The first question that comes to mind is: How Main is Washington and how Main is U.S. 31, and where is the promotional scheme for that area as well as for the rest of Grand Haven? I am not saying that MSDDA can’t or should not promote themselves, but should the city government take sides by promoting one area while forgetting the other areas, while they are supposed to be representing all of us.
Eric Brennberger, planning commissioner, had it right when he suggested that it would be more fun if we let a few more people into the game. In good schools, kids get taught this at an early age, but either someone didn’t go to one of the good schools or they just don’t play well with others.
City Planner Kristin Keery said that opening up the PSD to a larger area would be a challenge for the DDA because they want to market the core downtown and Centertown area. Too bad, this is our city and we all live here together; so, if you want us to pay the city planners to help you make this happen, then you should open up the area to include the land from approximately the Bil-Mar to Kirby’s to U.S. 31 to the bridge and back to the Bil-Mar. Later, the city can make one or two more PSDs for other areas if they can prove they know what they are doing. (No more Grand Landings that we have to pay for).
The current MSDDA can be the center of the new group and show them the ropes so to speak and at the same time this arrangement will keep the DDA people from stepping on as many toes as they might if they acted alone.
While we are talking about this, let’s tell the city government that we don’t want to see any city-backed bonds issued without the approval of the voters, including a stated worst-case millage limit in the case we end up paying them back out of our taxes (again).
I am stuck at a second-shift job so maybe some of you fine people can attend whatever meetings are held and try to keep things going in a healthy direction.
— Dale Freye, Grand Haven