GH eyes $10M in projects

A burst water pipe atop Water Tank Hill this past spring served as a stark reminder of Grand Haven’s aging utility systems.
Alex Doty
Jun 21, 2013


City administrators are working on plans to shore up citywide deficiencies highlighted by the costly dune washout. They've cobbled together a list of water and sewer lines and sidewalk projects they’d like to tackle in the next five years, estimated to total about $10 million.

“Right now, these are all pipe dreams,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “They are not funded yet.”

A special task force formed in April evaluated the list of projects. They then generated a blueprint for the work that needs to be done.

What remains unclear is exactly how the city would finance the utility work. City officials are looking at a variety of options — from grants to asking for voter approval of a bond issue — but nothing has been formalized.

“This whole report is based on if the money would be approved by the public,” McGinnis said.

If voters did support a bond proposal next year, McGinnis said work could begin in 2015.

The task force presented its report to City Council earlier this week. Some council members expressed concerns about it.

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



"They've cobbled together a list" That's for dang sure, how's bout the twenty or so sidewalk sections that have been marked for 5+ years and still not replaced in my area????? There bad enough to be trip hazards to anyone who uses them.


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