Village drops push for cityhood

It was a tale of two cityhood positions at Monday night's Village Council meeting. Council members unanimously voted to withdraw their support for becoming a city, while two Cityhood Committee members stated their intent to go forward as a grassroots movement. "We've had our legs cut out from under us,' said Cityhood Committee Chairman Jeff Ferguson, a former village councilman. "I thought we had the support of council, and we lost that tonight and that's painful.'
Marie Havenga
Apr 19, 2011


Cityhood Committee member Michele Yasenak said she still believes transitioning from a village to a city is in the best interest of residents. She said she is inclined to proceed with collecting petition signatures necessary to keep the process moving forward.

Village President Bill Filber is the third member of the committee.

“This is a citizen committee,” Yasenak said. “I’m still planning to pursue this. I think it’s in the best interest for our growth as a community.”

Council members said they believe recent collaboration talks with Spring Lake Township representatives are in the better interest of village residents.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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