Wednesday local Township officials had the opportunity to go to Lansing and showcase their Townships to their legislators, The Michigan Township Association (MTA) sponsored its first "Tout Your Township Day" in an effort to educate our representatives on the history and efficiency of local township government.
Alpine Township Supervisor Alex Arends was on hand and had the opportunity to talk in depth with Senator Jansen's staff about successes in Alpine Township as well as challenges facing local government. While it was hoped that both Senator Jansen and State Representative Agema would be available, both the Senate and House ended up in session in preparation for summer recess. Michael Mohoney, a staff member of Senator Jansen made himself available to discuss Township Government, learn that Alpine Township's general operating expenses are the lowest they have been in 10 years, and that several businesses have recently decided to make Alpine Township their home. Alex also attended a session with Lt. Gov Brian Calley who informed Township officials about Governor Schneider's plans for continued cuts in spending, revival of plans to have private enterprise design, build and operate a bridge connecting I-75 in Michigan to Highway 401 in Canada, and the pending overhaul of the Personal Property Tax Laws, which will most likely occur after summer recess.
|Lt. Governor Brian Calley (right) talking with Township Official|
|State Representative David Agema (center) in action on the House floor|
Alpine Township Supervisor Alex Arends sitting behind Senator Mark Jansen's desk in the State Capitol Building.