Holland Council Revisits Vision Statement

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HOLLAND – Members of Holland’s City Council shared their thoughts on the city’s vision for the future on July 14.

A committee reviewed the vision statement, led by City Councilor Jay Peters, who was not satisfied with the city’s mission and vision.

“We’re trying to figure out if there is a better statement we could have that would more reflect the direction the city of Holland is taking and what is important to us than the statement we have?” Peters explained.

“Maximize livability” is the city’s mission statement. The vision statement is “A vibrant world class community in a beautiful lakeside environment where people work together, celebrate the community and make their dreams come true.”

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Peters unsuccessfully spoke of the prospect of changing the mission and vision statement several times before receiving the blessing of fellow board members to form a committee. The committee only revises the vision statement, but could tackle the mission statement later.

City Councilor Scott Corbin said the statement should be short, simple and memorable, and vague enough that every resident can see themselves reflected in the statement. “Honor the past, embrace the future” was an example he set.

A vision statement must be ambitious and move the community forward, said City Councilor Lyn Raymond.

Council members spoke about the city’s unique attributes that could be highlighted in a vision statement, including the Dutch history and heritage that has shaped the community and the waterfront environment and proximity to Lake Michigan.

Holland City Council is seen as an updated vision statement, focusing on a variety of community strengths, including the waterfront environment and proximity to Lake Michigan.

“The other thing I see in this city is this independence to shape our future, this self-determination,” noted city councilor Dave Hoekstra. “That’s how the canal was built, because the Capitol screw balls wouldn’t do it, so we said heck, we’ll do it ourselves. Now we have a canal. And you can see that kind of spirit in this city all the time. ”

The committee will continue its work, with no deadline for a new vision statement.

“One thing that has come out loud is that Holland is indeed a special place,” said Peters. “It’s a city with a particularly strong sense of belonging. Every time a neighborhood has problems, every time we change something, we hear how much people love this community and how much it means to them.”

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The board can change the time of meetings

Mayor Nathan Bocks also proposed new meeting times for council during the study session.

Council meets at 6:30 p.m. for regular meetings and at 5:30 p.m. for study sessions, less formal meetings where council discusses city affairs but no action is taken.

Bocks suggested starting at 6 p.m. for consistency and to simplify the audience’s schedule.

He also suggested resuming pre-advice dinners, which have been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regular Council business meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and study sessions are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays, as required.

New meeting times will be put to a vote at the July 21 board meeting.

– Contact journalist Carolyn Muyskens at cmuyskens@hollandsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter at @cjmuyskens.


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