Village Council seeks opinions on fire station

Community members will get one final chance next week to voice their opinion on rezoning the northeast corner of Fruitport Road and M-104 to pave the way for a new township fire station/township hall.
Marie Havenga
Apr 19, 2014

Spring Lake Village Council will discuss the township’s request to rezone the 2.4-acre site, from single-family residential to public/semi-public, at 7 p.m. Monday at Barber School. Council is expected to make a final decision that night.

Village President Jim MacLachlan said only the rezoning request will be considered.

“We won’t be discussing building height, setbacks or anything like that,” he said. “We’ll be deciding if public/semi-public planned unit development is an appropriate use.”

MacLachlan, who has heard the township’s lengthy presentation several times, encouraged council members to come prepared with questions.

“We will limit the time (township leaders) are allowed to (make a presentation),” he said. “We will take a vote and it will be decided one way or the other.”

Village Manager Chris Burns said the public may also chime in with questions and input.

“We’ve elected to hear additional public comment as a courtesy, even though it’s not a formal public hearing,” she said.

In February, the Village Planning Commission failed to make a recommendation to Village Council on the rezoning request. That motion ended on a tie vote.

Despite data and expert testimony that a fire station at that site could improve response times, planning commissioners expressed concerns over the suitability of that location, traffic congestion and building height.

Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe said after a council work session last week that he is glad the decision is being narrowed to the rezoning request and not building plans.

“The task at hand is the rezoning, and we need to stay focused on the task at hand,” he said.

If the requested rezoning is approved, the township plans to construct an 18,800-square-foot township hall/fire station on the site.

To read the whole story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



The building looks big enough for the fire department, police and city hall !!!


I thought the village was trying to save monies after asking about sharing police duties with the county/etc. Somebody must have spare loot burning a hole in their pocket that they can do a project of this size. At least they are asking for public input but it doesn't necessarily act in the public's direction.


Terrible location for unneeded fire station. Can't imagine emergency vehicles trying to get out on 104 when traffic backed up trying to get to the Lake from the East.


Will it make difference where the fire station is located, emergency vehicles have the right away so really traffic, situations would be irrelevant. but i do see your point, everyone is coming from the east side of the state in the summer time, come thru Spring Lake and traffic does get tied up, everyone wants excess to the beach, but in the off seasons it should not be a problem


It is time to put this ill advised plan to rest. Let's come up with a more reasonable approach that does not have so many opponents. Spring Lake really is a great place to live and a great township but this process has been a boondoggle.

It reminds me of the recent move of the township's "west-side" station. Why on earth would they position a fire station less than 1/2 mile from their boundary (with Norton Shores). It is funny how they keep saying the new station needs to be centrally located but for some reason that was not an issue when putting together the west-side station.

Let's use some common sense.


You certainly bring up some great questions. I believe I ask the same question about sale and purchase of the west station. This garbage has been going on in the fire department since Mark Katt was the fire chief. Then the Twp fire department thought they needed to get into the medicals, dive team, search and rescue and anything else they could come up with to waste tax dollars. The fire departments need to stick to the basics of fire fighting and rescues of serve auto accidents. It's certain the twp can not afford the type of fire service that some of the fire fighters want to work for in these tri-cities areas. Maybe share a station with Ferrysburg City, or share a station with Crockery Twp. Then everyone benefits by it instead of one TWP footing the cost like they have done in GH Twp with them running all over the country side.


Hope they wouldn't have to get out on a Sunday with traffic already bad with the cops holding up traffic with Weslyn church.

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