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Blendon Township has several boards and commissions that help facilitate the operations and legal aspects of township business.

Township Board Planning Commission Emergency Services Commission Zoning Board of Appeals Compensation Commission Board of Review



Township Board
A five member board elected by the township electorate every 4 years. Each of the elected officers have duties and responsibilities specifically defined by Michigan law. The Board is charged with overseeing the proper operation of Township government and stewardship of the public resources. Meeting minutes are available for your review...click here to go to the meeting minutes page.

Supervisor - William VandenBerg
Hello Blendon Township citizens, my wife, Mary and I have lived in the Township for over 20 years, so I am a - new comer. We brought up our four children on our farm land on Port Sheldon. For 35 years I designed and built homes all over West Michigan. We are members of River of God Church.

Living in Cascade and Ada, I attended Ada Christian Elementary School and went to Grand Rapids High School. I graduated from Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in Applied Arts and Science.

In the past I worked for Blendon Township first as Zoning Administrator. Desiring to run for Trustee, I resigned and became Trustee. When the Blendon Township Board was recalled, I remained. As a Trustee, I served as the Planning Commission liaison.


Clerk - Robin Overway
Robin has been our Deputy Clerk since 2007. The Township Board members voted unanimously to appoint her as Clerk when Phil DeLange gave notice of his retirement.

I was raised in Zeeland and graduated from Zeeland High School. I attended Davenport University. I have been the Deputy Clerk for BlendonTownship since 2000. I was appointed asclerk when Phil De Lange retired in July of 2015.

My husband Rob and I have two children Chelseawho is 21 and Colton who is 17. Rob andI are members at Borculo Christian Reformed Church. I look forward to serving the community as Clerk of Blendon Township.


Treasurer - Donald VanderKuyl

I was raised in Bauer and graduated from Hudsonville High School. From there I went on to Grand Valley State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science and a Minor in Economics. I also served four years in the United States Air Force with a tour of duty in the Middle East and I received an Honorable Discharge in 1971. My wife Sue and I have three grown sons Jeff, Ben and Jon. Sue and I are members at Georgetown Christian Reformed Church. We enjoy camping together.

Before I was elected Township Treasurer in 2007, I served on the Planning Commission for 10 years and the Board of Review for 6 years.


Trustee - Paul Blauwkamp

I have lived in Blendon Township my whole life.

I own a greenhouse operation here in Blendon. I served as a volunteer firefighter for fifteen years.

Before I was elected as a Township Trustee in 2007, I served on the Board of Appeals for seven years. I continue to sit on the Planning Commission as I have done for the last four years.




Trustee - Betty Luurtsema
I have lived in Blendon Township all my life, where Art and I raised our two sons.

I am a newcomer to politics in Blendon, where hopefully we can all work together.

I enjoy camping as a family, and going antiquing, and I have also worked at
Zeeland Hospital for the past 32 years, and am a member of South Blendon Church.




Township Planning Commission
A seven member panel nominated for appointment by the Township Supervisor and approved by the Township Board for 3 year terms, with the option of reappointment at the end of their terms. The responsibilities of the Planning Commission include the creation, proposal and maintenance of a master plan for the Township, proposing amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, recommending requests for changes in zoning and granting approval for special use permits. Meeting minutes are available for your review...click here to go to the meeting minutes page.

Mark Leathead, Chairman
Rick Lamer, Vice Chairman
Jim VanderVeen, Secretary
Paul Blauwkamp
Jeff DeWind
Paul Potter
Ron Wind


Emergency Services Commission
A five member panel nominated for appointment by the Township Supervisor and approved by the Township Board for 6 year terms. This Commission directs the operations of the Township Fire Department and Emergency Services and makes recommendations regarding these public services to the Township Board. Meeting minutes are available for your review...click here to go to the meeting minutes page.

Marvin Weinrich, Chairman
Don VanderKuyl, Secretary
Steve Kraai
Dave Postma
David Fordan


Zoning Board of Appeals
A five member tribunal nominated for appointment by the Township Supervisor and approved by the Township Board for 3 year terms, with the option of reappointment at the end of their terms. The Zoning Board of Appeals is a body appointed to make a judgment of original jurisdiction on issues that involve the application and interpretation of the Township Zoning Ordinance and they may grant variances from the strict application of the ordinance. Appeals of the decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals must go directly to the Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Bruce Costen, Chairman
Mark Dykstra, Vice Chairman
David Huizenga, Clerk
Paul Blauwkamp
Bob Groot
Chuck Koning, alternate


Compensation Commission
A five member panel nominated for appointment by the Township Supervisor and approved by the Township Board for 5 year terms. The Compensation Commission is charged with the responsibility of formulating resolutions that mandate the compensation of the elected Township Board members.

Gary DeJonge, Secretary
Laverne Haveman
Randall Mepplink
Ginger Meurer
Jeff Van Eck


Board of Review
A three member tribunal nominated for appointment by the Township Supervisor and approved by the Township Board for 2 year terms, with the option of reappointment at the end of their terms. The Board of Review is a body appointed to make a judgment or review of the work of the Township Assessor. They determine if property assessments are uniform and equitable. Appeals of the decisions made by the Board of Review go directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Chuck Koning, Chairman
Bruce Costen
Jeff DeWind
Ronald Blouw, alternate


Blendon Township Hall
7161  72nd Avenue
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 875-7707   Fax: (616) 875-7034
Office Hours : Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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