Township discusses meetings

To meet or not to meet, that is the question for officials in Grand Haven Township.
Alex Doty
Feb 18, 2013


During most of the trustee’s meetings, the chambers are barren, with more empty seats than public participation and items of business on the agenda.

“I look back at old meeting minutes and we have had meetings that are 10, 12 and 14 minutes long,” Trustee Mike Hutchins said. “It seems like we’re only here for 10 minutes. It’s a waste of everyone’s time and energy.”

The Grand Haven Township Board of Trustees currently has two meetings per month. The board is scheduled for the second and fourth Mondays, with work sessions typically at 6 p.m. and meetings at 7 p.m.

“I just wanted to bring it up and save ourselves getting out in the miserable weather if there is no reason to be here,” Hutchins said.

While Hutchins thought the move to make only one meeting per month might save time, there were those who felt a value in the current meeting schedule.

Township Trustee William Kieft said he remembers when the board met for one time a month, and the time it typically took up.

“We were having meetings that were going until 10:30, 11 at night,” he said. “I’m hesitant to go to one meeting per month.”

Kieft said he is expecting township activity to begin picking up in the not-too-distant future, meaning more agenda items and longer meetings.

“Just because there is a lull right now, I don’t want to make that kind of commitment,” he said.

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



Mr Hutchins has been on the Twp Board how long???? and maybe he has a great idea of one meeting a month. This would save the tax payers some money. But I really think the real reason the seats are empty is board meetings is nothing changes. Bill Cargo still runs the board... when in fact he works for the tax payers and the Twp board and not the reverse.... The same ole boy system continues to go on. People are tired of dealing with the gestapo attitudes in the different departments.. I'm hoping with some new faces and a real public accountant instead of a retired school teacher with no accounting background rubber stamping the spending. It's time to cut some budgets... Home still not selling and the tax assessments goes up....


i agree totally with newspaperlawyer...we need to do something different for our township...taxes going up and nothing changes...

retired DOC

If you had some type of "project" that needed the board to approve do you really want the board to meet only once a month?


The best government is the least government.


I am surprised that a resident is not asked to pay admission to attended meetings in GH TWP. It will cost you $$ to just ask if you can put in a new fence or a pool or tree house, this twp is out of control with all of the rules regulations and fees you must pay. Help take back our twp and vote these money and power hungry people to the curb.


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