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August 3, 2015

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$9.50 50¢ TRIBUNE the GRAND HAVEN ★ SPRING LAKE ★ FERRYSBURG MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015 2014 NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR | | PAGE 3 THE BIG # Amount a G.H. Twp. girl spent on books to create library. CONNECT WITH US facebook.com/GHTribune twitter.com/GHTribune TOP 3 STORIES Photo Gallery: Coast Guard Festival Parade of Ships 2015 1 10 things to know today 2 Cyclist sparks fire by burning used toilet paper 3 at grandhaventribune.com THANK YOU Dale Brinks For being our FACEBOOK of the day! COUGARS CLINCH NO. 2 SEED SEE SPORTS, PAGE 6 CHILD CREATES LITTLE FREE LIBRARY ON 178TH AVENUE SEE STORY, PAGE 3 WEATHER Sunny, pleasant BY ELLA KLEPPE 75 60 HIGH LOW TOMORROW'S GRAND HAVEN TWP. — If there's one thing Grand Haven Township officials are sure of, it's that the township's financial future looks to appear to be on solid footing. This news comes following a recent report by township officials after they conducted a three- year review of township revenues and expenses. "The township will remain in a (positive) position over the next three years," Township Manager Bill Cargo said. "Based on the township's number- crunching exercise, it's believed that the township will be … good through the last half of 2018-19. "The purpose of this exercise is (to find out), are we going to fall off a cliff? And the answer is — not at all," he continued. "There aren't any scenarios that make us cringe at this stage." Based on some of the budget forecasting, this is how the township's financial future shakes out: — The General Fund will continue to emphasize parks maintenance, streets maintenance and pathways maintenance. "Most of our money is being spent on street maintenance and so forth," Cargo said. "That is one of the more heavier areas." — The Municipal Street Fund contributes to the township's portion of the Harbor Transit local operating millage, and pays for subdivision and gravel street maintenance. A "pass-through" fund, the fund balance will remain level. — The Fire/Rescue Fund is estimated to exceed original projections by about 11 percent, associated with the voter- approved millage increase. According to Cargo, the fund balance is being "grown" in order to replace a fire apparatus between 2019 and 2021. — The Police Services Special Assessment Fund pays for four deputies that supplement the normal Ottawa County Sheriff 's Department staffing within the township. Cargo noted that, although the fund balance is increasing, there are no plans regarding the use of these monies or to decrease the 0.55-mill assessment levy. — The Other Post- Employment Benefits Fund now only covers full-time firefighters that are members of the IAFF union and past retirees. Financial future looks sunny for Grand Haven Township CARLITTTA VILLALPANDO "The (Shape Corp.) float with the colorful Frisbees." YOU SAID IT: "WHAT FLOAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE IN THE COAST GUARD FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE?" REBECCA MEDENDORP "The one with all of the pretty prin- cesses on it." ABBY MEDENDORP "The Autumn- themed one." BLAKE FREEMAN "The Chow Hound float." HONESTEE DAVIS "The Jacks/ Holliday Inn float because my dad works there." Q: reworks fly Coast Guard Festival FI NALE BY ALEX DOTY adoty@grandhaventribune.com I N Tribune photos/Matt DeYoung Musicians were a popular part of the an- nual parade. Tribune photo/Alex Doty On lookers cheer for the floats passing during the annual Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade. Tribune photo/Alex Doty Thousands of people lined the streets of Grand Haven Saturday for the annual Coast Guard Festival Grand Parade. Tribune photo/Tristan Urry Laser light add new dimension to Coast Guard Festival fireworks.

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