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New Councilman Sworn in to Grand Rapids Council

Multiple summer council session have been held at the Old Fire Station on Front Street in Grand Rapids, covering various village issues.

Council members welcomed Alex Glassford to village council on July 25. Glassford was appointed by Mayor John Berry after Robert Krabill resigned in the spring. Council had the opportunity to appoint a new member but missed the June 8 deadline. According to council rules, the village mayor can appoint a new member once the deadline has passed.

According to the official minutes, Councilwoman Lynn Sylvain stated, “The mayor mentioned we had the most interested candidates for the council seat and he selected someone that didn’t apply, she asked what criteria he used and if he interviewed everyone the same as Alex Glassford.”

The minutes state, “Mayor made his decision by appointment and feels Alex Glassford is a great fit for council.”

Sylvain then questioned Glassford on his approval vote for various bills. Councilwoman Jody Donsbach asked for a point of order stating, “that is badgering and inappropriate.” The mayor then asked to return to the agenda.

During the same meeting, David Fowler spoke to request council consider moving meetings back into the town hall. Fowler stated it would be safer with 196 seats in the auditorium. Fowler also expressed disappointment in the lack of respect for each other on council.

According to the minutes, “He hopes as things move forward council can work better together towards fixing and helping the community.”

Meetings are held the second and fourth Monday at the Old Fire Station on Front Street in Grand Rapids. Meetings start promptly at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.

You can read the full minutes at

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