THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT March 9, 2018 Vol. 16 No. 10 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Douglas Plans To Continue Police Department For Its Residents Efrain Sandoval Correspondent “We want to ensure Douglas residents there will be a Douglas Police Department and our goal is to continue 24/7 coverage,” Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere told The Local Observer Tuesday in response to some residents’ concerns. Saugatuck City Council last week voted 6-1 to formally inform Douglas that Saugatuck will termi-nate the joint police department con-tract—which has lasted 20 years until now, with the current contract expir-ing on June 30—and seek that service through the Allegan County Sheriff ’s Department. Saugatuck officials say they want a seamless transition and are already holding meetings with the commanding staff of the sheriff ’s department to go over Saugatuck’s specific needs. They say that for most of the time (days and evenings) Saugatuck will have a contracted Allegan County deputy fully dedicat-ed to Saugatuck, and will even pro-vide more coverage during the week-end days and nights than the current inter-governmental agreement offers. Meanwhile, Douglas offi-cials say that their current police force of eight full-time officers will shrink to four full-time officers. Instead of having two officers on 24/7 covering the two cities, there will only be one (Page 3) Benefit This Saturday At Fennville High School To Help Raise Funds For Teen Suffering From Rare Cancer Staff Report A loving, caring and beauti-ful young lady at Fennville High School received devastating news recently that she is suffering from a rare disease and a fundraiser has been set up for this Saturday to help her and her family fight this medical bat-tle. Ana Salinas, a 17-year-old junior at Fennville High School, was diagnosed recently with a rare form of spinal cord cancer. Ana’s mother is a single mom taking care of six children. The family is in need of both financial and emotional support to try and help Ana through this tough fight. Friends and neighbors have banded together to help set up a fundraiser at Fennville High School this Saturday (March 10) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone who would like to help Ana and her family are encour-aged to attend this special event.