Reports to board: Fire, library, pool, parks, state representative

Groups submitted annual summaries at annual budget meeting.

The Laketown Township Board of Trustees asked groups and representatives that report regularly to the township to share an annual summary at the March 13, 2024, meeting. Several groups responded with written reports.

Here’s a summary of those reports. For the entire document, click here.

The Graafschap Fire Department station, 4534 60th St.

Graafschap Fire Department: The department ended the year with 774 calls for service, a 13 percent decrease over 2022.

The report details staffing, apparatus, training, commercial business and rental inspections, grants, collaborative resourcing, and community risk reduction.

“Everything we do would not be possible without the dedicated firefighters and their families,” wrote Chief Doug DenBleyker. “We are also extremely thankful for the support of our fire board and the boards of Fillmore and Laketown townships. …

“Lastly, our biggest supporter is you, the taxpayer. We thank you for entrusting us with tax dollars through the voted millages that fund the fire department. Thank you!”

Herrick District Library: Gary Dewey, representative to Herrick District Library, reported the main branch renovation is close to completion this summer and the North Branch has doubled its circulation.

Holland Aquatic Center: Laketown Township residents in the Holland Public School district (Precinct 1) support the aquatic center through an operational millage (0.9505 mill) that brings in $186,810 and a debt millage (1.0200 mills) that brings in $208,333.

“HAC appreciates the tax support of Laketown Township Precinct #1 and the public support of the rest of Laketown Township,” Executive Director Jack Huisingh wrote in the two-page report. “We remain confident in the exceptional benefits we provide with your support and look forward to our coming year.”

The big pond at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.

Laketown Township Parks and Recreation Commission: Chairperson Brad Laninga noted new signage in the parks created by Patty Meyer, work on the five-year plan, partnerships with the Outdoor Discovery Center to fight invasives and the painting of the Old Township Hall during the United Way Day of Caring.

Laninga also noted the Huyser Hunt, the recreational programs with the Outdoor Discovery Center, the decision to demolish the Huyser House and two new commissioners on the commission.

State Rep. Nancy DeBoer, R-Holland: DeBoer wrote about the township’s estimated constitutional revenue sharing.

“Laketown Township is estimated to receive $652,516 in constitutional revenue sharing for FY 2024-25,” she wrote. “This is a -0.3% reduction from FY 2023-24, or -$1,763.”