Five floating docks were moved from Tanglefoot Park to Mill Point Park last fall as part of a state grant for the Grand River Greenway project. Spring Lake Village Councilmen Marv VandenBosch and Bill Meyers objected to the move, and said they want the docks returned to the Tanglefoot Trailer Park for future rental.
VandenBosch and Meyers cast the dissenting votes in council's decision last week to leave the docks where they are for no-cost transient use.
The Grand River Greenway nonmotorized path project that was completed in November 2011 included plans to build eight docks at Mill Point Park. The intent was to give boaters a place to moor while they visit restaurants or attend park events. They would also provide a home for the annual Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show, scheduled for June 2 this year.
But when costs for the Grand River Greenway were running higher than expected in September, council voted to move five existing floating docks from Tanglefoot Park to Mill Point Park and build three more.
Council had hoped to install fewer than eight docks to help offset the additional $80,000 needed for environmental costs and longer-than-expected helical pilings along the boardwalk, but state trust fund officials — who kicked in $465,000 toward the $1.2 million project — said they could not alter the number of docks originally submitted on the village's grant application.
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