Official in southwest Michigan resigns amid land deal flap

Associated Press

Otsego – A city commissioner in southwestern Michigan has resigned after city leaders accused him of using inside information from his post to buy land that the city wanted to acquire.

The city of Otsego and Commissioner Nick Breedveld reached an agreement this week on his resignation after the city decided to sue him. As part of the agreement, the real estate agent will sell the property to the city.

Breedveld told WWMT-TV that: “Right or wrong, I didn’t do anything to intentionally hurt the city or intentionally hurt the citizens of Otsego.”

WOOD-TV reports the land purchase first surfaced during a March city commission executive session. Commissioners agreed to buy a 5-acre (2-hectare) parcel near the Kalamazoo River, possibly for future use as a park or boat launch.

Weeks later, Breedveld bought the property for $11,000, which was the price the city wanted to pay.