In 2015, Traverse City officials took their cue from the success of the heated sidewalks and streets in Holland, MI and in 2016 began plans for ripping out old sidewalks, replacing them with new snowmelt systems. Much of the concern for cities bordering Lake Michigan is not only that a snowmelt system increases the economic viability of a city but also increases fresh waterway sustainability. Pollution caused by salt runoff from deicing roads and streets harms water quality while increasing health issues for humans, animals and vegetation.
As a blog contributor stated on another post. “One would HOPE local officials would have been smart enough to seek out best practices, to emulate successful municipalities, to attend advanced MSU workshops on city planning, and/or to garner specific information to do the project well, using 21st century concepts, especially considering how much moolah they are expending. Does anyone on that council know how to replicate proven concepts? Has anyone on that city council conducted a site visit at Grand Haven, etc. to learn about such “advanced” municipal systems, to better an idea of how to improve their city? Or, do the NB council members just go about projects with their own limited, unskilled perspective, thinking they are grand because there is casino money at hand to throw at a project? Shameful ignorance of what COULD be (and I thought at least one of them had a degree).”