Grand Haven Tribune

February 20, 2017

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8 TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG PAGE 7 THE BIG # combined wrestlers from GH, SL and Fruitport that advanced to the state finals CONNECT WITH US facebook.com/GHTribune twitter.com/GHTribune TOP 3 STORIES Longtime business owner keeps on giving 1 Spectrum Health to end pediatric services at NOCH 2 20 years since the final Pit stop 3 at grandhaventribune.com THANK YOU Jasmine Q Deweese For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER AM rain, PM Clouds BY ETHAN VANDY BOGURT 55 45 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S 75¢ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 www.grandhaventribune.com | | FIRE DESTROYS LOG HOME BUSINESS IN MARNE SEE STORY, PAGE 2 LOCAL ATHLETES PREPARE FOR BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP SEE SPORTS, PAGE 7 The Grand Haven Township Board has set a date and time to discuss a short-term cash surplus that is anticipated for this year. Township Trustees will meet at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Township Hall to brainstorm ideas about how to utilize the upcoming surplus of funds. Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg and/or Deputy County Administrator Keith Van Beek have offered to assist in the process as guest facilitators. "I'd like to do it before we have our audit (in April)," Cargo said of the discussion. Township officials say the General Fund′s undesignated fund balance has grown to about $2.52 million at the end of last year. The township has typically retained about six months of General Fund expenditures as an undesignated fund balance — about $1.6 million. B e caus e the tow nship continues to grow, officials say the amount retained as undesignated fund balance could safely be reduced to four or five months of expenditures. As a result, the Township Board has between $920,000 and $1.52 million that can be designated for capital improvement projects or maintenance projects. "We can use the money to deal with the services or infrastructure that's out there," Cargo said. "There's a whole bunch of things out there." According to the township, some of the future expenses on the radar include: — $3 million for needed street resurfacing over the next 3-4 years. — $530,000 to $700,000 for park development at the Witteveen and Wolfe properties over the next 2-3 years. — $150,000 for the township's at-large cost of the new Hiawatha Township sets date for fund balance talks GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP The Fruitport District Library is one step closer to becoming a full-service branch by becoming a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative and its Integrated Library System (ILS). Membership in the ILS requires Fruitport to purchase 13,598 books that are no more than two years old. The ILS bases this number of new books on the population of the Fruitport service area. "It's one new book per person," Fruitport Township Treasurer Rose Dillon explained. After becoming an approved member on Feb. 9, Fruitport District Library received a waiver from the Lakeland system, which allows them to purchase half of the book requirement now and the other half by the end of February 2018. "It was delightful to receive that waiver," Dillon said. "It is not only a financial benefit, but it also gives the library more time to make room for all those books." Fruitport District Library Director Bethany Nettleton quoted the first half of the books to cost $119,000. According to Dillon, the library plans to purchase and catalog all the books during March. "Then the button can be pushed, we can go live, and our residents can start coming in and getting cards," Nettleton said. The Fruitport District Library Board is aiming to have a soft opening of the library on April 1 and a grand opening in May. Fruitport left the Muskegon Area District Library system at the end of last year and became an approved member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative in January. Lakeland connects many libraries across Michigan. Membership with the ILS gives Fruitport residents access to materials from other member libraries across West Michigan. Becoming a member of ILS was "very important to us," Dillon said. "The benefit of being a member of ILS is, once you become Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Fruitport District Library, 47 Park St., left the Muskegon Area District Library system at the end of last year and became an approved member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative in January. Lakeland connects many libraries across Michigan. Fruitport Library to purchase nearly 14,000 books FRUITPORT Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Visitors flood the boardwalk along the Grand River on the way to Grand Haven's South Pier Sunday afternoon. Warm winter weekend NEAR RECORD-SETTING WARM TEMPER ATURES PULL THE MASSES OUTDOORS Tribune photo/Becky Vargo Mark Malvey said he was enjoying the sun with his dog, Emily, while waiting for his wife to get coffee inside the Grand Armory in downtown Grand Haven. R ecord-setting warm temperatures drew thousands of people outside over the weekend and the 50-plus degree tempera- tures should continue through Thursday. Grand Rapids broke the 56-degree record set in 2011 on both Feb. 18 and 19, according to Jim Maczko, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. Hi g h t e m p e r a t u re s recorded at Ford International Airport were 59 on Saturday and 61 on Sunday, he said. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the 57-degree record high recorded in Muskegon in 1954, had been tied on both Saturday and Sunday, Maczko said. Average temperatures for this time of the year along the lakeshore are about 34 degrees. Tom Lee, manager of the Fruitport Golf Center, 6240 Harvey St., Muskegon, said business was steady at the driving range all weekend. "We just opened because of the nice weekend weather," he said. "Last year we opened the 12th of March. There was still snow on the ground on March 5. Grand Haven High School senior Logan Dault, a member of the high school golf team, said it was really nice to get out this early in the season. "We start indoor practice in March," he said in between swings at the balls. "Last year we didn't get outside until April and it was still really cold." Next to Dault, Roger DeYoung and three of his teenage children also hit some balls. "We were actually sitting on WEATHER BY ALEX DOTY adoty@grandhaventribune.com See BALANCE on PAGE 3 BY BECKY VARGO bvargo@grandhaventribune.com See WEATHER on PAGE 3 See BOOKS on PAGE 3 BY ROSE WHITE news@grandhaventribune.com

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