2017-02-16 / Life in Leelanau

Leland Township moves back meeting time

Leland Township Board meetings will be held at 7 p.m. starting in the new fiscal year — April 1 — though the April 10 meeting has been canceled due to an anticipated lack of a quorum.

The board now meets at 7:30 p.m. and has for several years. The change was proposed by new board member Michael Collins, who said the new time would make meetings more accessible to the general population.

Collins said he researched the issue and found that 70 percent of township meetings in the county start at 7 p.m. or earlier. Village and county meetings — as well as most commissions — also start at 7 p.m. or earlier.

Lake Leelanau resident Steve Mikowski said during public comment that he was concerned the time change request came from a board member and not a constituent.

Trustee Tony Borden said meetings can go long, so starting earlier would make it easier for those who want to stay until the end of the meeting.

The new time will have to wait until the May meeting, as on April 10 Collins and township Supervisor Susan Och will both be attending the Michigan Townships Association annual conference. Also, Clerk Jane Keen will be out of the country.

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