The councils for both communities are expected to vote on a new intergovernmental contract at their respective Monday night meetings.
The elected officials are also expected to approve a contractual agreement for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department to provide police protection for both communities, thus closing the book on the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department.
The current Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police officers would become employees of the county, but under proposed contract provisions. Spring Lake and Ferrysburg would foot the bill for the difference in salaries and vacation time.
Village Council made some minor revisions to the intergovernmental agreement earlier this week — including arbitration provisions and adding the previously-discussed language about vacation time — but Ferrysburg City Manager Craig Bessinger said he didn’t believe they were substantial enough to put the contract in jeopardy.
Village President Jim MacLachlan said he’s hopeful both communities will finalize the police agreement Monday.
“We’re both in agreement to terminate the contract and negotiate a new one,” he said. “These are kind of fine-tuning items, nothing in my mind to create a difference of opinion, but we’ll see.”
Although most City Council members appeared onboard with the pact at their May 5 meeting, Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg still voiced displeasure with continuing a partnership with the village. She is upset about the unfunded pension balance.
The village is in charge of administering police and pension arrangements, and had been contributing annually the amount recommended by the Municipal Employee Retirement System of Michigan. The current shortfall is more than $600,000.
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