Ice-damaged Tanglefoot Park docks to be replaced
Written by Grand Haven Tribune   
Tuesday, 03 February 2009 21:46
SPRING LAKE — Ice flow damage to Tanglefoot Park's docks in late December 2008 prompted Spring Lake Village Council on Monday night to make budget adjustments for repairs.

Instead of the original plan to upgrade permanent docks over the next several years, council approved spending up to $75,000 to replace 10 docks this year — most likely with floating docks. The expenditure will come from a loan from the village's tax increment finance fund.

There are no current grants to cover the damage, Village Manager Ryan Cotton said.

The 10 docks equate to 20 slips. The village plans to rent each slip for $750 per season for any leases signed prior to May 1, according to Cotton.

The slip rental prices may be adjusted up after May, according to Cotton.

"We expect permits from the state in April," the village manager said. "We may have a (slip) rate increase in the future, but the current rate remains until May. At that time, council will review the fees."

Cotton described the ice-damaged docks as "somewhat rudimentary," basically backyard-built docks from salvaged lumber.

"They were 80-percent damaged (during the ice jam) and they had nothing to do but to give way when the ice came through," he explained.

Cotton said he anticipates it will take five to 10 years for the village to recover costs from the dock damage.

"Hopefully, this will work out from (slip) rental fees," he said.
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