“This is really a big deal,” said Catherine Mullhapt, director of member information services for the Michigan Township Association. “This is an award that speaks to the efforts of the township. For almost 10 years, they’ve been pulling together with a very positive goal in mind.”
The association set up a strict set of guidelines for Michigan townships to achieve in order to obtain the designation. Mullhapt said she and her fellow association members were fully aware that it was a tough task and didn’t expect many, if any, townships to meet the challenge.
Spring Lake and several other townships have met some of the requirements. Spring Lake Township earned MTA excellence certificates in certain areas twice in the past, but this is the first time that any township has met all of the required criteria — such as best practices in accounting, assessing, board training and fire department ratings.
Mullhapt said she has visited Spring Lake Township and is impressed with the way township staff and board members persevered until they met all of the association's criteria. She has a 2-foot-high stack of binders on her desk with application information and documentation from the township.
“Everyone was buying into this and working together toward the goal,” she said.
The MTA presented the award to Spring Lake Township Board members at the association's annual training conference in Traverse City last week.
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