City sets goals

Grand Haven officials have their eyes set on developing goals for the city's 2013-14 fiscal year.
Alex Doty
Dec 13, 2012

City Council finalized their goals for the new year during a special work session this week. The goals — used to help formulate the annual city budget — will likely be approved at an upcoming council meeting.

“It has to be distilled enough to fit on one page,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

The focus this year is on three areas: asset management, transparency and loose ends. The city is using a "Wikipedia" theme to organize and sort its goal set.

Mayor Geri McCaleb said the bulk of this year’s goals involve managing the city’s assets.

“There’s a lot of things that we need to take care of — a lot of infrastructure fixes,” she said.

Goals for the next fiscal year — which begins July 1, 2013 — range from developing a revised infrastructure maintenance plan to dealing with the city’s natural environment and management of the urban forest.

“It doesn’t reflect well on your community when the stuff that you hold dear isn’t looking good,” McCaleb said. “... That’s part of taking care of anything. We keep getting new stuff, but you kind of forget about the stuff we already have.”

McCaleb cited this year's renovation of the Lake Avenue retaining wall as an example of making sure the city's infrastructure is improved.

“At some point or another, you’ve got to stop and say, ‘We’ve got to fix this,’” she said. “We just have to look at a project and figure out how to best leverage our resources.”

Taking care of the city’s aging artifacts is another area council members said they want to take a closer look at in the coming year.

Councilman Dennis Scott said the historical artifacts been ignored for too long. He recommends the city establish a five-member committee that would take a closer look at all of the city’s artifacts that need work.

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

Comments

newspaperlawyer

How about the neighborhood streets.. How about the BLP trimming power lines behind residence homes.

Say No To Tourist's

My street got repaved, a dying tree removed in my front yard and replaced with a nice tall one and the BLP trimmed the tree's behind my home.

Point?

BTW dont you live in the Township?

rj18rad

I'd rather not pay more for the ridiculous rates the BLP is already charging us. Trimming of trees should be the responsibility of the property owner. You bought the property with the trees on it, right???

Say No To Tourist's

Ridiculous rates? Ever had Consumers? No the trees werent here when I bought it. Propellers from the neighbors property were the reason they grew. Seriously your going to trim along high power lines? Not.

Move along troll.

rj18rad

So, nobody can complain about anything on these stories besides you? Yes, rates are ridiculous in Michigan. I've lived in five other states and rates are nowhere near what they charge in this state. Better service provided also!
And, drawing from your user id, in the seven years that I've lived here I've noticed that tourists and their cash are the ones that keep this little city going (retail and restaurant experience).
Propellers, really? I didn't say I would trim around power lines. There are companies experienced in doing that and property owners/citizens should be responsible for the cost!
You don't know me, so stop with the grade school silliness!!!

SignalMaintainer

BLP is freaking cheap compared to Consumers, and provides excellent customer service.

Why is it always the same people on here complaining about every little thing the city does? Grand Haven is so much better off than pretty much any city on the east side of the state, and it is all because of how our local government is run... Do you really want to live in a town like Flint, where unless you are actively being murdered while you are on the phone with 911 the police won't even show up (even for larger crimes like rape, assault, robbery)? Or do you want a fire department like Flint where they do not even put water on the fire unless there is someone inside the building?

All of you who constantly complain about how this community is run have absolutely no clue how good you have it here in Grand Haven compared to other cities in Michigan.

SignalMaintainer

And look at what happens when a city loses out on its tax base: http://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...

I am quite happy paying for QUALITY services like Grand Haven provides. You cannot have everything for free...

LessThanAmused

Re your link....Hard to believe that's the same country let alone the same state! On a lighter note...looks like a good place to pick up a cheap boat! :-/

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