Trash cans for the pier?

Linda of Grand Haven asked, "Is it possible to place trash cans on the pier? We saw trash on the pier, in the water and on the boardwalk rocks. The pier has fishing line tubes for disposal, but nothing for trash."
Mark Brooky
Jul 8, 2013



Although the pier is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis has our answer. He said the Corps of Engineers does not have the staff assigned to collect garbage from the pier.

"Cans are not practical on the pier for several reasons — the high winds will 'self-empty' most cans, cans with strong doors or lids lack the convenience that encourages most people to use them, the remote location is a preferred spot for vandals (even the most sturdy cans wind up in the lake or river), the one-way journey out the pier and then back is labor-intensive, and all attempts of the past have failed for one of the above reasons," McGinnis explained. "We ask that people use the cans at the foot of the pier before or after they take a stroll.

"And remember, these are federal aids to navigation and are not designed for pedestrian use!"

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Holy cow! The City Manager just said something that makes perfect sense and saves tax money! A tear of joy just rolled down my cheek. Now PLEASE use logic and reason like this when the subject of expanding the snowmelting sidewalks comes up.


Scary when someone who screws up so often actually gets it right; I think I just heard and oink from over head.


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