Township government plays a critical role in the future development of a community. I am honored to be a member of such a productive team in Comstock Township. The Township Board and staff is made up of individuals who worked together to develop and implement decisions in the best interest of the people. By working as a team, Comstock Township was able to encourage residential, retail, commercial and industrial growth thereby providing Comstock with a more diverse and robust tax base. This in itself improved the economic vitality of our community.
An increased revenue stream will allow the Township to better serve all individuals and business by developing and delivering enhanced services. We have all benefited from a more effective and efficient use of tax revenue which enabled the Township to have curbside rubbish collection and partner with the Land Bank to demolish unsafe building structures allowing these sites to be reutilized in a more safe and efficient way.
The Township Board recently adopted a Superintendent form of government. Under this form of governance, the Township residents will still be able to select the Board members who develop, approve and establish Township policies. Only the administrative responsibility of the Township rests with the Superintendent, who is appointed by and reports to the entire Township Board.
I wish to thank the voters for electing me to serve as the Supervisor of Comstock Charter Township. Presiding as the Township Supervisor has been an honor and a privilege. Some issues that came before me were indeed challenging, still, I found the leadership role to be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences in my professional career.
As many of you are aware I have chosen not to seek a second term as your Comstock Township Supervisor. I am and will always be grateful for the opportunity provided me by the Township people to serve. I am exceedingly proud of what we have accomplished, nevertheless, there is always more to strive for as we preserve the past, plan for the present, and prepare for the future. The following nine months will be busy as the Township continues to grow and expand.
For those who may be considering public service, I encourage you to enter the race and go for this challenging opportunity. Being a Township Board member has been extremely rewarding! Information on running for public office is on our Township website. Please visit www.comstockmi.gov.
Ann Nieuwenhuis, Township Supervisor