SLT complex debate tonight

The fate of a new township fire barn/township hall at the northeast corner of Fruitport Road and M-104 hinges on a decision tonight by the Village of Spring Lake Planning Commission.
Marie Havenga
Feb 25, 2014
The public can give final thoughts at a public hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St.
 
Township officials hope planning commissioners approve rezoning the 2.4-acre site from single-family residential to semi-public/planned unit development to make way for an 18,800-square-foot municipal building estimated to cost $4.5 million to $5 million.
 
Planning commissioners have reacted less than enthusiastically about the township's proposal, citing size and location concerns.
 
The proposed brick building would stand 42 feet at its highest point, according to architects from Ohio-based CR Architecture and Design.
 
The building would be two stories with a third floor for the meeting room. It would have a 35-foot setback from M-104 and serve as a “gateway” to the community, architects say.
 
Township officials don't have an alternate plan if planners reject the proposal.
 
“If the question is do we have a Plan B or Plan C, we're really not that far along,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “We're still working on Plan A. We think this proposal makes good sense and is good planning.”
 
Gallagher said if there are things that need adjusted, they'll take a look at those upon Planning Commission’s recommendation.
 
He noted that financing for the project is uncertain, but bonding is likely. Grants may also be an option, he said.
 
If plans proceed for a new fire barn, the township would close the 148th Avenue and Buchanan Street stations and sell the sites. The 174th Avenue station would continue to serve the township's west side.
 
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Comments

trekking

Why not a plan B? I think the location is bad. Very busy intersection. Egress at Savidge at that location, close to the interesection, doesn't make sense. More traffic problems.
Where are the coast savings?

Admin14

This is an excellent location for the future of public safety in our community. A busy intersection is exactly where you want to have a fire department. The location is central to all called for services and is immediately accessible to the main highway through the township - M-104. Locating it in any other location would be a mistake. The building plan is solid and not extravagant. Planners have done their job for the citizens of this area and we should support them and the fire personnel.

bigdeal

sounds like you are a very 'trusting in government' person, what happened to the 148th st & M104 site? THAT would have been a much better place and is only a half mile away and actually IN the township. Why should an entity force their programs on another? Especially in light of that fact?

TooMuch

Emergency vehicles at a busy intersections cause what? Accidents! Ask Curt Theune.

bigdeal

setback is out of code, height is out of code, size is out of code, SLT is out of their minds with no alt plan.

Admin14

You forget that when it comes to public safety the village and the township are ONE. Everything is out of code until a variance is granted just like everything else. This location is perfect.

Admin14

Mr bigdeal - Here's a great location that I'm sure you would like: 144th and Apple, it's all woods, hardly any traffic and probably wouldn't bother you, and you would only have to wait another 10 minutes or so when you are having a heart attack.
When it comes to my safety, I want the fire department right in the middle of the action, central to everything. Response time and safety are number one and there are no compromises to that.

newspaperlawyer

I think one should ask how many buildings already that the Fire Department uses in Spring LAke Village and SL Twp... They just bought a building on 174th near Hickory near the Ottawa/Muskegon County line they have one on 148th Ave which would be approx 1/1/2 miles from the proposed site and one on Buchanan St in the village. So what is the real answer... selling other properties, or building a new one on the village/Twp line... or is it due to the fact that County Sheriff will be contracting their services with the Twp and Village or New Public Safety Service for both. Lets see tonight if something gets rammed down our throat.

Zegota

That's ok, when the Village dissolve and is no longer a municipality, the Township can use the Village Hall also. Think about it, just who, or what will be left running the Village, the Village Manager?

bigdeal

yes it would take an extra 10 minutes or more, seeing how I live in Grand Haven. lol Glad you have it all figured out, hope you made it to the meeting to inform everyone they are wrong. :-S

TooMuch

An Ohio architect? Not a single qualified one in Michigan?! We don't need this new bldg. We don't need all of the other sites in the Township either. Since getting rid of the Village Police Department was obviously about money and we are now going to be policed by the Sheriff's Dept (oh, was that a secret Council?) why not use the Village Hall. That is central enough isn't it? We can save a lot of money by getting rid of all the fluff in that building! Move out the dollar store, use the Barber Street School building, and the DPW building too if you need it. All in one area, we become the absorbed by the Township, tons of savings! There's your Plan B and the real story!

Zegota

With all the funds that the Village of Spring Lake will save by eliminating all of there professional staff, including the Police Department. The Village can easily help afford to pay for a full time and fully equip big brother Fire Department. When the Fire Department gets to the financial level the Police Department finds itself now in. We can just eliminate the Fire Department I feel we must be careful about what we are creating, are we creating another fully taxing authority. Feed Me, Feed Me, Feed Me, better think twice before jumping...please.

gordbzz231

Emergency vehicles at a busy intersections cause what? Grand Haven,s fire station is right on main street with police station and city hall and county court house, so where is the traffic problem ?

bigdeal

Washington st in GH?? where is the traffic comparison bzz? 100 cars/day compared to 30,000 cars/day? apples to oranges...

gordbzz231

Just look at Grand Haven system. police and fire are all in one building and i don,t hear anyone complaining and personal are double duty>

Gwen66

How did it come about? Was it shoved down their throats? Police union thrown out? Top Brass "resigned" just before retirement? Clerk/ Treasurer and DPW personnel (replaced by Belknap, Cedar Springs person where Burns is from) and thrown out? Or, was it done in open mtgs as required by law, passed by the personnel and the people? They aren't complaining because it makes sense, Gordy. Unlike what you are seeing in our Village where it appears we are be overtaken by the OCSD. I would have liked to have seen a Tri-Cities Police Dept. and kept our Chief in some capacity within that organization. Legacy costs is a comment I read...those could not be negotiated? Instead you "terminate" anyone close to getting them? I am embarrassed as a citizen of the Village.

gordbzz231

I don't know anything about the politics between the fire and police, but it does make sense to have to fire department on the main drag, assessable from any direction they need to go and not tucked in a area like the high school, besides traffic dont make that much difference since emergency vehicles have the right of of way anyway, so you cant compare oranges to apples, that you way of descibing the issue, look directly down savage from the proposed area, what do you see, three lanes and plenty of room to pass traffic, compared to US31 going north and south thru town

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