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Annual School Election is Tuesday, May 3

Grand Haven Area Public Schools voters will be asked to decide on two issues during the annual school election held on Tuesday, May 3.

Non-Principal Residence (formerly non-homestead)
This is a renewal of 18 mills on non-principal residence and other nonexempt property and six mills on commercial personal property. This proposal represents an annual renewal (i.e. not an increase) of millage, which does not affect the taxes on a homeowner’s principal residence. Passage of the Non-Principal Residence means a continuation of just over $18 million in revenue needed to maintain Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ programs and services.

Board of Education - Two Seats
Voters will also be asked to decide on two candidates for two school board seats –  one seat is a one-year term and one seat is a four-year term.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Carlson appointed to Commission on Disability Concerns

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan President and CEO Richard J. Carlson was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Synder to serve on the Commission on Disability Concerns on April 14.

The commission advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities through information and technical assistance, disability rights training, and by promoting disability awareness.

Carlson, of Muskegon, has over 30 years of experience with Goodwill Industries of West Michigan and has served the last 19 years as president and CEO. He replaces Dana Parker.

Along with Carlson, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan Executive Director Sara Grivetti of Midland was also appointed.

“These individuals will serve as strong advocates for our citizens with disabilities,” Synder said.

Q & A with 89th District Rep. Amanda Price @ Spring Lake District Library

Spring Lake, MI--State Rep. Amanda Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library on Monday, April 25 from noon to 1:00 p.m. to talk with constituents about their concerns. Amanda Price represents the 89th District which includes Grand Haven, Ferrysburg, and Spring Lake. Take advantage of this opportunity to let your state representative know what issues are important to you.

For more information about this program, call the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 107.  The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

The Village of Spring Lake is now signed up with Nixle

The Village of Spring Lake is now signed up with Nixle, which is like Twitter for government agencies. Village residents can sign-up using a cell phone to receive text message updates such as an emergency, traffic problem or major event. To sign up, use a cell phone to go to www.nixle.com and follow the directions to get your text message updates.

Spring Lake seeks Village Council members

Spring Lake seeks Village Council members

The Village Council of the village of Spring Lake is looking for an interested resident wanting to serve on the Village Council. The Village Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. The appointment will be to fill a partial term expiring December 2011. Interested parties should fill out a personal profile form that can be obtained from the Village Hall office, 102 W. Savidge, Spring Lake or online at www.springlakevillage.org. Deadline for submitting an application is April 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. or until vacancies are filled. Village Council will interview candidates at the April 18th Village Council meeting. For more information, please contact Maribeth Lawrence, Village Clerk/Treasurer at (616) 842-1393.

Village of Spring Lake seeks residents to serve on Historic Conservation Commission

Village of Spring Lake seeks residents to serve on Historic Conservation Commission

From: http://www.springlakevillage.org/

The Village Council of the Village of Spring Lake is looking for three interested Village of Spring Lake residents wanting to serve on the Village Historic Conservation Commission. The terms of the appointments will be: two through February 2013 and one through February 2014. The Historic Conservation Commission meets once a month for approximately one hour. The Commission processes designations of historic landmarks in the Village and provides educational programs on the history of the area as well as other historic preservation work. They organize and host the annual Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show and are currently working on a calendar using historic Village postcards.

There are also two openings on the Central Business District Development Authority (CBDDA).

Price updates in-district office hours

Price updates in-district office hours

State Rep. Amanda Price has updated her in-district office hours.

In Grand Haven, Price will host district hours on the third Friday of every month, starting on Friday, Feb. 18. These meetings will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave. #180.

And in Holland, Price will host district hours on the third Monday of every month, beginning on Monday, Feb. 21. These will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. at Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave.

Visit www.repamandaprice.com for additional information.