government consolidation http://michiganradio.org en Two lakeshore cities have rare opportunity to vote on whether to merge into one http://michiganradio.org/post/two-lakeshore-cities-have-rare-opportunity-vote-whether-merge-one <p>Voters in the neighboring Michigan cities of Saugatuck and Douglas have a big decision to make in tomorrow’s election. The tourist towns on the shores of Lake Michigan could become a single city.</p><p>If you live in Saugatuck or Douglas, there’s no way you can avoid the touchy conversation about consolidation. Campaign signs tell voters to “Save our towns” or “We’re better together.”</p><p>Even the kids on the playground have opinions.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:47:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15112 at http://michiganradio.org Two lakeshore cities have rare opportunity to vote on whether to merge into one Report shows taxpayers could save $500,000 if Saugatuck and Douglas merge http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-taxpayers-could-save-500000-if-saugatuck-and-douglas-merge <p>A new study from an independent research group shows taxpayers in the cities of Douglas and Saugatuck could save more than half a million dollars a year if the local governments merged.</p><p>Eric Lupher is Director of Local Affairs for the independent Citizens Research Council of Michigan. He authored the study on a potential merger of city governments in Saugatuck and Douglas. You can read the <a href="http://www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/2010s/2013/rpt384.html">full report on the CRC’s website.</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:56:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13630 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows taxpayers could save $500,000 if Saugatuck and Douglas merge Metro Lansing fire departments plan to work more closely together http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-lansing-fire-departments-plan-work-more-closely-together <p>Lansing is joining with five of its neighbors to create something close to a regional fire department.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire departments in Lansing, East Lansing, Delhi Township, Lansing Township, Meridian Township and Delta Township have signed "shared service" agreements.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreements, the closest fire station will respond to local emergencies, whether the emergency is in their town or not. Under existing "mutual aid" agreements, the outside fire department has to be asked to respond.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:14:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 12971 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Lansing fire departments plan to work more closely together Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-will-have-say-proposed-merger-two-west-michigan-communities <p>Soon people living in the lakeshore cities of Saugatuck and Douglas will vote on a proposed merger of their local governments. The State Boundary Commission ruled today the question should be on the ballot in August or November.</p><p>A citizens group <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-look-merging-saugatuck-douglas-and-saugatuck-twp">began the process to merge in 2011</a>. The <a href="http://www.we-are-better-together.com/">Consolidated Government Committee </a>is pushing for the merger to save taxpayer money.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:37:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12188 at http://michiganradio.org Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities Public hearing on effort to merge Saugatuck, Douglas set for June http://michiganradio.org/post/public-hearing-effort-merge-saugatuck-douglas-set-june <p>The state has rescheduled a public hearing on the proposed consolidation of the cities of Douglas and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/saugatuck">Saugatuck</a>. The hearing was set for later this month. But the state pushed it back to next month because notice of the hearing wasn&rsquo;t mailed out at least 30 days prior.</p><p>Local leaders were upset the original public meeting was scheduled at a smaller venue in the middle of a workday anyway. It&#39;s now been rescheduled for 4p.m. June 20<sup>th</sup>inside the Saugatuck High School gymnasium.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:52:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7414 at http://michiganradio.org Public hearing on effort to merge Saugatuck, Douglas set for June Three West Michigan communities consider merging into one http://michiganradio.org/post/three-west-michigan-communities-consider-merging-one <p>This week there will be an important hearing for those hoping to merge three West Michigan communities. A <a href="http://This week there will be an important hearing for those hoping to merge three West Michigan communities. A group of citizens is asking the state to allow the cities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township to merge into one city. ">group of citizens&nbsp;is asking </a>the state to allow the cities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township to merge into one city.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6942 at http://michiganradio.org Three West Michigan communities consider merging into one State to look at merging Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Twp http://michiganradio.org/post/state-look-merging-saugatuck-douglas-and-saugatuck-twp <p>A group of citizens will hand over hundreds of signatures Wednesday to petition the State of Michigan to allow three West Michigan communities to merge.</p><p>Travis Randolph lives in Saugatuck Township. He chairs the <a href="http://congov.com/index.htm">Consolidated Government Committee </a>that&rsquo;s asking the state to consider merging the township with the Cities of Saugatuck and Douglas. Together, the three local units of government serve a little more 5,000 people.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:42:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4797 at http://michiganradio.org State to look at merging Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Twp Talks about Grand Rapids, Kent County merger will go on http://michiganradio.org/post/talks-about-grand-rapids-kent-county-merger-will-go <p>Discussions about a proposal to merge the City of Grand Rapids and Kent County into a single unit of government will move forward despite numerous concerns about the final outcome.</p><p>Earlier this year a group of business leaders launched the &ldquo;One Kent Coalition&rdquo;. They didn&rsquo;t really inform the city or the county of their plan ahead of time so initially there was a backlash against it. Many government leaders, like Grand Rapids City Commissioner Dave Shaffer, remain cautious.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:45:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4341 at http://michiganradio.org Talks about Grand Rapids, Kent County merger will go on Flint to consider consolidation as a way to save money http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-consider-consolidation-way-save-money <p>This Wednesday, Flint City Council will consider whether consolidation could be in the city&#39;s future.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/09/flint_considering_joining_futu.html">The Flint Journal</a> reports that a council committee will take up a resolution this Wednesday, with a final decision from council coming next Monday:</p><blockquote><p>Government consolidation in Michigan has been a hot topic since Gov. Rick Snyder told local communities that they would lose out on additional state aid unless they showed a commitment to share services with others to save taxpayer dollars.<br /><br />Snyder set a Jan. 1 deadline for governments to submit consolidation plans if they want to receive a share of a $200-million pool of funds.<br /><br />Several local communities, including Burton, Clio, Davison and Davison Township, have already joined the initiative.</p></blockquote><p>The consolidation initiative is known as <em>Future Genesee</em>&nbsp; and the Journal reports it includes the communities of Burton, Clio, Davison and Davison Township. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:21:44 +0000 Mark Brush 4041 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to consider consolidation as a way to save money Private sector leaders proposing Kent County, Grand Rapids merger http://michiganradio.org/post/private-sector-leaders-proposing-kent-county-grand-rapids-merger <p>More than a dozen private business leaders are taking steps that would make it possible to merge Kent County and Grand Rapids to a single government. The One Kent Coalition includes more than a dozen lawyers, businessmen, and former elected officials.</p><p><a href="http://www.varnumlaw.com/People/DeemsNyalD">Attorney Nyal Deems</a> (former mayor of East Grand Rapids) presented the One Kent proposal to the Kent County Board of Commissioners Thursday. He says the coalition would like to see broader approach to governing the metro Grand Rapids region, rather than a number of smaller municipal governments.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;All of our flow and economic interaction and cultural and social interaction ignores all those boundaries but governmentally we live by them. It would be good to mirror our communities more to match the way we live and work and function.&quot; Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:27:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1440 at http://michiganradio.org Private sector leaders proposing Kent County, Grand Rapids merger