Shabby courthouse grounds?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

"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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