Restore Freedom with Katherine Henry

Fences to protect our land – Biblical Insight S1E36

Fences, like the one built by the property owner in Matthew 21:33, are a recognized way of protecting ones land, but they also help us heed the instruction in Proverbs 25:17, “Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.” So, don’t let your municipality get away with imposing unlawful or unconstitutional fence ordinances!

Ordinances – Week 36 Friday Freedom Fighting Tools

This week, we discussed Fence & Ground Cover Ordinances & HOA Rules. To check the constitutionality of your ordinances, you must first find them!  So, check out these #FreedomFightingTools:
By Katherine Henry|2022-09-09T11:08:59-04:00September 9, 2022|Categories: Friday Freedom Fighting Tools, Laws, Local Government|Tags: HOA, ordinance, Rules|0 Comments

What’s lawful re fence and ground cover ordinances & HOA rules? – Const. Seg. Recap 36

Have you wondered what is lawful when it comes to fence & ground cover ordinances & HOA rules. This Constitution Segment Recap slideshow covers the provisions and statutes, check it out here: tinyurl.com/3jdr7zrn
Didn’t catch week 36’s RFW? You can watch it here: tinyurl.com/bdh45m22

Checking Ordinances for Unconstitutionality – Way to Get Involved Challenge 36

We shared how an unconstitutional ordinance allowed a man to be kicked out of WI village Turtle Lake, and how the Village Board chose to not only repeal this ordinance, but also reevaluate ALL ordinances to check for constitutionality. We now challenge you to THANK the Turtle Lake village board, AND urge your own city or town board to do the same check!

True or False Tuesday Answer – Week 36!

T or F Tuesday Answer is FALSE! Local gov’ts may NOT enforce fence & ground covering ordinances (incl. permits w/ fees & inspections) UNLESS the ordinance is required to stop a homeowner from impairing the right of another homeowner to use his/her property. #ConstitutionMatters

Fence & Ground Covering Ordinances – True or False Tuesday!

Want to answer this weeks’ Tuesday TRUE or FALSE Question? You can answer it at tinyurl.com/2jkdbsju, with no email or social media login required! Make sure to check back to RestoreFreedomKH.com/Updates at 10PM EST for the Answer!

The Efforts of the Ottawa Impact PAC Paid Off!

 From Ottawa Impact PAC – OttawaImpactPAC.com

Press Release: August 3, 2022

Ottawa County loves freedom!

Ottawa Impact was built by the efforts of moms and dads, grandparents, hard working Americans, and business owners, who simply desired to have individual freedoms, parental rights, and American values protected in our county.

Our current county commissioners refused to listen and act in defense of these issues— core values to our people and to the Republican Party platform. When elected officials refuse to listen to the people and protect constitutional freedoms, they must be replaced.

The people of Ottawa County have worked tirelessly towards this day. The people have spoken, and overwhelmingly voted to replace those who ignored their freedoms, their parental rights, and their values.

RESULTS

Ottawa Impact-Aligned County Commissioner Candidates – Republican Primary 2022

District Candidate Status
District 1 Gretchen Cosby Democrat opponent in November 2022
District 2 Lucy Ebel Democrat opponent in November 2022
District 3
District 4 Jacob Bonnema Seated January 2023
District 5 Joe Moss Seated January 2023
District 6 Kyle Terpstra Seated January 2023
District 7 Rebekah Curran Seated January 2023
District 8 Sylvia Rhodea Seated January 2023
District 9 Roger Belknap Seated January 2023
District 10 Jenni Shepherd-Kelley See below
District 11 Allison Miedema Seated January 2023

Jenni Shepherd-Kelley fought a valiant race in District 10 and worked to inform and activate her community in the Tri-Cities area. We have tremendous respect for her passion and conviction to defend her district. She lost by 618 votes in a heavy crossover area to progressive incumbent candidate Roger Bergman.

We are thankful for the support and efforts of thousands across Ottawa County. We welcome the voices of parents and courageous individuals as we work to restore freedom, parental rights, and American values in Ottawa County.

For Freedom & Family,

Joe Moss and Sylvia Rhodea
Ottawa Impact PAC

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-22T10:18:03-04:00August 3, 2022|Categories: Informational, Local Government|0 Comments

It Takes Work – Biblical Insight S1E30

If a man will not work, he should not eat (Thessalonians 3:10) 

God reminds us that we need to be willing to work if we want to reap any rewards. (Such as in Thessalonians 3:10) So, as we talked about over the last two weeks, make sure you are doing the work to pay attention to what’s happening in your local and County levels of government. Stay informed, stay involved, and reap those just societal rewards.

Identify Your County Government – Week 30 Way to Get Involved Challenge!

Getting involved locally isn’t just about your city/township, it’s also being aware of your county government as well.  Click this link to get this week’s full ‘Way to Get Involved’ Challenge:  https://tinyurl.com/yk79k74s

#CountyGovernment #Commissioner #JoeMoss #Constitution #Powers #Responsibility #NeedtoKnow #GetInvolved #SelfEducate #ThinkForYourself #Local #Government #LocalGovernment #RestoreFreedomWeekly #Episode30 #RestoreFreedom #MoreFreedomLessGovernment #WWTGIC #WTGIC #WaytoGetInvolvedChallenge #WaytoGetInvolved #Challenge

[Posted by Lori DeVries]


By Katherine Henry|2022-09-07T10:46:50-04:00July 27, 2022|Categories: Get Involved, Local Government|0 Comments

Municipal Gov’t: Constitutional Powers & Responsibilities – Week 29 Way to Get Involved Challenge!

In yesterday’s full episode, we covered “Municipal Government: Constitutional Powers & Responsibilities, and why you need to know about them! A conversation with a MI Township Trustee.”  So, today, we offer you a tangible way to get involved with what’s happening in YOUR local government. https://tinyurl.com/3ahrsztf 

 #MunicipalGovernment #TownshipTrustee #Constitution #Powers #Responsibility #NeedtoKnow #GetInvolved #Trustee #Local #Government #LocalGovernment #RestoreFreedomWeekly #Episode29 #RestoreFreedom #MoreFreedomLessGovernment #WW2GI #WayToGetInvolved

[Posted by Lori DeVries]


By Katherine Henry|2022-08-22T11:01:52-04:00July 20, 2022|Categories: Get Involved, Local Government|0 Comments

Katherine Speaking at LGAF Event in Hastings, MI – June 8, 2022

Katherine Speaking at Local Government Accountability Forum Event in Hastings
“In order to retain your rights, you need to know your rights.” 

Restore Freedom Weekly S1E13 Posts

Restore Freedom Weekly S1E13

April Fools’ and “Resolutions” as laws – Don’t let the government fool you!

April Fools’ and the Enforceability of Resolutions. Obeying the law – do “Resolutions” count? Are Resolutions the same as Laws? Ordinances v Resolutions – What can be used to regulate the people? Don’t let the government fool you!

• MI Concurrent Resolutions: tinyurl.com/3dr4azbj
• MI Joint Resolutions: tinyurl.com/mvybz53r
• MI Simple Resolutions: tinyurl.com/bdzknyue
• US Congressional Resolutions: tinyurl.com/yc6kvsk5
• FL Archives (Includes Resolutions with the Force of Law): laws.flrules.org/
• FL Legislature Search Tool (Select Chamber & Bill Type): tinyurl.com/3zy3xj25
• Georgetown Township, MI Ordinances, etc.: tinyurl.com/yckpz8bx


#Resolution #Law #Ordinance #Truth #AprilFools #Knowledge

Wednesday’s Way to Get Involved

Identify your state’s and your own municipality’s (city/twp) resolutions

Identify your state’s and your own municipality’s (city/twp) resolutions. Is your state or city trying to use resolutions to regulate the people?

#Constitution #WeThePeople #Resolution #Law #Ordinance #Truth #State #Municipality #Knowledge #GetInvolved

Thursday’s Constitution Segment

Don’t Let the Government Fool You!

Links mentioned at the end of the video;

Additional resources: tinyurl.com/4ppm8pxh
Subscribe to our newsletter to get a link for the slide show presentation from this video: tinyurl.com/mz79frtr

#Constitution #TruthMatters #WeThePeople #Resolution #Law #Ordinance #Truth #AprilFools #Knowledge #ConstitutionSegment

Friday’s Freedom Fighting Tools

Tools for your Local, County, State & Federal Resolutions 

This week’s freedom fighting tools to help you ensure the government won’t make a fool out of you:

• MI Concurrent Resolutions: tinyurl.com/y73us5je
• MI Joint Resolutions: tinyurl.com/2p9k4xkd
• MI Simple Resolutions: tinyurl.com/2ccyjean
• US Congressional Resolutions – And NOTE, there are 1798 resolutions (simple, joint, or concurrent) introduced in the US Congress during the 2021-2022 session through Monday of this week!: tinyurl.com/yc6kvsk5
• FL Archives (Includes Resolutions with the Force of Law). Here, look in the Bill Number column for “SCR, HCR, SR, HR, SJR or HJR”: laws.flrules.org
• FL Legislature Search Tool (Select Chamber & Bill Type): tinyurl.com/3zy3xj25
• Georgetown Township, MI Ordinances, etc. as an example of local government: tinyurl.com/yckpz8bx

#TruthMatters #WeThePeople #Resolution #Law #Ordinance #Truth #AprilFools #Knowledge

Saturday’s Restore Freedom Goodie

Have you shopped for your windows lately?

Check out this Restore Freedom Goodie of the week here: tinyurl.com/2p8x4vsp

Sunday’s Biblical Insight

Obeying the law

Obeying the law – do “Resolutions” count? What the bible says about ordinances, resolutions, and being a fool.

Bible passages mentioned in this segment: 1 Samuel 30:25, Ezekiel, 2 Chronicles, Numbers, Leviticus, Exodus, Proverbs 10:14, Proverbs 10:23, Proverbs 14:7

Ottawa County administrator finalist interview to be held in public

Ottawa County administrator finalist interview to be held in public

Following an extensive national search, a selection committee is recommending that the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners move forward with a familiar candidate, John Shay, for consideration as the next County Administrator. Shay is currently serving as the Interim County Administrator and has been in the role of Deputy County Administrator since 2018. As part of its regular meeting, the Board will be conducting a Public Interview Session on March 24 at 5PM with Shay. The interview will be held in the Board Room located at 12220 Fillmore Street in West Olive. The public is invited to submit potential interview questions via miOttawa.org. On March 24, residents can watch the interview unfold live online or in person.

There were 36 applicants for the post of County Administrator. Four of those applicants were interviewed for the position. The selection committee for the County Administrator included outgoing Board Chair, Roger Bergman, current Board Chair, Matthew Fenske, and current Vice Chair, Allen Dannenberg plus citizen representative from each of the four county quadrants. Those individuals were Monica Verplank, northwest; Michelle Fare, southeast; Jose Gomez, northeast; and Jennifer Owens, southwest.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-22T11:00:31-04:00March 23, 2022|Categories: Get Involved, Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa County administrator finalist interview to be held in public

Ottawa Impact Update 11/12/21 – Lawsuit Update

From Joe Moss, Founder of OttawaImpact.com 

We received a court date for the lawsuit against Ottawa County!

You can read the request for summary disposition by clicking here.

Take Personal Action!

Our message is reaching thousands of engaged, conservative citizens in Ottawa County. We need your help!

Ottawa Impact is 100% volunteer, and our team appreciates the opportunity to serve Ottawa County. It is truly a blessing – yet, it comes with many financial expenses.

If 50% of the people receiving this email take personal action right now by donating $25 or more, we will be able to fund our anticipated operational expenses for next year!

Donate Any Amount!

Why is Ottawa Impact Involved?

Everything we do is focused on restoring and protecting your personal freedoms.

Michigan citizens are guaranteed a Constitutional Republic form of representative government. An unelected, unaccountable Health Director and Legal Counsel must not be allowed to rule all the people.

The Board of Commissioners must not be allowed to abdicate their duty and authority.

Michigan parents have a protected interest in their children’s care, custody, and education, and a fundamental right to make related decisions.

This “liberty interest” of parents is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by courts, and is specially protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

We will continue fighting for these rights, because the government will not stop trying to usurp them.

What’s Next?

Please donate and invite your friends to become a member so they can stay up-to-date on local issues, unified action steps, and vetted candidates committed to freedom.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-09-07T10:56:38-04:00November 12, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa Impact Update 11/12/21 – Lawsuit Update

Ottawa Impact Update – 11/03/21

From Joe Moss, Founder of OttawaImpact.com

Elected officials, bureaucrats, and schools have forgotten their place.

Government is not the parent.

As reflected in Virginia yesterday, PARENTS WILL take back America for their children.

The policies and positions of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners and the Health Department will not be tolerated or forgotten by Ottawa County parents.

During the last 20 months, the County Commissioners have drawn praise from the Democrat Party, which also supports harsh enforcement of public health orders, and Critical Race Theory, under the guise of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Enough is enough.

At the primary election of August 2, 2022, PARENTS WILL bring change to the Republican-led Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, and in November, to local school boards.

In 271 Days,
Parents will unite for liberty and choose
NEW LEADERS.

New leaders will stand boldly for the people, as Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin has promised to do in Virginia. Parents will not tolerate harmful, divisive teachings or the tyrannical treatment of their children. As author, speaker, and parental rights advocate Allie Beth Stuckey said last night:

Parents need a seat at the table to keep government in its rightful place.

I’m happy to announce that Ottawa Impact PAC has been vetting candidates for the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners. These new, vibrant, electable men and women are stepping forward to give a voice to parents and families! It is amazing to see the foundations God has laid and who He is moving into position.

Who are we vetting? Parents and citizens with courage and backbone, from a variety of backgrounds, including business, education, social work, parental rights advocacy, and more!

Follow Ottawa Impact PAC on Facebook

Stay tuned for announcements and updates!

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:56-04:00November 5, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa Impact Update – 11/03/21

Redistricting update and more, from Ottawa Impact – 10/21/21

From Joe Moss, Founder of OttawaImpact.com

The generous people of Ottawa County have helped the Legal Fund raise $52,195 to support the parents who filed a legal complaint against the Ottawa County Commissioners and Health Department. Thank you!! (This is 52% of our goal.) We will share more updates as they are available.

Please share this update with your family and friends, and let them know how the Ottawa County leadership views the mask mandate as harmless:

Harmless Mask Mandate?

Your friends and family can stay up-to-date on local issues by becoming a member of Ottawa Impact.

Government overreach must be challenged. Ottawa County needs new leaders, for new times, for liberty!

Redistricting Action Item

We have one final opportunity to make an impact on the state level with the “independent” redistricting commission. The redistricting commission is tasked with drawing new lines every 10 years.
This is an important issue because several of the maps divide Ottawa County into three federal congressional districts for no logical reason. This would negatively impact our representation in Washington D.C. by splitting up Ottawa County. The commission does not have anyone from West Michigan on it, so please let them hear your voices.

This Friday, the commission will be holding a public comment meeting in Grand Rapids at the DeVos Place (in the Steelcase Ballroom). The meetings are 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Four ways to make an impact:

1. Write a quick comment to support map 201. This map keeps Ottawa County together and does not try to lump communities like Hudsonville with Grand Rapids. Click here to make a positive comment on this map.

2. Write a quick comment thanking Redistricting Commissioner Lange for listening to us and keeping Ottawa County whole in her map. Click here to map a positive comment on Commissioner Lange’s Map.

3. Submit a longer written comment in the Michigan portal. Ottawa County should be kept together because of the economic, manufacturing, and agricultural ties that make our community a unique community of interest. Click here to submit a written comment.

4. For the maximum impact, speak in-person or via phone/Zoom tomorrow! From my understanding, those who attend in-person will be able to speak first, then individuals who join via phone/Zoom. Each speaker will have 90 seconds.

Location: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids
Where: Steelcase Ballroom
Times: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sign Up: Online (this is required)

Thank you to those who have already stepped up to help make an impact with redistricting. Together we have mobilized hundreds of people to be involved! Our voice and our community matters. Let’s finish strong and tell the redistricting commission to keep Ottawa County together. This is what Unified Political Action is all about.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:56-04:00October 21, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Redistricting update and more, from Ottawa Impact – 10/21/21

Ottawa Impact Lawsuit Fundraising Update – 10/18/21

From Joe Moss, Founder of OttawaImpact.com

The Legal Fund has raised $49,955 to support the lawsuit against the Ottawa County Commissioners and Health Department.

The leaders in Ottawa County are committed to keeping our kids masked. They are ignoring the facts that adults who wanted the shots have had time to get them, and the risk to children of hospitalization and/or death is essentially zero, as reported by the county itself. Even the CDC recognizes that:

“Most children with [the virus] have mild symptoms or they may have no symptoms at all.”

If you donate $45 right now, you will help us reach the halfway point of $50,000!

Please keep in mind how the Ottawa County leadership views the mask mandate:

Harmless Mask Mandate?

Update

Government overreach must be challenged. 

Ottawa County needs new leaders for new times, who understand and prioritize the principles of liberty set forth by our Founding Fathers.

Donate Now

This lawsuit is an opportunity for everyone to take action together, which is what Unified Political Action is all about. 

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:56-04:00October 19, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa Impact Lawsuit Fundraising Update – 10/18/21

Ottawa Impact Lawsuit Update – 10/16/21


From Joe Moss, Founder of
OttawaImpact.com


Ottawa County responded to the lawsuit. You can see their response and other updates on the website.

It all boils down to this: 

  1. Ottawa County leadership is working hard to fight the lawsuit, to keep kids masked in school, prioritizing their interests above the health of our children and parental rights.
  2. Interestingly, Ottawa County issued a new public health order last Friday. It begins by saying:
    1. “The Administrative Health Officer makes the following factual determinations to reconcile the orders considering current facts and law”
  3. Presumably, they issued this “fix-it” order in response to the lawsuit. As you know, the lawsuit challenges that the county failed to make factual determinationsregarding “imminent harm” to support their mask order, and this was how they tried to fix their error.
  4. It is now apparent that Ottawa County has coined a new term, which you will see in their response: “harmless mask mandate.”
  5. 221 people have donated to support the lawsuit. The Ottawa Impact Legal Fund is funding the legal action, so please donate today! The five brave families suing the county need your support.

Concerning Questions

  • Does Ottawa County really think pants, shirts, and shoes are the same as a mask?
  • Did Ottawa County forget that families can choose to OPT OUT of the chicken pox and rubella vaccines, including for medical, philosophical, and religious reasons?

Ottawa County reported on September 29:

  • 2 child hospitalizations in the past 5 months
  • 0 child deaths in the past 19 months

Does this look like “imminent danger” to pre-K through sixth grade students? No!

SCIENCE AND DATA

We will keep you updated as things progress.

Ottawa County needs new leaders for new times.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:57-04:00October 18, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa Impact Lawsuit Update – 10/16/21

Ottawa Impact is inviting you to an event in Zeeland, MI 10/22-23/21

You are invited! Ottawa Impact is sponsoring an event two weeks from today.

Speakers are flying in from around the country to present an important message to Ottawa Impact members and our community.

Topics: Critical race theory, social justice, and the Gospel

Dates: October 22-23, 2021 (Friday evening & Saturday)

Location: Community Church, Zeeland, MI

Tickets are limited!

Please register ASAP to reserve your spot.

Register Now

Click the image to view more details.

CONFERENCE GRAPHIC

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:57-04:00October 8, 2021|Categories: Get Involved, Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa Impact is inviting you to an event in Zeeland, MI 10/22-23/21

Update from Ottawa Impact 10/04/21

 Facebook is down, and so are mask mandates in other counties.

Ottawa Impact is online, and since we rely on email to communicate directly with Impacters like yourself, we can still share the latest news.

Ottawa County will not drop the Mask Order for pre-K through 6th grade students.

However, since the governor signed Public Act 87, health departments covering the following counties have removed their mask mandates:

  1. Allegan
  2. Barry
  3. Branch
  4. Berrien
  5. Dickinson
  6. Eaton
  7. Hillsdale
  8. Iron
  9. St. Joseph

Public pressure is a major factor in these decisions. County officials also cited Section 1222 (4) of Public Act 87:

If a local health officer has an emergency order under section 2453 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.2453, in effect as of October 1, 2021, the funds appropriated in part 1 for essential local public health services are unappropriated.

Section 250 of Public Act 87 states:

The director or a local health officer shall not issue or enforce any orders or other directives that require an individual in this state who is under the age of 18 to wear a face mask or face covering.

During last week’s county commissioner meeting, Corporation Counsel Doug Van Essen said:

“This is Lansing intermurals. It really doesn’t affect us directly, the question is, would we get our check?”

Mr. Van Essen also commented:

“The burden … is on the Legislature. They would have to sue … to compel the un-appropriation of their appropriation to Ottawa County.”

“If we don’t get our check, I’ll let you know, because it’s a blatant violation of our rights.”

We have repeatedly been told that Ottawa County must follow the law. However, in the current situation, is Mr. Van Essen advising Ottawa County not to follow a law passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed by Governor Whitmer? 

If other counties revoked their mask mandates, citing Public Act 87, why isn’t Ottawa County?

Ottawa Impact’s mission is to preserve and protect the individual rights of people in Ottawa County – from any and all violations!

Join Us

We are building an unstoppable movement for FREEDOM in Ottawa County. Our members are passionate about protecting We The People from “blatant violations” of our individual rights. Please join us and make your voice heard!

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:57-04:00October 4, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Update from Ottawa Impact 10/04/21

An Update from Ottawa Impact 09/30/21

 The Michigan Legislature included the following language in the budget that was signed yesterday by the governor:

“The director or a local health officer shall not issue or enforce any orders or other directives that require an individual in this state who is under the age of 18 to wear a face mask or face covering.” (mi.gov)

Question: 
Will Ottawa County disregard the prohibition on mask mandates in Public Act 87 of 2021?
Read Public Act 87 of 2021 on mi.gov

YES, Ottawa County commissioners, on advice from Corporation Counsel Doug Van Essen, confirmed they will disregard the prohibition on forced masking in Public Act 87, risk state funding, and uphold the forced Mask Order on young students.

Reports are circulating that the following counties are lifting their mask orders:

  • Allegan County
  • Berrien County
  • Ionia County

This is why the lawsuit filed against Ottawa County is so important! The rule of law must be followed. The lawsuit challenges the authority Ottawa County claims it has to issue mandates.

1. Join Ottawa Impact!
2. Support the Lawsuit

Ottawa County’s disregard for the Michigan Legislature casts more doubt on whether or not they are concerned with following the rule of law.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:57-04:00October 4, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on An Update from Ottawa Impact 09/30/21

Ottawa Impact Update = Sept. 30, 2021 at 1:30 PM – Ottawa County Board of Commissioners meeting.

From OttawaImpact.com

The first Action Item on the Agenda for the upcoming Ottawa County Board of Commissioners meeting this Thursday, September 30, at 1:30 PM includes:

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“Suggested Motion: To approve and authorize the Board Chairperson and Clerk/Register to sign the Resolution Supporting Passage of Legislation to Adopt 4-Year Terms for County Commissioners.”

On July 27, 2021, following two months of repeated requests from citizens to sign the Resolution to Restore Freedom, the commissioners instead approved a proposed “Policy on Resolutions” which prohibits the commissioners from taking up resolutions on issues where it does not have authority.

The length of county commissioners’ terms is NOT an issue over which the Board of Commissioners has statutory authority, but it IS an issue in which they have PERSONAL INTEREST.

What is the recent history of the county commissioners with resolutions? Click here to read more:

Resolutions for Me, Not for Thee

With four-year terms for county commissioners being considered in the Michigan Legislature, it’s becoming more important than ever that Ottawa County has people with courage and conviction elected to serve in these positions.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:57-04:00September 28, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Ottawa Impact Update = Sept. 30, 2021 at 1:30 PM – Ottawa County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health was sued yesterday for exceeding their authority.

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health was sued yesterday for exceeding their authority.

Lawsuit
Read the Complaint

The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners was also named in the suit.

This lawsuit is related to the mask mandate of August 20, 2021. (Click the image to read the complaint.)

Ottawa Impact has been raising money to help the people of Ottawa County defend themselves and restore freedom!

The Ottawa Impact Legal Fund is designed for lawsuits just like this one. We support citizens defending their freedoms.

Donate to the Legal Fund

Please donate any amount to help restore freedom in Ottawa County!

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Lori DeVries|2022-09-23T10:37:43-04:00September 21, 2021|Categories: Legal Updates, Local Government|2 Comments

Divide and Conquer? Ottawa Split Into THREE Congressional Districts… An Update from Ottawa Impact

From Joe Moss, Founder of Ottawa Impact (OttawaImpact.com):

We have big announcements coming soon, so we wanted to get this request out beforehand.

Sometimes we find simple, concrete ways for Impacters to take action, and that is what this email is all about!

The new “Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission” just released maps for West Michigan. They are tasked with drawing new district lines.

  1. They split Ottawa County into THREE Congressional Districts instead of one.
  2. They put Georgetown Township with Kent County!
  3. The current draft dilutes Ottawa’s unified voice. 

If the redistricting commission splits up Ottawa, that will undermine our long-term impact. (Side note, Kent County was not split up…)

Please take a few moments to submit written comments to the commission so they can hear your voice!

Submit Public Comment

You can write something like: 

Title: Ottawa County Belongs Together!

Message: As a resident of Ottawa County, the fastest-growing county in Michigan, I believe we need to keep our community of interest intact. Please do not split up Ottawa into different districts. Please keep our local communities, especially Georgetown Township, within one district for Ottawa County! This makes sense and ensures we can be represented fairly.

This issue touches every person living in Ottawa County, right now and for years to come, so please make your voice heard.

[Posted by Lori DeVries]

By Katherine Henry|2022-08-21T23:15:58-04:00September 20, 2021|Categories: Local Government|Comments Off on Divide and Conquer? Ottawa Split Into THREE Congressional Districts… An Update from Ottawa Impact

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