Snowmelt for Centertown?

Talk is heating up about the prospect of melting snow in Grand Haven's Centertown.
Alex Doty
Mar 20, 2013


But City Council is less than lukewarm about expanding the system from the downtown sidewalks.

With a $950,000 construction project on the horizon for Centertown, some are asking the city if a snowmelt system is a possibility for this section of town.

City Manager Pat McGinnis said the city's Downtown Development Authority has talked about extending the snowmelt system to Centertown in conjunction with the district's pending construction project. He said it would encompass about a block and a half, from the train tracks near Seventh Street to Beacon Boulevard.

When the original snowmelt project was engineered for downtown, there was reportedly enough capacity built into the system to bring the snowmelt to Centertown.

“Money was spent on larger pipes and pumps to provide capacity if money was available to extend it to Centertown,” Downtown Development Authority member John Naser said. “You’ve already made an investment, which opens up the possibility.”

City officials say they don’t know what it would cost to expand the system to Centertown, and the issue isn’t even on the city’s agenda at this time, McGinnis said.

“We don’t have any reliable information on how much it would cost or how we would do it,” he said. “There’s been no formal request by the Downtown Development Authority.”

During an informal discussion during this week's City Council meeting, McGinnis estimated it would cost about $400,000 to add snowmelt to the Centertown project. However, he noted that the city has not set aside funds to pay for an engineer to provide a more detailed estimate.

“We’re not, at this point, asking that snowmelt be installed,” Naser said. “We’re asking for a small amount of money be spent" for a study.

The study, Naser explained, would provide businesses owners information to decide whether or not they would want to spend the money to have the snowmelt system in Centertown.

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Put it in now! Centertown is going to be tore up already during the project. Knowing this city the snow melt system will eventually go into Centertown. It is going to be less expensive to put it in now rather than later. Obviously this is going to cause anger with many people now or later. Many people feel the snowmelt system is a waste of money whenever it goes in. Anybody who believes it won't is in denial. So, be responsible and put it in now instead of tearing up and replacing the sidewalks and streets twice.


the courthouse walks would be nice, but i think the rear parking on south east all ready has it, plenty of traffic everyday


Why don't also include Harbor Dr and around the Lake. I think the amount money and wasted time of moving snow and sand around the State Park area is a joke. So once they move the sand, snow and salt back onto the beach I'm sure their is some type of DEQ or EPA violation. People its about time for a change in the City Management. For us that are year round residence and get charged the amount of taxes that we do and for really what services. The City of GH lets these clowns park on the city streets during the winter months due to the fact they have to many vehicles in the family. Owners hardly can back their vehicles out of their driveways because the city plows need to plow around 3-4 vehicles parked in the road in front of one residence. So I say lets put the the system in and around the residential areas also. The City of Holland only has this system due to some very wealthy families providing the money.


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