BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman City Council received information on the number of tickets issued during the summer for violations of the city's dog and alcohol regulations at Weko Beach during its Oct. 5 regular meeting.
Police Chief Daniel Unruh said about 90 percent of the tickets issued from May through September were from beach patrols — 146 of them related to alcohol.
"I don't understand it. With signs posted people thought they could sit down there and drink all day long," he said, later saying a majority of those cited were "out-of-staters or out-of-towners."
Out of the 200 tickets that we wrote for the dogs (54) and for the alcohol, Unruh said only 20 hadn't been paid as of Oct. 5.
Also reported were 77 citations for parking violations and 166 warnings.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Rusty Riley of Oronoko Iron Works in Baroda said the firm is under contract to purchase a property at 9090 Red Arrow Highway (formerly Sunset Tool) and plans to relocate to Bridgman in early 2021.
Riley said he has had some preliminary talks with local officials and wanted to introduce himself at the meeting.
"We're looking forward to working with you guys," he added.
"We welcome you to the city of Bridgman and we hope your transition runs smoothly," said Mayor Vince Rose.
In other Oct. 5 business, the Bridgman City Council:
• Ganum reported that a Coastal Zone Management Grant application approved for submission by the City Council
in December 2019 has been awarded funding. The grant will defray a portion of the costs associated with replacing deteriorated sections of retaining wall on the south dune at Weko Beach. The City made a financial commitment not to exceed $75,000 from the Park Fund to match the grant.
• He also reported that the city has been awarded $23,000 from the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program (FRHPPP) offered by the Michigan Department of Treasury through the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding provides $1,000 in hazard pay to each Bridgman firefighter and police officer.