Chamber supports GH bond proposal

To the Editor: The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg met on September 24 and voted to endorse the City of Grand Haven’s Infrastructure Improvement Project Bond Proposal that will be placed on the November 5 ballot for consideration by its residents.
Oct 31, 2013

A study completed in 2004 by Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber identified close to $35 million in projects to replace aging water and sewer pipes as well as reconstruction of street surfaces.

In 2007 city residents supported the first phase of infrastructure improvements by passing a 20 year bond proposal that generated $9.4 million.  As great stewards of the City’s financial resources, that $9.4 million leveraged an additional $5.6 million in funds from grants and city infrastructure funds to complete $15 million in infrastructure projects. 

The need to continue to address aging infrastructure in our community was never more apparent than this past winter when the 100+ year old water main serving the City’s water tower in Mulligan’s Hallow failed and caused a major blowout of the dune. 

The next step in the City’s long term plan has been to identify 70 individual projects that will be completed over a five year time frame addressing replacement of antiquated and often failing infrastructure.  Cost of the projects is projected to be just under $11 million and once again, the City will be excellent stewards of tax payers’ dollars as they are asking residents to support adding one mill for 20 years which is expected to raise $7.2 million. As we compete with other regions and communities for businesses, jobs and new residents, it is imperative that Grand Haven continues to improve its aging infrastructure as it is the underpinning of a healthy and vibrant community.

We encourage Grand Haven voters to support “Grand Haven Built to Last Infrastructure Improvement Project with a yes vote on November 5.

Tony Verplank, chairman; Joy Gaasch, president
Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

 

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