5-15-2024 Hart Area Public Library    The library refused to cash the township’s check for $20,000 as they want $5,000 more.  The board of Golden Township has not made a final decision on this issue yet. Per a phone call from Kathleen Rash this morning, you are welcome to use the library, but you are not allowed to:  1.  Get books through interlibrary loan,   2.  Electronic borrowing of books, music, or movies.  If you still have questions please call the library 873-4476.  

7-24-2024 Library – UPDATE    On July 15, the library board voted to discontinue all services to Golden Township effective August 5.  

Below is a letter to Nancy Sterk, Chair, Board of Trustees:   

Good morning, Nancy,

I hope things are going well for you.

At your meeting on Monday night, I was unable to give any feedback on the two meetings you mentioned to agree or disagree.  I was not at the meeting you had with Carl Fuehring and Connie Cargill and the other one with Doug Dykstra and Carl Fuehring.  Therefore, I remained silent.  

I would like to think that we could come to an agreement.   Todd said something about having enough time to budget.

I would like to give you some background.  

When Bill Kolenda made the motion to increase the library contract to $20,000, he said that instead of increasing automatically each year for the three years, the board would reconsider it each year.  The wisdom of a businessman; as you never know what will happen.  

Last year in 2023 there were fires in Golden Township business and home(s).  The firemen tried to get water from the ports, but were unable to get it.  What to do?  There was discussion between the township and the fire department.  It was decided that the township would put in a well with the ability to get water fast.  As you know, when you start a project there are unseen costs that arrive and sometimes, they are way bigger than you could imagine.  That is what has happened.  These bills started coming in during the time the library contract was on the stack.  I know that this affected the decision for some of our board concerning the library contract.  When you are talking about the possibility of a life-or-death situation it is important.  Unfortunately, the bills are still coming in concerning the well and everything else that goes with it.  Who could have guessed the cost of getting single and 3-phase electric under the road to power the well to pump water plus all the hidden cost to make it all work.  If your board could accept the $20,000 offered for this year, I think we could continue the increase next year and just be one year behind your schedule getting to $30,000 in the following year.  I cannot guarantee anything, because you never know what will happen and I am just one of the five on the board.  They did agree to the $20,000 and I believe they would be agreeable to this again.   

Is the library board willing to work with the township?




Rachel Iteen

Golden Township Clerk

The following is her reply: 

Hello Rachel, 

After much thought and consideration of your message, I regretfully have to indicate that since our Library Board voted at our July 15th meeting to discontinue all services effective August 5 in absence of a signed contract by the Township Board for $25,000, any further action at this time will have to be on the part of the full Township Board. No formal offer has been received from the full Township Board since the $20,000 proffered in the original altered contract document along with the $20,000 check; this was not acceptable to our Library Board, and the check has since been returned to the Township.

We began working with all four of our contracted townships in the fall of 2022, meeting with each Township Board to explain the situation about having had no increases for at least 20 years and the need to increase annual contract amounts to move toward the benchmark of .3 mills established by the state as the minimum fair market value of library services. It should be noted that even at .3 mills it is not enough to cover the full cost of services provided. Golden Township is only about a third of the way toward that minimum benchmark. Knowing back in 2022 that this expected significant increase would have an impact on Township budgets, the Library Board structured a proposal of incremental annual increases to allow Townships to plan and budget for the increases, knowing in advance they were coming.

From a business standpoint, it is not an effective practice to continue providing services that significantly exceed costs. Offering services for less than the minimum statutory fair market value is arguably not fiscally sound, and not in the best interests of the library. Neither is having the taxpayers of one community pay for another community’s service.

Attached you will find additional information which was developed to address questions from Golden Township patrons and provide background supporting the increases in contract funding. This was available at the July 15th Library Board meeting which you attended, and is also available through our website, posted in the section containing the library’s Board meeting minutes.

Nancy Sterk, Chair, Board of Trustees

Hart Area Public Library

Trustees Contact Info: 

Bill Kolenda,

Doug Dykstra,

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The Golden Township Board is looking for residents of Golden Township who would be interested in serving on the Board of Review.  The Township hopes to recruit individuals who are interested in preserving and promoting the future of Golden Township both environmentally and economically.   

If you would like to become an active member of the community, please submit your letter of intent to Golden Township Hall, PO Box 26, Mears, MI  49436.  Please include why you are interested in the position.  Please contact the Golden Township Hall at 231-873-4413 for more information.

Rachel Iteen

Golden Township Clerk

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