The Ludington City Council will hear a whole lot about the James Street Plaza during its regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building.
Heather Tykoski, the community development director for the city, is giving a presentation to the council before the public comment period on the James Street Plaza Legacy Park, according to an agenda from the city.
The council already scheduled a hearing — one of two before the public — about the plaza, and that is scheduled to occur after the approval of the agenda. The hearing is in regards to approving an authorizing resolution to seek a Community Development Block Grant for the park.
Later in the meeting, the council will consider approving a professional services agreement with with Prein & Newhof for the engineering and architecture of the James Street Plaza project.
The cost of the project is more than $2.3 million with an estimated cost of $158,500 going toward site preparation and removals; $1,189,500 going to site improvements; $255,600 going to site furnishing and landscape; and $283,700 going to site utilities. Another $188,700 is for design and construction, and $283,100 is dedicated for engineering and construction administration.
The second public hearing is for a downtown rehabilitation grant authorizing resolution.
In other business, the city will:
• consider an ordinance concerning the parking and storage of recreational vehicles on city streets. This is the second reading of the proposed ordinance
• review a proposed ordinance to set a cemetery deed transfer fee. In the notes to the council, the original deeds are transferred to the city before going to others, including heirs of the cemetery deed. There is not a charge for these transfers, and the city is proposing charging $50 per cemetery deed or endowment certificate.
• review the 2019 annual report for the Ludington Police Department. Chief Mark Barnett noted that the amount of activity increased and the number of complaints investigated have increased during the year. He noted that the number of arrests increased by 215 to 560, up from 345 in 2018. Traffic and parking citations also increased.