SLT officials consider fire barn options

The chances of a new fire barn at the southwest corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road apparently have been doused, but plans for the northeast corner of that same intersection are heating up.
Marie Havenga
Jul 19, 2013


Township officials are scheduled to meet with an Ohio-based architectural firm next week to learn the results of a preliminary “space needs” study.

Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the $25,000 preliminary work would determine if both a new township hall and fire barn would fit on the 2.4-acre site that the township purchased last year.

The township's option agreement on the 4-acre Doezema property on the southwest corner of the same intersection has expired, according to Gallagher.

Gallagher said the Township Board is targeting that intersection because it is the central location for all fire calls on the east side of the township.

The east side is currently serviced by the 148th Avenue fire station and the 106 S. Buchanan St. fire barn/township hall site.

Although he wouldn't rule out revisiting the Doezema property in the future, Gallagher said all energy now is focused on the northeast corner.

“We want to see what can happen with the parcel we own,” he said. “One of the things that has been talked about is the size. Is it large enough? I think that's why we wanted to have an architect look at it.”

There is no square-footage target and no cost estimates at this time.

Gallagher said they plan to meet with a representative from fire building specialist CR Architecture & Design next week.

“We want to start by reviewing the site, then we want to look at our space needs,” Gallagher said. “What kind of meeting room space is needed? What kind of office space is needed? There's a clerk's office, assessor's office, reception area — then they're going to look at putting the space on the site.”

Any plans would also require the approval of both the village's Planning Commission and Village Council. Gallagher said he expects to make a presentation to the Planning Commission in September.

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I hope that sincere consideration will be a priority of the Village Council, because Village taxpayers already pay property taxes not only to the Village of Spring Lake. But also to Spring Lake township and on top of that, the Village taxpayers pays "extra" for fire protection coming directly out of the general funds each year to Spring Lake Township.
I feel that with three (3) very efficient fire departments in the local area, and all within a very short distance that the Village of Spring Lake must look at all alternatives. Including receiving fire protection services from either the City of Grand Haven, or the City of Ferrysburg. Since the Village already has great Police Department with the City of Ferrysburg, maybe this could be researched and considered by the people!
Saving the taxpayers of both municipalities some serious funds for fire services, it is worth the consideration before creating another new taxing authority. Or allowing the township to once again raise and control our taxes, since we do receive so much public services from the township, just food for thought.


The township needs to listen to the people who are coming out to public hearings ... including the one last week.

It is important to not just tell people they need to collect signatures and get a ballot initiative to fight "township hall." Maybe the township should NOT force the issue and incur the cost of an election when it is becoming apparent that the township is not really interested in higher taxes. We have long had suitable fire protection without a dedicated fire district.


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