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.

The DDA invites you to attend their biannual informational meeting as required by PA 57 of 2018, Eff. Jan. 1, 2019.  The meeting will take place concurrently with the DDA’s regular meeting October 17, 2019 at 7:30 AM.

Board Members & Board 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  Christie Wilson
Retired School Teacher 
January 2016 - January 2020
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   Pat Kailing
Member   James Maturen
January 2016 - January 2020 
Member  Johnell LeBaron
January 2017 - January 2021
Member  Howard Bluhm
Township Supervisor
Consultant Robert Toland  

Board 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

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 retained by the DDA to assist with meeting the new DDA reporting requirements and to prepare a Capital Improvement Program. The contract is an hourly rate not to exceed $2,550.


  • 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.