Winfield Township appoints new trustee

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:29 pm on Wednesday, January 04, 2012

WINFIELD TOWNSHIP —  A member of the Winfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals is now a township board trustee.

The Winfield Township Board voted 4-0 on Dec. 14 to appoint Daniel Kinsey to fill the remainder of Jim Radford’s term. Radford resigned as a trustee in November.

Treasurer Cathy Killinger made a motion to appoint Kinsey, but the motion died for lack of support.

Township board members then interviewed candidates Kinsey and Gregg Schuitema, the assistant fire chief for the Amble Fire Department.

After the interviews, Trustee Dan Kanouse made a motion to appoint Kinsey. Killinger, Supervisor Phyllis Larson and Clerk Colleen Stebbins voted “yes” along with Kanouse.

Kinsey is a builder, heating, cooling and ventilation contractor and farmer in Winfield Township, where he has lived almost all his life. He said Killinger called him and asked him to consider serving as a board trustee.

“I consider it my civic duty to serve,” Kinsey said. “I have noticed that the township building needs insulating. I do hope to fix that and maybe make some other repairs and improvements to the building.”
Schuitema could not be reached for comment.

Schuitema previously served as Amble fire chief for more than five years before resigning to unsuccessfully campaign for a seat on the township board in 2008. Michigan State Police troopers talked with Schuitema during a March 2009 meeting, when Larson was concerned about him becoming argumentative with board members.

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