Belleville Township moves in the right direction

July 5, 2013 

Belleville Township is moving its meetings from 3 p.m. to prime time -- well, to 6 p.m. -- and to City Hall to better accommodate the public. These are positive changes that will open up government to the people and we urge the city to give permission for the township to use City Hall. The only thing better would have been a 7 p.m. start time.

It's disappointing that Supervisor Dennis Korte and Trustee Joyce Laux wanted to keep things just the way they are. Clearly a regular evening meeting time is more conducive to working residents and taxpayers getting involved in township government. Do Korte and Laux like operating without much public oversight, or are they against this because the rest of the board supports it?

The tiny township meeting room was crowded this week -- six members of the public had to stand or sit behind the main table -- but Korte predicted that won't continue. "I've been sitting at this table for 40 years and I've never seen a crowd like this before."

Maybe that's because Belleville Township has never had a meeting at a time when people could easily attend.

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