Shabby courthouse grounds?

Rudy of Spring Lake asked, "Why does the Ottawa County Courthouse grounds look so terrible?"
Mark Brooky
Aug 8, 2014


"There is grass and weeds growing in lots, walks and around shrubs," he continued. "Also, why no bark put down this year to prevent weed growth? The Franklin Avenue parking lot and drive is a mess. The county should be embarrassed."


Ottawa County officials happen to agree with you, Rudy.

Shannon Felgner, the county’s communications manager, said county officials have been hearing from citizens and county employees alike that they do take pride in the buildings where they work and do business.

“Whether it is Ottawa County employees, services or facilities, we want to provide a quality experience,” she said. “Ironically, we have been accused in the past of taking ‘too much’ pride in our buildings.”

So what happened this year? Felgner said the difficult winter strained the county’s maintenance budget and forced officials to make cuts on some items, including mulch. 

“Knowing that the Coast Guard Festival was approaching, we did complete the installation of flowers, sod and mulch, along with numerous weeding and tree-trimming projects at (our) Grand Haven properties,” she said. “Unfortunately, earlier summer visitors may have been greeted by a less-than-manicured courthouse. We are sorry and pledge to do better next year.”

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You have got to be kidding. With all the money that court house rakes in from the public they don't have the budget!? What a joke.

Barry Soetoro

21.5 million dollar building and no money to take care of the grounds? Sniff, sniff...pass me the tissues, Felgner.


Just call Rozemary (ottawa county sheriff) and have the inmate trustees work fixing it all up.




We need some more convictions (ie, drunk drivers, MIP's, and another attorney from Stanton) to be locked up and fined to raise the money for grounds. Alright boys..... Go round 'em up!


Must be those who frequent the courthouse find this a hoot.


It's actually a very cool building and has a neat history display in the lobby. Not everyone who goes to the courthouse is a criminal. That's like saying everyone who goes to Church is a Republican.....simply not true and NO I'm not a Democrat either. LOL


I made no such assumption.




Nobody wants higher taxes but you get what you pay for.


I think they made the right choice. They had to trim there budget. This was a small simple step. Thumbs up.




The county employee's taking their smoke breaks outside adds to the shab!!
Give them a room in the basement to smoke or offer a smoking cessation class!!!!!


That's their choice to smoke. No one is forcing them to smoke, and to have a room inside, will just cost more money than keeping the grounds in good looking order. Offer a class???? Are you kidding me? More money out of the tax payers pocket. Again, no one is forcing them to smoke. They choose to start the nasty habit, they can find a way to quit. I would dare say, most of them don't even want to quit. They can clean up the grounds as they are out there shortening their lives and driving up healthcare costs for us that don't smoke.


I see better now they attached my photo. Geez....what an eyesore !?!


Probably the new Manager of the Village of Spring Lake is helping with the grounds...


The Ottawa County Maintenance Dept. wastes so much money it is unreal.


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