JUST IN: Belding City Council adopts “special events” policy

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:25 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BELDING — Festivals, gatherings and celebrations in this community are expected to run more smoothly after a “special events” policy was approved by Belding City Council Tuesday night.

Members of the council voted unanimously 5-0 to adopt a policy that will require the regulation of special events within the city of Belding.

Special events involving the use of city parks, halls, buildings, grounds and other city-owned properties must be approved by the Special Events Committee, which will consist of the police chief, fire chief, director of public works, finance director and city clerk.

Council members also unanimously approved a resolution to encourage Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training for Belding City Council members, the city manager, and city clerk.

A second resolution encouraging Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA) training for council members, the city manger, department heads and chairs of all official city boards and commissions was also unanimously approved.

In closed session, council members discussed the settlement of the lawsuit between Belding resident Katherine Henry against the City of Belding and former city manager Meg Mullendore.

Upon reconvening in open session, council members voted unanimously to approve a settlement to pay Henry a sum of $250, include encouragement of council members and the city manager to attend presentations and education on Michigan’s OMA and FOIA.

Henry is also required to release all claims against Mullendore.

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