To Improve Deficit Elimination Plan, Muskegon Heights Board of Education Makes Cuts, Privatizes Positions, Transfers Some Services to MAISD

The board made decisions regarding some of the cuts in a closed session that happened in the early part of Monday’s meeting and lasted over one hour.

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City of Muskegon Okays Rezoning To Allow For More Secondhand Shops

“Currently you have to go through a very bureaucratic process to open something like an antique shop,” said Ward 3 Commissioner Larry Spataro. “We thought this would let businesses get up and running without the need for a special permit.”

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200 Turkeys and Other Food Distributed By 103.7 The Beat and Community Partners

103.7 The Beat did the turkey giveaway with support or cooperation from several partners including Pepsico, Cole’s Quality Foods and Meijer stores. Project Homeless Connect provided supplies as well, a collaborative that involved Michigan Works!, 211, Goodwill, and Care Source.

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Summer Celebration Will Not Return in 2012

The Muskegon Summer Celebration Board of Trustees has decided not to bring the festival back in 2012. Citing the past few years as being tough financially, the Board felt it could not risk further financial set backs.

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Wind Farm At Muskegon County Wastewater Site One Step Closer To Reality; Lease Signed, Development to Begin

Both the county’s public works board and full board of commissioners approved terms of a lease agreement Tuesday with Muskegon Wind, LLC. This newly-formed company is a partnership of two companies — Scandia Wind Offshore and Gamesa Energy USA LCC, an American subsidiary of a Spanish company. This wind farm development will be strictly on land and will not include components in Lake Michigan as previously proposed in other areas including Oceana County. The maximum length of the lease could reach up to 60.5 years if its three terms take the maximum amount of time.

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County Board Gives Go-Ahead to Build New Bus Terminal Downtown

The county had previously looked at other places, including the downtown Fifth Third Bank site. The consulting firm hired by the county recommended earlier this year that the county build at the existing terminal location. The county will be looking to purchase land on the northeast and southwest corners of the terminal.

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Muskegon School Board Faces Close Vote, Tough Crowd on Rehiring of Administrator

With the decision to keep the building’s principal, Muskegon Community Education will lose 3 of its 8 teachers with the 2011-2012 budget cuts but will keep both of its administrators.

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County to Save $2.8 Million on Health Insurance Over 3 Years With New Plan, Some Concerns Remain

Commissioner Scott Plummer believes that possibly holding onto 40 county jobs is worth the switch and blamed some of the changes recent federal health care legislation.

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Keeping High-Quality Teachers a Topic of Discussion at Muskegon Heights School Board Meeting

Board vice president Ronald Jenkins believes the district’s policies concerning teacher leave for continuing education are generous, but feels the district’s investment can be lost if those educators use their new certifications to leave the district.

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Muskegon County Authorizes Negotations For Wind Farm At Wastewater Site

Two finalists, publicly known only as Company A and Company B at this time, are being kept secret at this time as not to jeopardize any negotiations. Both companies are apparently very similar. They each involve a large, European part and a local part working in a joint venture partnership.

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