The Cedar Springs City Council wants to get the public’s feedback on whether the city should keep their own police department, or contract with the Kent County Sheriff Department for services. They have set up both a public meeting and community survey so that people can give their input.
The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Cedar Springs Middle School, in room C201, which is upstairs in the large group meeting room, which seats 90.
According to Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor, Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma and his team will be on hand to give a presentation and answer questions. The proposal they have given the city could save $120,000 to $132,000 a year.
There will be time during the meeting for the public to ask questions about the proposal and how it will affect them, and give their input.
The community survey is another way to let the City know how residents and business owners feel about the issue. The survey asks, Is it important to you that the city has its own police department? Yes or No. If yes, why? And if no, why?
It also asks the question that if the City were to contract with the Sheriff Department, what should the City do with the annual savings? Several options are given, such as reducing taxes, repair streets, repair or add sidewalks, etc. There is also room for additional comments.
The surveys went out this week in tax bills. They will also be handed out in the next week at both mobile home parks within the city limits, and the apartment complexes at the end of Oak Street. Surveys are also available at Cedar Springs City Hall for those who are renting elsewhere in the city.
Taylor urges people to fill them out and get them back to the City as soon as possible. “This is a community decision, and the council needs to know what people think,” he said.
Surveys can be dropped off in the payment box at City Hall, or mailed to The City of Cedar Springs, PO 310, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.