As you consider the 2017 budget and Township plans for the upcoming year, I would request that the Board commit itself to working within current tax levels and without raising debt. If anything, the Board should consider returning to the lower tax level the Township had before the last tax increase. If one looks at votes for Township Trustee in the recent Republican primary, there was a clear message of the voting public to local leadership along these lines. Also, public school debt in this area (as well as Michigan as a whole) is significant and rising, and taxpayers can ill afford to absorb additional debt and tax burden, especially when federal debt and tax levels are also considered, along with rising healthcare costs.
In addition, I would request that the Board sell the property it owns at 200 Main Street south of the Veterans Plaza. But I recommend that it is done in such a way that the purchaser has to agree to make it conducive for residents to utilize the Veterans Plaza, including adequate parking, as well as attractive. The Board is fortunate to have at least one interested buyer who might be amenable to such. This approach saves the taxpayer money, and builds the taxpayer base.
Also, I recommend that the Board have a long term goal of continuing to improve the Chicago Drive corridor. I specifically request consideration of extension of the bike/pedestrian path along the train tracks, with some buffer shrubs or trees. There should be an effort to work with Grandville to connect it with Kent Trails where it intersects the railroad track, and work with Hudsonville to connect it with its downtown. For more specifics on this possibility, please see http://www.georgetownexaminer.com/2016/03/converting-chicago-drive-into-chicago-parkway-by-j-parnell-mccarter/ .
Furthermore, please consider a Community Patriot Day in Georgetown Township, taking place on some Saturday in late June or early July, at and around the Veteran’s Plaza. What if on that day for that event Main Street were closed off to through traffic? What if local area school bands (public and private) were asked to play traditional American patriotic and military songs? What if military veterans were especially honored at the event? What if residents were encouraged to decorate their bikes in American patriotic and military themes, and awards presented to the best decorated bike by age group? What if Dr. Dale Mohr were the first honorary chairman of the event, since during his administration as Township Supervisor the Veteran’s Plaza was constructed? Such an event would help make good use of the site.
Finally, and most importantly, I would request that the Board pass appropriate public resolutions during the year, which will reflect the Christian heritage of the community, and give thanks to God for how He has graciously blessed us. For example a resolution during the Thanksgiving season would be especially appropriate. We ought not to be running from our Christian heritage, but rather constantly returning to it.