Dust bowl upsets locals

Dust isn't the only thing stirred up behind Griffin Elementary School.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 21, 2012

Neighbors are irritated about the dark brown dust blowing into their homes from an on-going project at the baseball diamond across the street.

Recently purchased patio furniture remains in its box because the dust has been “thick enough to chew,” Rhonda Johnson said.

Johnson said she hasn’t been able to open her windows or spend much time in her backyard because of the blowing dust.

“It’s difficult for us to enjoy our home while they’re doing that,” she said, pointing across the street.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska said many of the baseball fields are used by the North Ottawa Recreation Authority, and they have asked to do improvements on the Griffin field, which is on the corner of Robbins Road and Hopkins Street. The improvements include putting in irrigation and re-seeding the field.

Konarska said the project should be completed in a few weeks.

“We certainly apologize for the current dust, but are confident that the finished product will be appreciated by all," he said.

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Anytime theres construction, theres dust. Ms Johnson said she hasn’t been able to open her windows or spend much time in her backyard because of the blowing dust.......Were the construction crews working till dark? hardly. They usually quit around 5:00pm, that leaves a solid 4hrs plus of time to enjoy your yard. If the dust got in the homes, maybe you should have shut the windows and doors? My street was recently repaved, the minute they fired up the road grinder I shut MY doors and windows. My house and patio furniture got dirty too, it just gave me a reason to do one of the things on my spring cleaning list. Fired up the pressure washer, cleaned my house and lawn furniture..... checked two things off my to do list and I have a spiffy new paved street and a clean house again! No complaints here :)

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