Village Council vacancy to be filled

A familiar face could be returning to Spring Lake Village Council.
Marie Havenga
Aug 31, 2012


Former Village President Bill Filber, who said he wanted to “take a breather” when he opted to not seek re-election last fall, said he is pondering throwing his hat in the ring for a vacant Village Council seat.

The seat is open due to the death of Councilman Marv VandenBosch on Aug. 16.

The Village Charter requires that council appoint a replacement within 30 days. Because the next scheduled regular meeting is Sept. 17, council is expected to appoint a replacement at a special meeting slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Village Hall.

Village residents interested in finishing VandenBosch's term, which expires in December 2013, may fill out an online application at; or pick one up at Village Hall, 102 W. Savidge St. The deadline is 4 p.m. Sept. 6.

Council will interview candidates at its Sept. 10 meeting.

Filber, 62, served on council for 10 years and as village president from 2006 to 2011. He said if he decides to apply for the seat and gets appointed, he would push to continue his support of lowering village taxes.

“I'm definitely pondering it,” he said. “There are some challenges I see."

Filber said he is concerned about a recent push headed by village resident Joyce Hatton to dissolve the village and have it merge with Spring Lake Township to lower property taxes.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Maribeth Lawrence said VandenBosch was the first Spring Lake Village Council member to die while in office.

The longtime Planning Commission chairman and first-term councilman died at Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids after suffering a stroke earlier this month. He was 68.

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



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