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Open Gov Advances as Ada Township Approves Open Gov Proclamation, Kent County Crime Goes Online
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Open Gov Advances  as Ada Township Approves Open Gov Proclamation, Kent County Crime Goes Online

Two weeks ago, during Sunshine Week, the Ada Township Board was presented with a recommendation to adopt an "Open Government Proclamation."  This week the Admin Committee, recommended and the Board unanimously approved an abbreviated version of the recommended proclamation.  The full text of the adopted proclamation can be found HERE.

In addition to stating support for the principles of "open and accessible government," the proclamation compels the Township's Administrative Committee to"

"make recommendations within 90 days to the Ada Township Board, based on public input, for strengthening transparency in our township government.  The recommendations should focus on actions that can be accomplished within one year..."

Former Trustee and current Ada Township Treasurer Norm Rhoades echoed comments made by another Board Member at the Board Meeting two weeks ago.  He specifically cited the local government initiatives of Governor Rick Snyder.  Supervisor Haga indicated he was working on additional financial transparency and reporting measures, designed to publish graphs and charts of the Township's financial information on the Township website.  This is an initiative that one Trustee in particular has repeatedly asked the Board to pursue for the past six years!  With the potential of generating financial incentives from the State, it looks like "Open Government" in Ada may finally have the catalyst it needs to grow.

Now that this resolution has been adopted, it will be up to the people of Ada, the Administrative committee and ultimately the Board, to fulfill both the spirit and purpose of this newly adopted Open Government Proclamation.  I for one am hopeful that citizens will let their voices be heard on this important subject and that Ada Township will continue on a path towards greater transparency and accountability.

In related news, it was announced that the Kent County Sheriff's Dept. has begone publishing crime data via www.crimereports.com.  This interactive application, uses Google Maps to display different types of crime data.  Users can create a profile and request email updates on activity in their area.  The site can also be used to submit crime tips to the local Silent Observer program.

Those interested in more information about the new www.crimereports.com website should contact Undersheriff Jon Hess at 616-632-6236

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