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Muskegon Heights asked to pay for old district

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich (WZZM) -- A proposal on the November ballot will ask voters in Muskegon Heights to renew an 18 mill non-homestead property tax, to help pay off the public school district's old debts.

The tax would be paid by commercial property owners and non-residents who own property, like rentals.

Even though the district no longer exists, the Muskegon Heights emergency financial manager, Donald Weatherspoon, says it still owes 300 creditors a total of $16 million.

"The list goes from the insurance provided to the office of retirement services down to the people who replace window panes in the district. I think the smallest [debt] I have seen is $17," says Weatherspoon.

If the operating millage is not renewed, the state treasury would seek court approval to add a special tax on all of the city's commercial and residential property owners.

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Halloween 2012: 6pm to 8pm

Halloween 2012: 6pm to 8pm

From: http://www.muskegon-mi.gov

The City of Muskegon will set the date of October 31st, 2012 (Wednesday) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; for those citizens who participate in the Halloween ritual of “treating” in the community.

Please be advised that the Muskegon Police Department will issue a “Nixle Advisory” message that outlines additional information, and safety tips.

Have a fun, enjoyable Halloween, Citizens & Police partner for a safe community!

Choir assistant sentenced to prison for CSC

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The former choir accompanyist for Mona Shores High School will spend at least 29 months in state prison for inappropriately touching teenage boys.

A Muskegon County judge Tuesday sentenced Michael D'Oyly, 55, to up to 15 years in prison on each of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.  The sentences will run concurrently.

Last December, police began investigating allegations D'Oyly, a then-paraprofessional with the Mona Shores school district, had groped male students.

Prosecutors presented evidence of D'Oyly's contact with boys.  Eventually, at least four teenagers accused the Grand Haven man of groping them from their freshman to senior years in high school.

High winds blamed for Muskegon power outage

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - High winds are to blame for a power outage affecting hundreds of homes and businesses in Muskegon.

Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern says power went out just before 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Power was restored at 3:45 p.m. Morgenstern says 1,364 customers were affected. A similar outage happened earlier in the morning.

The strong wind also made for big waves on Lake Michigan.

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Muskegon's last SOS office closing

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon County drivers who want to renew their license plate tabs or license in person are out of luck.

The only Secretary of State office in the county is closing Wednesday. The office on Apple Avenue serves 700 customers a day. Tuesday was its last full day of business, before closing for renovations.

"We need a larger office to serve customers," explains branch manager Karen Keast.

Construction crews are creating a larger lobby with new counters, public restrooms, an expanded testing area, and a new kiosk to renew license plate tabs that's open 24 hours. The renovation project is to the point where it's no longer safe for customers to enter the building. Keast says the office will be closed from October 9 to October 29.

Fruitport agrees to buy water from Muskegon

FRUITPORT TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Trustees in Fruitport Township have approved a long-term agreement to get water from the city of Muskegon.

The township currently buys water from Muskegon Heights, but that contract ends in 2015.  Muskegon City Commissioners are expected to approve the agreement tonight.  Next week, the city of Norton Shores is expected to finalize its water agreement with Muskegon.

Together, Fruitport Township and Norton Shores provided 70% of the business at the Muskegon Heights filtration plant.

 

Fire Prevention Week Open House

Fire Prevention Week Open House

Tuesday, October 9 from 6-8pm the Muskegon Fire Department invites you & your family to the Muskegon Central Fire Station located at 770 Terrace Street for this Open House! Get a glimpse in the daily life of a firefighter, along with tours of the Central Fire Station, Fire Department & the Fire Prevention Theatre.  Not to mention treats and lots of fun!

Go to www.muskegon-mi.gov for more information.