Ferndale City Council gathered Monday evening, discussing various agenda items in less than an hour, including a multitude of events lined up for the city this winter.
FernCare Receives Grant
Robert Babut, treasurer of , was presented with a $2,000 check from Jerry Ollie, secretary of the . According to Babut, the money was reserved by the Elks for special projects in the community. Employees of FernCare, which opened its doors last month, are in the process of making a special donor wall inside of the facility, which is what the grant will go toward.
"I feel great, because any money that we don't have to spend on the building can go back into providing care for the patients," Babut said.
Valentine Distilling OK'd for Tax Exemption
Council approved 's application to request exemption from new personal property tax at its location for six years. This public law is meant to encourage growth in economically distressed areas.
"Cities, villages and townships that contain distressed areas (as defined under the Michigan State Housing Development Authority Act) are eligible to participate. Abatements include all millage, state and local taxes. Eligible projects include manufacturing, mining, research and development, wholesale trade and office operations. Retail businesses and casinos are not eligible," reads a statement from the City Council's agenda.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
The City Council voted to declare November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
"The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the first and only national patient advocacy organization that serves the pancreatic cancer community in Ferndale and nationwide by focusing its efforts on public policy, research funding, patient services, and public awareness and education related to developing effective treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer," noted a City Council public document.
The Downtown Development Authority of Ferndale has many events lined up this winter, including:
- Dec. 3: Wings & Wishes Tree Lighting
- Dec 9-11: Holiday and Ice Winterfest Market
- Dec. 15: Merry Midnight Madness
- Dec. 17: MensDay Holiday Wrap Up
Additionally, the Holiday Light Awards will take place Dec. 15, judging neighborhood homes on their festive lighting.