Sunday, January 6, 2013

A look ahead: Consolidation talk, jail tour

Pre-formed jail cells are worked on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the new Allegan County Sheriff’s Department & Corrections Center. The commissioners will tour the facility on Thursday.

Here’s what’s ahead this week in Allegan County:


Douglas city council — The council will discuss the issue of consolidation and what the next steps in the process will be once the director of the department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs OKs the State Boundary Commission recommendation to merge Saugatuck and Douglas.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at city hall, 86 W. Center St.

For the agenda, visit and scroll down to “Current City Council Agenda” on the right.


Douglas Downtown Development Authority — The authority will consider capital expenditures.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at Douglas City Hall, 86 W. Center St.

Fillmore Township — The township board meets at 7 p.m. at the township hall, 4219 52nd St. An agenda is not available.


Police committee — The Saugatuck-Douglas Joint Police Commission meets at 4 p.m. at Douglas City Hall, 86 W. Center St. There is no unfinished business or new business on the agenda. The commission will review the revenue and expenditure summary and hear the report from the police chief.

Laketown Township board — The board will discuss a liquor license proposal for the Red Barn Events Center, 3657 63rd St. The action will not be the final approval but will start the permit process at the state level. The board will also set the annual meeting date and make its annual salary resolution.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road.

Douglas Planning Commission — Planners will discuss draft updates to the zoning ordinance and hear presentations on draft multi-family guidelines and draft private road acceptance standards.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Douglas City Hall, 86 W. Center St.


Allegan County Board of Commissioners — The board meets twice:

At 9:30 a.m., the group will assemble at the new jail, 640 North St. in Allegan for a jail update and tour.

At 1 p.m., the board meets at the County Services Building, 3283 122nd Ave. to elect a new chairman. The board will also affirm the Police Officers Labor Council Road Patrol Deputies Unit settlement agreement, renew the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality services agreement and authorize $74,000 for work on the mezzanine system at the jail.

For a copy of the agenda and supporting material, visit and under “Upcoming Events,” click on “Board of Commissioners.”

This will be the first meeting of the full board since redistricting and the November elections that reduced membership from 11 to seven members. For a list of the new members and the areas they represent, visit

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jim.

    I really appreciate the contributions you make in creating self awareness for the communities at large.

    I can't help but wonder what it would be like if we spent our time and money "controlling ourselves" rather than attempting to control others.

    If we did so, would we need consolidation or a brand new jail?

    Could the money, time and energy spent on attempting to control others be better used controlling oneself rather than trying to control others?

    As a great man once said. "Action expresses priorities. Our greatness is being able to remake OURSELVES. Be the change".

    I express gratitude to you for shining the light and illuminating the way.