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Grand Haven Charter Township!

Stay informed on what is happening in the township. This newsletter will deliver up-to-date information including upcoming meetings, development news, township services and more!

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Lakeshore Gardens
The Township recently approved an apartment complex at the former site of the Tysman Trucking and Landscaping business on Robbins Road. The project will consist of 6 apartment buildings totaling 156-units. Apartments will range in size from smaller 496 square foot efficiency units to 1,070 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom units. 

The developer has received support from the local non-profit agency Gracious Grounds, which helps and supports members of our community with unique and special abilities. The developer has worked with Gracious Grounds on other housing projects and hopes to offer the same services at the new Lakeshore Gardens complex.

In order to support the needs of Gracious Grounds and other residents with mobility issues the developer is incorporating pocket doors and roll in showers in some units as well as extra handicap parking spaces. The apartments will also have a club house, pool, and 2.5-acres of open space.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019.
Fire/Rescue Open House
Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue department would like to invite you to their annual Fire Prevention Open House on October 9 th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be several different fire departments in attendance along with other emergency service organizations.

The Spectrum Health Aero Med helicopter will also be on display this year.
Millhouse Bayou Condos
Another proposed residential development is a 26-unit condo development on Millhouse Bayou. The 9-acre site would include 11 two-unit attached buildings, 1 four-unit attached buildings, and 3-acres of open space. 

A public hearing is scheduled with the Planning Commission on October 1 st at 7:00 p.m. If approved, construction is expected to begin early 2019.
Yard Waste Drop-Off
The Fall Yard Waste Drop-Off Program will begin on Monday, October 22 nd and continue through Sunday, November 18 th at the drop-off site located behind the Township’s Public Services Building at 13300 168 th Avenue. 

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. 

The drop-off is only meant for leaves, grass and similar yard waste. There is no dumping of wood, limbs or brush allowed.
PFAS Testing
The North Ottawa Water System tested the treated water for PFAS ( sometimes known as perflourinated chemicals or PFCs) – a large group of manmade chemicals that are fire resistant, and repel oil, stains, grease, and water. 

Results from Eurofins Eaton Analytical are noted in the summary below:

Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) = 4.0 ppt (parts per trillion)
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) = 4.0 ppt
Total or combined results = 8.0 ppt

This is well below the EPA’s 70 ppt Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) level. ( One part per trillion is equivalent to one second is 31,500 years.)

Because PFAS compounds are so prevalent within the environment and are found in manufactured products ranging from shampoo to cosmetics to paint to pesticides, it was expected that the NOWS water testing would find some level of PFAS in the drinking, especially with the “infinitesimal testing” that can occur in modern laboratories.

However, studies on low level exposure to PFAS have not provided any evidence that these levels cause harm in humans. 

That said, if residents are concerned with the level of PFAS in the NOWS drinking water, some reverse osmosis filters or point-of-use (POU) granular activated carbon systems are certified to reduce PFAS. These systems will have the NSF P473 certification.

There may be other filters that lower PFAS. However, without the NSF P473 certification, it can be difficult to know which filters effectively reduce PFAS and which do not.
Robbins Centre Point
The developer is making progress on the new commercial site on Robbins Road. All of the former buildings have been demolished and removed. The shell of the building is up, and they’re starting to add the brick and stone.

Pizza Hut will be the first tenant to occupy the building, and other tenants have begun signing leases and will move into their suites in 2019. ( The current Pizza Hut building will be demolished later this year or early in 2019.)
Grand Rapids Water Plant - Landscaping
Township staff had discussions with the Grand Rapids water plant regarding their landscaping. In brief, the City of Grand Rapids Water System is looking to reduce site mowing and maintenance at its Lake Michigan Filtration Plant by installing natural area plantings – such as dune grass, ‘No mow’ grasses, and ‘pollinator mix’ wildflower zones.

Grand Rapids plans to begin this change with new plantings this fall. However, the project will likely extend into next year.  Future considerations for water plant include adding parking for the pathway and a possible play structure.
Road Commission Strategic Plan Update
The Road Commission released its Strategic Improvement Plan – which is done on an annual basis. With regard to its impact on the Grand Haven Township, the following major projects are noted:

  • Comstock Street (1.95 miles from 168th Avenue to Mercury Drive) will be resurfaced in 2019 at an estimated cost of $834k.
  •  Lakeshore Drive (2.70 miles from Rosy Mound to Buchanan Street) will be resurfaced in 2020 at an estimated cost of $1.2 million.
  • Mercury Drive (1.71 miles from Comstock Street to city limits) will be resurfaced in 2021 at an estimated cost of $725k.
  •  Mercury Drive (1.70 miles from Comstock Street to 144th Avenue) will be resurfaced in 2023 at an estimated cost of $765k.
  •  Ferris Street (2.00 miles from US-31 to 152nd Avenue) will be resurfaced in 2023 at an estimated cost of $824k.
  •  152nd Avenue (1.75 miles from Lincoln Street to Groesbeck) will be resurfaced in 2023 at an estimated cost of $819k.

7th Amendment to Sewer Authority Restated Contract
An amendment to the Sewer Authority contract was approved by the Township Board. 

In brief, this nine-page amendment will cover the issuance and repayment of the bonds for the proposed $13.5 million of maintenance and improvements to the Sewer Treatment plant and the new force main under the Grand River. The project has five components – two of which will benefit Grand Haven Township and will be paid, in part, by the sewer users from the Township.

The two components that will impact Township users are (1) the so-called “Headwork and Pumping Improvements” to the treatment plant at a cost of about $4.2 million that will be shared by all of the sewer users; and, (2) the “Local Pump Station” improvements at a cost of about $1 million that will be funded solely by the sewer users in Grand Haven City and Grand Haven Township.

The remaining $8.3 million of improvements ( e.g., Grand River forcemain and local pump station improvements) will benefit the other municipal units and will be funded by their sewer users.

Bottom line – the cost increase for sewer users in Grand Haven Charter Township will be about $0.59 per 1,000 gallons. ( In comparison, the increased cost for Ferrysburg, Spring Lake Township and Spring Lake Village sewer users is expected to be $1.19 per 1,000 gallons mainly due to the new force main under the Grand River.)

This project is expected to be bid in three separate and distinct construction contracts. All of the bids will be opened on November 8th. Construction will not be completed until 2020.

The $13.5 million bond sale is tentatively scheduled for November 20th.
172nd Avenue Storm Drain
Gaps have appeared in a number of joints along the 172nd Avenue storm drain. These gaps have caused issues with sink holes along the pathway ( e.g., in front of Light Corporation). 

The cost to repair these gaps will be about $1,400 per joint repair. 

The above “video capture” shows soils “oozing” into the storm drain. 

During periods with a higher water table, the amount of soil migrating into the 172nd Avenue storm drain at these joints would substantially increase without repairs.
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