Downtown Development Authority


Richmond Township established a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) by Ordinance in 1999 as a means to undertake public facility improvements throughout its development area.

Board Members & Board Agendas/Minutes

Financial Documents

Annual Audits
Annual Budget
Current Year Records and Documents
Current Contracts

Annual Activities
Richmond Township DDA Development and Tax Increment Finance Plan Update 2012
Richmond Township DDA  Economic Development Guidebook

Board Members & Board Minutes

Board Members
Office Name
Appointment / Term 
Chairperson  Ron Marek
Program Manager - Reed City Tool
(231) 388-4082
January 2018 - January 2022
Vice-Chairperson  James Thompson
January 2017 - January 2021
Secretary  Pat Kailing
Treasurer  Brad Taylor
Vice President and Commercial Lender - Lake Osceola Bank
January 2019 - January 2023
Member  Richard Sheldon
State Farm Insurance
January 2018 - January 2022
Member   Brad Doornbos
Manager - Reed City Tool
January 2020 - January 2024
Member   James Maturen
January 2020 - January 2024 
Member  Johnell LeBaron
January 2017 - January 2021
Member  Maynard Bluhm
Township Supervisor
Director Robert Toland
(616) 785-3747 (W)
(616) 204-3747 (M)

Board Agendas & Minutes (for minutes prior to 2019 contact the DDA)
Currently the DDA meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October.  Minutes are posted after they are approved. 
DDA Board Minutes; January 17, 2019  
DDA Board Minutes; April 18, 2019  
DDA Special Board Meeting; May 16, 2019  
DDA Board Minutes; July 18, 2019  
DDA Board Agenda; January 16, 2020  
DDA Special Board Meeting Agenda; March 23, 2020 
DDA Board Agenda; July 27, 2020

Financial Documents

Current Tax Collection Fund, Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements; Year ended March 31, 2019 (taken from Richmond Township audit)
DDA Budget Proposal for 2019 - 2020

Current Contracts

Robert Toland Consulting has been appointed as the Director of the Richmond Township DDA effective February 1, 2020.  Compensation will be $650.00/month retainer and $350.00/meeting.


  • Richmond Township Downtown Development Authority Economic Development GuidebookThe Economic Development Guidebook provides a baseline assessment of the existing conditions that drive the economy in Richmond Township and is intended to help local stakeholders and Township government officials implement strategies that contribute to the Township's economic health.  It includes strategic recommendations to enhance Richmond Township's business climate, ensure the fiscal health of the Township, and support economic growth in the Township in a manner consistent with the Township's character.
  • Richmond Township DDA Development & Tax Increment Finance Plan Update 2012:  As authorized by the Act, the Richmond Township Board and DDA determined it necessary to update the Development Plan and Tax Increment Finance Plan originally adopted in 2000 in order to continue to promote property tax valuation and economic development within the Downtown District.  The Richmond Township DDA Development & Tax Increment Finance Plan Update 2012 accomplishes three objectives:
           1. Extends the life of the Plan through 2039 in order to undertake additional public improvements within the District.     
           2. Enables continued collection of tax increment revenues as a means to finance the proposed capital improvements.
           3. Revises and expands the list of capital improvement projects to be undertaken during the life of the Plan.