Grand Haven Tribune

April 29, 2017

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Call us today! 231-740-9298 $219,900 Open House SATURDAY 12:30 to 2 PM 510 Miller Dr., Grand Haven,MI 49417 917 W Savidge Street #4 TURN - KEY TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG 16 PAGE 9 THE BIG # Hits recorded by SL softball in win over Grandville CC. CONNECT WITH US TOP 3 STORIES Fallen tree blocks Pennoyer Ave. 1 Loader tips into Lake Michigan 2 Nobody is alone 3 at THANK YOU Christina Hipshier For being our FACEBOOK of the day! WEATHER Periods of heavy rain, quite cool BY AIDEN DAULT 48 43 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S WHITE PINES STUDENTS SPRUCE UP SCHOOL GROUNDS SEE STORY, PAGE 3 GH BOYS LAX HOLDS OFF SPRING LAKE SEE STORY, PAGE 9 $1.25 SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 | | The City of Grand Haven and Spring Lake Township have recently spent time coming up with new rules to regulate short-term rentals in their communities, but legislation introduced in both the state House and Senate could reverse that work. House Bill 4503 and Senate Bill 329 would amend the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act and define short-term rentals as a residential use of a property, not a commercial use. If it becomes law, it would mean short- term rentals would be permitted in all residential zones of a community. Short-term rentals would also not be subject to special use permits or other permits or procedures different from other dwellings in the same zone. City Manager Pat McGinnis said the situation is "a little bit unnerving," and noted that he is concerned that the proposed state rules could negatively affect the quality of city neighborhoods and could create undesirable living situations. "It's an extreme overreach of the state Legislature," he said. "It's an assault on home rule authority." McGinnis said the best decisions about a community and its zoning rules are made by the people who live there, and added that one size doesn't fit all for every community in the state. "I think most of us are OK that we have zoning that preserves neighborhoods as neighborhoods," he said. McGinnis noted that both the House and Senate bill sponsors are in the real estate industry, something he said makes sense from their point of view, as more sales means more revenue. The Michigan Municipal League has come out against the legislation, McGinnis said, noting that the city of Grand Haven has been used by the MML as an example of how to work to address short-term rentals in a community. This past Monday night, Grand State overturning short-term rental restrictions? MICHIGAN The City of Grand Haven celebrated Arbor Day on Friday morning by planting several trees on the grounds of the city's Department of Public Works facility on Jackson Street. Grand Haven Facilities Manager Dan Vivian, DPW grounds crew leader Earl Jorgensen and DPW Director Derek Gajdos helped plant three trees. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April. Additionally, more than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to become an Arbor Day Foundation- designated Tree City USA, including 111 cities and towns in Michigan. That includes the City of Grand Haven and Village of Spring Lake. Michigan ranks eighth nationally in the number of communities certified by the foundation. "These communities have achieved the Tree City USA designation by meeting four core standards of the program — maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day," Michigan DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator Kevin Sayers said. Tribune photo/Alex Doty Left to right: Grand Haven Facilities Manager Dan Vivian, DPW grounds crew leader Earl Jorgensen and DPW Director Derek Gajdos plant a tree at the city's Department of Public Works facility on Friday. City celebrates with tree planting ARBOR DAY Tribune photo/Alex Doty Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries technician Dennis Mulka monitors the fish planting that occurred in Grand Haven on Friday morning. Grand River receives 50K salmon Salmon delivered to Grand Haven on Friday came from the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, and are approximately 6 months old. Dennis Mulka, DNR fisheries technician, said the eggs were taken last October. Tribune photo/Alex Doty A special delivery from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources brought more than 50,000 new Chinook salmon to the Grand River on Friday morning. The DNR delivered 50,403 salmon to the river between Snug Harbor and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility as a part of its annual fish stocking program. "They're from Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery, and they're approximately 6 months old," DNR fisheries technician Dennis Mulka said. "The eggs were taken last October. They were hatched out, and then spent the whole winter inside the hatchery building itself." The DNR rears fish at six production facilities throughout the state, managing as many as 46 rearing ponds and eight Great Lakes imprinting net pen locations. The state agency also maintains a fleet of 18 specialized fish-stocking vehicles. Over the course of a typical year, the DNR stocks roughly 26 million fish collectively weighing nearly 350 tons — including eight species of trout and salmon, and three cool-water strains of walleye and muskellunge. In previous years, the DNR has delivered the salmon fingerlings to net pens near Waterfront Stadium at the marina. Unfavorable conditions on the Grand River — high water and a sewage release in Grand Rapids — changed the plans, and the fish were held at the hatchery until they could be released directly into the river. Mulka said the fish are inspected before they leave the hatchery and sent on their journey. "We give them a once-over — it's called a fish quality assessment," he explained. "It basically just tells us what kind of shape the fish are in before we stock them. We do one of those before we release the fish, and those were done (Thursday)." Grand Haven Steelheaders President Roger Belter said he thought Friday's fish planting went well. FISHERIES Fifty-thousand is not a whole lot compared to other years, but we'll see what happens with this whole fishery and the lake." — Roger Belter BY ALEX DOTY BY ALEX DOTY BY ALEX DOTY See FISH on PAGE 3 See RENTALS on PAGE 3

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