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Noise complaints lodged

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Dan Vivian, the city's facilities manager, said he received some compliments.

“They enjoyed having the music,” he said.

But some area residents thought the concert-type sound was a bit much for the quiet winter evening.

The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety received three complaints of loud music between 5:45 and 6:21 p.m. Friday from residents on Grand Haven's North Shore, Harbor Drive and Jackson Street. City Manager Pat McGinnis said he also received one complaint by e-mail.

McGinnis, who lives on the city's east side, said he was out with his dog that evening and noticed the music.

“I can hear it clear across town," he said.

McGinnis thinks the sound should be contained to its area. That’s why he brought up the issue at a recent City Council meeting.

“Council felt there’s probably a better way to get audio downtown," he said.

McGinnis said he knows there are more modern applications than what's used at the fountain, such as wireless, and he plans to research them.

The city manager said a community where he previously worked used a radio transmitter to send a signal to receivers in the town. The receivers were hooked up to strategically placed speakers so the sound was kept in the desired area.

Dana Kollewehr, executive director of Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, said she received a request to have music during this past Friday's event with a proposal that the Musical Fountain sound system be used. She said other audio systems have been tried in the past, but the fountain's system is the only one that could reach the entire downtown.

The city's public works team did their best to tone it down and aim the music at the downtown, Vivian said.

“We tried to center the music right on Washington Avenue,” he said.

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

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