GH pays $200K for dune fix

Restoration of Water Tank Hill at Mulligan’s Hollow is nearly complete, but the city may be stuck footing the bill.
Alex Doty
Jun 6, 2013


“We’ve not been successful at getting any disaster relief or insurance on it,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

City officials had expected that the work would be covered, and McGinnis said the city will continue to pursue assistance.

The 12-inch water main that burst in March is part of a two-tank system — one holding 2 million gallons and the other 500,000 gallons — that resides at the top of the dune. It blasted a canyon-size hole in the side of the hill, taking trees and sand with it.

The most recent estimate for all of the repair and restoration work at the site is $237,337. For now, the city is taking money out of its General Fund to cover the costs, McGinnis said.

The work includes restoring the integrity of the hill, and replanting trees and vegetation on the hill. City Public Works Director Bill Hunter has said they'll plant a variety of red oaks and sugar maples, and some black cherry and hemlock — 119 trees in all.

The work is slated for completion by June 28.

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I guess they should double our water bills to take care of this lack of contingency ... just as they doubled the rate for downtown businesses to pay for the snow melt system.


Looks nice and cleared out, put in a ski lift and make it part of the Hollow.


You know, that's not a bad idea!


Thanks, somedays are good, ya know. BTW your comment below is HILARIOUS! ROFLMAO


Wow that's expensive. Back in the day laying pipe up there was done for the price of a dinner and a song!


Everything's a joke with you..... ;>


Now I was just accused a day ago of looking at everything as politics! I try to lighten up and ya give me this...Jeez!


Isn't life a ..itch?


Sure was easier to scratch back then;-)


Now that thar's funny!


We agree!


what I don't understand is when you take sand from the Lake Michigan beachfront and transfer it over to the sand dunes it cost this much??? It seems to me that the sand mostly came from the State Park maybe the State of Michigan should bill the city for the sand. I really question if the DEQ really knew about this... Ooops that's right the city can doing as they please but us little beachfront owner need to obey the rules and laws.


Why should the city receive any disaster relief or insurance? There was a call placed to 911, alerting officials that there was water was trickling down the hill to the service road days before the water main finally broke. The City was aware of the problem and just kept dragging their feet. Maybe next time issues will be addressed sooner....might save some money.


I would like to know what it cost the city. Just in man hours and fuel to pile up the sand and move it from the beach to Mulligan's Hollow. When probably 2/3rds of the sand that washed out of the dune. Is still sitting at the bottom of the dune. Why didn't they take the little extra time to reclaim that first? Then go to the beach. Something else I don't understand is how they think they are going to get anything to grow it that sterile sand. There is no organic matter in it. Taken from and online source. "Plants can grow in just about any medium, as long as they have water and nutrients. Unfortunately, sand doesn't hold onto water and it contains no organic material, so there is nothing for plants to use for nourishment". How do they plan on keeping the trees and plants watered? I hope they didn't pay to much for those 119 trees. Or should I say We didn't pay to much for those trees. This appears to be another project that was not developed and thought out using common sense.


I agree. I thought at the time I first read about it that trying to plant trees/saplings was a pretty ambitious project. Based on what I know about reclamation I'd think that trying to stabilize the wash out area by planting dune grass first would be the way to go. Once the grasses root systems have branched out and stabilized the area then maybe planting the trees would be a second phase project.
I'd guess it's going to take more than a summer or two before even dune grass would begin to stabilize the area. Between rainy weather, people and gravity it's going to be hard to return the hillside to it's former self. It'll be interesting to see how it goes over the next couple years.


Wow! Look what is costs to fix a dune that nobody sees! Just think what it might cost to repair the dunes if we actually do put up the Coast Guard City USA sign. Gotta cost double this amount. Maybe we better not put the sign back up?


Good point, it is a well known fact many leaks occur behind signs especially during Coast Guard ;-)


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