Ferrysburg City Council informally decided this week that if the 0.5-mill levy is approved, the city will bond for the funds to construct the bike path rather than wait a decade or longer until all the taxes are collected.
The 10-year millage would cost the owner of a $200,000 house $50 per year in additional property taxes.
Council also decided to proceed with separated bike paths instead of bike lanes on 168th
Avenue and North Shore Road, with estimated costs of $250,000 and $750,000, respectively. Proposed routes are North Shore Road from the fire barn to North Beach Park, and 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner Road.
Exact locations have not yet been determined, but council members suggested by constructing on the east side of 168th, the city may be able to collaborate with Spring Lake Township. The land north of Bridle Path on the east side of 168th Avenue is in the township.
“If the millage is approved, we'll get proposals to do the design work — then we'll have some harder numbers to look at,” City Manager Craig Bessinger said. “But both projects will come in at roughly $1 million.”
Bessinger said the millage would generate about $900,000.
Councilwoman Kathleen Kennedy said she's heard many positive comments about the proposed bike paths.
“I know people are excited,” she said. “When my husband and I are out working in the yard, we hear people talking about it. They say, 'Yeah, this is where the bike path is going to go.'
"I really don't care which side of the road it goes on, as long as we get it in there," she added.
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