Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 15, 2012

TADL board may add one GT rep, lose one from TC

'Dynamic change' in county population spurs adjustment

BY MICHAEL WALTON
mwalton@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse County Commissioners approved a tentative plan to give county residents more representation on the Traverse Area District Library Board.

The plan, passed as a resolution by commissioners during a meeting this week, would increase county board-appointed members to the library board from four to five, while reducing Traverse City appointees from three to two.

County Board Chairman Larry Inman said there has been a "dynamic change," in the county's population dispersal since the 1980s. Officials believe the county's larger population should allow more county residents to hold library board seats.

City commissioners plan to discuss the proposed changes to the library board at a Monday meeting.

Lisa Leedy, president-elect of Fife Lake Village and a former president of the Fife Lake Library Board, commended the board's action.

"This sends a good message to people that you are interested in hearing the voices of people throughout the county," she said.