Eyebrows Raised

       On this page you will find little (or not so little) tibits about our township that may surprise you — or perhaps not. Wish to add or comment? Your submission would be welcomed.

More Of The Same?

July 28, 2014

On May 20th, a special public meeting of the Board of Trustees was held to select the new treasurer. At that time it was made very clear by Supervisor Koel that the new treasurer was expected to bring the position up to the requirements of the State with respect to the use of computer software. All of the applicants for the position agreed with that expectation, and indicated that it was a priority.

Now, at the July 14th Board of Trustees Meeting, the new Treasurer stated that she had not moved toward the computerization that was front and center on May 20th, but in fact was not planning to do so for another year.

This computerization process should have been implemented several years ago, but the then Treasurer was unwilling to move with the times. Have we now inherited that same unwillingness in our new Treasurer? The argument of cost is just a smoke screen. It will cost no mater when you make the move. In fact, the longer you wait, the higher the cost, and you will have lost the benefits in the interim.

What happened to the enthusiastic support for this aspect of the Treasurer's position — or was it a deception in place from the beginning?

Watching Our Money

June 17, 2012

At the Board of Trustees Meeting on June 11, a simple question was asked of the Township Treasurer: "How much money does the township have?". The answer, although surprising, was equally simple. She did not know.

Perhaps a bit too much information was revealed.

Trustees Acknowledge What They Don't Acknowledge

August 11, 2010

A resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees at the meeting on August 9 states that they will not acknowledge communications from anonymous sources. This is quite laughable as every organization, public or private, is under no obligation to respond to such input. By making that statement, the Board publicly acknowledges what they don't acknowledge. This proves that they have heard very clearly what is being anonymously stated. Open the floodgates! We know how to get their attention.

Now you can look forward to their next resolution — "How To React Without Reacting".

A Watershed Moment ...

March 11, 2010

For those absent from the March 8 Council Meeting (most of you can raise your hand), you missed what may very well have been a watershed moment (or minutes) in the history of our local township administration.

You are hereby on notice that there is a new sheriff in town who has exceeded his tolerance threshold for the shabby treatment doled out by old guard trustees. Perhaps it would be prudent for the previous allegiances, cliques and attitudes to be packed away into the closet. At the same time, also tuck away the back-stabbing, intimidation, nitpicking, harassing, non-cooperation and foot-dragging skills so expertly practiced since the current Supervisor took office. It is time for everyone to realize that the previous supervisor has departed, and we must now all work with a different one ... and accept his leadership and direction. It is time to get the job done.

What do the following people have in common?

December 2009

Karen Fournier
    Township Clerk (elected)

David Lange
    Member of Planning Commission (appointed)

Karen Pettalia
    Unsuccessful candidate for Twp. Supervisor

Peter Pettalia
    Former Township Supervisor
    Parks & Rec. Board Member (appointed)

Clifton Taylor
    Planning Commission Member (appointed)

Linda Taylor
    Zoning Administrator (appointed)

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