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November 1, 2014

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Check out our hundreds of pics at grandhaventribune.com/photos Residents talk livestock Grand Haven Township seeks feedback on backyard barnyards Tribune file photo/Marie Havenga Colleen Warner feeds chickens at her family's farm in Grand Haven Township. Township officials will host another Livestock Subcommittee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss agricultural rules. BY ALEX DOTY adoty@grandhaventribune.com GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven Township leaders are taking a wait-and- see approach to livestock in township neighborhoods. "Until the state comes out with model regulations, we won't adopt an ordinance until we see what the state recommends," Township Manager Bill Cargo said. At a recent township Livestock Subcommittee meeting, it was decided that the township would discontinue active consideration of a proposed zoning text amendment presented to the township's Planning Commission on Aug. 18 regarding livestock until uncertainty about Michigan's Right to Farm Act is clarified. The subcommittee of the Planning Commission has also recommended the consideration of an repeal of part of the zoning ordinance regarding pigs allowed on 5-acre parcels in the residential districts, since the ordinance might not be enforceable. Additionally, it was recom- mended that if planning com- missioners study the issue of urban agriculture again, it should include appropriate revi- sions to the township Master Plan if any changes are made and deemed appropriate. According to Cargo, the state has said they have a committee that's in charge of coming up with recommendations regarding the livestock and agriculture topic. "We're not doing anything until the state comes up with clear recommendations," he said. Although the subcommittee has pretty much decided to hold off on any changes, another See ANIMALS on Page 3 Frozen Halloween Cullen Buhr, 4 Spring Lake "Spiderman. I like Spiderman because I watch the show." Kiera Miltgen, 3 Spring Lake "Rainbow Dash, because my grandma made it for me." Madison Minier, 4 Grand Haven Township "Anna, because there's too many Elsas (from 'Frozen')." Tessa Guthrie, 7 Grand Haven "An angel. Well, I've never been an angel before. It feels like being a real angel." YOU SAID IT: Q: "What is your Halloween costume, and how did you decide what to be?" Want Transit? Vote Tuesday BY MARIE HAVENGA mhavenga@grandhaventribune.com SPRING LAKE TWP. — The wheels on the Harbor Transit bus could be spinning through the township if Spring Lake voters approve a 10-year millage on Nov. 4. Harbor Transit cur- rently only services Orchard Market, Oak Crest Manor, Heartwood Lodge and Lloyd's Bayou Senior Apartments on a contractual basis in the township. The proposal calls for up to 0.7 mill to be levied for bus service. The taxpayers of Spring Lake Village and the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg currently pay 0.6 mill, according to Grand Haven Transportation Director Tom Manderscheid. Mandersheid said if Spring Lake voters approve the measure, he would like to mirror the lower levy in Spring Lake Township, which would cost the owner of a $200,000 home $60 a year. If the full 0.7 mill is ever levied, it would gen- erate $471,000 a year. Manderscheid said he tried to get Spring Lake Township leaders onboard back in 2010 when there was talk of Grand Haven Township joining the dial- a-ride service. Grand Haven Town- ship voters approved a similar millage to what is proposed for Spring Lake Township, and service was launched in January 2012. That year, ridership grew more than 24 percent, according to Manderscheid. Last year, Harbor Transit buses carried 36,674 passen- gers in Grand Haven Township and more than 200,000 overall. M a n d e r s c h e i d projects if voters approve a similar bal- lot proposal for Spring Lake Township, residents would climb aboard more than 32,000 times in the first year. He anticipates increasing the number of buses from 21 to 27. If voters approve the millage, service would start next year, Manderscheid said. Harbor Transit cur- rently services 39 square miles in Grand Haven, Grand Haven Township, Ferrysburg and the Village of Spring Lake. Spring Lake Township would add Tribune photo/Marie Havenga A Harbor Transit bus leaves the Tri-Cities YMCA after dropping off a passenger. Spring Lake Township voters will soon decide on a ballot proposal that would expand the service to the township. See TRANSIT on Page 3 Tribune photo/Krystle Wagner Catherine Barnett, of Aberdeen's, hands candy to Emilee Vanderstel during trick-or-treating in downtown Grand Haven on Friday afternoon. Children and adults took on a variety of new identities for Halloween. The overwhelming popular costumes were Elsa and Anna from the Disney movie, "Frozen." Whitehall 21 Spring Lake 0 Muskegon CC 56 Fulton 8

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