BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman City Council during its June 1 regular meeting agreed to sign on to a letter asking Spectrum Health Lakeland officials to consider continuing its support of Parish and senior center nursing services.

“These programs provide much-needed care and oversight of our senior citizens and underserved populations in Berrien County,” the later states.

Another passage reads: “The River Valley Senior Center, which provides valuable local access to free health services for seniors, the non-insured, underserved and their families, is supported by Spectrum Health Lakeland’s nurse programs.”

During the public comment portion of the June 1 meeting, Bridgman Public Library Director Dennis Kreps — said a reopening plan is being developed and “we will use the same avenues of communication that we have” to inform the public on how what’s expected to be a gradual reopening starting with curbside no-contact type service will take place.

“Be looking at our social media sites and the website. We’ll do press releases in the local papers,” he said.

Kreps said library personnel have a sincere interest in doing all we can to ensure the health and well-being of the community while providing services.

Also on June 1, the City Council was informed by Parks and Recreation Director Milo Root that above-normal bills related to the re-opening park rest rooms were due to pipes bursting after they weren’t properly winterized along with some pipes that needed to be snaked and the removal of a drinking fountain near the Weko Beach campground that wasn’t functioning properly.

Root also reported that as of June 1 a total of 252 reservation refunds (about $35,000) had been made due to COVID-19 plus another $5,000 in partial refunds.

“We have lost significantly more revenue than the $35,000 that we’ve refunded because we did have a lot of individuals who did not make reservations that would have otherwise made them.”

In response to a question, he said many seasonal campers are still planning to use the campground, with between 5 and 10 canceling so far.

In other June 1 business the Bridgman City Council:

• Was told by City Manager Juan Ganum that a sewer clog on Lake Street was cleared after the basements of several homes were flooded (adding that the city’s insurance was working with affected homeowners).

• Discussed options for a Habitat for Humanity project in town, which included a property offered to the city along an undeveloped section of Willow Street. The cost estimate of extending the street (with related expenses) was over $400,000, The addition of sewer and other services for a full extension from Vineyard to Baldwin was foreseen as topping $1 million. Ganum said Habitat for Humanity was going to revisit the plan and a revised version is likely to be presented in the future.

• Scheduled a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2020-2021 city budget for 6:30 p.m. June 15.

• Reviewed and discussed amended 2019-2020 budget numbers for the current fiscal year ending June 30 which include a projected reduction of $75,392 in revenue for the parks and recreation department and an increase in revenue for the sewer fund. 

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