City approves contractor for Highland Park retaining wall replacement

Residents of Grand Haven's Poplar Ridge area near Highland Park will soon be seeing improvements to aging retaining walls. City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $60,956 contract with Katerberg-VerHage Inc. to perform the work.
Alex Doty
Feb 21, 2012


The city will cover one-third of the cost and residents residing near the walls paying the remaining two-thirds, pending the approval of a special assessment district.

Councilman Mike Fritz said he was excited to see the city finally giving the go-ahead for the retaining wall project.

“It’s been over eight years that we’ve been discussing this,” he said.

According to Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton, the people in charge of the project came highly recommended by other communities and people who utilized their services.

“I had extremely positive responses for them,” she said, adding that she spoke with the contractor at length about the project and what it would entail.

“Probably the most significant thing is they’re going to attack it differently than we had proposed,” Beaton said.

She said the city had proposed driving in sheet pile to support the wall, then repair it before removing the sheet pile wall when they were done.

A special public hearing is planned for March 5 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the special assessment district created by the city to help pay for the new walls.

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


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