“2013 will be the year of the lighthouse,” said City Manager Pat McGinnis, who is also a member of the Grand Haven Lighthouse Conservancy.
In the summer of 2009, the U.S. General Services Administration sent out a notice that the lighthouses would be available. Soon after, the city and lighthouse conservancy group began the application process to take ownership of the two Grand Haven lights.
With a successful application, the city is now in the final stages of taking ownership.
However, before that happens, McGinnis said they are waiting on some repairs for one of the two structures.
“We’re expecting the Coast Guard to do a repair on the wall of the entrance light,” he said.
The work will include reinforcement and repair of damaged corrugated metal sheathing, and painting of the exterior of the western end wall.
McGinnis noted that the work is to take place before the city would accept ownership of the lights.
“The Coast Guard wouldn’t work on it if we owned them, and we wouldn’t work on it if the federal government owned it,” he explained.
While the city waits for the repairs to be made, it is going ahead with raising awareness for the two structures and the needs they face. McGinnis said the 2013 city calendar will have a lighthouse theme, and there is a running event planned for February centered around the lighthouses.
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