The City of South Haven held its first council meeting in the new city hall Tuesday, April 2.
The fire department report noted one rescue call and no fire calls in March. The department was approved to purchase a GPS, two hose reels, and some supplies. The fire chief’s annual pay was increased from $1,200 to 2,000, effective immediately.
The clerk’s office has been moved into the new hall. Landscaping work will proceed after the snow melts. There are a few items left to be finished on the hall itself, but a certificate of occupancy has been issued by the building inspector. Hall rental rates were set: $25 (Mon.-Thurs.) or $50 (Fri.-Sun.) for the hall with a $250 damage deposit; $150 for weddings or wedding receptions, regardless of the day. As per the new rental agreement, nothing can be attached to walls or ceilings by renters of the hall. Anyone wishing to rent the hall should contact the city clerk, Carol Banken, at (320) 236-2424.
There is a leaking hydrant at Railroad and Oak Ave., and drainage problems off Oak Ave. A resident’s water line broke and needs to be repaired and inspected. The city’s water lines will be flushed by May 15.
The next meeting of the South Haven City Council will be Tuesday, May 1. Meetings are always open to the public.
The City of South Haven held an open house for their new City Hall/Community Center Saturday afternoon, April 6. Dozens
came out on a cold and rainy day to check out the new hall and to enjoy a little cake and coffee and fellowship. Mayor John Lemke was “very glad” to have the project completed. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.