Village signs one-year lease with township, trustees spar over prior issues

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

CENTRAL LAKE – During a meeting marked by tension between officials, the Central Lake Village Council approved additions to its water main replacement project, paving of the road running through Thurston Park Campground, scheduled a spring brush pick up and made a unanimous decision to enter into a one-year lease with Central Lake Township for the village’s offices.

The decision to stay put, and to pay an additional $8,400 a year, double what the village had previously been charged, came one month after several of the trustees reported criticism from constituents against making a move out of the Central Lake Governmental Hall, and two months after the village council – irritated with the sudden increase in rent, which came without prior notification – had formally decided to seek other accommodations.

During the Council’s March meeting, trustee Melissa Zelenak said that many of the village residents had questioned the village council’s February decision, and wondered why the village didn’t attempt to renegotiate the proposed lease. Others, she said, had criticized the village’s apparent inability to work with township officials, adding that she was disturbed by those comments.

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