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Michael Patrick Shiels
WSJM-FM 94.9

Posted: Thursday, 27 March 2014 3:50PM

County Board Chair: $40,000 For Life Rings Not Final Cost

The costs to add life rings to the South Pier at Silver Beach County Park has not yet been nailed down by Berrien County officials. The county board was questioned a week ago by a resident who did his own research and found the rings could be purchased and installed for around $4,000 compared to the $40,000 the county is setting aside. Board Chairman Jon Hinkelman said Thursday that by budgeting that much, the county is making sure they don't overspend.


It's expected the final costs will be under 40-grand. Indiana Michigan Power's Cook Nuclear Plant is offering $10,000 for the project, and the county has also received an offer to donate the life rings. Commissioners approved adding nine rings to the pier earlier this month.


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