Fennville To Get New Allegan General Hospital Clinic
Fennville City Commissioners heard Jennifer Garcia, executive director of the Allegan General Hospital, tell them that a new clinic would be coming to town to replace Dr. Kenneth Kratzer’s practice. Dr Kratzer passed away recently.
“I am in charge of fund raising, but I’d like to introduce Jerry Barbini, president and CEO of the Allegan General Hospital,” she says.
Barbini said that two doctors, Dr. Timothy Dickinson and Dr. Ken Forsman, along with Cassie Vandervelden, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, would be coming to Fennville to start the clinic.
Craig Solle, administrator for the Allegan General Hospital, was also introduced.
“The clinic will be open July 24, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” he noted.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford also attended the commission meeting. She gave a review of the work she is doing with the state, including that the state has set aside money for infrastructure, which is badly needed.
In other business, Fennville Police Chief Mel Brummel reported, “Sixty-two complaints were made in the last quarter. Among them were domestic violence, destruction of property, personal injury, assaults, and one indecent exposure.”
Brummel and his two police assistants keep the town very safe.
Commissioner Shawn Machan reported the transformer at the Cider Mill site looked like it was damaged. Consumers Energy will be notified.
City Attorney Crystal Bultje reviewed the rules for the city having a Facebook page. Commissioners will look over the rules and decide at the next meeting with the attorney which ones they want applied.
A long discussion on vacation rentals took place. Several commissioners were not sure they wanted a lot of short-term rentals in their city. Commissioner Jim Hayden expressed how Saugatuck had changed its neighborhoods with short-term rentals over the last 15 years.
Mayor Tom Pantelleria reported the Downtown Development Authority will add more rocks to the Water Garden in downtown Fennville. By bringing the level up perhaps a fence will not be necessary.
The monthly bills totaled $18,501 for the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The beginning of the 2018 fiscal year the bills totaled $8,229. All were approved.
Next meeting: Aug. 7th.