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SL Twp. renews bike path tax

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Of the 1,866 ballots cast, the final unofficial tally was 1,245 votes "yes" to 621 "no," which represents a 67-33 percent margin.

The levy will be a slight decrease from the 0.5-mill, 10-year proposal that expires this year.

The new initiative will cost the owner of a $200,000 home $49 per year and generate $334,000 annually for bike path construction and maintenance, according to Township Manager Gordon Gallagher.

With the approval, top priority projects are expected to proceed in high gear. This includes:

*A $180,000 extension for the south side of M-104 from Fruitport Road to Krueger Street expected to be bid out this fall with construction beginning in the spring.

*A shared project with the City of Ferrysburg that will bring a path down the east side of 168th Avenue from West Spring Lake Road to VanWagoner. The Spring Lake Township portion, from Bridlepath to VanWagoner, is estimated at $145,000.

Other path extensions on the docket for the next several years include: Palm Drive near Little Black Lake; State Road from 148th to 144th Avenue; and VanWagoner Road.

Township resident Jeff Clark voted in favor of the path millage at All Shores Church on Tuesday afternoon.

“I live right across from the bike path and we use it all the time,” Clark said. “It is the sidewalk in our front yard. We use it three times a day and I ride the path to work. In addition to Spring Lake schools, the bike path was a reason to move to this area.”

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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