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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 […]

Douglas treasurer Carpenter moves on

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Douglas Treasurer David Carpenter has resigned to take a similar job near his home in Sparta. “I’ve been commuting 45 miles from Comstock Park each way for two years,” Carpenter, 55, told The Commercial Record Monday. “I’ve working in Douglas. People here are the best,” he said. Feb. 21 will […]

Douglas Chief loses ‘interim’ tag

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Steve Kent, Douglas Interium Police Chief so long some thought that status might be permanent, was named full-time chief by city council Monday. Kent, a 33-year full-time department member, is hardly a fly-by-night type. He had long served as captain prior to succeeding Chief Ken Giles when Giles retired. “Steve served […]

Waterfront Wade’s Garage to be razed

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The world may little note nor long remember the Wade’s Bayou storage building. But, as decrepit a waterfront eyesore as it may be, it’s served Douglas well housing public works gear crews use to clear, patch and stripe city streets, suck up and haul away leaves and brush, mow grass, mark […]

STFD calls, except ones for fires, hit record highs

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By Scott Sullivan Editor The Saugatuck Township Fire District responded to a record 977 calls last year despite fire calls being at a record low. The good news is the department, which has tallied calls since 2004, responded in 2019 to only 21 fires, down from the 67 high in 2005 and 30 such calls […]

Douglas Mayor Anderson resigns

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BY SCOTT SULLIVAN EDITOR Douglas Mayor Linda Anderson has resigned, citing family illness as reason for her departure. She will be succeeded by Mayor Pro Tem Pat Lion. “It is with true sadness,” said Anderson, who became mayor in 2017 after the resignation of Jim Wiley, “that I submit my resignation as a city councilor […]

Saugatuck city says ‘no’ to marijuana

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By Jim Hayden Correspondent   Saugatuck City Council decided Monday not to allow recreational marijuana facilities, though one member thinks such businesses will eventually operate in the city. Members voted 4-2 to support the city planning commission’s recommendation to “opt out” of marijuana facilities, a stance the city has maintained since Dec. 26, 2018. “No […]

Local high-water strategies discussed

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By Scott Sullivan Editor “Let’s not let perfect get in the way of progress,” Saugatuck Township Manager Griffin Graham advised at a Lakeshore Drive update and planning discussion Jan. 23 in the township hall. As rain fell and added to already near-record-high lake levels, about 40 citizens — more than half of them Lakeshore Drive […]

Schools add pre-bond building tours

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Residents seeking more information about the Saugatuck Public Schools’ $35.6-million bond request for facilities improvement during the March 10 primary vote are invited to additional building tours: Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m.; Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m.; and Tuesday, Feb. 4, of Saugatuck Middle/High School; and Wednesday, Feb. […]

Fennville may finalize recreational pot Feb. 3

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  The Fennville City Commission took another step Jan. 21 toward allowing recreational marijuana shops in the city, Commercial Record correspondent Jim Hayden reported on his Bicycle Base Fennville blog, introducing a new ordinance to govern a limited number of the sites. A final vote on rules to allow such facilities will be at Monday, […]