Fleet maintenance collaborative to be submitted for funding

A collaborative agreement to study fleet maintenance service among five Northwest Ottawa County communities will be sent to the Michigan Municipal League for possible grant approval. However, an agreement for police/fire collaboration remains on hold, as it has not received complete support.
Kyle Moroney
Jul 21, 2011

 

Ferrysburg City Council and Spring Lake Village Council adopted the fleet maintenance study agreement on Monday. They were the final two municipalities to approve the agreement, as Grand Haven city and Grand Haven and Spring Lake townships approved the $48,000 study earlier this month.

A motion to participate in the $75,000 study for police and fire service collaboration, was made at the Ferrysburg City Council meeting on Monday night — but it failed due to lack of support, Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger said.

“It really wouldn’t work well for us,” Ferrysburg Mayor Jeff Stille said Tuesday morning. “We’ve got a great fire department and they are doing a great job. We felt that spending that kind of money will not give us a better solution than what we already have.”

Ferrysburg’s share of the fleet study would cost the city $1,785. The cost for the city’s portion of the police and fire study would be $2,790. Spring Lake Village would pay $1,396 for the fleet maintenance study, and $2,182 for the police and fire study.

Joy Gaasch, president of the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg, said the fleet maintenance shared service grant application was sent to the MML Wednesday, since it was approved by all five municipalities, as well as the Grand Haven and Spring Lake school districts. She spoke with the managers of the local municipalities on Tuesday, asking them for direction in how to proceed with the police/fire request.

Gaasch said she planned to hold off on the police/fire request until the Ferrysburg City Council has a chance to discuss it again at its Aug. 1 meeting.

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

Tribune News Editor Becky Vargo contributed to this story.

 

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