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.