SAUGATUCK, MI (WHTC) - Two long-standing issues are before Saugatuck City Council members during tonight’s biweekly business meeting. One is a matter that communities across the state have been dealing with, as Saugatuck’s leaders are expected to pass an ordinance amendment that would bring that community’s fireworks code in line with new state law that was enacted just before Independence Day. The regulations restrict use of these low-level explosives to certain times surrounding 10 federal holidays in an effort to cut down on noise issues since fireworks laws were relaxed in Michigan last year. The other matter involves municipal merging, as the city councils of both Saugatuck and Douglas have received letters from the Consolidated Government Committee, questioning whether they could meet the financial demands of needed infrastructure improvements should a November 5th ballot initiative mandating the union of the two cities into a single governmental unit not pass. Both councils are opposed to consolidation, disputing claims of cost savings by the CGC, and prefer to have cooperative services by separate entities.
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