BVC President resigns following business sale, move

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Bellaire Village Council president David Schulz announced late last week that he has resigned from his position following the sale of his Bellaire Bed and Breakfast and a move out of the village.

 

BELLAIRE – Longtime Bellaire Village Council President David Schulz announced late last week that he had resigned as of Wednesday, July 31.

Schulz, who with spouse Jim Walker – a landscape designer – has owned the Bellaire Bed and Breakfast since January of 1997 as well as serving as Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility's financial administrator, said that his resignation was necessary with his move to an apartment outside of the village limits after the sale of the bed and breakfast in late July.

Per State of Michigan mandate, all elected municipal officials are required to live in the municipality they serve.

Schulz, who said he will miss the quality of life in the Bellaire area, also stated that he will miss his public service. That service began with an appointment as an alternate member of the Bellaire Planning Commission, as well as several years as a village trustee, before he was elected Council president for the first time in September of 2009. He has since been re-elected several times, most recently in November 2018.

Asked what he felt was his biggest accomplishment for Bellaire, which has seen much growth and a number of improvements during his tenure as village council president, Schulz said, "Improving communication and listening between village staff and the townships the village is located in, as well as with Antrim County and the Antrim County Board of Commissioners."

Schulz said he will remain in his position with Meadow Brook until December 2020, when he will retire and move permanently to a home in Lansing that he and Walker recently purchased.

"I have mixed feelings about leaving the area," Schulz said. "But the bed and breakfast is in very good hands with new owner Holly Wilson, of Petoskey, who took over operations on July 27 after we closed on the sale July 25, and it will be nice to return to an area with a slightly milder winter."

Proximity to health care was also a factor in the couple's decision to leave the Bellaire area, he added.

"Here, you're 45 minutes away from a good hospital facility with emergency care. In Lansing, where we lived for many years and where many of our friends still live, good emergency care is only five minutes away."

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