Trustees appoint representatives to Benton Township boards

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Kevin White made his first recommendations for board appointments as Benton Township’s supervisor Tuesday.

Among the boards and committees that were up for reappointments, the township’s Board of Review had three positions filled.

Deborah Culby, Musetta Hilliard and Linda Scarbrough were all appointed to two-year terms on the Board of Review. Culby was chosen to fill an unexpiring term, replacing Sammie Smith, who resigned for health reasons. Hilliard and Scarbrough had previously served on the board.

The Board of Review meets once a year to receive and examine the tax assessment rolls to determine if the assessor has properly assessed all property liable to taxation. The board also serves as an appeals board, listening to the concerns of property owners regarding assessments and values as established by the assessor.

“It was not a difficult decision; most were already in those positions,” White said. “They are doing a good job and I want to continue moving forward. As far as the new ones, I’m hoping they can fall in line and do the same.”

Marian Tripplett was named to a three-year term with the Benton Harbor Library Board.

Trustee Calli Berg agreed to serve on the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission in place of the supervisor. There is no term on that commission. The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission serves the regional planning needs of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, dealing with community, environmental, transportation and economic development planning.

Berg has a background in planning and community development, so White said he chose to have Berg take his place on the regional planning commission.

“We try to get the best people for the best spots,” White said. “Calli has the background.”

Toward the end of the meeting during public input, Trustee Cathy Yates said she noticed there were no more workshop meetings scheduled for 2015 and thought it was important another be held.

“We need to make sure that business is handled,” she said. “So I’m asking the people in charge that they set a meeting for us to have a workshop between now and the end of the year.”

Treasurer Debbie Boothby was not present for Tuesday’s board meeting. The board’s next regular meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Township Hall.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 7, 2015)

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