Water worries

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM

“It affects myself, the adjacent neighbors and the school,” the Robinson Township man said.

The Robinson Township Board is currently working through two cases regarding ponds — one at a property directly across 120th Avenue from Pelt, at the Steve Ambrose residence; and another elsewhere in the township at the Gary Orr farm.

“The board isn’t taking any concern to issuing pond permits," Pelt asserts.

On Wednesday night, the Township Board tabled discussions on both pond applications in order to receive more information from the applicants.

Regarding the Ambrose application, township officials said that they would like to see new drawings that reflect the updated size and scope of the pond project.

“I think that we need a new map with the depths that we’ll be approving,” township attorney Ron Bultje said. “We need a diagram that’s accurate so that we know exactly what we’re approving.”

According to Ambrose, the pond has gone through many changes since it was first introduced to the board months ago.

“We’re not going to get it nearly as deep as we wanted,” he said. “My pond is starting to look like a puddle.”

According to Ambrose, after making modifications in order to meet the appropriate setbacks from other properties and the road, the pond is 220 feet long and about 70 feet wide, with an average depth of about 5 feet.

The Orr application says that pond would be utilized for irrigation of farm fields.

Township officials are allowing Orr to amend his application in order to change the overall size of the pond from its current 4.75 acres down to about 1 acre in order to meet the requirements of a Class A earth change.

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


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