3 considered for SL Village Council

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

VandenBosch died last month after suffering a stroke.

Former Village President Bill Filber had considered applying, but said late this week that he has decided to remain on the sidelines to gear up for a run for a state office in four years (see related story on Page 2).

Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the upstairs conference room at Village Hall to interview the candidates who applied by Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline. Council is expected to make a decision immediately after the interviews, according to

Village Clerk/Treasurer Maribeth Lawrence.

The candidates

Doug Boon, 49, 229 Meridian St., has lived in the village for 21 years. He owns House of Hobbies in Muskegon and served as a Cub Scout master for eight years.

Two of Boon's three sons are Eagle Scouts and have been involved with village projects.

“Our family through scouting has been involved with council for so many years,” Boon said. “I've debated about it before, but I didn't know if I wanted a four-year commitment."

Boon said he is neutral on many issues, but he is against the disincorporation of the village, as has been proposed in a recent grassroots petition drive.

Boon said favors continuing infrastructure improvements and proceeding with Phase 2 of the Grand River Greenway.

“I think having seen what Phase 1 has done for the village, I would anticipate equal benefits, if not additional,” he said. “We walk Phase 1 several times a week. We absolutely love it.”

Dave Hamather, 64, 108 E. Tolford St., has been a village resident since 1976. He works as a machinist for L-3/Combat Propulsion Systems in Muskegon and is the financial trustee for UAW Local 113.

Hamather has served on the Spring Lake Heritage Festival Committee for 15 years and is currently its president.

“I just wanted to get more involved in the day-to-day things that go on in the village,” he said. “I'm interested in working right along with the township.”

Hamather said he is eager to learn about the issues facing the village.

“Right now, I don't even know what I don't know,” he said. “I'm open-minded and I've always rolled with common sense. I think that's worth a lot.”

Hamather said it was VandenBosch who encouraged him to join the Heritage Festival Committee. VandenBosch was its president at the time.

“I could never, ever in my wildest dreams fill the shoes of Marv VandenBosch,” Hamather said. “But I think I could be a good ear on council."

Mark Powers, 42, 312 Meridian St., has lived in the village for 24 years. He is a business law attorney, working primarily in Chicago, Grand Rapids and southeast Michigan. Powers serves as treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 3054 and teaches tae kwon do.

“Having enjoyed the remarkable benefits of living in Spring Lake, it seems to me that I need to give some time back to maintaining Spring Lake,” he said. “I have previously served on other boards and commissions in Lansing and other locations, and I typically enjoyed the experience.”

Powers said he has no big concerns or immediate goals if he were selected by council.

“The village seems well-run and reasonably maintained,” he said. “My primary concern would be to make sure the village is improved and maintained during the time I live here. Based on what I know, I do not think any material changes or new policies are necessary to achieve it.”

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