Grand Rapids plans hushed to soundproof chambers PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:24
GRAND RAPIDS - Sound proofing the village council's meeting room has been put on hold.
Village Administrator Chad Hoffman told council members Monday night the cost to sound proof the old-fashioned doors to the town hall's meeting room would be "astronomical."
Council members asked Hoffman to look into the feasibility of sound proofing the doors after it was determined their closed-door, executive sessions, used to discuss personnel matters, property acquisitions and pending litigation, for example, could be overheard from the hallway of the town hall.
Council's meeting room is just inside the main entrance of the town hall. The entrance door to the meeting hall is old-fashioned, consistent with the architecture of the building, and is made from wood and a glass panel at the top.
When council meets in executive session, members of the public, including the media, are asked to leave the room.
However, Mayor Marjory Obermyer, said "If we go into executive session, you can still hear us."
Council members said they would not pursue sound proofing the doors at this time due to the project not being cost effective.
Also at Monday's meeting, council members approved a facelift to Pirates Park, the former site of the middle school.
The facelift will include landscaping as well as stepping-stones. The landscaping will cost $1,785 and will be completed by Bostdorff Greenhouse, Bowling Green. Stepping-stones will be purchased at a cost not to exceed $500 and will be installed by village employees.
"I think this will add to that area very well," said council member Carolyn Erdody.
Council members also agreed to purchase a second, zero-turn mower for $10,379.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 09:50

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