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'I'm wasting my time': Zeeland city councilman resigns

By Sydney Smith/The Holland Sentinel • Oct 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Zeeland City Councilman Schuyler Wilson announced his resignation during the Oct. 1 Zeeland City Council meeting. It will take effect at the end of this month.

Wilson was appointed to council in 2013, replacing Al Dannenberg who moved on to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners. Wilson then won an election in 2015 and is current in his first four-year term.

Wilson told The Sentinel on Monday that his resignation is due to a “lack of progress” on city issues from council, and “having the same debates with no action over and over.”

“It comes down to I’ve been feeling like I’ve been wasting my time sitting there, and my time could be better spent at home or at work,” he said.

Some of the specific issues he mentioned were what the city will do with the vacant medical building at 136 E. Cherry St., which city leadership have been looking at since 2014. The next is the old Sligh Furniture Co. building. He questioned spending on the roundabout, which is under construction where Washington Avenue intersects with Main Avenue.

Mayor Kevin Klynstra said he appreciates Wilson’s time on council and said he did not give a reason for his resignation during the Oct. 1 meeting.

“I always appreciate people who are willing to serve,” Klynstra said, reflecting on Wilson’s time on council.

Wilson was a topic of discussion in June when several council members did not excuse his absence from a meeting. After this, the council looked at attendance records and policies, and found that Wilson had the lowest attendance record on council.

Since July 2017, he had been to 16 out of 24 meetings.

Klynstra added that applications are being accepted until the end of October for a new council member, who would be appointed. Those interested need to go to the Zeeland city clerk’s office and fill out a short form. In November, the candidates will be interviewed by the council, with the goal of having the seat filled by the first meeting in December.

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