At the regular Village council meeting on Thursday, the Board of Trustees will consider the following wording for a lawn maintenance ordinance (see enclosed pdf). There will be opportunity for public comment at the meeting as the wording is reviewed. The ordinance would then come up for a vote as soon as the November council meeting. It’s quite a detailed document, much more elaborate than the Frankfort ordinance on which it’s based. Note in particular the list of unacceptable weeds, and the requirement that vacant lots be mowed to a depth of 30 feet from the street.
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ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND, area dog lovers and their canine counterparts were surprised by the notice that loomed at the entrance to the Frankfort Dog Park, located at the Frankfort–Elberta High School track. It read simply DOG PARK CLOSED. After 16 months of successful dog days, the gates to this ad hoc dog park were closed, it seemed, for good. The organizers are now looking across the bay to Anderson Park as an option for more a permanent dog playground.
According to Jordan Bates, a cofounder of Frankfort Dog Park with Aubrey Ann Parker and John Vinkemulder, the high school location was never official and never intended to be permanent. Rather, it was an experiment to demonstrate the community’s need for a dog park. Read the rest of this entry »
DIANE JENKS ASKED that audio recordings be made of all future council meetings. Linda Manville asked Village treasurer Laura Manville to find out the renewal date for the Village employees’ health care package and where we stand vis à vis the new state health care benefit bill for municipal employees, which may mandate a 20% employee contribution. Linda asked that the new practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance be reflected on the agenda.
Carolee Ness thanked Council for the no parking signs and gold paint on Acre and M-22. “Our parking problem is the product of having a good diner,” said Reg. No-parking signs have since been installed by the post office too.
Linda gave the bills report: “For those of you who come regularly, this figure is going to sound astounding. But our receipts for the month of August were $1,051,683.23…. Of that figure, $1,024,662.82 was from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust and has to do with the dune property that we’ve taken over.” The money (a grant) was transferred into our account and paid out again. This transaction aside, receipts for August were $37,020.40; expenses were $9,650.89 (payroll) and $43,961.29 (accounts payable). Read the rest of this entry »
The Master Plan Committee has released their draft to the Village Council, and Council has released it to the public for the official 63-day review period. Copies are available at the Village Office, and here’s a pdf of it…
2011 Draft Master Plan for the Village of Elberta
A public hearing on the plan will be held in mid-November.
Who has time to read, let alone write? Well, Hendrik Hertzberg, for one, has argued that folks today actually write more than ever before. The Elberta Alert goes some way to proving Hertzberg’s point with our Two-Minute Reviews. This set came in via text message right after the reviewers watched The Help at the Garden Theater on Sunday, October 2.
“It’s hard to believe that the stories portrayed in the film occurred just 50 years ago. I fear that future generations will look back on the gay rights movement with the same shame and contempt that my generation feels toward our parents and grandparents, who sat idly by and looked the other way. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.”—Aubrey Ann Parker
“It was great to see 280+ people in downtown Frankfort, after the peak tourism season, lined up around the block waiting for half an hour to see a film at the Garden on a Sunday afternoon.”—Jordan Bates
Clare Rodes, a summer resident, was overheard in line saying that she was expecting the film to be great, since the book was. “You read it?” someone asked her. She responded, “Being raised in the South, I lived it.”
This Wednesday night, October 5, a benefit spaghetti dinner will be held at the Mayfair Tavern from 4 pm to 9 pm for Kelly Beaton, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Dinner is by $10 donation, with a cash bar. One hundred percent of proceeds go toward medical expenses for Kelly, who has no health insurance and is unable to work.