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September 22, 2014

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 50ยข Weekday, $1.00 Saturday Page 7 SL swimming second at home invite SPORTS INSIDE: Latest, greatest Strange GH See Column, Page 3 INSIDE: Obey school bus rules See Opinion, Page 4 Tomorrow's Weather Mostly sunny High 70 Low 47 2013 Newspaper of the Year TAKE A RIDE WITH US! 440 N. Ferry Street Grand Haven, MI 49417 616.842.3200 Multiple ride fare cards can be purchased for your child saving you time and money! 12 rides for $ 7.50 (get two free rides) 36 rides for $ 22.50 (get six free rides) Office HOurs: Monday-Friday 6am to 6:00pm Saturday 9am to 4:00pm Sunday 8:00am to 12:30pm (Advance reservation required) BY ALEX DOTY The site of the former Eagle Ottawa Leather Co. facility on Grand Haven's east side could soon serve an entirely different purpose. "They're proposing an RV campground (with) 150 sites right along the river," Grand Haven Community De velopment Manager Jennifer Howland said of plans for the old leather tannery site. "(But) they're really not ready to be approved." Initial plans for the nearly 20-acre site call for RV camp- sites with full utility hookups, an office area, children's rec- reational area and pool. The campground would also main- tain access to the river for its guests. "There'd be a walkway along the water and internal pedes- trian access," Howland said. "It'll (also) have floating docks." In comparison to the pro- posed east-side campground, Grand Haven State Park includes 174 campsites. Sites there allow for both tent and RV camping. The sites for the planned new campground are designed to accommodate larger recre- ational vehicles. Based on the initial design, the sites would be at least 25 feet wide by approximately 70 feet deep. Concrete pads would be provided for the RVs/travel trailers, and one parking space per campsite would be allowed. The proposed project will include three existing build- ings and two new buildings on the site. "They're going to reuse the old gymnasium (at Beechtree and Fulton)," Howland said. According to city officials, one of the existing buildings on the site will serve as the office, check-in station and a camp store. The second exist- ing building โ€” located toward the north end of the property โ€” will remain for site storage purposes. The final existing building, a pump house located along the river, would go. The plans call for new build- ings for restrooms and a pool house. Howland said the site plan is being reviewed by the city's Planning Commission, and officials have asked for more time for addressing environ- mental concerns and traffic issues related to street layouts. Tribune photo/Alex Doty The vacant land at the former Eagle Ottawa complex could soon have a new use. Developers are proposing a recreational vehicle campground for the site. RV park planned at Eagle Ottawa site BY MARIE HAVENGA FERRYSBURG โ€” A new "keeping of animals" ordinance isn't exactly making a beeline through the governmental process in Ferrysburg. The City Council reviewed the ordinance last week and kicked it back to the Planning Commission for further review. Currently, bees are considered farm animals and would have to reside on a farm larger than 10 acres. Farms are not allowed in Ferrysburg. Some council mem- bers feel the rules are too restrictive, and sounded interested in opening up the possibility of allowing bees in residential areas, especially after a passion- ate plea by the president of a Holland bee club. Don Lam, president of the Holland Area Beekeepers Association, explained that the City of Holland allows bees on core city lots of 45-by- 100-feet. "Honeybees are very gentle and uninclined to stinging," said Lam, not- ing that Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor also allow bees in residential areas. "I think you want to look at this again and see if it's possible for this city." Lam said he has 25 colonies on 1 acre, which house more than 1 million bees. "The fellow across the street didn't even know I had bees," he said. "Unless you step on one or throw rocks at the hives, you don't have problems." Lam, who has raised bees for three decades, said the trend is growing. "I think you're going in the wrong direction," he told Ferrysburg City Council last week. "Bees do all kinds of good things. To say you can't have bees is short-sighted." Lam said the Holland City Council over- ruled the city's Planning Commission on the issue. "It's not too late," he said. "You have the oppor- tunity to write the law right." Planning Commission Chairman Roger Jonas, who was present at last week's City Council Tribune file photo/Marie Havenga Spring Lake Township resident Hank Nash tends to his bees. The Ferrysburg Planning Commission will discuss allowing bees in residential areas at its Oct. 2 meeting. Ferrysburg seeks rules about bees See BEES on Page 3 BY KRYSTLE WAGNER Andrew Ratke's students freely rolled chairs around to collaborate with group members. Although his lesson follows the same curriculum as other fourth- grade classrooms, the Mary A. White Elementary School class- room's furniture is unlike any in the school. The classroom is partnering with Grand Valley State University and Steelcase for an Activity Permissible Classroom. A $10,000 grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation outfitted the classroom with node chairs, buoy chairs, stools, moveable tables, and chairs with personal desks attached. Steelcase also donated 30 small whiteboards for students to work on, Ratke said. The company will Tribune photos/Krystle Wagner ABOVE: Kyler Cotton and Jake Roberson work on a classroom assignment. BELOW LEFT: Hadassah Traub, middle, writes down her group's answers. BELOW RIGHT: Mira Powers, left, and Eli Heaven, right, work on an assignment. Furnishing the classroom See CLASSROOM on Page 3

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