Praise for city leaders

Folks like to complain about government, and many times their complaints are warranted. One only has to look at the mess in Washington, where there’s a lot to point a finger at.
Mar 25, 2013


On the local front, however, there have been two acts by local government that deserve our praise.

Both are still ongoing, but include the quick response to the massive washout following the water leak at Water Tank Hill; and the green light given the sewer upgrades to hopefully, once and for all, eliminate the odors that come from the sewer treatment facility.

The 12-inch water main that burst is part of a 2.5 million gallon water tank system that resides at the top of the dune. It washed away tons of sand, creating a canyon-size gully in the side of the hill that rises up from the Mulligan’s Hollow landscape behind the YMCA.

Workers must first replace the 12-inch main that transports water from the filtration plant to the water tanks. The next step is to stabilize the hill until such a time when sand can be replaced and planted with dune grass, hemlocks and other native species.

City Council members, city staff and members of the city’s Environmental Natural Resources Committee met at the site recently to discuss their options.

We are pleased with their quick response and special care being given to the sensitive dune area.

When the wastewater treatment plant was built decades ago on the city’s east side, neighbors were told there would be no odor. Well, neighbors and those of us who drive through the area or visit parks on the east end know this hasn’t been the case. Efforts have been made, but the problem has never been resolved.

Hang on. A nearly $4 million project, aimed at freshening up the facility, is set to begin.

Plant Manager John Stuparits said the local sewer authority is very excited about the project and added, “We’re going to be a better neighbor.”

The project has two elements: Odor control and a new disinfectant method for the plant, which is located at 1525 Washington Ave. The process will be changed from chemical-based to one that involves the use of ultraviolet light. Stuparits said it will be much better for neighbors and plant employees alike, rather than using chlorine and sulfur dioxide, which are both hazardous gases.

The other part includes a centralized system to collect and treat combined odor sources. City officials hope to have the project wrapped up by November.

We commend our local government for these actions and wish it well in bringing both projects to a successful conclusion.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Fast response are you kidding!!!!! The city was told it was leaking since late 2010. I guess it was not as important as finding that possible leak in the heated sidewalk system downtown. Mayor MCFOOL and the city manager were told repeatedly about the leak and did not do anything.


lol,That's risk mangement.


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