City officials to discuss new GHDPS director on Monday

The new leader of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety could be decided when City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 519 Washington Ave.
Alex Doty
Dec 3, 2011

Earlier this fall, officials announced that Jeff Hawke, 47, and Curtis VanderKooi, 56, were finalists for the position. Hawke is a retired director from the Cadillac Department of Public Safety and VanderKooi is a patrol commander from the Southeast Service Area for the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Also on Monday night’s agenda will be discussion about the future of the 86-year-old coal tipple on Harbor Drive — a city-owned artifact in need of rehabilitation.

According to a report to City Council by City Manager Pat McGinnis, the 2011-12 budget supports $10,000 for the cleaning and study of the structure; and $40,000 per year, beginning next year, for three consecutive years to restore the building.

While funding for improvements has been discussed, the city's Department of Public Works recommends demolition of the structure.

A landmark in the Riverfront Historic Conservation District, any plans to restore or demolish the building will need to go through a rigorous and extended process of review and approvals by the Historic Conservation Commission.

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