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Sewer authority receives grant for infrastructure project

Alexander Sinn • Jan 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM

The Grand Haven/Spring Lake Sewer Authority was awarded a state grant during the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session last month to help with a project for infrastructure upgrades.

The $2.5 million grant will help fund a $13.4 million investment in the sewer system, including upgrades to lift stations, improvements to the treatment facility and replacement of the force sewer main under the Grand River.

Spring Lake Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the grant helps make the project more affordable for customers.

“This investment will keep us in an excellent position for further industrial expansion and job growth in Northwest Ottawa County for decades to come,” he said.

The upgrades will expand reliable capacity of force mains, Gallagher added. 

The funding was part of a wide-ranging, $1.3 billion spending plan that includes $115 million directed at pet projects of state legislators.

A $1.5 million grant was also approved for pavilion improvements at Grand Haven State Park.

Local Chamber of Commerce President Joy Gaasch said state Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, and then-Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, helped secure the funding.

The project is financed through Ottawa County via the sale of Public Act 342 municipal bonds.

The cost breaks down as follows: Grand Haven Township, 7.5 percent; City of Grand Haven, 27.4 percent; Village of Spring Lake, 9.3 percent; Spring Lake Township, 36.2 percent; and Ferrysburg, 19.6 percent.

About $500,000 of the project’s cost will be paid through the sewer authority’s cash reserves.

The project will be completed over the next two years.

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