Wind may provide
some of the city's future power
By Andrew Debraber
The Grand Rapids Press
ZEELAND -- In 2003,
Zeeland may well have wind-generated power available,
according to David Walters, general manager of the Zeeland
Board of Public Works.
Walters submitted a
proposed budget for 2003 to the City Council that includes
$1 million for the construction of a wind power generator
to provide a small portion of the BPW's electric needs.
If all goes well, more may be constructed.
Council members learned
of the plan Tuesday while meeting about the budget. They
will meet again at 5:30 p.m. today to wrap up their discussions.
Topics to be discussed include streets, $6.5 in capital
improvements, and the mayor's and City Council budgets.
Following their budget
discussion tonight, the council will take up the issue
of the Shopping Area Redevelopment Board, which came under
fire Monday from council members Kevin Klynstra and Bob
Karsten when they recommended it be eliminated.
Recognizing they hold
a minority opinion on the council, Klynstra on Tuesday
said he and Karsten are willing to postpone the discussion
until a later time, but other board members felt a need
to clear the air.
Councilman Don Van Ommen
pushed to "have time for the majority opinion."
"We owe it to the SARB
committee and everyone else to let them know where we're
at," Van Ommen said.
In another matter, the
council agreed to leave $20,000 in the budget to hire
a consultant in 2003 to help it come up with a long-range
vision for the city, one of the council's stated goals.
Karsten, who was unable
to attend Tuesday's meeting due to back trouble, sent
notice that he opposed the $20,000 "because he feels it
could be done in-house."
"Sometimes it's good
to have an outside person to help with this," council
member Sally Gruppen said.
Librarian Tara Conaway
reported to the council that circulation is up 6 percent
this year. She also noted that computer usage has increased
this year and the library is approaching its capacity
with a collection of 66,572 books.
Herman Miller recently
made a $10,000 donation to the library to replace and
refurbish the children's and young adult collections,
she said, which "will make the whole collection look better."
Books for children ages 2 to 12 remains the library's