Many meetings are held throughout the month. You can find a listing of dates and times on our Calendar.
The public is welcome to attend all meetings*.
Board of Review
The Board of Review consists of 3 members appointed to serve on behalf of property owners to review property assessments annually by the Township Board. Each member serves for a 2-year term that begins on January 1 of each odd-numbered year, and at least 2/3 of the members must be township taxpayers. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Review, contact our Assessor Ty Tacoma.
March – After Assessment Notices go out, the Board meets with any property owner who would like his or her assessment to be reviewed further for the given year. After the March Board of Review has convened, property valuations are set for the year and are not subject to further review.
July – After the summer tax bills go out, the July Board of Review meets to correct any clerical errors and review late filed paperwork, and Disabled Veteran’s Exemption requests.
December – After the winter tax bills go out, the December Board of Review meets to correct any clerical errors and review late filed paperwork, and Disabled Veteran’s Exemption requests.
The Board of Review is governed by Michigan Compiled Law 211.30 and other various statutes, township board resolutions, etc. The State of Michigan has provided a FAQsdocument (PDF) to provide basic information regarding Boards of Review.
Left to Right: Sam Sterk, Matt Michmerhuizen, Jerry Klaver
The Fire Board consists of five members, two township board members, and three township residents, appointed to six-year terms to serve in an advisory and oversight capacity. The committee meets at 5:45 PM on the third Monday of every other month, at the Township Hall, in the Conference Room. If you are interested in serving on the Fire Board, contact Fire Chief Duane Miedema.
Front Row: Janet Oskin, Gail Altman, Mike Rose; Back Row: Jim Ondersma, Wendell Loew
Fire Station Committee
This ad-hoc committee plans and oversees new fire station construction. It consists of two residents, one board member, and various fire department personnel.
Jim Ondersma, Chair / Township Resident
Gail Altman, Township Board
Dan Bylsma, Fire Department
Jonathan Hubach, Fire Department
Keith King, Fire Department
Tim Kortman, Fire Department
Duane Miedema, Fire Chief
Mike VanAahold, Township Resident
Parks and Recreation Committee
The Parks and Recreation Board meets as needed.
Front row, from left: Lesli Kwiatkowski, Erin Wolters, Ben Miller (Chair); Back row, Dave Pruis, Ron Koroleski, Kerry Bairski
Park Planning Committee
This ad-hoc ommittee has been appointed to move ahead with plans to develop our property near the corner of 24th Avenue and Greenly. The committee will meet at 7 PM on the third Thursday of the month at the Township Hall, in the Conference Room.
Back row: Tim Schollaart, Mark Pater, Janet Oskin & Lesli Kwiatkowski Front row: Jim Ondersma & Gail Altman
The Planning Commission approves all site plans for development within the township, except for those requiring approval by the Board of Trustees. The Planning Commission prepares and periodically reviews and updates, when necessary, a Master Plan to guide physical development in the township. The Commission also reviews any matter requested of it by the Board of Trustees.
Front row, from left: Tim Tacoma, Dean Smith (Chair), Jeff Dykstra; Back Row, from left: Randy Zomerlei, Kevin Gilliam, Diane Pater, Dave Kronemeyer
Site Plan Review Committee
The Site Plan Review Committee consists of four members who are appointed to review all developments for which site plans are required under the Zoning Ordinance and provide recommendations to the Planning Commission. The membership includes two Planning Commissioners, and representatives from the township’s planning and engineering firms, Fresh Coast Planning and Vriesman & Korhorn, respectively.
Jeff Dykstra, Planning Commissioner
Dean Smith, Planning Commissioner
Greg Ransford, Planner
Nate Vriesman, Engineer
The governing Board of Trustees conducts policy and legislative functions of the township government. The seven-member Board consists of the Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and four Trustees. The Board is responsible for, among other things, passing ordinances, adopting the annual budget, appointing other boards and committees, and hiring township employees. All members are elected to four-year terms occurring at the general November election in the presidential election years. The Board members are elected at-large on a partisan basis. Elected officers of the township must be qualified electors and residents of the township.
Laurie VanHaitsma, Supervisor
Scott Brouwer, Treasurer
Candy DeHaan, Clerk
Derek McCormick, Trustee
Jim Miedema, Trustee
Ben Miller, Trustee
Tim Tacoma, Trustee
For more information about the Township Board, including contact information, please view the Elected Officials page
L to R: Clerk Candy DeHaan, Trustee Tim Tacoma, Trustee Derek McCormick, Trustee Ben Miller, Supervisor Laurie VanHaitsma, Trustee Jim Miedema, Treasurer Scott Brouwer
Zoning Board of Appeals
Randy Zomerlei, Chair
Scott Brouwer, Township Board Liaison
Melissa Beimers (Alternate)
Front Row: Melissa Beimers (Alternate), Randy Zomerlei, Janae Byker; Back Row: Chris Vanden Heuvel, Scott Brouwer, Mike VanAanhold
* Closed meetings or closed portions of meetings and Board of Review sessions are not open to the public.