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State Boundary Commission Formally Endorses Proposed Saugatuck-Douglas Merger


OKEMOS, MI (WHTC) - Another step towards a possible merger of Saugatuck and Douglas into a single governmental entity took place in suburban Lansing yesterday. The three-member State Boundary Commission unanimously endorsed the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order that would mandate such a merger. The panel agreed that such a union was needed to protect the Kalamazoo Lake harbor that the two cities share, among other things. Supporters such as Consolidated Government Committee have been pushing for the merger, saying that it would lead to substantive savings, while opponents such as Citizens for Independent Cooperative Communities disagree with the CGC’s savings claims. If the director of the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department concurs, the measure would take effect in 45 days, unless a voter referendum emerges, which is expected, that would make the final decision.