City taking measures for possible COVID-19 outbreak
The City of South Haven is making plans to ensure continuity of services including police, fire, medical, electricity, water and wastewater functions should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 in the South Haven area.
We encourage citizens to be well informed and well prepared for a possible outbreak in this area, but to also be cautious not to overreact and to confirm the information received to ensure its reliability.
We encourage our citizens to reduce possible exposure by making use of the City’s online payment process and the City’s drop box at the rear parking lot of City Hall to make payments. Residents may contact the City by calling (269) 637-0700 with questions or concerns about city services or by checking the City Facebook page “City of South Haven – Communications Department”. We urge you to limit your movements throughout the city.
The City of South Haven is monitoring both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to track national COVID-19 activity. The City is also monitoring local public health agencies as well as tracking information from the State of Michigan and surrounding counties.
The following links provide useful and current information about COVID-19:read more >
CITY OF SOUTH HAVEN TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (South Haven, Michigan) March 13, 2020 - In our ongoing effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and to keep our staff safe, we are implementing a plan to reduce face-to-face interactions with the public in our City buildings. As of Monday, March 16th, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and City Hall will both be closed to the public. All customer service for City Hall and the DPW will be handled via telephone or email. Should you need to contact the Police Department for a non-emergency, call 637-5151. In the case of an emergency, call 911.
Additionally, all City of South Haven visits are now by appointment only. Appointments should be made far in advance by calling or emailing the department. Many transactions can be completed by going online.
City department information is available on the city website at south-haven.com
Important contact information:
City website south-haven.com
City Facebook City of South Haven – Communications Department
City Hall 269-637-0700
Dept of Public Works 269-637-0737
Call Center/Police Dept 269-637-5151
In case of emergency, call 911
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CITY OF SOUTH HAVEN CITIZENS MAY VIEW COUNCIL MEETING FROM HOME
CITY OF SOUTH HAVEN URGES THE PUBLIC TO VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS FROM HOME
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (South Haven, Michigan) March 16, 2020 – The City of South Haven leadership respectfully requests that concerned citizens ask questions from their place of residence. To facilitate this, the City has created a link that citizens may use to ask questions.
The City of South Haven continues to take necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In keeping with this goal, an online form has been created for the public to submit questions and comments, therefore avoiding in-person attendance at the March 16, 2020 City Council meeting.
The form for submitting public questions/comments for the March 16 City Council meeting can be found at the following link: https://sohami.page.link/council
This link, as well as form links for future meetings, will be included in agendas and will be displayed on-screen during meetings. To watch meetings online, go to the City website home page at south-haven.com, click on the icon WATCH MEETINGS ONLINE. You will then click on “Watch Live” to view the meeting online. Alternatively, meetings can be viewed live on Comcast cable channel 21 to residents within city limits.
The form will open on any apple/android mobile device, as well as desktop devices. It does not require a Gmail account to access. Important links:
As a reminder, the City of South Haven urges the public to view the City Council meeting from home at this time in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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High Water Level Presentation by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The City of South Haven’s Harbor Commission has organized a presentation on the elevated lake levels to be given by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The presentation will be focused on elevated water levels for the Great Lakes and the projected forecast for the rest of the year.
The session will be hosted at the Integrated Learning Center at the South Haven High School located at 600 Elkenburg Street on March 31st, 2020 at 6:00 PM.
NOTE: Emergency Management and permitting are not planned to be covered as part of the presentation.
For more details, click here.read more >
Newspaper Delivery Opt-Out List
In the interest of reducing unwanted litter along City streets and sidewalks, the City of South Haven, in cooperation with the South Haven Tribune and the Van Buren Reminder, has instituted an “opt-out” list for the two publications. Opting-out will ensure that residents and property owners who do not wish to receive regular subscription service will be left off the delivery list.
The City of South Haven will be compiling a list based on requests from property owners through March 31, 2020. Those wishing to opt-out of delivery are encouraged to contact City Clerk Travis Sullivan at (269) 637-0750, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following the March 31 deadline, the City will submit the list to the two publications, and will then compile future requests for an annual update at the beginning of each year. Those wishing to immediately opt-out of delivery after March 31 are asked to contact the publisher directly.
In a further effort to reduce newspapers in driveways and the City right-of-way, please also remember that both publications can be viewed online at no charge at the following addresses:
South Haven Tribune: http://southhaventribune.net/
Van Buren Reminder: http://www.vanburenreminder.com/
For more information, please contact Travis Sullivan at (269) 637-0750, or by email at email@example.com.
Board and Commission Openings
During the course of the coming year, the City of South Haven will have a number of openings on various boards and commissions. Future openings are as follows:
Board of Public Utilities - 1 opening
Construction Board of Appeals - 2 openings
Downtown Development Authority - 2 openings (one opening requires residency within the district)
Harbor Commission - 2 openings
Housing Commission - 1 opening
Library Board - 1 opening
Local Development Finance Authority / Brownfield - 1 opening
Parks Commission - 2 openings
Planning Commission - 3 openings
Additionally, the Downtown Development Authority has an immediate opening for a partial term to expire in 2021. The Zoning Board of Appeals has an immediate opening for a partial term to expire in 2021. The Parks Commission has an opening for a partial term to expire in 2021. Finally, the Housing Commission has an immediate opening for a partial term to expire in 2020.
If you are interested in serving, please submit an application to the customer service counter at City Hall to the attention of the City Clerk. To be considered for the regular 2020 board and commission openings, please submit your application no later than May 1, 2020. For immediate openings, please submit an application as soon as possible. Use the link below to view the application.
Boards and Commissions Application
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Kids' Corner Recommended for Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant
The City of South Haven was notified this week that it was recommended for approval to receive a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) development grant in the amount of $275,000.00. The City will match the grant in the amount of $275,000. The City intends to replace the existing play structure at Kids' Corner with a new Leathers & Associates' structure made of a composite material for sustainability and low maintenance while staying within the original design as much as possible.
For more information on the grant award, please see the full press release by clicking here.read more >
Center Street Construction Updates
Each week until its completion, Abonmarche Consultants will provide an update on the Center Street Reconstruction Project. A PDF of the update will be added to the City of South Haven's document center in the folder titled "Center Street Construction Project." To go directly to the folder and view the most recent update, click here.read more >
Business Loop 196 Road Diet
Work will begin on the City of South Haven’s road diet along BLI196 on Wednesday October 9, 2019 and completed this fall. Compton Inc. of South Haven has been contracted to complete the work. The project will entail the restriping of the roadway from Phoenix Street to Aylworth Avenue from the current 4 lane configuration to a three lane configuration that includes two travel lanes and a turn lane.
For more information, please see the full press release by clicking here.read more >
City Website Email Notification
The City website offers users the opportunity to receive email notifications as soon as information is posted to the website. This includes notifications for meeting agendas, minutes, and city documents, as well as urgent notifications such as watermain breaks, road closings, weather-related emergencies, and boil water alerts.
In order to receive notifications, users must sign up at the bottom of the Home Page at "Sign up here for email notifications" and click on "SIGN UP". The "Subscribe to Email List" page will appear with instructions.
Click here to read the City's current notification methods.
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