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Some neighbors want warning siren removed

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Board members sifted through the language of several motions Monday night that would have silenced the siren for up to 90 days and possibly relocated it, but a 4-3 vote delayed the action until Township Manager Gordon Gallagher can further research other potential sites.

Several board members expressed concern that the siren — one of about 75 in the county — was placed there for the safety and well-being of residents, and that removing or silencing it without a replacement location may not be wise.

This is not a new issue for the Township Board. Neighbors have complained periodically for the last nine years — especially Marianne Rogers, who said the siren in her yard devalues her property.

Gallagher had sent an e-mail to Rogers earlier this year indicating that the siren could likely be moved. Since that e-mail was sent, Gallagher said a handful of neighbors objected to the warning siren being removed.

North Holiday Hills has about 180 households, according to Gallagher.

Rogers and several other neighbors took exception to an e-mail that Miljan mistakenly sent to Rogers — instead of to Gordon Gallagher, to whom she adddressed the memo.

The board will continue discussions at its Sept. 12 meeting, according to township officials.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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