Township discusses meetings

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM

During most of the trustee’s meetings, the chambers are barren, with more empty seats than public participation and items of business on the agenda.

“I look back at old meeting minutes and we have had meetings that are 10, 12 and 14 minutes long,” Trustee Mike Hutchins said. “It seems like we’re only here for 10 minutes. It’s a waste of everyone’s time and energy.”

The Grand Haven Township Board of Trustees currently has two meetings per month. The board is scheduled for the second and fourth Mondays, with work sessions typically at 6 p.m. and meetings at 7 p.m.

“I just wanted to bring it up and save ourselves getting out in the miserable weather if there is no reason to be here,” Hutchins said.

While Hutchins thought the move to make only one meeting per month might save time, there were those who felt a value in the current meeting schedule.

Township Trustee William Kieft said he remembers when the board met for one time a month, and the time it typically took up.

“We were having meetings that were going until 10:30, 11 at night,” he said. “I’m hesitant to go to one meeting per month.”

Kieft said he is expecting township activity to begin picking up in the not-too-distant future, meaning more agenda items and longer meetings.

“Just because there is a lull right now, I don’t want to make that kind of commitment,” he said.

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