NORA delays decision on Nov. ballot

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:43 PM

NORA board members decided to wait another month to determine whether or not to put a proposal on the November ballot.

“Hopefully, we can come up with whatever we need,” NORA board member and Grand Haven City Councilman Mike Fritz said.

The board decided Thursday to table a decision until July so officials could first talk with representatives from the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

“They’re very interested in coming aboard and working with us,” Fritz said. “I think we just look ahead because, if we get the Y on board, it opens it up to everyone.”

NORA represents communities in Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ boundaries: Grand Haven city and township, Robinson Township, and Ferrysburg.

“The Y has a lot of members from all over,“ Fritz noted. “They’re a big driving force for everyone.”

The NORA board envisions a millage that would fund a new recreation complex that could have outdoor sports fields and a fitness trail, indoor courts, a fitness room, and locker rooms. It would be located on a yet-to-be-determined site of 80-100 acres.

The NORA board has until Aug. 12 to make a decision about the November ballot.

“The original (deadline) we thought was July 29, but it’s really Aug. 12,” NORA Coordinator Jill Vander Stel said.

The cost to place the proposal on the ballot is between $4,000 and $5,000, which the rec authority would pay for. If the measure fails or isn’t on the ballot, the next time the proposal could appear would be 2016.

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