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Douglas Begins Preliminary Discussions On Future Of Historic Root Beer Barrel Page 3 Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Kicks Off 2015 Season Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING February 6, 2015 Vol. 13 No. 6 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Dune Ridge LLC Wants Saugatuck’s OK To Build 14 More Homesites Staff Report Dune Ridge LLC SA is ask-ing the City of Saugatuck to accept a consent judgment that would provide and approve it for a special land use, planned unit development and site plan at the former Presbyterian Camp property for continued development. Dune Ridge wants to launch development of an additional 14 homesites on 30.1 acres located east and south of eight of its current lot sites fronting Lake Michigan. The Saugatuck Planning Commission on Dec. 3, 2013, aproved Dune Ridge’s request to develop those lake-front lots that sit on 22.7 acres. A meeting is planned for Thursday (Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.) where city council representatives and their attorneys will meet to discuss the new request before making any decisions. According to Saugatuck Planning Director Michael Clark, the owner/manager of Dune Ridge -Paulus Heule -is in the process of building private roads on the former camp property south of Perryman Street. David Barker, who repre-sents Dune Ridge locally, is also cur-rently seeking approval from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permits to build a pri-vate marina that could be used by future lot buyers. That plan calls for the construction of slips for nine boats and 10 personal watercraft. The DEQ agreed in December to a Dune Ridge request to extend the time period for a decision on that request from Jan. 31 to July 31 to allow for negotiations between the city and the corporation to con-tinue over the posssible purchase of land the city owns along the Kalamazoo River and also to try to secure easement agreements with landowners south of the proposed marina site. Clark said no decision has yet been made about the sale of city land. Library Director Boetcher To Resign February 14 Staff Report Long-time Saugatuck-Douglas District Library Director Martha Boetcher, 65, is resigning her position effective Feb. 14. Boetcher, who has served as the library’s director for 23 years, said she is leaving her $45,000+ post for personal reasons and “to do other things.” The library board accept-ed Boetcher’s resignation in January. Ingrid Boyer, the chil-dren’s librarian, has been named interim director. Library Board President Steve Oakley said Boetcher “leaves big shoes to fill.” The board is currently studying whether to try again to put a millage request on the ballot to build a new library. A request for a more than $5 million millage for a new building in Douglas was soundly defeated last year. The public also voted down a a request for an additional multi-million dollar operating millage as well. SPS Presents Avant Garde Production Of “Little Shop Of Horrors” Feb. 27-28 Saugatuck Public Schools A completely retooled, avant garde production of the beloved musical Little Shop Of Horrors is about to land right here on planet Earth (more specifically right here in Saugatuck Michigan) and it’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The production is being directed by Broadway veteran Tom Zemon and music directed by Tim Heck of the Lakeshore Community Chorus with choreography by Dance Asylum owner Justine Kolev. Ginger Boerman is creating the sometimes beautiful and some-times frightening costumes for this production which will transport the audience to a place where their entire perspective is challenged. Shane Lynn has created the graphics for the production. “We’re really hoping to blow everybody’s mind with this pro-duction”, said director Zemon. “We’ve taken the idea of the “plant” and completely refocused our storytelling on what the plant repre-sents rather than the physical plant itself. “We don’t want to give away too much but framing the show within this conceit is going to provide for an extremely thought-provoking experience for the kids as well as an innovative and entertaining experi-ence for the audience. “We’ve tried to include as much of the student body as possi-ble.” Mr. Vince Heyser of the Industrial Arts program has worked tirelessly with his kids to create much of the set. Ms. Nicole Bauman has worked with a group of her students to create an ambitious video project that will be a part of the production. Ms. Danielle Hanna has been working with her students to create the powerful and mysterious “plant”, and while nearly all of the cast are students, we even have a teacher (Mr. Rick Bauer) playing the role of Mr. Mushnik! This production of Little Shop of Horrors is being presented as an ensemble piece. The rest of the cast features Thomas Timmerman as Seymour, Baye Lee Braschler as Audrey, Ryan Nye as “The Plant”, Daniel Chalice as The Dentist, Chloe Daniels, Elsie Hayden and Shannon Lynn McKenna as the street urchins/doo-wop girls and an ensemble that plays many, many other roles which includes: Corbin Blink, Jocelyn Brown, Chloe Cassidy, Ariel Shull, Sophia Distefano, Rose O’Brien, Emily Bird, McKenzie Lorien Boyce, Jenna Braschler, Cole Giles, Emmaleigh Huggins, Ashlee H u nderman, Samantha Johnson, Rachel Roberts and Amber Wingard. Little Shop of Horrors will be present-ed at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Friday February 27th at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday February 28th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the SCA box office or at the front office of Saugatuck High School ($10 for adults and $8 for students and sen-iors).

Dune Ridge LLC Wants Saugatuck’s OK To Build 14 More Homesites

Staff Report <br /> <br /> Dune Ridge LLC SA is asking the City of Saugatuck to accept a consent judgment that would provide and approve it for a special land use, planned unit development and site plan at the former Presbyterian Camp property for continued development.<br /> <br /> Dune Ridge wants to launch development of an additional 14 homesites on 30.1 acres located east and south of eight of its current lot sites fronting Lake Michigan.<br /> <br /> The Saugatuck Planning Commission on Dec. 3, 2013, aproved Dune Ridge’s request to develop those lake-front lots that sit on 22.7 acres.<br /> <br /> A meeting is planned for Thursday (Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.) where city council representatives and their attorneys will meet to discuss the new request before making any decisions.<br /> <br /> According to Saugatuck Planning Director Michael Clark, the owner/manager of Dune Ridge - Paulus Heule - is in the process of building private roads on the former camp property south of Perryman Street.<br /> <br /> David Barker, who represents Dune Ridge locally, is also currently seeking approval from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permits to build a private marina that could be used by future lot buyers. That plan calls for the construction of slips for nine boats and 10 personal watercraft.<br /> <br /> The DEQ agreed in December to a Dune Ridge request to extend the time period for a decision on that request from Jan. 31 to July 31 to allow for negotiations between the city and the corporation to continue over the posssible purchase of land the city owns along the Kalamazoo River and also to try to secure easement agreements with landowners south of the proposed marina site.<br /> <br /> Clark said no decision has yet been made about the sale of city land.

Library Director Boetcher To Resign February 14

Staff Report <br /> <br /> Long-time Saugatuck- Douglas District Library Director Martha Boetcher, 65, is resigning her position effective Feb. 14.<br /> <br /> Boetcher, who has served as the library’s director for 23 years, said she is leaving her $45,000+ post for personal reasons and “to do other things.” <br /> <br /> The library board accepted Boetcher’s resignation in January.<br /> <br /> Ingrid Boyer, the children’s librarian, has been named interim director.<br /> <br /> Library Board President Steve Oakley said Boetcher “leaves big shoes to fill.”<br /> <br /> The board is currently studying whether to try again to put a millage request on the ballot to build a new library. A request for a more than $5 million millage for a new building in Douglas was soundly defeated last year.<br /> <br /> The public also voted down a a request for an additional multi-million dollar operating millage as well.

SPS Presents Avant Garde Production Of “Little Shop Of Horrors” Feb. 27-28

Saugatuck Public Schools <br /> <br /> A completely retooled, avant garde production of the beloved musical Little Shop Of Horrors is about to land right here on planet Earth (more specifically right here in Saugatuck Michigan) and it’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.<br /> <br /> The production is being directed by Broadway veteran Tom Zemon and music directed by Tim Heck of the Lakeshore Community Chorus with choreography by Dance Asylum owner Justine Kolev.<br /> <br /> Ginger Boerman is creating the sometimes beautiful and sometimes frightening costumes for this production which will transport the audience to a place where their entire perspective is challenged. <br /> <br /> shane Lynn has created the graphics for the production.<br /> <br /> “We’re really hoping to blow everybody’s mind with this production”, said director Zemon.<br /> <br /> “We’ve taken the idea of the “plant” and completely refocused our storytelling on what the plant represents rather than the physical plant itself.<br /> <br /> “We don’t want to give away too much but framing the show within this conceit is going to provide for an extremely thought-provoking experience for the kids as well as an innovative and entertaining experience for the audience.<br /> <br /> “We’ve tried to include as much of the student body as possible.” <br /> <br /> Mr. Vince Heyser of the Industrial Arts program has worked tirelessly with his kids to create much of the set.<br /> <br /> Ms. Nicole Bauman has worked with a group of her students to create an ambitious video project that will be a part of the production.<br /> <br /> Ms. Danielle Hanna has been working with her students to create the powerful and mysterious “plant”, and while nearly all of the cast are students, we even have a teacher (Mr. Rick Bauer) playing the role of Mr. Mushnik!<br /> <br /> This production of Little Shop of Horrors is being presented as an ensemble piece.<br /> <br /> The rest of the cast features Thomas Timmerman as Seymour, Baye Lee Braschler as Audrey, Ryan Nye as “The Plant”, Daniel Chalice as The Dentist, Chloe Daniels, Elsie Hayden and Shannon Lynn McKenna as the street urchins/doowop girls and an ensemble that plays many, many other roles which includes: Corbin Blink, Jocelyn Brown, Chloe Cassidy, Ariel Shull, Sophia Distefano, Rose O’Brien, Emily Bird, McKenzie Lorien Boyce, Jenna Braschler, Cole Giles, Emmaleigh Huggins, Ashlee Hunderman , Samantha Johnson, Rachel Roberts and Amber Wingard.<br /> <br /> Little Shop of Horrors will be presented at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Friday February 27th at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday February 28th at 2 p. m. and 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br /> Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the SCA box office or at the front office of Saugatuck High School ($10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors).

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