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$86.5K fix coming for Ottawa County Courthouse steps


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- While technically still functional, the steps leading into the Ottawa County Courthouse in Grand Haven will be torn out and rebuilt.

The expensive fix is the latest effort to resolve on-going and dangerous problems with the steps that can be traced back to a construction mistake.

The wide steps leading into the building have never been right.

"It is something we have had our eye on since 2009," said Alan Vandenberg, the Ottawa County administrator.

Vanderberg says when the building opened that year county officials knew something was off.

"The steps were not done correctly. They were a little uneven. Height, width, depth was off, and I think the forms weren't set properly," he said.

Runners pound new M-231 highway before opening


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three hundred runners pounded the newly paved M-231 highway Saturday morning to commemorate the soon-to-be opened road.

"It has taken, ironically, 23 years," said Shannon Felgner, Ottawa County communication manger. "We love it. We love how the numbers played out. The race is 23.1 kilometers."

"It's really going to be helpful for the residents and visitors alike," Felgner said. "It's going to be great for the economy [and] building business."

Saturday's run raised $11,000 for additional Ottawa County projects, with funds going to non-motorized pathways.


Volunteers help search for two missing fisherman on Lake Michigan


GRAND HAVEN, Mich., (WZZM)- A team of volunteers is helping in the search for two missing fisherman on Lake Michigan.

40-year old Aaron Juarez and his roommate Chris Thode, 25, disappeared September 26th. Their truck and trailer were found at the Pigeon Lake boat launch a few days later, but no sign of the two men.

Monday morning, a team led by Keith Cormican, of Wisconsin, headed out onto Lake Michigan, from Grand Haven. "You've got a very clean lake out here, so if there's anything out here, we're going to see it", says Cormican. The certified diving instructor started a non-profit group "Bruce's Legacy" after his brother died trying to rescue someone in 1995.

Grand Haven pier project delayed


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Army Corps of Engineers is delaying a project to make structural improvements to the south pier in Grand Haven.

They say emergency federal funding to pay for the $2 million project was sent to a different federal project outside of the Great Lakes.

Work on the south pier was supposed to begin in November. Now, however, the project won't start until next spring.

That also means a community effort to save the pier's catwalk has more time to collect private funds. The city hopes to temporarily lift the catwalk while work on the pier takes place and then set it back into place on a new foundation.


Canadian donation helps preserve Grand Haven 'coal tipple'


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Efforts to restore a landmark building in Grand Haven are going better than expected thanks to fundraising and a surprise donation from Canada.

Our partners at the Grand Haven Tribune say the Grand Haven Community Foundation raised $100,000 in just 90 days to preserve the city's "coal tipple."

That includes a $15,000 gift from the Canadian National Railway System.

The tipple was built in 1925 to load coal into train cars.

The donations are more than the cost to fix the tipple, so about $10,000 in leftover funds will go into the community foundation's general fund.


Canadian group helps exceed G.H. tipple fundraising goal


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Organizers of an effort to restore a Grand Haven landmark say they have exceeded their fundraising goal -- due, in part, to a surprise donation from Canada.

Our partner the Grand Haven Tribune reports the Grand Haven Community Foundation raised $100,000 in just 90 days to preserve the city's coal tipple. That includes a $15,000 gift from the Canadian National Railway System.

The tipple was built in 1925, to load coal into train cars.

The donations are more than the cost fix the tipple, so the remaining money -- about $10,000 -- will go to into the community foundation's general fund.

Grand Haven's ArtWalk runs parallel to ArtPrize


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- As ArtPrize takes over Grand Rapids, there's another art event underway along the lakeshore.

ArtWalk officially began Wednesday in Grand Haven. It runs through October 11, just like ArtPrize.

There are 150 artists competing in a number of categories at 75 venues over the next 19 days. A total of $8,000 in prizes will be given away.

Learn more about ArtWalk here.