Ice Arena Privatization Draws Threat of Recall; $4 Million Bid Rejected

GEORGETOWN TWP. — The western Michigan community of Georgetown Township mailed out 150 requests to bid on ownership of the township’s ice arena, according to a March 2 article in The Grand Rapids Press. The move drew howls of protest from arena enthusiasts, 60 of whom showed up at a township board meeting. Township Supervisor Bill Holland was "seeking a minimum offer of $4 million." Local resident Mark Nanninga, told The Grand Rapids Press that there may be an "army" of people seeking recall petitions if the rink is sold.

As it turned out, a recall wasn’t necessary. Despite receiving one bid for $4 million, the township chose to reject the offer on the grounds that certain specifications of the bid had not been met.