Lawsuit looms over petition effort

Apparently the court will decide if a grassroots petition drive has legal roots.
Marie Havenga
May 22, 2012

Village Council voted 6-1 to authorize legal action to challenge the validity of a petition that seeks to get the question of dissolving the village on the August ballot.

Village resident Joyce Hatton and about 30 volunteers collected 383 signatures during the past two months – more than the 306 required.

Hatton said dissolving the village into Spring Lake Township would save taxpayers money and make for more efficient government.
“I do feel the people have spoken and I do hope they have the opportunity to bring this to a vote,” she said.

But Village Attorney Bob Sullivan said there is no provision in the village charter to dis-incorporate.

Councilman Steve Nauta, who cast the lone dissenting vote Monday, said he would like council to discuss amending the charter at a future work session.

“We ought to have a charter that allows people to have that vote,” Nauta said. “It's a fundamental right.”

Read the full story about how village officials feel they must “defend” the charter by picking up your Tuesday edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

Comments

dyankee

Apparently the court will decide?? On an issue like this, the courts were ALWAYS going to be the ones to decide! Another brilliant observation from a journalist wanna-be. The opinion of this article(and its author) is clearly slanted against this grass root effort and Joyce Hatton. 7 village council representitives voted and whom does this journalist front out by name? Yup, the lone dissenter, in an effort(IMO) to isolate him even more. Do you think the other 6 have a vested interest in keeping the village going no matter if it is costing the tax payers a bundle? Why were they given a pass on defending their vote like Steve had to? Steve Nauta got it right and offered a commonsense approach. Job well done Steve. 1 out of 7 got the vote right. (14.29% pathetic) Annoying millage propasals seem to always boomerang back to the ballot even, when the people soundly defeat them. Now we have an opportunity to SAVE tax payer's money and gain efficiencies and it is trying to be blocked by the very same people that are IN CHARGE of managing expenses and maximizing efficiencies! Let the people vote! How much tax payer's money will now be spent on legal fees to suppress the voice of the people?

moey

Im glad at least one person had the "balls" to allow the voters to decide the other 6 are cowards. Of course they would disagree they are on the city council which will be dissolved. The village is a joke I've never met a person there who was happy with the benefits it provided compared to the huge amount of extra taxes they pay each year.

fmiller13

The SL Village council is - with a few notable exceptions - a bumbling bunch of Mensheviks.
The President is nothing more than a shameless stock-peddler trying to recruit clients. When it comes to Village business he is forced to rely upon Comrade Cotton for advice and guidance. Unfortunately, common sense ain't so common in Laker land.

MeanSmith

These people and their damn lawsuits, get real people!!!!

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