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Saugatuck OKs fire dock, neighbor protests

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BY JIM HAYDEN CORRESPONDENT The Saugatuck Township Fire District boat dock along the Kalamazoo River could be reconfigured into an “L” shape, but a neighboring business owner is giving the plan an “F” because, she said, it could hurt the company’s bottom line. Saugatuck City Council Monday unanimously approved the new fire boat dock lease […]

Police investigate Laketown death

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Michigan State Police are investigating the reported Tuesday night death of Mandy Heidenreich in a Laketown Township home she shared with her husband, Douglas State Farm Insurance agent Andrew Heidenreich. Authorities say the death occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of Forest Beach Drive. She was an employee of L Salon in Douglas. […]

Re-envisioned carwash is new marijuana home

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Two summers ago we met Dave Setzke as he camped on the first of 10 squares painted on the Douglas City Hall lawn, waiting to apply for the first of two newlyavailable medical marijuana licenses. Last week we visited what he and business partner Ethan Del Stone have created with their […]

Schools offer last pre-vote tours Saturday

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Residents seeking more information about the Saugatuck Public Schools’ $35.6-million bond request for building updates and improvements will have a last opportunity prior to the March 10 vote to tour both schools firsthand Saturday. There will be guided tours Feb. 29 of Saugatuck Middle/ High School from 9 to 10 a.m., […]

Douglas ZA Imus resigns

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Lisa Imus has resigned as Douglas planning/zoning administrator and community and economic development director to become village manager of Lawton. Imus, with Douglas since September 2015, announced her departure at Monday’s city council meeting. Her last day here has yet to be determined. “As an empty nester,” Imus said in her […]

Ambulance price rise may just be start

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Little did the Saugatuck Township Board know last spring, when it agreed to resume an ambulance contract for its southern portion, the price had risen from $6,969.06 to $7,400 plus. Wait, board member learned Feb. 12, it may rise, almost triple more. Last April the new township board, most of whom […]

City taps Kenney to fill open council seat

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas City Council Monday chose Louise Kenney over two other applicants to fill a seat vacated Jan. 27 by Linda Anderson. Kenney — a geriatric care manager, occupational therapist and independent contractor — was sworn in that night and will complete Anderson’s two-year term, which expires in November. She was selected […]

Douglas weighs funding balance of water bid

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The good news: the $523,039.75 low bid Douglas received last week to remove “spaghetti lines” in three districts came in well under the single $619,570 bid for the work submitted last June. The bad: It is still well above the $445,000 engineering estimate upon which the city based its 2018 special […]

Douglas finalizes marijuana OKs

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 By Scott Sullivan Editor It’s official. Recreational marijuana shops can join medical ones in Douglas after city council Monday passed the second reading of ordinance allowing both uses. The city joins Saugatuck Township and Fennville allowing such Michigan voter-approved operations, subject also to local regulations. Saugatuck allows neither type of shop. Douglas now has two […]

More record lake level highs foreseen

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Wet enough for you? Flooding and shoreline erosion that have plagued the area stand to get worse, say U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District hydrologists, who have tracked Great Lakes levels since 1918. Lake Michigan last month set a new all-time January high, up 3.12 inches from the old record […]