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X Local Drinking Water Safe According To New KLSWA Study Page 3 Kalamazoo Lake Harbor Authority Workshop Brings Together Local, State Officials To Find Solutions 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 26, 2016 Vol. 14 No. 9 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Cindy Osman Is Saugatuck’s New Zoning Administrator/Planner Efrain Sandoval Correspondent The City of Saugatuck has hired Cindy Osman as its new zoning administrator/planner, announced Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier during Monday night’s city council meeting. “Her resume is impressive,” noted Saugatuck Mayor Chris Peterson about the new hire who has been working at the City of Holland since 1995 in various roles, currently as assistant director of the department of community and neighborhood services as well as a building official. Osman has a masters in public administration from Grand Valley State University (2004), and a law degree from Cooley Law School (2009). “She is retiring from Holland, but lives in Fennville so it works good for both of us,” said Harrier. As Osman transitions from Holland to Saugatuck, she will start working one day a week the next three to four weeks; she is then expected to work full time. Osman is succeeding Steve Kushion who resigned late November to take a similar job with Olive Township. In May of last year, Kushion replaced Mike Clark in the post on a part-time basis. And since Kushion’s departure, Clark has been acting as a consultant to the city from afar (Clark is now living and working in North Carolina). The zoning administrator post was advertised with a pay range well over $50,000, Harrier told The Local Observer without giving a spe-cific figure at this time. In other city business, the Saugatuck City Council Monday approved an inter-governmental agreement with Saugatuck Township and the City of Douglas to act jointly through the Saugatuck Township Fire District to borrow $200,000 for the purchase of a fire truck, replacing the mini-pumper truck with a newer, heavy-duty one. “We are co-signing, so to speak,” said Harrier in describing the financing contract that still has to be approved by the other constituent municipali-ties: Saugatuck Township and the City of the Village of Douglas. A pumper truck is a fire-fighting vehicle with a large tank that has the capability to pump water into and out of the tank. “It (the mini pumper) really didn’t fit the need of the fire depart-ment,” Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik told the council Monday about the older fire truck, which the department recently sold for $140,000. Proceeds from that sale as well a monies from the fire budget Cindy Osman will go towards a $50,000 payment of the total cost of the newer fire truck, estimated to cost $250,000. The rest of the $200,000 will be borrowed from Chemical Bank and be will be paid back on a five-year installment plan at an inter-est rate of 1.70%, the resolution shows. Governor Warns All Michigan Residents To Heed Severe Weather Warnings LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder is urging residents across Michigan -including the Saugatuck/Douglas and West Michigan lakeshore area -to be cautious when dealing with the cur-rent severe winter weather conditions. He also instructed state agencies to proactively make weather-related information and safety tips available and be prepared to act as they continue monitoring the storm. “The heavy snowfall across much of Lower Michigan presents hazardous situations that demand caution and preparedness,” Snyder said. “I encourage all Michiganders to stay informed of the changing weath-er conditions and put safety first, especially while driving and heating their homes.” Snyder also said all Lower Peninsula state offices were closed Wednesday at noon due to the winter storm. Updates on building closures will be posted to www.michigan.gov. The State Emergency Operations Center remains open to continue to monitor storm condi-tions and the aftermath. Forecasts currently call for 8-12 inches of snow across most of Lower Michigan. Roads are expected to become snow covered, creating hazardous driving conditions and limited visibility. Meteorologists are predict-ing high winds that may lead to downed power lines and power out-ages, as well. Residents should make arrangements for incoming severe weather, including having an emer-gency preparedness kit stored in your home that includes: water, non-per-ishable food, a first aid kit, extra bat-teries, a battery or hand-crank pow-ered radio, emergency lighting, flash-lights, extra blankets and warm cloth-ing. Residents should be aware of the dangers presented by carbon monoxide poisoning while using gen-erators to power their homes and heaters in the event of a power out-age. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and invisible gas produced when fos-sil fuels --such as coal, gasoline, nat-ural gas and oil --are burned. Deadly fumes can develop quickly in enclosed spaces, so genera-tors should be kept outside the home as a safety precaution. People are encouraged to monitor local news media for up-to-date weather reports and local emergency information. Travelers are encouraged to go to: www.michigan.gov/roadcondi-tions and www.michigan.gov/drive to check road conditions before travel-ing. This travelers’ information is also available by calling the MSP Travel Advisory Hotline at 1-800-381-8477. For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, visit www.michigan.gov/miready. Local Observer Making It Easier To Advertise, Get Terrific Ad Rates For The Winter & Spring Seasons In an ongoing effort to make it easier for advertisers to find out more about our low rates, special discount ad package deals and more from our various print, email & text advertising businesses, the parent company of The Local Observer -Perspective Media Corp. -will now provide a 24/7 telephone number so you can immediately reach one of our operators so we may serve you better and more quickly. All you have to do is call (269) 244-3744 -and our operators will quickly link you to the person who is best able to answer all your advertising questions. 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Cindy Osman Is Saugatuck’s New Zoning Administrator/Planner

Efrain Sandoval Correspondent <br /> <br /> The City of Saugatuck has hired Cindy Osman as its new zoning administrator/planner, announced Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier during Monday night’s city council meeting.<br /> <br /> “Her resume is impressive,” noted Saugatuck Mayor Chris Peterson about the new hire who has been working at the City of Holland since 1995 in various roles, currently as assistant director of the department of community and neighborhood services as well as a building official.<br /> <br /> Osman has a masters in public administration from Grand Valley State University (2004), and a law degree from Cooley Law School (2009).<br /> <br /> “She is retiring from Holland, but lives in Fennville so it works good for both of us,” said Harrier.<br /> <br /> As Osman transitions from Holland to Saugatuck, she will start working one day a week the next three to four weeks; she is then expected to work full time.<br /> <br /> Osman is succeeding Steve Kushion who resigned late November to take a similar job with Olive Township.<br /> <br /> In May of last year, Kushion replaced Mike Clark in the post on a part-time basis. And since Kushion’s departure, Clark has been acting as a consultant to the city from afar (Clark is now living and working in North Carolina).<br /> <br /> The zoning administrator post was advertised with a pay range well over $50,000, Harrier told The Local Observer without giving a specific figure at this time.<br /> <br /> In other city business, the Saugatuck City Council Monday approved an inter-governmental agreement with Saugatuck Township and the City of Douglas to act jointly through the Saugatuck Township Fire District to borrow $200,000 for the purchase of a fire truck, replacing the mini-pumper truck with a newer, heavy-duty one. “We are co-signing, so to speak,” said Harrier in describing the financing contract that still has to be approved by the other constituent municipalities: Saugatuck Township and the City of the Village of Douglas.<br /> <br /> A pumper truck is a firefighting vehicle with a large tank that has the capability to pump water into and out of the tank.<br /> <br /> “It (the mini pumper) really didn’t fit the need of the fire department,” Saugatuck Township Fire District Chief Greg Janik told the council Monday about the older fire truck, which the department recently sold for $140,000.<br /> <br /> Proceeds from that sale as well a monies from the fire budget will go towards a $50,000 payment of the total cost of the newer fire truck, estimated to cost $250,000.<br /> <br /> The rest of the $200,000 will be borrowed from Chemical Bank and be will be paid back on a five-year installment plan at an interest rate of 1.70%, the resolution shows.<br />

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Governor Warns All Michigan Residents To Heed Severe Weather Warnings

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder is urging residents across Michigan - including the Saugatuck/Douglas and West Michigan lakeshore area - to be cautious when dealing with the current severe winter weather conditions.<br /> <br /> He also instructed state agencies to proactively make weatherrelated information and safety tips available and be prepared to act as they continue monitoring the storm.<br /> <br /> “The heavy snowfall across much of Lower Michigan presents hazardous situations that demand caution and preparedness,” Snyder said. “I encourage all Michiganders to stay informed of the changing weather conditions and put safety first, especially while driving and heating their homes.” <br /> <br /> Snyder also said all Lower Peninsula state offices were closed Wednesday at noon due to the winter storm. Updates on building closures will be posted to www.michigan.gov. <br /> <br /> The State Emergency Operations Center remains open to continue to monitor storm conditions and the aftermath.<br /> <br /> Forecasts currently call for 8-12 inches of snow across most of Lower Michigan. Roads are expected to become snow covered, creating hazardous driving conditions and limited visibility.<br /> <br /> Meteorologists are predicting high winds that may lead to downed power lines and power outages, as well.<br /> <br /> Residents should make arrangements for incoming severe weather, including having an emergency preparedness kit stored in your home that includes: water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, extra batteries, a battery or hand-crank powered radio, emergency lighting, flashlights, extra blankets and warm clothing.<br /> <br /> Residents should be aware of the dangers presented by carbon monoxide poisoning while using generators to power their homes and heaters in the event of a power outage. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and invisible gas produced when fossil fuels -- such as coal, gasoline, natural gas and oil -- are burned.<br /> <br /> Deadly fumes can develop quickly in enclosed spaces, so generators should be kept outside the home as a safety precaution.<br /> <br /> People are encouraged to monitor local news media for up-to-date weather reports and local emergency information.<br /> <br /> Travelers are encouraged to go to: www.michigan.gov/roadconditions and www.michigan.gov/drive to check road conditions before traveling.<br /> <br /> This travelers’ information is also available by calling the MSP Travel Advisory Hotline at 1-800- 381-8477.<br /> <br /> For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, visit www.michigan.gov/miready.<br />

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Local Observer Making It Easier To Advertise, Get Terrific Ad Rates For The Winter & Spring Seasons

In an ongoing effort to make it easier for advertisers to find out more about our low rates, special discount ad package deals and more from our various print, email &amp; text advertising businesses, the parent company of The Local Observer - Perspective Media Corp. - will now provide a 24/7 telephone number so you can immediately reach one of our operators so we may serve you better and more quickly.<br /> <br /> All you have to do is call (269) 244-3744 - and our operators will quickly link you to the person who is best able to answer all your advertising questions.<br /> <br /> We can immediately email, text or fax you all our advertising rate sheets, answer your questions and give you the best advertising deals in all of West Michigan.<br /> <br /> CALL: (269) 244-3744<br />

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