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Three vying for 2 seats on Robinson Twp. Board

Alex Doty • Nov 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM

ROBINSON TWP. — Three candidates are running to fill two trustee seats on the Robinson Township Board in next week’s elections.

The candidates include Republican incumbents Bernice Berens and Travis Vugteveen. They are being challenged by Democrat Richard Sibley Jr.

The two winning candidates will each serve a four-year term.

Berens has been involved with the township government in various capacities since 1995, serving on both the Township Planning Commission and Township Board.

“I have been with Robinson Township as a planning commissioner and a board member for 21 years,” she said. “Hopefully, the residents are pleased with my work.”

If re-elected, Berens said she’d like to continue to work for the residents “to keep Robinson Township the wonderful township it is.”

“I will keep the same style of leadership that I have had for 21 years of working for the residents of Robinson Township,” she said. “The residents know that they can call me or stop by and see me anytime they have a question.”

Vugteveen was elected a trustee four years ago, and also serves as the board’s representative on the township’s Planning Commission.

"As a lifetime resident of Robinson Township, I feel connected to the community that I serve,” he said. “In addition, my professional experience as an architect offer zoning and planning insight from my daily work experience. I achieved the Master Citizen Planner status through the MSU Extension courses and have served on the Robinson Township Planning Commission since 2003.”

Vugteveen said his top priority is to serve the residents “with honesty and integrity.”

“Robinson Township, not unlike many other local municipalities, is currently experiencing growth,” he said. “Controlled growth requires experienced leadership to guide and manage the areas of development pressure. My experience on the Planning Commission has helped me understand developmental pressures along the M-231 corridor.”

Sibley currently serves on the township’s Planning Commission and has also served on the Ottawa County Workforce Board for 12 years.

If he’s elected, Sibley said he would like to make an impact on his community and help understand citizens’ wants and desires now and in the future.

“I would like to find good, consistent forums to get public opinions from within Robinson Township to understand (residents’) top 10 good and bad things about the area,” he said. “Then, work with leaders within Robinson Township and surrounding areas to get those things addressed. As a project leader, I like to build a consensus and have the whole team/community aid in reaching those goals.”

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Also on the ballot in Robinson Township are candidates running unopposed for supervisor, clerk and treasurer — each a four-year term. All three — Kathryn Kuck for supervisor, Christine Saddler for clerk and Bonnie Hayward for treasurer — are Republicans.

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