Metro Council crosses a key bridge
The news most likely came either as a surprise or a sigh of relief to those who have followed the Grand Valley Metro Council since its inception in 1990.
The coalition of local governments in Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, Barry, Allegan and Ionia counties had tried to lure Ada Township into its fold on a full-time basis since its first meeting by expressing the importance of having it as a member.
GVMC can stop chasing Ada now because the township recently agreed to join its counterparts at the table.
“We are very pleased with Ada’s decision to join GVMC. We look forward to working closely with them as full participants of our collaborative efforts,” said GVMC Chairman Jim Buck, also Grandville mayor.
Metro Council Executive Director John Weiss and Grand Rapids Township Supervisor Michael DeVries made a presentation recently to Ada’s board members and stressed the benefits the township would receive as a member and how much the council wanted Ada to join.
Township officials then unanimously agreed to do that.
“Being a part of the GVMC board will provide Ada Township as a partner in the decision-making process instead of only participating in several of the agencies. Ada is looking forward to working with GVMC to make West Michigan the best it can be,” said George Haga, supervisor of Ada Township.
Weiss pointed out the good things that are happening throughout the township, which was founded in 1821. At the top of his list is the redevelopment plan that Amway Corp. is putting together for the 35 acres of land the company recently purchased in Ada Village.
Amway, which has its global headquarters in Ada, is working with township officials and the Downtown Development Association on revitalizing those acres.
“This provides a tremendous opportunity for a significant public-private partnership in our region,” said Weiss.
An official from Ada Township will likely be sworn in as a member at the council’s August meeting. The board isn’t meeting in July because its scheduled meeting date was July 4. Ada will become the 34thfull-time GVMC member.
“I am totally committed to the reality that Ada’s membership is an absolute necessity,” said Township Clerk Susan Burton, “and am very pleased that our board agrees.”