A commission studying the disincorporation of the Village of Onekama will be meeting tomorrow. The commission was formed after a petition of village residents last fall. The Village and Onekama Township have been looking at combining their governments for several years.
The commission will gather information about the proposed disincorporation and present that information to the township and village boards. If both boards approve a disincorporation plan, the question will be put to village and township voters.
In a report released in October, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan concluded that while there may not be any money saved by folding the village into the township, the community would likely see improved planning, economic development and stewardship of Portage Lake.
In Michigan, talk of consolidating local units of government is nothing new, but rarely is consolidation successful. In fact, Onekama would be the first village to disincorporate in Michigan.