WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A controversial decision to ban a cross on Grand Haven city property is now prompting a fierce response from some private citizens. Among the new efforts is a fundraiser to fight the decision and a petition to recall one of the city council members.
The debate over the cross on Dewey Hill is full of voices looking for someone in power to listen. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Brandon Hall had the Ottawa County Election Commission all to himself. In less than 30 minutes, his petition to recall Grand Haven council member Robert Monetza was approved.
Monetza was one of three council members to vote in favor of no longer displaying the cross on Dewey Hill. The decision came after some threatened legal action if the cross wasn't removed.
"After 50 years of that tradition in Grand Haven, that's just unacceptable to me," says Hall.