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Douglas Councilman Eric Smith Pleads Guilty To Breaking & Entering Woman’s Home Page 3 Overcrowded Beaches Causing Local Homeowners Some Summertime Angst Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING August 8, 2014 Vol. 12 No. 32 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Voters Close The Book On Local Library Funding Requests -For Now Proposed $5.1 Million Building Costs, Exorbitant Operating Costs & 12,500-Square-Foot Size Too Much, Says Electorate Efrain Sandoval Correspondent At Tuesday’s August Primary election, an overwhelming majority of voters in the Tri-Community (the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas and Saugatuck Township) turned down the two Saugatuck-Douglas District Library requests associated with the ambitious proposed project of building a new $5.1 million library. Having just purchased the vacant lot at 152 Center St. -across the street and just down from the existing library -for $195,000, the library board was asking the electorate to approve a 26-year, 0.67-mill increase for a bond to build, furnish, and equip a new library ($5.1 mil-lion). In a separate library ballot issue, voters were additionally asked to approve a 10-year, 0.3-mill tax hike for addi-tional maintenance and utilities expenses for the new library. Over a third of the Tri-Community’s reg-istered voters showed up to vote Tuesday. In order to have been approved, the library’s two initia-tives needed to pass by a majority vote, irrespec-tive of municipality. Both library ballot issues, however, were soundly defeated by local voters in both cities of Saugatuck and Douglas individual-ly and cumulatively, and the town-ship. Due to problems with its tabulation system, the Allegan County Clerk’s Office initially and erroneously reported Tuesday night and Wednesday on its website that ing project -failed with 558 in support and 890 opposed. * And the 0.3-mill request -for opera-tional costs to run the proposed library -failed with 585 supporting it and 865 opposing. In the township, the library millage got 433 no votes versus 324 yes votes, while the bond issue came to 467 no votes and 289 yes votes. In the City of Douglas, the library millage came to 245 no versus 159 yes votes. The bond issue came in at 250 no versus 153 yes votes. In the City of Saugatuck, the library millage saw 178 no votes and 110 yes votes. The bond issue vote saw 182 no votes and 108 yes votes. “We need to understand why people voted no,” said disap-pointed library Board President Steven Oakley to The Holland Sentinel. “We need to figure out how to deal with that and turn it around.” Library Director Martha Boetcher and Library Board Member Cathy Brockington, campaign chair of the Our Focus—Our Center— Our Future campaign, responsible for promoting and fundraising for the new library, could not be reached for comment about the library’s failed requests before voters. Tuesday’s votes do not mean the current library is unfunded. It continues to collect the 0.4231 mills approved in the previous year which funds its current level opera-tions. If Tuesday’s initiative had passed, an owner of a property with a $200,000 assessed value, would have had an additional tax of $97 a year. the City of Saugatuck had voted to approve the library request for oper-ational funding. That was an innacu-rate report on those unofficial vote totals and has since been corrected. The corrected, unofficial vote tallies from the Allegan County Clerk’s Office shows: * The 0.67-mill request -to pay for the $5.1 million library build-Local Fire Department Seeking Donations To Pay For Life-Saving CPR Tool LUCAS CPR Machine Proven Life Saver, But $14,000 Cost Not In Saugatuck-Douglas Fire District Budget, Says Chief Janik Staff Report The Saugatuck-Douglas Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in providing donations to help pay for a proven life-saving device called the LUCAS CPR. The device, which sells for about $14,000, is now used by sever-al Allegan County, Michigan and other state’s fire departments and their medical responders/firefighters and the unit has helped saved numer-ous lives. “This device could To Make A Contribution To mean the difference between life and death of some of our Help Support The local residents when we respond Saugatuck Township Fire to a medical emergency to help them, but unfortunately we just District In Purchasing A LUCAS don’t have the money in our CPR Unit: budget to purchase one,” said Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik. “We’re asking people to find it in their hearts to dig down just a little with a $10, or $25 or more donations to help To help fund this effort, the us out so we can be better prepared to department has set up an easy-to-use help those in need,” said the chief. mobile pledging system where the public can use their cell phones to make a contribu-tion. Here’s how simple and quick it is to make a donation using your cell phone: 1. Select “Messages” on your cell phone. 2. In the “To” box, type: 41444 3. In the message box, type in the mobile keyword: emergency 4. Click “Send” In a few short seconds, you’ll receive a text message thanking you for making a pledge. Click or tap the link that appears that says “To complete your gift now” and then click or tap the highlighted URL. 5. Then follow the direc-tions by typing in your name and email address and fill in the credit card payment box, including the amount you wish to donate. That’s it, you’re done! You’ll receive a thank you text message and a follow-up elec-tronic invoice you can print out for (Cont. Page 4) Text: emergency To: 41444

Voters Close The Book On Local Library Funding Requests - For Now

Proposed $5.1 Million Building Costs, Exorbitant Operating Costs & 12,500-Square-Foot Size Too Much, Says Electorate<br /> <br /> At Tuesday’s August Primary election, an overwhelming majority of voters in the Tri- Community (the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas and Saugatuck Township) turned down the two Saugatuck-Douglas District Library requests associated with the ambitious proposed project of building a new $5.1 million library.<br /> <br /> Having just purchased the vacant lot at 152 Center St. - across the street and just down from the existing library - for $195,000, the library board was asking the electorate to approve a 26-year, 0.67-mill increase for a bond to build, furnish, and equip a new library ($5.1 million).<br /> <br /> In a separate library ballot issue, voters were additionally asked to approve a 10-year, 0.3- mill tax hike for additional maintenance and utilities expenses for the new library.<br /> <br /> Over a third of the Tri-Community’s registered voters showed up to vote Tuesday. In order to have been approved, the library’s two initiatives needed to pass by a majority vote, irrespective of municipality.<br /> <br /> Both library ballot issues, however, were soundly defeated by local voters in both cities of Saugatuck and Douglas individually and cumulatively, and the township.<br /> <br /> Due to problems with its tabulation system, the Allegan County Clerk’s Office initially and erroneously reported Tuesday night and Wednesday on its website that the City of Saugatuck had voted to approve the library request for operational funding. That was an innacurate report on those unofficial vote totals and has since been corrected.<br /> <br /> The corrected, unofficial vote tallies from the Allegan County Clerk’s Office shows:<br /> <br /> * The 0.67-mill request - to pay for the $5.1 million library building project - failed with 558 in support and 890 opposed.<br /> <br /> * And the 0.3- mill request - for operational costs to run the proposed library - failed with 585 supporting it and 865 opposing.<br /> <br /> In the township, the library millage got 433 no votes versus 324 yes votes, while the bond issue came to 467 no votes and 289 yes votes.<br /> <br /> In the City of Douglas, the library millage came to 245 no versus 159 yes votes. The bond issue came in at 250 no versus 153 yes votes.<br /> <br /> In the City of Saugatuck, the library millage saw 178 no votes and 110 yes votes. The bond issue vote saw 182 no votes and 108 yes votes.<br /> <br /> “We need to understand why people voted no,” said disappointed library Board President Steven Oakley to The Holland Sentinel. “We need to figure out how to deal with that and turn it around.” <br /> <br /> Library Director Martha Boetcher and Library Board Member Cathy Brockington, campaign chair of the Our Focus—Our Center— Our Future campaign, responsible for promoting and fundraising for the new library, could not be reached for comment about the library’s failed requests before voters.<br /> <br /> Tuesday’s votes do not mean the current library is unfunded. It continues to collect the 0.4231 mills approved in the previous year which funds its current level operations.<br /> <br /> If Tuesday’s initiative had passed, an owner of a property with a $200,000 assessed value, would have had an additional tax of $97 a year.

Local Fire Department Seeking Donations To Pay For Life-Saving CPR Tool

LUCAS CPR Machine Proven Life Saver, But $14,000 Cost Not In Saugatuck-Douglas Fire District Budget, Says Chief Janik<br /> <br /> The Saugatuck-Douglas Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in providing donations to help pay for a proven life-saving device called the LUCAS CPR.<br /> <br /> The device, which sells for about $14,000, is now used by several Allegan County, Michigan and other state’s fire departments and their medical responders/firefighters and the unit has helped saved numerous lives.<br /> <br /> “This device could mean the difference between life and death of some of our local residents when we respond to a medical emergency to help them, but unfortunately we just don’t have the money in our budget to purchase one,” said Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik.<br /> <br /> “We’re asking people to find it in their hearts to dig down just a little with a $10, or $25 or more donations to help us out so we can be better prepared to help those in need,” said the chief.<br /> <br /> To help fund this effort, the department has set up an easy-to-use mobile pledging system where the public can use their cell phones to make a contribution.<br /> <br /> Here’s how simple and quick it is to make a donation using your cell phone:<br /> <br /> 1. Select “Messages” on your cell phone.<br /> <br /> 2. In the “To” box, type: 41444<br /> <br /> 3. In the message box, type in the mobile keyword: emergency<br /> <br /> 4. Click “Send” In a few short seconds, you’ll receive a text message thanking you for making a pledge. Click or tap the link that appears that says “To complete your gift now” and then click or tap the highlighted URL.<br /> <br /> 5. Then follow the directions by typing in your name and email address and fill in the credit card payment box, including the amount you wish to donate.<br /> <br /> That’s it, you’re done!<br /> <br /> You’ll receive a thank you text message and a follow-up electronic invoice you can print out for your tax records. It’s a great way to support our local fire department in helping them save lives.<br /> <br /> About The LUCAS CPR Unit <br /> <br /> In order to be able to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is necessitated.<br /> <br /> Life-sustaining circulation can be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions. Performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations. The quality varies depending on who provides CPR and deteriorates quickly after only one, two minutes.<br /> <br /> The LUCAS™ Chest Compression System is a safe and efficient tool that standardises chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines.<br /> <br /> It provides the same quality for all patients and over time, independent of transport conditions, rescuer fatigue, or variability in the experience level of the caregiver. By doing this, it frees up rescuers to focus on other life-saving tasks and creates new rescue opportunities.<br /> <br /> Experimental studies show that the mechanically controlled LUCAS™ compressions are able to sustain a higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions.<br /> <br /> The side-effects are similar as for manual compressions. LUCAS™ does compressions according to guidelines - on the middle of the chest, not more, not less.<br /> <br /> The LUCAS device is easy to carry and handle, and can be applied to the patient with interruptions of manual compressions of less than 20 seconds.<br /> <br /> Now electrically powered, the life-saving medical device offers the most compact, lightweight and portable solution to maintain circulation in cardiac arrest patients.

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