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It's Meeting Monday Along Lakeshore

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UNDATED (WHTC) - A busy Meeting Monday is on tap along the Lakeshore.

Holland City Manager Ryan Cotton will formally present his proposed Fiscal 2014 municipal budget to City Council members this evening. This begins three nights of scheduled review sessions in which he will go over all of the details of the financial blueprint with council members. No final decisions are expected this week, as a public hearing is slated for May 15th prior to council’s final vote on the spending plan.

Scheduled afternoon meetings are planned for the West Michigan Airport Authority and the board of the Holland Board of Public Works. On the agenda for the airport’s governing board is an update to a FAA-mandated airport layout plan and options for the layout of the proposed new airport terminal. The utility’s board is expected to endorse for council approval of new 30-year electric franchises for Fillmore and Park townships.

While the presentation of Holland’s proposed new budget highlights the municipal meeting slate tonight, two other local governing bodies are also huddling this evening. Among the items to be discussed in Zeeland is an off-premise alcohol sales ordinance for that city’s downtown district. In Saugatuck, Oval Beach is the focus of a proposed equipment purchase and a sponsorship policy amendment.

The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council holds a two-hour public program on Great Lakes water levels tonight. Starting at 6:30 in the Fillmore Street County Administration Building, US Army Corps of Engineers Watershed Hydrology Chief Keith Kompoltowicz and others will go over the circumstances that led to the record low levels, and what is being done to address issues that have arisen as a result of that.

Finally, a subject of importance along the Lakeshore will be tackled by state and federal officials this afternoon. They will hold an informational harbor dredging meeting to go over current and future plans for clearing out not only the main shipping ports of Grand Haven, Holland and Muskegon, but smaller, recreational docks in Saugatuck and other areas in West Michigan. Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and state Senator Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) headline the lawmakers slated to be on hand. Last month, Governor Snyder signed a bill that allocates 21 million state funds for emergency dredging. The 2 PM public meeting is at the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce offices on South Harbor Avenue.

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