To the editor,
I have read the various articles and letters about Harbor Island and appreciate the Tribune for bringing them to us.
It seems the Board of Light & Power wants to build again where the old power plant stood, but some Grand Haven residents are opposed. Some who are opposed don’t like natural gas, some don’t think they need a second office building, some see entirely different uses for the island, some are concerned about the high water, some are concerned about the buried pollutants on the island.
I think everybody is missing the point. The real question is: Why now?
Why, in a time when COVID-19 cases are spiking, local businesses are closing, people are out of work, people are unable to make rent payments, and local food pantries are overwhelmed by requests? Why would three of the five BLP board members want to spend $30 million of ratepayers' money on new construction with all that is happening? Are they so out of touch? Shame on them!
The Board of Light & Power should instead be looking at ways to use the millions they have accumulated since closing the power plant to benefit a hurting community. Maybe they could better use their millions to lower our rates and to subsidize energy-efficiency efforts in community buildings.
BLP: Please stop and think!