Fire station talks on hold

Plans for a new fire station/township hall apparently will smolder a bit longer before public discussions fire up again.
Marie Havenga
May 14, 2014

After Spring Lake Village Council denied a rezoning request last month that would have paved the way for the new township building at the northeast corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road, Spring Lake Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said at that time that the Township Board would likely discuss options at its May 12 meeting.

But the topic wasn’t on Monday’s agenda.

However, the fire station apparently was the subject of a private discussion among board members billed as “closed session to consider the possible purchase of real property.”

“It was a closed session, so it stays there,” Township Supervisor John Nash said. “We’re just looking at options. We don’t even know what they all are.”

Last year, the township held a four-month option to purchase the 5-acre Doezema property at the southwest corner of Fruitport Road and M-104 for $2.4 million. The township focused on the northeast corner, which it purchased for $400,000 in 2012, and let the option agreement with Doezema expire.

Nash would not disclose whether that site is potentially back on the table.

Gallagher said township officials thought it best to hold off on approaching Village Council again until village officials have worked through budget proceedings and police service contract details. The village is in the thick of hammering out an intergovernmental contract with the City of Ferrysburg to jointly contract with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department for police protection before the current agreement expires June 30.

“I think there is a sense that it probably makes some sense to wait until after the village has completed its discussion about the police department to really have some additional discussions about the fire station, even at the Township Board level,” Gallagher explained. “We’re going to wait and see how things shake out after the village has worked through the other issues.”

Gallagher noted that village officials did not ask the township to hold off on another request, but he said the fire station issue is important and deserves full attention.

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