On Aug. 31, 2010, trees were illegally cut down in Gov. Lot 1. For those of you who may not be familiar with this location, it is the area north of Emmet Court and east of some property lines on South Harbor Drive. This is city-owned park land and is also dune land. The value of the trees that were leveled and damaged were estimated at $10,000-plus. That does not include the price that we taxpayers paid to obtain the dollar value of the damage.
The person responsible for this atrocity got away with simply paying the city $1,000, which was paid off by monthly payments of $100.
I am appalled by the way this was handled by the city of Grand Haven. How someone who was responsible for the $10,000-plus destruction that took place on city park land — dune land, especially — got away with simply paying $1,000 is outrageous.
This was never brought to the attention of our city attorney, per my conversation with Sam Janson, assistant to the city manager. This crime (felony offense?) should have been handled by the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office.
This information is on file at City Hall at the city manager's office.
— Cynthia Fricano, Grand Haven