Township’s lone elector

Gone are the days of residents traveling by horse and buggy to annual meetings of the electors.
Marie Havenga
Mar 26, 2014

And judging by the turnout at Monday’s Spring Lake Township annual meeting, gone are the electors.

Besides elected officials and employees of the township, only one resident, Darcy Dye, showed up for the meeting — which included a State of the Township address, budget presentation and board salary resolutions.

Township Supervisor John Nash also showed photos of a fire station/township hall proposed for the northeast corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road.

“This will be a landmark-type building appearing a lot like the Spring Lake library,” he said.

Dye said she was surprised to be the only resident in attendance.

“I just wonder what it is that keeps people from being interested in their own government,” said Dye, who attends village and township meetings regularly. “I attended the annual meeting last year and there were a good number of people there.”

Dye is a neighbor of the proposed site for the new fire building, and said she was especially shocked people didn’t turn out to discuss the proposed 80,000-square-foot building with a maximum height of 40 feet.

“I expected people because there are enough issues of interest to the general public — the school bond issue, the bike path millage, and the enormity of the possibility of a fire station and township hall,” she said. “I’m the token citizen.”

Township Clerk Carolyn Boersma said: “It’s a shame there’s no one who cares enough to come see it.”

Unlike meetings a decade and more ago when hundreds of residents showed up to banter the idea of hiring a professional manager and board salary issues, Monday’s meeting was calm. There was no proposed increase in the salaries of board members and the budget is mainly status quo.

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



“I just wonder what it is that keeps people from being interested in their own government,” That's easy - They work too much overtime to get involved. Mandatory overtime has cut family, gym, community involvement activities right off. When a person works one of two shifts they get burned out to a crisp. The new shifts now are averaging 5am to 5:30 pm is the new 1st shift and 5pm to 5:30 pm is the new 2nd shift. Cases are rising to 7 days a week now. People are either workaholics or are too enslaved by debt to fight back or care about it. That is why she was the only one there from the electorate.


I'm pleased Darcy is the lone representative,would hope she would have a questioning attitude for the ongoings at the meeting and share them.Regarding the comment from the "electorate" if only 10/15% theres not much concern anyway.

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