It's no secret, I like to mask debate. Sadly, however, I seem to be only able to do so by myself since I trust in what decades of scientific studies, the CDC, the WHO, and even Dr. Fauci trusted before April of this year: that healthy people wearing masks in a community setting does nothing positive for public health or safety.
When the pro-maskers run out of improvised 'mid-2020' science to back up their assertions, the people who would put masks on healthy people hanging out with healthy people either 1) assign supernatural powers to the novel coronavirus or 2) just simply use the government's edicts to back up their claims. In Michigan, that's not difficult as Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made a handful of mask mandates in her record numbers of executive orders. The mask debate ends with cold hard science, losing to colder, harder politics or to the same junk science which claims race riots are a public health curative, but protesting lockdowns is the devil's work.
In Mason County, the City of Ludington and the local chamber of commerce teamed up to hand out informational signs to local businesses, free of charge, for them to place on their business' entrance(s). The signs avoid any kind of mask debating by not even trying to claim that masks are for public health, rather they push the narrative that wearing a mask in Mason County businesses is the law and there is a $500 fine for those who break it. You see these free signs on many businesses in the area telling you to mask up, or else.
A July 10 COLDNews article announces: "Local business owner, Nick Tykoski, owner of Safety Decals in Ludington stepped forward to support the effort and is producing “Mask Up Mason County” signs for Mason County businesses, free of charge, according to a press release from chamber of commerce.
“Our small businesses have been devastated after weeks of being shut down and the politicization of masks has made the reopening process difficult for businesses who are doing all they can to keep their employees and patrons safe,” stated Brandy Miller, president and CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, in the press release. “We are really grateful to Safety Decals for helping us spread this important message to keep our community and businesses open”.
At the Ludington City Council meeting held by Zoom prior to this announcement, we find that the ever-generous-sounding Nick Tykoski, wife of the Community Development Director, was paid $165 for the 'free' signage. None of the DDA board meetings held during this year, discussed this purchase, so CDD Heather Tykoski spent those public funds on the free signs from her husband without any type of backing from the DDA:
The current zoning debate isn't all that simple, that's why you see some strange alliances of thought on the issues to go over. As Epictetus points out, a conservative or libertarian viewpoint may like the general idea as it seems to expand a homeowner's options, effectively expanding their rights. However, those same folks may worry of the consequences of the new policy, intended or unintended. A similar dichotomy of viewpoint happens among liberal/progressives, just reversed.
On my review, I cannot help but support the changes presented; Lake Lady's fears may arrive, and one may assume there are background players ready to exploit the changes to their benefit. But there is still a process to go through and enough variation of thought among officials to potentially do what's right later on, if the public makes a good argument for it.
Philosophies aside, X, whether is it libertarian, conservative, or liberal, the current zoning origination probably was either to benefit someone, perhaps in the planning board who own many rentals, or perhaps as a consideration to increase density to increase tax base. I'm sure the new city manager, who seems to have a brain for finances (at least on a personal basis), is looking at all possibilities to pull COL out of the debt spiral drain. Otherwise, why all of a sudden this discussion? It smells of tiny homes Rigged, otherwise. Personally I lean on the side with Lakelady. Once you invest in a city, you should have some confidence that the city is not flipping in a dime, especially with relaxing zoning. And Epi'cs argument doesnt hold a lot of water, even with special land use, once you let one change, your hair is cut but it ain't growing back.
FS, you are a very perceptive individual, and you properly are suspicious that we have a new Spence Riggs scenario. For those not aware of what happened with Spence Riggs, he joined the Planning Commission getting full affirmation from city hall for his main objective in doing so, quickly developed and advocated for a new 'small house/lot' ordinance in the PC committees and then brought it through the city council, quickly splitting his own land into three buildable lots before packing his bags, selling the property for a good profit (read more here).
If that scenario does happen again to any extent, it will be exposed to the light of the torch. People should not be using their public office for their own private gain unless they can do so and be totally transparent about it.
Thanks X. Any perception I might have is generally based on past experience watching what has gone on in city hall. I'm sure there is a lot of suspicion because of a perceived lack of ethics in past actions.
Thanks for the input on the LIAA. Can you link an article on that subject as a refresher? Just wondering how that organization became a consultant in Ludington? Also, regarding your comment about the TIF etc. aspect: it sure would be nice if reasoning were included to the general public but it generally hasn't been which creates more suspicion on the part of the public. I see a little more openness in the new city manager. The new mayor is pretty mute; just a place holder for someone else's vision?
FS - I can provide some isnight on LIAA jumping in on the planning process. They are a consultant out of TC that does a lot of community planning with an environmental tinge. Towards the end of Snyders term he created grants for communities to go through "Resilient" planning procedures as a part of their overall Master Plan process.
These requirements and documents produced are really ways to create more plans to sit on a shelf and keep consultants paid. There are ways to create long-term plans for a community but these sorts of things are overwhelming and useless.
Thanks for that insight on the grant aspect of TIAA, Epic. I briefly remember it going on here, but I still hope X can provide a reference, as his insight is always interesting on a local level and his personal knowledge of history of the past decade of Ludington rivals the search aspect in our official minutes. Without a whole lot of facts at this point, and with your insight, I blow wind that the LIAA exercise was another grant chaser without a good vision, but I reserve my opinion to change based on more facts that might come to light. It reminds me of a bible scripture "where there is no vision, the people perish." If you don't like the prophets, here's one that has been mutated, "Vision without Action is a daydream, and Action without Vision is a nightmare."
FS, here were 21 points about LIAA, that links to some of the early COL contacts with them and their overall agenda. I had other articles on LIAA made after that, but this was the most comprehensive I believe.
Epictetus, I like that you are not only stoic, but pragmatic. The master plan and other documents created around that time have pretty much gathered dust on shelves since they were created, but that doesn't make them any less powerful. If Governor Whitmer shredded every copy of the Michigan Constitution or hid them in some warehouse, it would really not make them any less powerful than if she had one in her handbag everywhere she went, nor would it mean she would follow the spirit or the letter of the law any better than she has.
Same thing with the master plan. If you go to planning commission meetings they reference the master plan frequently, much like the Constitution would be referenced in federal court over a complaint filed under violations of civil rights. Both sides in a PC dispute may interpret the plan different, just like they might dispute the extent of rights in federal court, but the plan effectively becomes the go-to authority in settling the matter.
So let's not belittle the subtle power of the PC's master plan for I have seen its power invoked on several occasions, even at the city council level. BTW, do you know if the COL is involved in a master plan update anytime soon?
Required every five years so it should be in 2021. Hopefully we see a shrinking of the document to something that may resemble a workable/understandable document.
Thanks again, for your resilient memory, X, or shall I call you Cassandra X? (Borrowing from shinblind, like "Karen" being used, I had to look in a slang dictionary to find that Cassandra may refer to a prophet-like person). I did read your synopsis of LIAA then, and find it as frustrating now. Thanks.
The last Master Plan was adopted in July 2016, but it's modifications were being discussed starting way back in early 2013, and Resilient Ludington public meetings kicked off in earnest in 2014. If these plans are to be created every five years, and a process for public input is followed, shouldn't the discussions about the 2021 master plan already been underway for over a year?
OMG . Did not know about the Spence Riggs scenario, but that is exactly what they want to do in town, but now with two and three family homes. I have talked with Mitch about this very topic and he smiles and nods. This is what I see going down in spades . There are people on the planning board now that have rental businesses and are looking to expand and change the zoning to fit their fiscal dreams. This sort of out front corruption needs to be exposed. I would go full on public, but I do not want to be destroyed like they are trying to do with X. ( I don't have or participate in any social media and never have because I saw it's destructive power early on)
Power is in numbers. With some of these issues, wouldn't it be great if we could get a group together to fill the planning board or CC meetings with our concerns about all the topics covered on this blog?
But of course... they have manufactured a virus hoax, so we can't attend meetings right? Or get our car title or license renewed, educate our children, watch football. Our liberty is gone on so many levels. We have to roar back once everything opens!
BTW I told my husband four months ago that the virus was a hoax, means of controlling the population, a preview to socialism, and a way for the left to steal the election via mail in voting. He told me I was crazy... he just had to do something he hates... Tell me I was right!:)
Would be great to fill the meetings as you say, Lake Lady, but I'm skeptical that even a town full could make a difference if there is already a force behind the city pushing an agenda. I hate to be so pessimistic as I'm generally a sunshine optimist, but this city has walls greater than Fort Knox. The difference that could be made is on the city council itself, but that has been so corruptly appointed in the past, it is all but impossible to penetrate.