Meetings Misconceptions

Township board meetings, annual meetings, special meetings, public hearings, workshop meetings, joint meetings … should we continue? Are you confused by the variety of meetings in which your township board is involved? Gain insight into the laws that provide information on how meetings are conducted and whether each is required to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

Jim Beelen

Former MTA Member Information Services Liaison

MTA Member Information Liaison Jim Beelen joined MTA in October 2008 from Allendale Charter Township in Ottawa County where he served on the township board for 30 years. The last 12 years Jim was the Supervisor. For 18 years prior to that, Jim served as the township treasurer.

During his time at MTA, Jim provided township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. He also developed MIS Department resource materials, and presented workshop and Conference sessions. Jim retired in 2015 and now enjoys fishing and visiting his many grandchildren.


Meetings Misconceptions Webcast
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