Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Look Ahead: Boundary Commission, McClendon ZBA

Travis Randolph of the Consolidated Government Committee talks at a public hearing in June.

The Saugatuck-Douglas community has some big issues on the table this week:

State Boundary Commission: The state will decide if Saugatuck and Douglas cities should be combined with all, part or none of Saugatuck Township at a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Okemos.

McClendon development: The Saugatuck Township Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 5 p.m. Thursday to consider variance requests for a hotel and golf course on duneland north of the Kalamazoo River.

Saugatuck City: The city council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at city hall, 102 Butler St. The complete agenda and information is available at Scroll down to the Oct. 8 button and click.

Agenda items include:

-- Adopting a new ordinance to regulate the bulk and mass of structures with a floor area ration.

-- Approve the creation of a $450,000 endowment to oversee the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area.

-- Discuss a “prepared communication” to the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission regarding the McClendon property development plans.

Fillmore Township: The board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the township hall, 4219 52nd St. The agenda is not available until the meeting.

Laketown Township: The board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road. No agenda is available, but possible topics include:

-- Supporting the extension of municipal water to Macatawa Hills.

-- Discussing a proposal to extend for one year a franchise agreement with the Holland Board of Public Works for power service in the township. Here’s some background:

Allegan County: The county’s budget hearing is 7 p.m. Thursday at the board room, Allegan County Services Building, 3283 122nd Ave.

The board will also approve pay for themselves, road commissioners and other elected officials.

For a complete agenda, visit and choose “Annual Board of Commissioners.”

Election forum: The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area is holding a forum for candidates in Saugatuck Township election.

From 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, at the Saugatuck High School Media Center, 402 Elizabeth St., Saugatuck Township supervisor candidates Democrat Jon Helmrich and incumbent Republican Bill Wester will take questions from the audience.

Then, the four candidates for two trustee spots will take the stage. Candidates are Democrats Laurie Goshorn and Virginia McGinn and Republicans Roy McIlwaine and Jonathan Phillips.

Goose Festival: And don’t forget the Fennville Goose Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the school campus in Fennville. Here’s more information:

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