City of Muskegon Heights Interested In Buying Roosevelt, Lindbergh Schools

The resolution passed Monday would not finalize any purchase agreements. It would simply give the city manager support to pursue a purchase from the district, via emergency financial manager.

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With Contract End Looming, Heights Mayor Creates Ad Hoc Water Plant Committee

In a prepared statement read during Monday’s meeting, Mayor Paige stated that the need for the committee was driven by the lack of new negotiations with Norton Shores and Fruitport.

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Muskegon Heights Council Reworks Water Proposal With Lower Rates, Longer-Term Stability

“Financially, this is something we can work with if we get off that four year clock [set by the Fruitport termination notice],” said city manager Natasha Henderson. “This is something we can plan with for now.”

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Heights Council: Keep Water Negotiations Going With Norton Shores, Not Fruitport

Councilwoman McGlothin argued that starting with Fruitport’s notice in April 2011 that it was exiting its water contract with Muskegon Heights, the township’s authority to negotiate a new deal alongside Norton Shores ceased to exist.

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Muskegon Heights Promotes Fire Lieutenant to Chief; Will Also Focus on Inspections Department

Dean sees blight fighting as his first priority, followed by increasing the customer service quality of the departments. Dean also suggested at Monday’s meeting that he hopes to make the inspections department a “revenue-neutral” area of the city government.

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Will Boarding Up The Historic Strand Theater Reduce Interest From Possible Developers or Preserve The Property For Them?

“The Strand is older than the Frauenthal,” said councilwoman Patrice Johnson of the former Michigan Theater on Western Avenue in Muskegon, which is about 7 years younger than the Strand and received a renovation over a decade ago. “I think that’s a really big deal.”

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Muskegon Heights City Council Authorizes $2 Transaction Fee For Forgotten Water Bills

On a recommendation from the city manager, the city council voted 5-1 to charge residents a 2 dollar “Transaction Service Fee” for payments made without bills present at the time of payment. The fee is meant to offset the administrative costs associated with locating the resident’s account and verify the payment amount on demand.

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City of Muskegon Heights to Join Muskegon Central Dispatch’s Internet Phone System

New fiber lines will not need to be run to city hall for the service, as the city’s police and fire departments already have the lines; this is a significant cost savings for implementation. New phone equipment will need to be purchased, and will cost $40,000 over 5 years. According to the city’s finance department, this will still save the city $7,000 a year for until the equipment is paid off; after that, savings of roughly $15,000 a year will be achieved.

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Heights City Council, City Manager Discuss Shaking “Old Foundry Town” Reputation

Before Monday’s full council meeting, City Manager Natasha revisited the four focus areas the council defined in a planning workshop at the start of their 2011 fiscal year in January: fiscal responsibility, infrastructure, blight elimination and marketing. Tying into the marketing goal, Henderson spoke about economic development of the city and recommended the council assess their visions of the future of the city from an economic development perspective.

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After Third Quarter of 2011, Muskegon Heights Appears To Be Under Budget

Budget-to-actual expense documents obtained this week from the city indicate that three quarters of the way through the city’s fiscal year, the city’s expenses are only at approximately 66.3% of the year’s budget, below the expected 75% benchmark.

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A Side Effect of County Rate Increases, Muskegon Heights To Raise Sewer Rates

While the city bills its residents for sewer services, it must pay that money forward to the countywide wastewater system. When the county elected to increase rates for use of its wastewater system, cities and townships across the county must now consider finding a way to pay for it.

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