Grand Haven could soon host a one-of-a-kind monument to honor the city’s public works employees.

During the City Council’s work session on April 12, Grand Haven Public Works Director Derek Gajdos provided an update on a project that originally received council’s support in 2019. It’s believed this will be the first monument nationwide to honor public works employees, Gajdos said.

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This is what you going to spend $1 million dollars on....all the infrastructure is fixed, signage, budgets funded, public transit, schools in good shape? And this is how you spend $1 million dollars of people’s hard earned tax dollars??


Public works employees are those who tend parks in the summer, drive snowplows in the winter, and sometimes work on roads and maintain buildings. They usually do a decent job. At the same time they get much more pay and better benefits than those doing exactly the same work in the private sector. So what next: a monument to the city’s office staff? Maybe department heads deserve a monument too, also those who serve on boards and commissions, and let’s not forget public safety and other municipal employees. The city should not be soliciting funds for this hooray-for-us frivolity. There’s a good reason no other city in the nation has anything like this. To have it anyplace in our city would be an embarrassment.

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