Dissolving the village on tap Monday

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Village resident Joyce Verplank Hatton recently approached council and informed them she would be circulating petitions in an effort to get disincorporation on the August ballot.

Hatton said combining the village with Spring Lake Township makes fiscal sense and would negate village property taxes.

Hatton needs 306 signatures by May 15 for the issue to be on the ballot, and two-thirds of registered village voters would need to approve the measure in order for the village to dissolve into the township.

Hatton said as of Friday, she has collected about 30 signatures herself and has about 25 petitions that are being circulated by volunteers.

“Things are going very well,” Hatton said. “I am amazed at the positive attitude.”

Council on Monday will also review building more floating docks at Tanglefoot Park. Park manager Stan Johnson said there are four people on a waiting list for dock space this season. The docks rent for $900 per season and cost about $7,000 to construct.

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