Sloppy parking lots?

Richard of Grand Haven asked, "Why did the city drop the ball during Winterfest, with thousands of visitors coming to town for the biggest event of the winter season, especially on Saturday and Saturday night (Jan. 26)."
Mark Brooky
Jan 30, 2013



Richard supplied some photos of the entrances to Grand Haven municipal parking lots he said were taken during the busy Winterfest weekend.

"I think it's inexcusable," he added, "considering the ... dollars the city has saved last year and the first part of this year due to lower snow-removable costs. You didn't have to clear the entire lot, just give people a place to drive and walk."

Tribune reporter Alex Doty asked City Manager Pat McGinnis about Richard's beef.

"We plowed these alleys at 3 a.m. with a special plastic plow that does not damage the stamped concrete," McGinnis explained. "When the temps warmed up on Saturday, the hard pack loosened up and it looks messy. Our crews did a very good job cleaning up 60 miles of streets and all parking areas.

"We do live in Michigan, and sometimes the slop gets ahead of us."

McGinnis insisted that the city parking lots did not remain unplowed when there was an event going on.

"They were plowed, but snow has a way of melting and moving," he added.

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LOL....your a tool....must have sucked walking to and from the beer tent in GH in WINTER.............


"We plowed these alleys at 3 a.m. with a special plastic plow that does not damage the stamped concrete"

Perhaps stamped concrete is not appropriate for our climate?

Still, it is safe for 9 months of the year... enter at your own risk during winter.


I live downtown and things looked like that all afternoon. Having things plowed at 3 a.m is great. And maybe the snow pack did loosen up. But the real question was why didn't the city send a truck back out at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. to clean things up? Plowing snow isn't just about pushing snow into piles and clearing streets. It's about clearing surfaces for people and vehicles to navigate. And doing it when it's most needed. Not at 3 o'clock in the morning. The crews do a great job. But a situation like this should be given a little more thought and attention.


Everyone's an expert. They plow at 3 Am when you're not in the way, complaining. Stamped concrete makes the area identifiable and safer as a pedestrian area, but you don't walk-too much snow! Why don't you stay home and watch Fox News. They'll tell you the sloppy snow is caused by Obamacare-but you already know that.


By the way, who let it snow during Winterfest anyway?


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