REED CITY — A large crowd attended the meeting last week to go over the proposed Articles of Incorporation for the Greater Reed City Area Recreation Authority, and had an opportunity to ask questions and receive explanations and clarification.

Representatives from five areas involved in the beginning stages were on hand including Richmond Township, Hersey Township, Lincoln Township, the Village of Hersey and the City of Reed City.

Also on hand to field questions and provide clarification, as well as receive suggestions and help with any on-going or new concerns was Harry Burckholder of Land Information Access Association (LIAA) out of Traverse City.

That nonprofit corporation, a Section 501(c)3 corporation was created in 1993 to stimulate and support greater civic engagement.

Burkholder has attended several meetings of the group to help move along the process and provide information necessary for the various bodies to make decisions on whether or not to be a part of the GRCARA, and how it could be a benefit to all involved and, in fact, have a positive impact on a greater area as well.

A number of concerns were addressed, and an attempt to both answer questions and assure the various entities that each has a say, but collectively they do have greater opportunities to work together and receive more in the long run to benefit the whole group, as well as the individual partners.

Clarification on many issues was made, and assurances that any questions felt not satisfactorily answered would be once additional information can be gathered and provided, led to several audience compliments for keeping things in the open and attempting to find answers.

Although some felt they might not benefit by a part of a larger group in, say, applying for grant money, still others felt that collectively they would better in a better position to be selected by reflecting a larger interest and more people.

The discussion also focused on how many votes each jurisdiction would have and how anything such as millage would be dealt with in such a multi-jurisdictional grouping.

At the end of the meeting, a round of applause was given, along with verbalized thanks to Burkholder for his presentation and the on-going fielding of concerns and questions.