Village poised to hire planning consultant, DPW chief

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Both worked for her when she was Cedar Springs' city manager.

Carmine Avantini, a planning consultant and co-founder of Grand Rapids-based LSL Planning, will replace Kristin Turkelson as the village planner. He will be paid $125 per hour as a consultant.

Turkelson, Grand Haven's city planner since November 2006, has handled village planning duties for the past year under a collaborative agreement. Turkelson has accepted a position with the City of Grand Rapids and her last day in Grand Haven is Friday.

Avantini assisted Cedar Springs with new commercial buildings, codifications, ordinance changes and large construction projects, according to Burns.

Roger Belknap, who previously worked as the public works director in Cedar Springs, will replace Doug Whitley as the village's public works chief. Belknap's salary will be about $57,000 a year.

Belknap has been the interim public works director in Spring Lake since Whitley's departure in November 2012.

Village Council is expected to formally hire Avantini and Belknap when it meets Monday night.

The village received 25 applications and interviewed six candidates for the public works position earlier this month. An interview panel consisting of officials from Spring Lake Township and the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven unanimously recommended Belknap as a permanent hire.

Belknap resigned from his Cedar Springs position in June 2012 to be with his dying mother, according to Burns. Prior to his two years in Cedar Springs, he worked for nearly a decade as the transportation planner for the Kent County Road Commission.

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