Downtown snowmelt line breaks

City officials have identified a chink in their snowmelt system, and have authorized up to $20,000 to fix it.
Alex Doty
Nov 21, 2012


The leak is located on Harbor Island near the snowmelt pump house.

“There’s been some loss in pressure out there,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “On Monday, they discovered this very significant leak.”

He said that it was “hard to say” if the leak results from the original workmanship of the project. He noted that the only thing the city could do at this point was excavate and look at it.

McGinnis noted that the pipes are located 10 feet beneath the surface, and the water table is six feet down. This means the area will need to be dewatered before it is dug.

Once this process is done, McGinnis said the city, the Board of Light & Power, and contractors can begin to determine the extent of what needs to be fixed.

Officials say that the snowmelt system was put through the paces when it was originally developed. McGinnis said that the system passed all inspections and tests prior to being handed over to the city.

“When we accepted the project, it passed all of the pressure tests,” McGinnis said. “You’ve got steel and plastic coming together, so they put it up to 125 psi four times to make sure it was holding pressure.”

City leaders voted this week to authorize an emergency expenditure to deal with the repairs. Downtown businesses and property owners will ultimately end up paying for the repairs. The costs – which have not been determined - will be passed on to them.

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



Oh great we get to pay for a side walk fix job for the business owners so they do not have to shovel there side walk like the rest of us in the city. Dump the system ASAP grand Haven and save our money!!!!!




What exactly does this mean?....."Downtown businesses and property owners will ultimately end up paying for the repairs".

Does it mean that the actual firms who own one or more than one of the downtown buildings and their leasees will pay for the repairs, or does it mean that all property owners within the city limits will be dinged for this boondoggle?

I ask because it would really be a poke in the eye to find out that I'm paying (again) for something I don't use. I haven't been downtown to shop since the great and all powerful city fathers decided to take out the stop lights and replace them with idiotic 4-way stops.


Its time for a change in the guard at City Hall... This guy has cost us tax payers huge amounts of money with no better services... We can even get the city to pick up leaves anymore... The Infrastructure is about shot and we put brick pavers in as crosswalks in Michigan, what a waste of time energy, and CASH.... but we have city service workers sitting in a dozier on Harbor Ave. near the city beach cleaning up the sand daily off the streets and sidewalks. I can't wait to see little munchkin's report card this year...


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