Fireworks will fly July 4

The “oohs” and “aahs” coming from Waterfront Stadium during the Fourth of July fireworks show are becoming ever closer to a reality.
Alex Doty
Jun 10, 2013

 

Grand Haven City Council recently approved a contract with Wolverine Fireworks of Kawkawlin to conduct the July 4 show for a cost of $22,000.

“I’m just really excited about it,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said of the display.

City Manager Pat McGinnis said the city received proposals from the previous fireworks provider, Mad Bomber, along with Wolverine. The city ultimately chose to go with the new company, noting that there were concerns expressed by local representatives about the previous company used by the Grand Haven Area Jaycees for the show.

The new company provided a sample showing of their product during the Grand Haven Musical Fountain rededication ceremony in May.

“They do a lot of fireworks shows around the state,” McGinnis said.

The two companies were the only ones who submitted proposals, as the fireworks show wasn’t put out for open bidding.

“We were under pressure, so we didn’t have time to do a full-blown request for qualifications,” McGinnis said.

The show is being made possible by $10,000 contributions from both the City of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Township, as well as fundraising efforts through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

The foundation's president, Holly Johnson, said they've received $3,750 for the show as of Friday.

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Comments

christopher

What ever happened with the JayCee's funding?

Vladtheimp

"The city ultimately chose to go with the new company, noting that there were concerns expressed by local representatives about the previous company used by the Grand Haven Area Jaycees for the show"

Would it be too difficult for a reporter to discover what the concerns were and who the local representatives are, especially since there were no concerns for the prior years Mad Bomber did the shows before they got screwed by the Jaycees and maybe the City?? Were the local representatives the same ones who displayed their judgment by nixing the Coast Guard sign?

Inquiring minds want to know. . . .

rukidding

I must have one of those inquiring minds because I sure as heck want to know why we would behave this way. If there is a reason for the Mad Bomber to be scorned then out with it already, if not; what the heck are you people doing? Talk about looking like a 21st century witch hunt.
Oh, and another thing I would like to know; who is that girl in the white itty bitty for the "how cruise ships fill their empty cabins" ad?

christopher

Seriously . . . our community (or at least the JayCee's) seem to have screwed the former company out of payment. Now that we have the opportunity to make it right (as a community ... even if it was the city's fault) we refuse to give them another opportunity.

What problem did the city have with the historic vendor.

This whole thing is beginning to smell.

bigdeal

i have to agree. Stiff a vendor and diss him? With all the crap going on behind peoples backs, Grand Haven citizens have the right to recall any elected official. Maybe it's time for some heads to roll at city hall. At least vote the pompas azzes out when they are up for reelection.

Say no to new taxes

Let me see if I understand this. The Mad Bomber has put on some great shows for GH in the past, even extending credit to the Jaycee's (who stiffed him in the end). For doing that, he loses the "no bid" contract to another company. Sounds to me like Wolverine Fireworks has a "friend" at city hall. A follow up story is clearly needed here.

 

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