City officials gathered Wednesday evening for a town hall meeting at the D&W supermarket on Robbins Road. The topic was the 2013 Infrastructure Improvement Project, dubbed "Built to Last."
"These town hall meetings are designed to bring the discussion to the people," City Manager Pat McGinnis said. "If residents have questions or concerns, it is our job to make it as easy as possible for them to inform and advise their elected representatives."
City Council has placed a millage authorization on the Nov. 5 ballot. If it is approved by city voters, the city may issue up to $7.5 million in debt to finance infrastructure projects from 2015-19. For homes with a taxable value of $100,000, the additional property tax would be $100.
The ballot initiative would continue the work of an infrastructure millage that city voters approved six years ago.
Funds generated from the 2007 millage did not fund the Washington Avenue downtown or Grand Landing projects, officials said.
Planners, residents and infrastructure experts met this past spring to develop a new list of high-priority infrastructure projects throughout the community.
By hosting town hall meetings, city officials hope that they can gauge the community's needs.
“We’re really hoping to get valuable insight into what our citizens expect for reinvestment in infrastructure,” McGinnis said.
McGinnis noted that city officials are also trying to disseminate information about the bond proposal.
“The second part (of the meetings) is to get out the information,” he said. “It’s an effort to have a two-way conversation. It’s important that we hear from the people.”
Grand Haven leaders are planning to host another meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Four Pointes Center. They also plan to schedule one for October.
McGinnis said the city has also used social media, its website and mailings to get people informed about the ballot proposal.
“We really want to do every last job of informing the public about what the issue is,” he added.