becklin seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to increase the part-time police officer wage to $15.00 an hour and to receive a report from Brian Michelli in one year.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

Jeff Jacobs moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to have Brian Michelli draft a contract to have approved by Ron Bultje.

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

17-136 Payment of Bills
Ron Becklin moved, Greg Hulka seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented, with the addition of payment for the Vandenberg/Summit road project in the amount of $165,604.69 from the general fund, for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $192,238.67; Public Safety $38,900.67; Water $116,553.60; Sewer $16,193.91; Trust & Agency $1,981.00
Totaling: $365,867.85

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS: none received

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none received

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 9:13pm.

 

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK
HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Billy Graham Library Honors U.S. Military Members and Gold Star Families

militarylunchOn July 1, the Billy Graham Library honored those who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces and their families with a barbeque lunch. More than 200 people attended the event and heard an inspiring message from retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin.

Two weeks later, on July 14, the Library hosted its first Gold Star Families Breakfast and Tour for those who have lost a loved one in military service. After hearing a message of appreciation from Pastor Pat Fleming, who leads follow-up care for Operation Heal Our Patriots, family members commemorated their fallen loved ones in front of the audience by stating their name, branch of service and their own relationship to the fallen hero.

The Billy Graham Library continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Men’s Breakfast and Tour on Sept. 16; Pastor Appreciation Breakfast and Tour on Oct. 6; and the 10th Annual Bikers with Boxes on Oct. 21.

Ask Dr. Universe – Ants

Dear Dr. Universe: I would like to find out how ants are so strong. How is it possible that they can carry weight that is heavier than themselves?

–Anita, 11

Dear Anita,
Ants are pretty good little weightlifters. My friend Rich Zack, a scientist at Washington State University who studies insects, knows a lot about ants. One kind of ant that he has studied can carry up to 20 times its own weight.

Ants don’t have special muscles that give them super strength. In fact, their muscles are actually quite a bit like the muscles of other animals.

Zack explained that we often think about strength as the ability of an animal to carry something heavy. Ants can lift big sticks, leaves, and some can even carry a full-grown grasshopper. Of course, they couldn’t lift a fork at the dinner table like you can. Their strength is all relative to their size.

When it comes to figuring out how they are so strong, it also helps to do a bit of measuring, adds my friend Dan Rodgers. He’s an animal scientist at WSU and the Washington Center for Muscle Biology.

One thing we can look at is the animal’s volume, or the amount of space something takes up. Then, there’s the surface area of the object. When we measure the outside of an ant’s body we can find its surface area.

As you observed, a regular-sized ant is able to lift things much heavier than itself. But what if we doubled the size of the ant? Do you think the ant might get even stronger?

“An ant the size of your house would have much more absolute strength than a regular-sized ant,” Rodgers said. “However, it could no longer lift 50 or so times its weight and the small ant would be stronger, relatively.”

If we doubled the size of an ant, the surface area of the ant would also double. But its volume would actually more than double. This is an idea that holds true with pretty much all objects. If things appear twice as big, they actually weigh more than twice as much.
You may have also heard ants wear their skeletons on the outside. Their muscles don’t have to support such a heavy skeleton, so they can instead use their strength to help carry other things.

Ants and other insects have a large surface area compared to their volume. And the muscle strength of an animal is pretty closely related to surface area, Rodgers said. Yes, it’s true ants are strong. But it’s all compared to their size.

There are actually some insects that, for their size, are even stronger than ants. Do you know what insect that might be? Send me your best guess at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu for a chance to win a Dr. Universe sticker.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Try it out! You can explore area with a fun, simple activity. Print your own graph paper and make your own pop-up paper creature. Can you find its surface area?

Ottawa County’s miOttawa.org Ranked 9th in Nationwide Survey

The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties announced the winners of the 15th annual Digital Counties Survey. Ottawa County, Michigan was named 9th in the nation compared to counties with populations from 250,000 – 499,000. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cyber security and even reduce carbon emissions.

“It is an honor to be recognized nationally. Offering a secure website robust in services is simply good customer service. Citizens can access permits, records, and other needs 24-7 without leaving home. It is efficient for citizens and the County.” said Shannon Felgner, Ottawa County’s Communication Manager. Citizens in Ottawa County are actively visiting miOttawa.org for those online services. By the close of business on June 30, Ottawa County topped the ten million dollar mark in total transactions conducted via miOttawa.org. Its first e-service was property tax searches beginning in December of 2005.

Along with services, residents can stay connected through technology. Ottawa County added email subscription services in 2015 as a way to push information to residents. To date, 26,000 people are subscribed to receive county news via email.

“Though we have consistently been recognized for having a top website, we are never finished. We continue to grow our online services, increase transparency and work in creative ways using technology. Our website is always a work in progress. A new design with improved functionality and accessibility is scheduled in the coming months,” Felgner added.

“Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways,” said Todd Sander, executive director, Center for Digital Government. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations.”

Muskegon County Calendar of Events 09/05/17 – 09/11/17

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

Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian
Through September 10
The Muskegon Museum of Art is one of the finest regional art museums in the Midwest with a 104-year history and an impeccable reputation.  The Museum also owns a complete edition, identified as the 70th of the planned original sets, of The North American Indian, by Edward S. Curtis, internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced.  The astounding work is comprised of twenty volumes of research (containing 2.5 million works of text and thousands of photographs) and 20 portfolios containing an additional 723 photogravures.

Documenting the lives of western Native American peoples, the stunning portraits and landscapes of The North America Indian, which were created from 1907 through 1930, are considered to be both the greatest artistic collaboration and photographic achievement in history.  A renowned successful celebrity photographer, Curtis threw it all away to pursue a 30-year obsession that nearly destroyed him. In the end, he lost his wealth, fame, marriage, and health, but left behind a monumental achievement: The North American Indian.  For more information, visit

Summer Ain’t Over Yet!
September 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesdays in September from 6:30-8:00pm, come to the Goodrich Park gazebo for the “Summer Ain’t Over Yet!” free concert series.  Bring your folding chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the show.  Entry is free, but donations will be accepted for the White Lake Food Pantry.  For more information, call 231-894-4048.

“Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium
Tuesday and Thursdays @ 7:00 pm
Now that the eclipse is over, let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium!  This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.  Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug 29-Oct 31, at Muskegon Community College.  No reservations are needed.  For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289 or email tamera.owens@muskegoncc.edu.

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
September 7 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art!  One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop.  Be sure to check out Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history.  The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.  For more information, call 231-720-2570.

Full Moon Float
September 8 @ 12:00 am
At midnight during each full moon from May through September, Guy’s Ultimate Kayak Service will be guiding a “Full Moon Float” down the Muskegon River!  They begin at the Creston Rd. launch and end at Veterans Memorial Park.  The cost is only $20 per person and includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and a glow stick.  The dates for 2017 are May 10, June 9, July 8, August 5, September 8 and October 6.  All the full moon floats depend on mostly clear skies and take 1-2 hours.  Call Guy to reserve a kayak today at 231-740-0227.

Muskegon Farmers’ Market: Annual Farm to Table Dinner
September 8 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, September 8 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, come to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for a “Farm to Table” dinner!  Their first dinner sold-out, so be sure to order your tickets early!  Julie Balgooyen will be the chef of the day and her menu will include:

Appetizers
• Cheese Board from the Cheese Lady, Smoked White Fish from the Fish Monger’s Wife, Bacon Cheddar deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, and cold melon soup
• Salad – Tomato & Mozerella drizzled with Sweet Basil Vinaigrette and sprinkled with Pine Nuts Entre
• Honey Chicken Kabobs, Harvest Rice Stuffed Squash, Pineapple Garnish, Grilled Garlic Bread Dessert
• Won Ton Tower with Raspberry Sauce

All ingredients will be purchased from the market.  This will also be a ZERO waste event and all items will be recycled or composted.  A cash bar will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a short program at 6:45pm.  Dinner will be served at 7:00pm.  You’ll also enjoy jazz music by Steve Talaga and a silent auction!

This is general admission seating.  For reservations or more information, please call Ann at 231-724-6705.

Sportsmen for Youth Day
September 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Muskegon Area Sportsmen for Youth, a nonprofit corporation, hosts this annual event Saturday September 9 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds!  Sportsmen for Youth Day is designed to provide young people age 18 and under with the opportunity to try activities including archery, shooting sports, fishing and many other events from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Raffles start at 2:30pm.  The day will also feature prize drawings and lunch and everything is FREE and open to the public!  For more information call Bill at 231-853-6649.

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char
September 9 @ 10:00 am
Saturday, September 9 at 10:00am, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Himalayan Salt Block Cooking with Chef Char!”  Healthy eating is easier and tastier when a Himalayan Salt Block is involved in the cooking.  Learn to sear, cook, pickle and serve dynamic meals on these salty stones.  Learn the basics for use, care and cleaning of a salt block plus members of this class will experiment with cooking a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean meats on the block for easy, healthy and delicious meals.  Tasting in class and there are usually left overs to take home for another meal too.  This class is for older teens and adults. The cost is $40.  For more information, call (231) 722-3251.

Roosevelt Park Day
September 9 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Roosevelt Park Day will be held at locations throughout the Roosevelt Park community on August 26.  There’ll be live music, food and craft beer vendors, a 5K run/walk race, a pancake breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, and a parade beginning at Glenside Blvd. and Broadway Ave.  For more information contact Roosevelt Park City Hall at 231-755-3721

Muskegon Center for the Arts September Workshops: Beginner’s Chainmaille
September 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join talented artists for the September Workshops at the Red Lotus Gallery!  Saturday, September 9 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, learn the medieval art of chainmaille.  Each student will receive the basic tools and materials required to create one bracelet in the Celtic chainmaille style.

Students must pre-register for workshops by contacting Sabryna at registration@muskegonca.org.  Tools will be available for use for all workshops, however you may bring your own if you have them. The cost is $25 or $22 for MCA members.  All workshops are ages 10+.  Students ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, visit muskegonca.org.

Retro Expo
September 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, you’re invited to the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for the “Retro Expo!”  Enjoy an outdoor vintage market filled with vendors selling retro goods and up-cycled items.  It’s more than a flea market, it’s a nostalgic shopping experience.  For more information, call 231-722-3251.

Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center Open House
September 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The purpose of the center is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned raptors and return them to the wild in a healthy condition. The center is open to the public from June through October two days per month, the 2nd Thursday and 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:00pm-4:00pm for tours. No admission fee. When you visit the center you will see a number of different species of raptors, including eagles, owls and falcons. In addition to the birds, they have hands on activities to learn more about raptors. They are handicap accessible. Please call in advance to be sure they are open.

Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon
September 10 @ 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 10 at 6:00pm, come to Kitchen 242 at the Muskegon Farmers’ Market for “Stocks and Sauces with Chef Damon!”  A good stock is the key to great soup, sauce or a braised dish.  A sauce is thickened liquid used to flavor and enhance other foods.  Students will participate in the following: preparing a variety of stocks, recognize and classify sauces, using a thickening agent properly and preparing a variety of classic and modern sauces.  The cost is $35 and the class size is limited to 15.  For more information call (231) 722-3251.

9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service
September 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
American Legion Post #28’s Legion Riders invite you to join them as they honor current and fallen law enforcement, first responders and military from both Ottawa and Muskegon during their 9/11 Tribute and Memorial Service, Monday, September 11, 2017.  A motorcade that includes the Legion Riders and many first responders will depart Post #28 in Grand Haven at 10:30am and arrive at the Mart Dock, home of the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, at 11:30am.  At that time there will be speakers, a reading of the names of our fallen heroes and a military salute featuring a band, a bagpiper, taps and a 21-gun salute.  For more information, call Freddy Smith at 616-847-6426.

Matthew Ball – The Boogie Woogie Kid
September 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monday, September 11 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, come to Hackley Public Library for a live performance from Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid!”

Ball’s start in Jazz only began in 2001 after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years, Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.  For more information, call 231-722-8000.

Fall Lecture Series at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum
September 11 @ 6:00 pm
All lectures are on Monday evenings at 6:00pm at the Museum.  For more information, call 231-755-1230.

September 11:  Recognition of First Responders in Commemoration of 9/11
Sheriff Michael Poulin, who supervises the Muskegon County Department of Emergency Services, will moderate a discussion among first responders concerning their training and experiences in their respective jobs. Various emergency scenarios will be discussed by the first responders. Emergency vehicles will be present for the public to see before the program begins.

September 18: Defeat is an Orphan – Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs
One of our most popular presenters, US Army Colonel Ronald Janowski (Ret.), returns to speak on this topic, which he studied intensely in his advanced military education and career. We will learn many surprising things that we had not known before about this defeat and what followed.

September 25:  75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. THE DESPERATE DEFENSE OF “OPERATION SHOESTRING”. THE DECISIVE FIRST DAYS ON GUADALCANAL THAT SAVED AMERICA’S FIRST OFFENSIVE OF WORLD WAR II FROM COLLAPSE
David Kolb for many years was the Editorial Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle. He is also a published independent historian and scholar, with special expertise concerning the Battle of Guadalcanal. He will relate to us the complexities and exceptional sacrifices of this historic battle. Several Muskegon area veterans fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal.

October 2:  From the Dugouts to the Trenches – Baseball in the Great War
From Columbus, Ohio, our speaker, James Leeke, is a Navy veteran and writer and editor. He is a former journalist who covered Major League Baseball as a reporter and author. He has written several books, including Manila and Santiago:The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War, and his latest book just published by the University of Nebraska press, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball during the Great War. This is a story that has many unexpected twists and turns, and will especially be enjoyed by all baseball fans.  Many of us do not realize how many of the great stars of America’s pastime served in World War I. This book will be available for purchase and for signing by Jim.

October 9: World War II Muskegon
Richard Mullally continues to share with us compelling  information about the thousands of World War II veterans who served from Muskegon County. His speech will focus on approximately 32 World War II veterans, whose stories may be humorous or may be tragic, but all of which are captivating. These veterans served in various branches of the military, and in different theaters of the war. Special note: all World War II veterans and their family members, including family members of deceased veterans, have free admission to this lecture.

October 16:  America’s First Actual World War
Donald Johnston is the Chief Circuit Court Judge of Kent County, and his ancestry dates back to colonial times. He is an independent historian and scholar with a special interest in pre-revolutionary American history. He is an authority on what we call the French and Indian War (1754-60), which was the North American phase of the world-wide Seven Years War (1756-62), that was fought on several continents.  The French and Indian War was the crucible in which many colonists first experienced war, and was the training ground for many of our military leaders in the following Revolutionary War. From a viewpoint that will be new for many of us, Judge Johnston will speak on the involvement of the great powers of those times and the global impact of that earlier war on our soil that still reverberates today.

October 23: The Movies Go to War
Bill Iddings is the most respected movie critic, scholar, and film history instructor in Western Michigan. He also has appeared on stage and screen himself, as well as having written scripts. From the time film was invented, movies always have played a major role during wars, especially in the nations involved in those conflicts. Bill will be showing film clips to illustrate the impact of movies upon society and the real truth during times of war, and we will be learning much unexpected information from his presentation.

October 30:  Flight 93- The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
Tom McMillan has spent a lifetime in media and communications – as a newspaper sportswriter, columnist, radio talk show host and for the past 21 years, as Vice President of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. And history is another of his passions. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, on the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library. He also is a co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park University, his alma mater. He is the author of the book entitled Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers.  He will present this lecture based upon his best-selling history of the tragedy of Flight 93 on 9/11 and its aftermath. His Flight 93 book will be available for purchase and signing. All sale proceeds are donated to the Flight 93 National Memorial.  And, yes, Tom may predict the Penguins will win yet another Stanley Cup this season, and in all humility he may mention his 3 Stanley Cup rings.

Roll On Muskegon
September 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“Roll on Muskegon” is a fun, community, bicycle ride through the neighborhoods of Muskegon.  Bikers meet every Monday at the downtown Muskegon Farmers’ Market.  This easy 8 mph, family friendly ride begins at 6:30pm.  For more information, find them on Facebook.

Public Comment Sought at Transportation Committee Meeting on September 7, 2017

The Muskegon and Northern Ottawa County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is responsible for transportation planning in the area, is seeking public comment on the transportation planning process. The planning process includes the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, the Fiscal Year 2017 – 2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program of Projects (POP), corresponding amendments, and other agenda items.

The TIP is developed in a cooperative effort between federal, state, and local officials and serves as the final link in the transportation planning process. Its primary purpose is to identify transportation programs and projects to be funded with federal aid in accordance with federal law and regulations. This plan is an outline of the transportation needs of Muskegon County and Northern Ottawa County for the next four years. The 2017 -2020 TIP (without the project lists) is available here. The 2017 – 2020 TIP project lists are available here. The FTA POP includes 5307 and 5308 funds for the Muskegon Area Transit System and Harbor Transit. Recommendations for new construction, safety improvements, congestion (traffic) management, air quality, non- motorized, transit, planning, etc. will be accepted.

A public comment period is scheduled at the Technical Committee Meeting on September 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340, Muskegon, Michigan 49443. Meeting materials will be made available at www.wmsrdc.org.

The Huizenga Huddle: August 1, 2017

Protecting The Great Lakes Ecosystem and Economy

On Friday night, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they are going to release the long awaited Brandon Road study on August 7th. This assessment will provide critical information on how to best prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes ecosystem. I am proud to have worked in a bipartisan manner to get the Administration to release this important document.

huizengatableIn June, I joined Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) in introducing the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which upon enactment would have forced the release of the Brandon Road Study. After the discovery of an Asian Carp less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan, I led my fellow Michigan Republicans in writing an op-ed for MLive & The Grand Rapids Press discussing the threat Asian Carp pose to the Great Lakes both ecologically and economically.

While the scheduled release of the Brandon Road study is an important and positive step, it is my hope that we can continue to build upon this bipartisan foundation to enact policies that will protect the Great Lakes.


Strengthening Our National Security, Supporting Our Veterans

Last week, the House passed legislation to strengthen our military by providing our troops with the tools they need to complete their mission, secure the border by prioritizing border integrity and funding construction of a wall along our nation’s southern perimeter, and enhance veteran care by improving mental health services, opioid addiction treatment, and suicide prevention programs.

bluewordsOn Wednesday, I discussed these important funding measures as well as health care and tax reform in a Facebook Town Hall. I encourage you to follow me on Facebook to receive notifications about future town hall events and legislative updates. You can watch Wednesday’s discussion by clicking on the image below.
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Holding Iran, Russia, and North Korea Accountable

Recently, the House passed legislation to sanction North Korea, Iran, and Russia by a vote of 419-3. The Senate then passed the measure by a vote of 98-2. North Korea and Iran have continued to develop hostile weapons capabilities that threaten our troops and our allies despite diplomatic efforts to stabilize both regions. This bipartisan legislation also enhances sanctions on Russia because of their hostile cyber activities as well as their intervention in the Ukraine. Lastly, this important bill limits the ability of the Executive Branch to unilaterally provide sanction relief to Russia without congressional review. To learn more about this sanctions package that the Administration has said the President will sign, click the picture below.
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Maintaining the Healthcare Status Quo is Not Acceptable

Nearly everyone agrees that our nation’s health care system is broken. However, due to the Senate’s inability to pass any type of reform, the status quo will continue to deteriorate forcing Michigan families to face even higher premiums, larger deductibles, and fewer choices to purchase the health insurance that best meets their needs.

The House passed legislation to jump-start the process of reforming our nation’s health care system in May. Michiganders should remember that both Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters created the status quo and are now refusing to fix it. That isn’t leadership and frankly it’s unacceptable. I am equally frustrated by Republican senators who once voted in support of legislation to repeal ObamaCare when President Obama was in the White House but somehow are unable to support it today. It is my hope the Senate will revisit healthcare.

West Michigan’s Impact Around the Globe

Hoekstra Nominated To Serve As Ambassador: Last week, President Trump nominated my colleague, mentor, and friend Pete Hoekstra to serve as our nation’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Pete’s heritage, deep-rooted ties to the Dutch community in West Michigan, and combination of public service and private sector experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as Ambassador to the Netherlands. I cannot think of a better person to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Netherlands than Pete Hoekstra. To learn more about Rep. Hoekstra’s service to West Michigan and our nation, click on the image below.
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Search for Jesus thanks God for 10 Millionth Indicated Decision for Christ

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10 million people worldwide indicate decisions for Christ through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s online ministry

On Friday, June 12, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (BGEA) online evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus, thanked God for the 10 millionth indicated decision for Christ.

“It’s humbling and overwhelming to realize that God has given us the opportunity to introduce the Gospel to so many,” said Mark Appleton, the BGEA’s director of Internet Evangelism.

Since its launch in April of 2011, Search for Jesus has had more than 50 million visitors to its evangelistic website, PeaceWithGod.net, which uses thematic landing pages and compelling video presentations to share the Gospel with visitors. Of those visitors, more than 1.3 million people have made one-on-one connections with a Search for Jesus volunteer. The volunteer, called a discipleship coach, provides them with resources to further their relationship with Christ and to connect them with a local church.

The ministry reached another milestone last month: five years of volunteers, each one trained to offer spiritual guidance through live chat, email or an online discipleship course called Know Jesus. With nearly 600 volunteers, Search for Jesus has personal connections with thousands of people around the globe.

For more information on BGEA’s online evangelism ministry, visit www.searchforjesus.net (English) or www.enbuscadejesus.net (Spanish).

Ask Dr. Universe – Facial Hair

Why do people grow hair under their nose? Why does it grow down instead of up? 
–Riley, 11, Prior Lake, MN

Dear Riley,

Humans have hair all over their bodies, including above the upper lip. Of course, not all hair is quite the same. A lot of people have very fine hairs on their faces. Others can sprout a beard or mustache.

Cats might not have mustaches, but we do have another kind of hair: whiskers. In fact, hair is one of the things mammals have in common. Even dolphins have it. Hair can help keep us warm and protected from the elements.

Human hairs sprout from tiny little sacks under the skin called follicles. The root of the hair feeds off of tiny blood vessels to keep growing. Some hair follicles are too small for the eye to see. As males develop from kids to adults, the size of these hair follicles can get bigger.

This change is related to a chemical in the body called testosterone, said my friend Lori Nelson, a biologist at Washington State University. When follicles get bigger, the hair also gets thicker, and it can draw some attention to the upper lip.

Many males have facial hair because they have more of this hormone circulating in their blood than females do. But having more testosterone doesn’t always mean you’ll have more hair, Nelson adds.

She said there’s been some debate over whether or not facial hair might also help with attracting a mate. I suppose the exact purpose of a mustache is still a bit of a mystery. It’s an interesting observation you make about the direction the hairs grow, too.

At first, I thought the answer would be right under my nose. My guess was that it had something to do with gravity pulling the hair toward the ground. It turns out the direction of your hair follicles is actually determined when you are still growing inside your mother’s womb.

That’s what I found out from my friend Ryan Driskell, a researcher at WSU who studies wounds and how the skin regenerates.

He explained how some of the cells that make you up use different chemicals to communicate with one another. These chemicals can send and receive different messages. These messages carry instructions for how to form different parts of a human body.

Some of these chemicals will even direct hair to face a specific direction, Driskell said. These particular chemicals tell follicles on the upper lip grow downward. Each hair that sprouts out points downward, too.

Driskell isn’t just interested in why hair grows, but also why it sometimes doesn’t grow back. While we have medical procedures that help repair wounds, hair follicles and sweat glands are often lost. They don’t regenerate. In Driskell’s lab, their research is helping us learn how to help the human and other animal bodies heal up even better.

Sincerely,
Dr. Universe

Wendy’s U.S. Smart Building Relocation Opens with a New Image in Norton Shores

NORTON SHORES, MI—One of the nation’s largest Wendy’s franchisees, Meritage Hospitality Group, announces the grand opening of the company’s newly relocated restaurant in Norton Shores. The Grand Rapids based organization’s restaurant will open to the public on August 14, and the existing Norton Shores Wendy’s restaurant will be closing its doors on August 12.

The restaurant is an all-new design, located at West Norton Ave. and Henry St., one-half mile south of their existing location constructed in 1976. It is designed with a smaller footprint than a traditional Wendy’s restaurant, and the total square footage is nearly half of the previous building. With a capacity of 55 guests, the restaurant uses innovative interior and exterior designs to reinvent the Wendy’s restaurant environment. Wolverine Construction Group of Grand Rapids, MI is assisting with the project.

“The enhanced experience offered by our USB locations has had a positive impact on our customer satisfaction,” said Jeremy Wood, Michigan Area Director for Meritage Hospitality Group. “Norton Shores is located in a relatively close proximity to our home office, so this relocation displays what we are currently doing at many of our franchise establishments spread throughout 18 markets in 12 states.”

The guest facing front-of-house includes state of the art features designed to maximize the guest experience. Features include a fireplace, open ceiling with up-lighting, flat-screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. The open kitchen is designed to allow guests a unique inside look at their food being made from scratch. Features such as high-speed ovens, 30lb. fryers, and double-sided grills are installed to maximize efficiency.

“This is more than just another restaurant for us,” said Amanda Ramirez, District Manager for Meritage Hospitality Group. “It is a relatively new concept in the quick service industry and it is delighting to bring our existing business to a more impactful location under a fresh and exciting look.”

The new restaurant is located at 801 West Norton Ave, and it is one of many renovation or construction projects in 2017 that will continue to position Wendy’s as ‘A Cut Above.’ Three more Image Activation construction projects are scheduled to commence in Michigan by Meritage before year end.

APICS-Grand Rapids 2017-2018 Board of Directors

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – APICS, The Grand Rapids Chapter, is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

Anant Gohil, CPIM, Vention Medical – President
Tracy Knuff, CPIM, CSCP, PMP, Eaton Corporation – President-Elect
Jim Boes, CPIM, Irwin Seating Company – Past President
Catherine Bosscher, CPIM, CSCP – Vice President of Finance
Ron Kopp, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, Flexco – Vice President of Marketing
Tod Schwartz, CFPIM, CSCP – In-House & Continuing Education Director
Shridhar Bhat, CPIM, PMP, Steelcase Inc. – Public Certification Education Director
Jerry Bays, CPIM, Membership Director
Derek Wood, West Michigan Transport – PDM & Special Events Director
Randy Gilbert, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, PMP, LSSBB, ETNA Supply – Director-At-Large
Andrew Cleary, CPIM, Perrigo – Director-At-Large & Marketing Committee
Eric Anderson, Student at Grand Valley State University – Director-At-Large Students
Bryce Comer, Student at Ferris State University – Director-At-Large Students

Fruitport Charter Township Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes of August 14, 2017

A work session of the Fruitport Charter Township Board began at 6:30pm on Monday, August 14, 2017, in the township board room.

Members Present: Heidi Tice, Supervisor; Andrea Anderson, clerk; Rose Dillon, Treasurer; Trustees Ron Becklin, Jeff Jacobs, Denise Winebarger, and Greg Hulka
Members Absent: none

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

Also Present: 6– residents; 0 – employees; 3- guests; Director of Public Safety, Brian Michelli; Director of Public Utilities, Ron Langlois; and Muskegon County Commissioner, Marvin Engle.

The motion by Rose Dillon, supported by Denise Winebarger, was carried unanimously, to approve the minutes of July 24, 2017 as presented.

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

CORRESPONDENCE / REPORTS
1. Brian Michelli presented the problem of having a police officer off the road due to an injury and being short staffed with part-time officers. Suggestions on how to attract and retain part-time officers were discussed.
2. Ron Langlois reported that the Broadway lift station refurbishing is complete. Restoration of the grounds will be complete soon.
3. Ron Langlois gave an update on the Odeno project: the wet well vault is set and sanitary sewer is being installed.
4. Ron Langlois reported that the Vandenberg and Summit road paving is done, shoulder work continues.
5. Ron Langlois reported that surface prep is underway for both the Ihop and Wesco development locations.
6. Heidi shared a Fruitport tribute poem written by Steve Sarachman
7. Heidi shared that the township will be receiving the gift of a Wolverine sculpture that is being donated by Douglas Radcliffe North. It is slated to be placed on the Fire Department lawn near the flag pole.

PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS: none received

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

17-117 Rental Registration Restatement Ordinance – First Reading
The Township Board made a recommendation to adopt the Rental Registration Restatement Ordinance that will update the current ordinance requiring rental units be registered and maintain a certificate of compliance in the Charter Township of Fruitport.
This constitutes the first reading. Final action will take place at the next regular meeting scheduled on August 28, 2017.

17-118 Downtown Development Authority (DDA) formation
Motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka, was carried unanimously, to TABLE the topic of DDA until the August 28th meeting. At that time the township attorney and a presenter will be present to answer questions on the topic.

17-119 Public Safety Special Assessment District
Heidi Tice requested that this topic be TABLED until information is collected.

NEW BUSINESS:

17-120 Eagle Scout Project
Presentation was given by Michael Vanallsburg from Troop 1127. He proposes to build an honor garden consisting of an 8’x10’ oval raised flower garden in April 2018. The purpose of the garden would be to honor firefighters and police officers. Michael plans to work with local businesses to fund the approximately $2,000 needed to complete the project. He will return to weed and maintain the garden for 5 years. Approval for the project will come before the board at the August 28, 2017 meeting.

17-121 Muskegon County Presentation on Youth, Family, & Community millage
Zachary Anderson, Jason Colella, and County Commissioner Marvin Engle were present to speak and answer questions regarding Muskegon County’s proposed “Youth, Family, & Community” millage.

17-122 Library Board Member Resignation
Rose Dillon announced that a member of the library board has resigned, creating a vacancy on the board. Letters of interest from Fruitport Township residents should be received by Rose Dillon no later than September 14, 2017.

17-123 Discussion of Wesco Aggregate Processing Project
Wesco is proposing to have an aggregate processing operation on the site of the Wesco project. Discussion amongst the board lead to questions regarding the time frame, hours of operation, number of loads in and out, trucking routes, and control of dust and contaminants. Heidi Tice will discuss further with the Planning Commission before the operation is approved.

17-124 Discussion regarding Recreational Authority Articles of Incorporation
No further changes were requested. Approval will come before the board August 28, 2017.

17-125 Payment of Bills
Ron Becklin moved, Rose Dillon seconded, MOTION CARRIED, to approve bills as presented for payment in the following amounts: General Fund & Parks $31,243.41; Public Safety $48,487.76; Water $252,417.31; Sewer $215,396.06; Street Lights $12,823.04
Totaling: $562,348.58

Ayes: Becklin, Jacobs, Anderson, Tice, Dillon, Winebarger, Hulka
Nays: None

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:
1. Heidi Tice shared that she and Lela Miller attended a free conference on “Best Practices.”
2. Heidi Tice shared that the township will be hosting another slip ‘n slide event in Pomona Park on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Lunch and great family fun will be provided.

PUBLIC COMMENTS PART II: none received

The motion by Ron Becklin, supported by Greg Hulka was carried unanimously, to adjourn the meeting at 8:28pm.

ANDREA ANDERSON, CLERK

HEIDI TICE, SUPERVISOR

Lions Pancake Breakfast – September 2, 2017

Lions Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, September 2, 2017
Margaret Drake Elliot Park
8:00 am to 11:OOam

All the pancakes you can eat!
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee & juice.

$7.00 for adults
$3.00 for children under 12
The Muskegon Host Lions Club supports the Association for the Blind &
Visually Impaired programs & services.

Thank you for your support

Muskegon County Calendar of Events – 08/28/17 – 09/05/17

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

 

Lighthouse Tours
August 28 and 31 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Muskegon South Pierhead Light, 1431 Beach St.

The Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is offering tours of the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August from 1:00-5:00pm. The cost is $2 – $4. For more information, call 844-MLIGHTS or visit www.muskegonlights.org.

 

Roll On Muskegon
August 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Muskegon Farmers Market, 242 W. Western Ave.

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

 

Discover Columbus’ Ships
August 28- 29 @ 9:00am- 6:00 pm

Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St. Muskegon, MI 49440

The museum ships Nina & Pinta return to the Port of Muskegon’s Heritage Landing Dock August 25- 29, with tours conducted from 9:00am to 6:00pm each day. They will leave port Wednesday at dawn.

 

Hackley Public Library Movie Night
August 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Hackley Public Library, 316 W Webster Muskegon, MI 49440

 Come to Hackley Library to see the movie “The Walk” featuring tightrope walker Philippe Petit as he crosses back and forth between the Twin Towers in 1974. Petit works to accomplish this feat while dealing with logistical problems and the concern of his loved ones. Bring your own snacks and non- alcoholic drinks. The movie runs 123 minutes. For more information, call 231-722-8000.

 

“Solar Superstorms” Planetarium Presentation
August 29 & 31 and September 5 @ 7:00 pm

Carr-Fles Planetarium, 221 S. Quarterline Rd. Muskegon, MI 49442

Let’s learn more about the sun with “Solar Superstorms” at the Carr-Fles Planetarium! This groundbreaking, 35-minute presentation will lead you into solar tornadoes, magnetic fields, super-hot plasma, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections. Free, public shows are at 7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No reservations are needed. For more information, or to schedule a private show at other times for groups of 15-44, call (231) 777-0289

 

Serene Yoga Summer Beach Yoga Series
August 30 & 31

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Rd.

Serene Yoga will be offering a new Summer Beach Yoga Series through August 31. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 10:00am – 11:00am and Friday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. $10 drop-in rate. Join Diana and enjoy the serenity of the Great Lakes as she guides you stretching and balancing poses while focusing on breath-work and relaxation. This is a mind, body, spirit experience for the whole family. This class is a biblical based perspective. Meet at the beach. Participants should bring a towel, sheet or yoga mat. All new participants will be asked to fill out liability forms (please come early on your first visit). Children under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns prior to taking this class. For more information please contact Sereneyoga10@gmail.com or call 231-343-8381 (text for cancellation information).

 

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place
August 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Fricano’s Event Center, 1050 W. Western

Cruise-Ins at Fricano Place are back every Wednesday (weather permitting) from 5:00- 8:30pm. Antiques, customs, classics and novelty vehicles are all welcome. Enjoy oldies music and door prizes, too! Come on down and check out some unique cars and enjoy some Fricano’s pizza and Sweet Treats from Fricano’s Sweet Shoppe! For more information, call 231-722-7775.

 

Thursday Evenings are FREE at the Muskegon Museum of Art
August 31 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 West Webster Avenue

Every Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00pm, admission is free at the Muskegon Museum of Art! One of the most highly respected art museums in the Midwest, the marbled halls of the MMA offer a full schedule of permanent collection displays, traveling exhibits and a lovely museum gift shop. The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017. For more information, call 231-720-2570.

 

Polish Festival
September 1 – 2 12:00pm- 11:00pm

Hackley Park, City block bounded by Webster and Clay and Third and Fourth Streets Muskegon, MI 49440

Muskegon Polish Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend at historic Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon! Enjoy Polish food, polka music, dancing, cultural activities, children’s area, a Catholic mass, and much more. People of all ethnicities are invited for an authentic Polish experience and a unique venue in the heart of Muskegon. For more information, e-mail polka@muskegonpolishfest.com or visit the website.

 

Maranatha Free Summer Concert
September 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Tabernacle, 4759 Lake Harbor Road Norton Shores, MI 49441

Join Maranatha for a summer concert by David Pendleton! All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org or call (231) 798-2161.

 

Pancakes on the Beach
September 2 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Pere Marquette Public Beach, 3510 Channel Drive Muskegon, MI 49441

Make Pancakes on the Beach part of your Labor Day weekend celebration! The Muskegon Lions are cooking up all the pancakes you can eat, as well as sausage, coffee and juice at beautiful Margaret Drake Elliott Park at Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan. The cost is only $7 for adults and $3 for children (under 12). Proceeds benefit the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired programs and services. For more information, call 231-744-1904.

 

White Lake Nature Walks
September 2 @ 10:30 am

White Lake Chamber of Commerce, 124 W. Hanson St. Whitehall, MI 49461

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

 

Yoga on the LST 393
September 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum, 560 Mart St.

Sundays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, join Rootdown Yoga at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum for “Yoga on Deck!” This popular, donation based yoga class is designed for all levels, so grab your family, friends, yoga mat and water and come join them for this popular event. No mat? No problem! You can rent one. Suggested donations are $5, and proceeds benefit: McLaughlin Grows          Urban Farm, 1 in 21 – Healthy Muskegon County, Kids’ Food Basket, and the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Please check their Facebook page prior to the event in case of weather resulting in cancellation or class relocation. For more information, call (231) 722-9642.

 

13th Annual Cars for Cancer Fundraiser
September 3 – September 4

Mercy Health Lakes Village, 6401 Prairie St Norton Shores, MI 49444

Come to the Mercy Health Lakes Village Sunday & Monday for the 13th Annual Cars for Cancer Labor Day Car Show & Cruise! There’ll be 40 classes of classic automobiles with 3 trophies per class as well as Best of Show, People’s Choice and Young Guns Class for those 21 and under For more information, find them on Facebook.

 

Labor Day Community Walk
September 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Montague Foods, 8718 Water St. Montague, MI 49437

The White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Harborlight Credit Union, and the cities of Montague and Whitehall prepare to host their 11th Annual Labor Day Community Walk! The walk takes place on the Hart/Montague Bike Trail and will begin at the east end of Spring St. located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague. Walkers are more than welcome to continue on the path or may turn around and return to the start point. Healthy refreshments will be available at the Chamber Depot. For more information, call (231) 893-4585.

 

West Michigan United Labor Day Parade
September 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Downtown Muskegon MI 49440

Labor Day is the holiday in which we recognize and celebrate the contribution of all America’s workers to the growth and continued vitality of our Nation. Everybody loves a parade! This is an all- inclusive community parade through the streets of downtown Muskegon. The parade will start 11:00 am and will end approximately around 12:30pm. It begins at the intersection of 4th St. and Western Ave. and progresses down Western Ave. to Jefferson St. (turning right) and heading towards Clay Ave. The march will continue down Clay Ave. and end at Hackley Park for a post parade celebration! For more information or an application to be in the Labor Day Parade, please contact Jana at 231-638-2741 or Jana@unitedwaylakeshore.org

 

For a complete listing of all events happening visit www.visitmuskegon.org or Facebook/visitmuskegon

*Our office will be closed Monday, September 4*

ISM-GGR 2017-2018 Board of Directors

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – The Institute for Supply Management – Greater Grand Rapids, an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

Andrew Roman, Steelcase – President
Thomas Cole, C.P.M. – Past President
Laurene Garchow-Packer, CPSM, FibroGen, Inc. – 1st Vice President
Amy Poplaski, C.P.M., C.P.M., Spectrum Health – 2nd Vice President
Gabriel Stille, Haworth, Inc. – Director
Anthony Garwood, GE Aviation – Treasurer
Lois DeHaan, C.P.M., A.P.P., Haworth, Inc. – Advisor
Kip Smalligan, Grand Valley State University – Webmaster
Stephanie Emelander, Grand Valley State University – Director of Student Activities
Rachel Travis, Grand Valley State University – Director of Student Activities

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Offer Hope After Tragic Loss

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Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team have wrapped up two major deployments in which they had the opportunity to minister to the emotional and spiritual needs of hurting people in the U.S. and abroad.

In late April, a devastating tornado struck the small town of Durant, Miss., damaging hundreds of homes. The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team sent chaplains into the area alongside Samaritan’s Purse and together they helped the community – which sits about 60 miles north of Jackson, Miss. – as they began to recover. Over the course of nearly seven weeks, a total of 28 chaplains from around the country rotated into the area, praying with and comforting some 1,785 people.

Across the Atlantic, a horrifying scene played out on June 14 as London’s Grenfell Tower apartment building was consumed by a widespread and fast-moving fire. At least 79 people lost their lives in the blaze. Chaplains came alongside a local church to share the hope of Jesus in the midst of the deep pain and mourning. They ministered to hundreds and prayed with 340 people, including many who lost loved ones and friends. It was the third time in as many weeks that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deployed chaplains in the United Kingdom. The group provided emotional and spiritual care to survivors and mourners following the Manchester Arena bombing on May 22, and the June 3 attack on London Bridge and the Borough Market. Chaplains with the ministry also responded to London following the terror attack in March.

For more information on the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, including an interactive map of current deployments, visit www.billygraham.org/rrt and www.facebook.com/rrtchaplains.

Ask Dr. Universe – Astronaut Food

What do astronauts eat in space?
–Rhemi, 12, St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Rhemi,

Astronauts eat all kinds of different foods up in space. The food is often similar to what we have here on Earth. But in space, there’s very little gravity. There’s very limited refrigeration, too. On the International Space Station, the refrigerator is only about half the size of a microwave. That means scientists who prepare and package astronaut food have to do it in ways that take up very little room and don’t need to be kept cold.

In 1962, John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth and also the first American to eat food there. He ate applesauce from a tube. In the early days of space exploration, a lot of astronauts ate food that was in little cubes or squeezed out of tubes. It helped keep the food from drifting around or floating away.

When I got your question, I decided to visit my friend Norman Lewis, a plant scientist at Washington State University. He showed me a package of cosmonaut food some colleagues in Russia gave him from a mission many years ago. Inside was dried fruit, canned meat, and a meal in an aluminum toothpaste tube.

Astronaut food has come a long way since. NASA has prepared menus that include dried fruit, yogurt, sausage, beef jerky, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and shrimp cocktail. Even desserts. The meals are often dehydrated. The astronauts just add water.

Scientists and astronauts are also curious about growing fresh food in space. Project Veggie on the International Space Station has helped astronauts become farmers and grow their own lettuce and cabbage.

My friend Norm is also helping NASA learn more about how plants grow and develop in space, particularly how the microgravity environment affects a plant’s overall life processes.

A plant growth chamber, about the size of a mini-fridge, was sent up to the space station in two stages, the most recent stage going up in a pod last month. A big robotic arm, the Canadarm, reached out and grabbed the pod to bring it into the station. Researchers will now work with astronauts on the station to research and discover how the plants grow and how they are affected by microgravity.

The more we know about how plants work, the better we can figure out how to grow them in in space. That could mean places like the moon or Mars, Lewis said. For now, astronauts depend on teams back on Earth to restock their supplies. But if astronauts could grow enough of their own food, they could go on even longer trips into space.

Who knows, maybe instead of only eating applesauce out of a tube, astronauts will have a small tree of fresh, delicious apples. Until then, if I ever get the chance to go to space, I definitely think I’d like to take along some tuna salad. What kind of food would you most want to take on an expedition to space? Tell me about it sometime at Dr.Universe@wsu.edu.
Sincerely,
Dr. Universe