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From the Mayor’s Desk

By Bob Truesdale


Yesterday, on my way to church, we drove past a home on 5th Street, where a family was parking their second car on the grass, just off their single gravel driveway, leading to a one-stall garage. It has been that way since I was a kid.

But, it brought to memory, a former city manager, who rode with a uniformed police officer, in a marked police car, targeting these families, who were violating some type of a city code—families who were already struggling in our poor economy. We can only hope and pray these Gestapo tactics are now behind us.

I heard a present member of our planning commission say, “I liked it the way it was in the past,” which I took to mean he felt we had too many codes and it was not our business to regulate everything people do.

I agree with you. 2014 can be a year of healing. As for me, I can never have too many friends, as we move forward. Please join us at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) for our annual City Council meeting at City Hall. Some exciting projects are being proposed.

Humbly, your friend,

 the mayor

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Burns chosen for Spring Lake job


Christine Burns

By Judy Reed


Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns may be headed for the top job in Spring Lake.

The Village announced Monday that Burns was their top choice for the Village Manager position, with James Freed, who manages both the Village of Lakeview and the City of Stanton under a shared services agreement, as an alternate.

According to Bill Baldridge, the consultant to the Michigan Municipal League who ran the search, Spring Lake held interviews with their top four choices on Saturday, June 2. Afterward, the council discussed the candidates and narrowed their choices to their top two.

“It was very close between the two candidates, and what strengths they would bring the village,” explained Baldridge. “But Chris seemed to be the leader.”

The Post asked Burns how she felt when she got the call letting her know she was chosen for the job. “I was pretty excited,” she said. “Spring Lake is such an awesome community.”

But the thought of leaving her coworkers saddens her. “My staff rocks. I’ve never worked with a better group of people. They are hard workers, and they are friends. The hard part is leaving them. But I am excited for other opportunities.”

While negotiations have already started, nothing will be set until after June 11. That’s when a judge will rule on whether a petition to disincorporate the Village of Spring Lake is valid. The Village maintains it’s not valid, because they are a home rule village. According to information from the Michigan Municipal League, home rule villages have nothing in their charter that allows them to disincorporate. They would have to insert a provision in their charter permitting them to do so before they could disincorporate.

If the judge rules in the village’s favor, Burns can accept the position if she chooses to. If the judge rules that the petition is valid, it will appear on the August 7 ballot, and everything would be on hold until after the voters make a decision.

Meanwhile, Burns is meeting with department heads to work on a transition plan, and is not taking on any new projects. If things go forward, she will ask for an August 1 start date. She will also meet with the Mayor Charlie Watson and the city attorney, so they can begin to work on a replacement.

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Community cleanup gets wash down

The weather was not kind to the 30 people who showed up to for the annual Cedar Creek clean-up in Cedar Springs, Saturday, April 16.
According to City Manager Christine Burns, all the groups that signed up showed up, except one that said they would do some picking up at a later date. It was the least amount of volunteers they have had for the cleanup, but it didn’t dampen her spirits.
“Even in the rain we put a pretty good dent in it,” said Burns, who explained that they had an hour of cleanup before the rain started at 11:15 a.m. “It really stung,” she said.
She noted they had a good showing for the E-waste, with a container that was half full.
Burns noted that all costs associated with the event were defrayed through sponsorships, except the cost of the trash bags. Choice One Bank covered the cost of the t-shirts for volunteers and Independent Bank covered the pizza party afterward.  @Home Computers sponsored the E-waste portion of the cleanup. “We couldn’t do this without all of them,” she said.
Whether this event will return next year is up in the air due to possible budget cuts.

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