Council OKs PSD boundaries, board membership

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:07 AM

“We have been working on it for quite some time,” said Dan Borchers, chairman of the city’s DDA.

Borchers said the DDA members are confident the new PSD would produce results for the business district.

There have been numerous meetings with stakeholders — those who would be impacted by the proposal — over the past several months.

While the boundaries and board membership were approved by City Council, there was concern about areas outside of downtown getting fair treatment in promotions and marketing offered by the new PSD.

Grand Haven resident Geri McCaleb, a former city councilwoman and a candidate for mayor in November, said a lot of the worry about Centertown comes down to history. She said there needs to be proof that they will get some positive benefit from the program.

“What are the results going to be?” she asked. “Is everyone going to get their money’s worth?”

Councilman Dennis Scott said he also felt it was important for the other areas in the city to be well-represented.

“I hope Centertown gets their fair share out of this,” he said. “I think we have to make sure Centertown is not neglected.”

John Naser, who chairs the DDA Recruitment and Retention Committee, said the city authority works just as hard for Centertown as it does for downtown.

“It’s not like Centertown is being neglected, as far as my committee is concerned,” he said.

Naser also said when city officials decided on snowmelt, they decided to include a larger pipe feeding hot water to the town to eventually include Centertown.

In the coming weeks, City Council will also act on setting the special assessment to provide funding for the PSD. They approved a preliminary measure in a 4-1 vote to set the special assessment on Monday night, with Fritz voting against the plan.

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