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Township to eye 4 trustee candidates March 6

Township to eye 4 trustee candidates March 6


By Scott Sullivan


The Saugatuck Township Board was slated Wednesday, March 6, to weigh four applicants for its open trustee position.

Residents (alphabetically) Mary Fechtig, Laurie Goshorn, Brenda Marcy and Joseph Novakoski have applied for the seat that opened when former trustee Abby Bigford was appointed Jan. 23 to become clerk starting Feb. 1.

Fechtig is co-owner of the new Coast 236 restaurant in downtown Saugatuck, plus chief operating officer and co-founder of two private Holland-based consumer healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. She spent 25 years as a lawyer, primarily representing Lloyd’s of London, and was COO of a strategic marketing agency before moving to the township fulltime in 2015. Early in her law career, Fechtig was city attorney for Terre Haute, Ind.

Goshorn, who ran unsuccessfully for trustee in 2012 and last year was named to the parks commission, taught with the Milwaukee public schools and served as a trainer/hotline support contact for an Illinois private-label software company.

Marcy, a 24-year township homeowner, is former president of a 1,000-plus member community college employee group and managed a federal credit union with $5-million in assets, says her application. She is a former Episcopal church warden and president of the Chicago Diocesan Episcopal Cursillo.

Novakoski is vice president of operations for the Holland construction firm Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. The licensed engineer and builder holds an MBA in finance and has served on nonprofit boards, including as chair of the Greater Holland Boys and Girls Club.

Prior to the current, four-member board interviewing candidates Wednesday, they were slated to vote on an updated board appointment policy proposed by manager/zoning administrator Natalie Dean to conform with current laws such as the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The appointment, if made, was to come after that.

All five members will serve terms through November 2020.