Eureka Township Board considers invocation


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:50 am on Friday, July 12, 2013

 

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township Board took a month and looked into the possibility of having invocation before each meeting, but, after discussion, decided to postpone a decision until August.

After June’s meeting, when Trustee Brad Kelley asked about the possibility of an invocation at each meeting, the board decided to look into the idea to see what the options for the township are by consulting with the Michigan Township Association (MTA).

“I checked into this and I personally don’t have a problem with it,” said Supervisor Rodney Roy. “MTA said we can have an invocation unless it’s challenged, then we have to stop.”

Roy said since an article was published in The Daily News on June 10, he has already received complaints about the proposal.

“Not to pick on the newspaper, but we have already been challenged,” he said. “I was told we would be taken to court if we do it and I have known this person for a long time.”

Treasurer Cindy Hanson noted other governing bodies hold an invocation at meetings, but said they may have not been challenged.

“Must not be a problem in other areas,” she said.

A discussion was held on whether it made a difference if a board member started the invocation versus an audience member and if it could still be challenged if an audience member does it.

A woman in the audience agreed, stating it is something to look into.

“There are too many things out there that stops us from praying,” she said.

The board decided they would look further into the issue and bring it back for discussion during its Aug. 12 meeting.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners has long invited a variety of local pastors to give an invocation before the start of each regular meeting in Stanton.

In other business, the township board:

• Discussed a non-discrimination ordinance request.
• Discussed new phone service through AT&T.
• Discussed the proposed pavilion and LED sign.
• Discussed filling vacancie

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