[HISTORY: Ratified by the voters of the Village of Spring Lake 2-17-1997, effective 4-1-1997. Amendments noted where applicable.]
PREAMBLE TO THE CHARTER OF THE VILLAGE OF SPRING LAKE
This revision to the Charter of the Village of Spring Lake reflects present concerns and sensitivities of local government in its current work and as it prepares for the future. The document is a further expression of Michigan home rule which provides community self-determination within the framework of law.
It is imperative that a high degree of professionalism be maintained in order to keep pace with changes in the environment in which the Village operates. Maintaining the community's dedication to the Council-Manager form of government, which combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of the Village Council, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager, will allow the Village to continue serving its residents in an efficient and effective manner.
The Charter recognizes the need to plan for inevitable change and to direct it where possible. Expansions of law and advances in technology signal changes in the governing process. Persons in municipal service are therefore advised to continue related education and training programs.
As the community changes and the demand for services intensifies, imperatives arise for joint ventures with neighboring municipalities. The Charter recognizes the need for cooperative efforts.
The use of the court system has long been the traditional means of dispute resolution in our society. Movement towards alternative means of dispute resolution ultimately will save government and citizens time and money, and more effectively reconcile neighbors with one another. This policy matter should be considered by the Village now and in the future.
Every community is defined by its culture. The citizens of the Village of Spring Lake recognize the economic and social importance of having cultural amenities which will allow a desired quality of life to be enjoyed here.
Conservation of precious resources, both natural and human, is a health, safety, and welfare consideration central to local government. It is hoped that policy-making will focus on the protection of the environment at every step.
Plans which affect citizens generally are to be shared by government. The Charter recognizes that the good of the community is the paramount concern of the government and that citizen input should be utilized to determine what is in the best interest of the Village of Spring Lake. Accordingly, the Village will undertake to keep the public informed about issues affecting the community.
The Charter claims the broadest powers available within the home rule framework. It is hoped that the advantages afforded by this system will be valued by future generations who live and prosper within the Village of Spring Lake.