New MATS Bus Stops Create Challenges For Those With Decreased Mobility

The new MATS bus stops are currently posted every 2 to 4 blocks. In numerous high-traffic places there are no sidewalks including East Sherman Avenue, Hoyt Street and Apple Avenue. A resident who spoke at Thursday’s transportation committee meeting cited a lack of snow-shoveling ordinances in the Cities of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights as a barrier to bus access for the blind, those in wheelchairs and other mobility challenges. A lack of sidewalks in townships and villages is also barrier to accessing buses.

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MATS Bus System Sees Ridership Increase In 2011; Muskegon County Airport Down Overall, But Sees Recent Surge

Through July, the Muskegon Area Transit System’s bus ridership is up virtually across the board, on both the day and night schedules. The Muskegon County airport has had some declines and rises in different categories of air service, but has seen a strong increase in commercial passengers since May.

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Expired and Unused Meds Cause Risks: County Looks To Set Up Wider Disposal Program

If all goes as planned, many law enforcement offices across Muskegon County may add secured, metal boxes inside the doors of their buildings, where people can drop off expired or unwanted medications.

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County Commission Discusses Ways To Make Solar, Wind Power at Home More Affordable

District 2 Commissioner Alan Jager stated that most panels and turbines have an average life expectancy of 25 years. However, at the cost and tax rates associated with owning and using them, owners can only regain the money on their investment after 15-20, leaving only a few years more to benefit off their purchase.

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Community Mental Health Executive Director John North Retires After 25 Years With County, Replacement Picked

Retiring CMH Executive Director John North worked with CMH during a period of time where attitudes and procedures concerning mental health and its role in society have dramatically changed. Muskegon’s county commissioners approved the hiring of Scott Tiffany as the new director after the CMH board selected him several days ago.

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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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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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In Light of Dantzler Incident, County Board Discusses Support of Community Mental Health

Commissioner Scott Plummer of District 7 expressed concern that last Thursday’s events in Grand Rapids might happen here too if CMH is not adequately supported.

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