Multi-jurisdictional Coast Planning Effort Schedules Second Workshop
The second workshop for Planning for Coastal Resilience will occur on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Information can be found in the meeting agenda:
Similar to the first workshop, meeting participants are encouraged to watch a coastal resilience presentation by Dr. Richard Norton of Land Information Access Association (LIAA) prior to attending. A link to that recorded presentation can be found in the above agenda. The virtual kickoff meeting held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 was well attended by local elected and appointed officials, staff and interested citizens from City of South Haven, South Haven Charter Township, and Casco Township. If you missed the kickoff workshop and wish to participate, the questions to be answered by the participants is on the South Haven/Casco Community page at ResilientMichigan.org. A recording of the kickoff meeting is in the links below as well as a link to the Resilient Michigan website and the agenda for the kick-off meeting (with the pre-recorded presentation):
South Haven Ice Rink Opening Suspended With New MDHHS Order
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced a new emergency order to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Under the current MDHHS order, ice rinks are not allowed to open until after December 8th. The City will review the ice rink procedures after that date.
To view entire MDHHS order, click here.
Virtual Public Meeting Notice
On November 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. the City of South Haven is hosting a virtual public information meeting regarding the remediation work conducted at the Belgravia Factory Condominiums site located at 125 Elkenburg Street. Members of the project team from Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and GRT Remediation (contractor) will be attending to give an overview of the project with a presentation and will be followed by a question and answer session. Neighbors and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. To attend the public information meeting, click on the document link below to view the Zoom link, meeting ID and passcode.read more >
2020 State General Election Results
The 2020 State General Election was held this week on Tuesday, November 3. Unofficial results from the City of South Haven and other contests in Van Buren County can be viewed at www.electionreporting.com. To go directly to the Van Buren County election results, please click on the link below:read more >
Suspension of Non-Emergency Water and Sewer Connections
The City of South Haven is suspending all non-emergency water and sewer connections for the winter season. Customers who are experiencing a water or sewer service emergency will still be assisted. However, individuals who request a water or sewer service connection for new construction will be required to wait until spring for installation.
For entire public notice, click here.read more >
The South Haven Area Recreation Authority Awarded Funds for Land Acquisitions
The South Haven Area Recreation Authority (SHARA), in collaboration with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, were one of 18 projects awarded $17.2 million dollars for land acquisitions through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The $2,262,000 award will help fund a 47-acre addition to the Pilgrim Haven Natural Area. The project property will add 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan coastline and help critical dunes.
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City Joins South Haven Rotarians For Tree Planting At Stanley Johnston Park
President Dan Thompson and members of the South Haven Rotary Club along with City Manager Kate Hosier and Arborist Aaron Priebe planted two Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry trees in historic Stanley Johnston park. They are an early spring-flowering tree, truly a plant for all seasons: it has beautiful spring flowers, handsome green leaves, striking orange to red fall color and silver bark. The Rotary club works with Priebe in determining locations for the annual project. This year's trees replace two deteriorating spruces near the Johnston Park formal garden along Dyckman Avenue. South Haven has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 16 years.
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South Haven Awarded Cares Money
The City of South Haven and South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) were awarded grants related to Coronavirus Relief Funding through the Michigan Department of Treasury. Both organizations were awarded grants through the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program (FRHPPP) and the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program (PSPHPR). Under the FRHPPP, the City and SHAES was awarded monies to provide hazard pay to first responders. The City received $19,000 and SHAES received $47,000, all of which was distributed as hazard pay to the organization’s first responders.
For entire press release, click here.
Friends Good Will Splashpad Receives Pledges
The Rotary Club of South Haven was a major donor in support of the construction of the city's splashpad. Rotary president Dan Thompson presented a check as the final payment on the club's $17,500 pledge to Mayor Scott Smith and City Manager Kate Hosier. The pledge included $10,000 from the club, $4,000 from the Rotary District 6360 Foundation and $3,500 from the District 6360 Karl Sandelin Grant program. The splashpad is intended to provide a safe place for kids, especially when Lake Michigan conditions are not conducive for swimming. The splashpad depicts the South Haven-based Friends Good Will, a replica of an 1800s sailing schooner that's featured at the Michigan Maritime Museum. Mr. Tom Renner captured the moment and the photo is at the link below:
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City Website Email Notification
The City website offers users the opportunity to receive email notifications as soon as information is posted to the website. This includes notifications for meeting agendas, minutes, and city documents, as well as urgent notifications such as watermain breaks, road closings, weather-related emergencies, and boil water alerts.
In order to receive notifications, users must sign up at the bottom of the Home Page at "Sign up here for email notifications" and click on "SIGN UP". The "Subscribe to Email List" page will appear with instructions.
Click here to read the City's current notification methods.
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