Fireworks extinguished

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Huntington Bank recently informed Spring Lake Village officials that the financial institution could fund either the festival fireworks or the Thursday night concerts at Mill Point Park, but not both as the bank has done in the past.

In an informal straw vote, Village Council opted for the bank to continue funding the Thursdays at the Point weekly summer concert series.

The bank has been contributing $6,000 to the fireworks show and $5,000 to the summer concerts, according to event organizers.

Huntington Bank officials did not immediately return requests for comment.

The village doesn't have money in its budget to continue the sky show, according to Village Manager Chris Burns.

The pyrotechnics are launched from a Grand River barge off the shore of Mill Point Park. Rental of the barge costs about $2,000, pushing the show total to $8,000.

“We'll have to see what we can do to secure another sponsor for the fireworks,” Burns said. “If we obtain some sponsorship, it could continue, but we have some work to do between now and then.”

Council members reasoned that because the concert series runs for three months and the fireworks blast off for only about 20 minutes, that the bank corporation's concert sponsorship dollars would benefit more people.

“There's a big bang for your buck when you're having a concert every Thursday night,” Burns said.

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