New information sheds new light in special assessment district

After hearing from a resident who opposes the proposal, the Grand Haven Township Board on Monday tabled two resolutions that would have set an assessment and authorize a street light installation in a rural area. A special assessment lighting district in the area of 152nd Avenue and Rich Street has been proposed.
Kyle Moroney
Jun 14, 2011


On May 23, the Township Board held the first public hearing for the assessment and heard from one of five property owners who signed a petition for a light in the area. The resident said the light is needed for safety reasons, citing crime and speeding are bad in that area.

The Township Board then determined that the SALD was “necessary” — based on the health, safety and welfare of residents from the comments they heard — and approved the creation of the special assessment district.

During the second public hearing held on Monday, a different resident spoke out against the proposed lighting district — saying she does not want any more light pollution near her home.

“We have enough light pollution as it is,” said Gale Vande Water, 11572 152nd Ave. “That’s why I moved out here — to gaze at the stars. With another street light right in my yard, that’s not going to happen.”

The resident who spoke at the May public hearing was not present at Monday’s hearing.

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


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