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Contents

137. Fire Department Name
136. Fire Truck Lights
135. Board Minutes
134. Did you not see this coming?
133. Costs on Fire Dept. Equipment
132. PTFD Funds
131. Rules of Order
130. Violation of Accounting Standards
129. Re M. Devers Repayment Question
128. Has Mr. Devers Paid anything Back?
127. Planning Commission Public Hearing
126. News
125. Response to Editorial #99
124. PITFD
123. LaFarge
122. Re: RB Feedback
121. When is a resignation not a ...
120. Re: Tom Guyer's Letter
119. Who Runs This Web Site?
118. Payment of Mr. Devers
117. Dispatching Emergency Services
116. Unbalanced Budget
115. Fire Committee Meeting Minutes
114. Fire Department Services
113. Letters to the Township
112. Lafarge Rezoning
111. What Were They Thinking?
110. Twp. Needs To Work With Citizens
109. Fire Department #2
108. Planning Commission
107. Quarry Photo Evidence
106. Idiots Who Steal Signs (again)
105. Useless Township Website
104. Presque Isle Fire Station
103. Bankruptcy on the Horizon?
102. Lafarge Rezoning & TWP Official
101. Editorial of July 23rd
100. Editorial on Treasurer Appointment
99. Bad Smell
98. Treasurer Appointment
97. Officials Ignore Electoral Votes
96. Questions to Ask Brent Koel
95. Who Voted for this?? Not Me!!
94. We Need To See Progress
93. Raid
92. Fire Committee Meeting
91. Re: Emergency Services Editorial
90. Historic Structures Report
89. Historic Buildings
88. Historic Structures Report (HSR)
87. A Double Knock-out
86. Fire Department #2 Insurance
85. Anna Garrity Statue
84. A Dart Has Landed
83. Lies & Doubletalk
82. Attorney General
81. Off To A Good Start
80. Fire Department Tax Monies
79. Overstepping Bounds?
78. Does the Shadow know .......
77. Supervisor Brent: You have a pro...
76. What's Bette Up To?
75. Idiots Who Steal Signs
74. Beautiful Banners
73. What's With the "-" Issue?
72. Time For A House-Cleaning
71. Parks & Rec. Member Out Of Line!
70. Range Light Port-a-John
69. Township Treasurer
68. Hooray for the Shadow
67. April 30th Parks & Rec Meeting
66. Planning Commission Minutes
65. Lighthouse Keepers Tribute Project
64. Theatre In The Woods
63. Violation of Accounting Standards
62. Appropriate actions from Employees
61. The Choir Master
60. Working Together
59. December Township Meeting
58. A Gift
57. Township Website
56. Get with the game!
55. Letters of Interest
54. RE: Contents Of Meeting Minutes
53. Caution of Board Appointments
52. Re: Reader Feedback
51. Response to "Township Board"
50. Township Board
49. Spring Newsletter
48. Lighthouse Gift Shops
47. Our Parks 2
46. Our Parks
45. Minutes Solution
44. Unused Equipment
43. Happy Birthday
42. Cartoon
41. A Fresh Start
40. Reply to LMR and EC
39. Think Before You Vote!
38. Correcting Errors
37. Lies With No Accountability
36. Vote NO on Recall
35. "Re-Call" Losing Momentum
34. Township Assets Disposal
33. Our Treasurer ... Why?
32. Volunteers' Appreciation Day
31. News In Presque Isle

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136. Fire Department Name

October 15, 2019     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J.D.

What's going on with the Township fire department? They have 2 names — one is Presque Isle Township Fire Department, and the other says just Presque Isle Fire Department. Which one is correct?

Editorial Note:

Firstly, I do not have a definitive answer ... that could be clerified by the township clerk.

The new Presque Isle Township Fire Department is owned by the taxpayers of Presque Isle Township. The previous fire department was a privately owned corporation that was contracted to provide fire services to a portion of Presque Isle Township. The East Grand Lake Volunteer Fire Department operates in that same manner. There are very few fire departments in Michigan of this organizational structure.

As for the name, I believe that "Presque Isle Fire Department" may be claimed by a department in Maine. "Presque Isle Township Fire Department" could be considered as accurate. However you wish to refer to them as, please provide them with your support and appreciation.




136. Fire Truck Lights

April 19, 2019     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: D.P.

I mentioned to Mr. Forbush that some of the trucks were needing more lights on them for the warning lights and clear flood lights. So me and another citizen of the township, who was the fire chief of a different department, decided to buy some lights for the fire department to be added on to the vehicles. We don't need these lights but we have not seen any pictures of the lights being added on to the trucks. I believe Mr. Forbush is using these lights on the city of Alpena fire trucks since we have not seen any pictures of these lights being installed on to the Township fire trucks. We've asked Mr Forbush several times and he keeps saying that the person that's supposed to be doing this is on vacation. I believe Mr. Forbush either sold these lights or like I said, they're on the City of Alpena fire trucks. Mr. Forbush owes us a explanation on this!



135. Board Minutes

November 20, 2017     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J.S.

Can someone tell why the board minutes are not being posted on here? I can not make the meeting because I have to make a living at my job. The minutes online is the only way to keep up in the township. Is there updates on the county new radio system for the fire departments. I have not seen anything since the county approved the purchase with Two Tad and the state of Michigan. Thanks

Editorial Notes:

Yes, sometimes the minutes are delayed in posting here. Usually we wait until they are publicly released by the township — when they post them on their website, http://presqueisletwp.org/. Sometimes they post promptly (within a week); but more often than not, several weeks after. For example, October minutes were not posted until after the November meeting -- not a good service to the community.

Most of the minutes posted on the township website are simply PDF scans of the entire minutes package — often 10 or more pages. This results in a very large electronic document that is very time & bandwidth consuming for the reader. In some cases, the reader's equipment will refuse due to the document size. When we post township minutes on this website, the large scan is broken up into several smaller documents that the reader can quickly open as they wish. Doing this conversion is time consuming and causes a posting delay on our part. However, it is important that the end result can be viewed by those with lesser equipment.

What you have to realize about this township is that their website is not a priority. They have invested considerable dollars into a communications medium with great potential but are feeding it dirty gas. Frequently references are made at township meetings that "such & such" will be posted on the website, but that may or may not happen. Even urgent items such as Special Meeting announcements do not make it (or perhaps on the day of the actual meeting, as happened recently). Even the township website calendar is sadly lacking of relevant items. The priority is not there — their hearts are not in it.



134. Did you not see this coming?

June 20, 2017     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: W.J.M.

News headline: "Two People Die in Long Lake Fire". The closest fire hall (Presque Isle Fire Dept) is 3.1 mi from the scene — and the trucks never got out of the barn. This is what happens when politics and personal agendas combine and a fire department is assassinated. Only the naive did not see this coming. As voters, taxpayers, and citizens, we let this happen. I am angry!



133. Costs on Fire Deptartment Equipment

February 27, 2017     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

Question 1: I would like to know from Chief Forbush how much it is going to cost to stock the fire trucks with fire fighting equipment.
Question 2: Has Chief Forbush applied for any grants?
Question 3: has the fire board thought of any additional equipment millage so the fire department can buy needed equipment to stock the fire trucks and put them in service.
Question 4: Has the county or the township have any idea when the new 800 MHz system will be going in?

Editorial Note:

Progress for the new fire department is frequently presented in the Alpena News and Presque Isle Advance. Also the minutes of the Township Fire Board and Board of Trustee meetings fill in a lot of the blanks. These minutes are available on the township website http://presqueisletwp.org/, or in the "Township Info" section of this website.



132. Presque Isle Township Fire Department Funds

January 13, 2017     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

So far pleased with the PI Board on the way they are trying to get the fire department up and running. But I think the board needs to ask citizens for another millage to buy equipment for the department to stock the trucks and fire fighters to do their jobs. We still have to buy radios, hoses, nozzles, hand tools, power equipment, and a porta-tank, ladders, pike poles, axes, scba's and scene lights to start. What about maintenance on the trucks? I'm asking citizens of station 2 to help with talking with the board and Chief Forbush on seeking an equipment millage only for 3 years to just purchase what is needed for our trucks and station ... Let's help our firefighters help us in our time of need.

Editorial Note:

Unfortunately this feedback submission fell victim to the spam police and ended up lost for 7 weeks. Better late than never.



131. Rules of Order

January 12, 2017     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: CR

It has not taken very long for it to become obvious that our new township government is going to do things differently. The meetings are showing greater structure and closer adherence to the "rules of order". In addition, the meeting of the legal requirements of Michigan law also appear to be more closely monitored.

There is one aspect of the township committees that I would like clarified: "What is the status of the various 'liasons' that sit on other committees?" Does a liason on the Planning Commission, ZBA, or Parks & Rec have the same participation privileges as a regular member? Does this liason status entitle the individual to participate in voting on issues — or is that individual restricted to the ferrying of information between the committees that he/she represents? How do the rules of order and Michigan law view this role?



130. Violation of Accounting Standards

January 3, 2017     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JPZ

At the November Twp meeting, our (outside) auditor made her yearly report. Even though Sue Gentes was at the meeting, I doubt that she connected the dots. Sue, who verbally raged against the opposition claiming that they were lying, says we should all value truth. Well, here’s the truth. Go to Michigan.org/treasury and read the Auditors remarks about the violation of the duties of our clerk. The auditor’s scathing report documents:

The problem is, this violates the GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) rules and is out of compliance with the Michigan State Treasury. Pretty humiliating.



129. Response to M. Devers Repayment Question

December 27, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

In response to TB regarding Mark Devers unauthorized pay, I have never seen an entry showing the money being put into the #2 fire department. I suggest you attend the next township meeting which will be the second Monday in January and ask the question.

At the December meeting Lynn Morrison was trying to find out the amount of money station #2 had available for purchasing equipment. There was a direct miscommunication between him, Cynthia Paavola and Jennifer Wieczorkowski. Lynn was trying to find out if there was money that had not been spent in the past two years which would, or should have been, rolled over for use now. It was a question I also had. Lynn needs to ask for a profit and loss statement so he has an exact amount of money he knows is available. I know Jennifer understands but I'm not sure Cynthia understands.

Please attend the township meetings and ask questions. This is your tax dollars being spent and you have a right to know if it is being spent responsibly.



128. Has Mr. Devers Paid anything Back?

December 16, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: TB

When our township Clerk was being called to task re the paid leave of absence for Mr. Devers, she repeatedly tried to deflect the flak by claiming that Mr. Devers was going to be donating the money back to the township. Has this been done and into what account was it placed? I am sure that Lynn Morrison would like to have it to spend on the #2 fire department. Somehow I suspect that those repayment claims by the Clerk were more fantasy than fact.

Update - Jan. 11/17
This question was asked by Trustee Helmuth at the January 9 Board of Trustees meeting. According to the Clerk & Treasurer, on Sept. 1 and Oct. 9, payments of $650 each were received covering the months of August & September. They were applied to the #2 Fire Department account. It appears that nothing was returned for July even though the leave was in effect for that month. Considering that the Supervisor's pay amounts to $1100 per month, this exercise can be viewed as a voluntary donation by our township to the IRS in the amount of $900 ($450 per month for Aug. & Sept.) as well as a voluntary donation of $1100 to Mr. Devers for July services NOT rendered.


127. Planning Commission Public Hearing

December 1, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

On Monday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, the Presque Isle Township Planning Commission will have a public hearing on the township sign ordinance. This hearing will be at the beginning of their regular meeting. As many of you know, before the last election, it was discovered our temporary sign ordinance was in conflict with the Supreme Court decision on signs and freedom of speech. Krakow twp and Alpena twp do not have any regulations on temporary signs because they do not want to be in violation of the Supreme Court decision and the "temporary" says the sign will not be up indefinitely. Our own Zoning Administrator would like to do away with any restrictions, on temporary signs. So please come out and let your voice be heard.

Also, do you know there are openings on the ZBA board and the Parks and Recreation board? If you are interested in serving your township, please contact the township office and submit your name. We need to be involved in every area of our community. So step up, submit your name, serve and meet like minded people.

Another date to remember is December 12th at 7:00 pm, for the regular monthly township board meeting. Come and learn about what is going on in your community. See grassroots government at work.

Finally, watch The Shadow on a regular basis for upcoming information on events and issues facing you the taxpayer of Presque Isle Township.



126. News

November 21, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: BH

I appreciate your efforts to keep us citizens current on the township news but the shadow needs to be updated regularly as news is always happening. Thanks for being there!

Editorial Note:

We can't always be there — but when you are, and there is news, you can be a reporter. Our team needs more of them.



125. Response to Editorial #99

November 1, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

I would like to applaud the writer of the latest editorial; however, I do have one correction. In all the events you talk about, Trustee Patricia Hart has worked against the other board members to protect the residents' tax money. Every year for the past 10 years, I have attended all but probably three meetings each year. I have watched Trustee Hart speak up when it would have been easier to just "go along" with the majority, but she would not do that because your tax money was being spent unwisely or without proper authorization. You are right in saying now is the time to make a change with good honest people who not only will look out for our money, but candidate Robert Newton and candidate Karen Thompson have successful experience in writing grants. Wouldn't it be nice to receive grant money for the fire department on 23 and to maintain our lighthouses, rather than spend tax money? VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8th for Robert Newton, Karen Thompson, Dennis Fay and Bart Hellmuth. You won't regret your decision.

Editorial Note:

Noted re Trustee Pat Hart. During her tenure, Pat worked tirelessly representing all township citizens. Unfortunately, she could not crack the clique at the table and so often was reduced to a voice in the wilderness. She always gave her best effort and maintained her principles, but was frequently hamstrung while the others ran fast and loose.

We need a Board of Trustees with character. I look forward to the voters enriching that pool.



124. PITFD

October 24, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

The PIT board needs to take a look at everything that's going on with purchases needed. When you buy everything new it's going to cost you a lot. Why can't we buy a couple of used trucks until we get everything we need to stock them. There is going to be SCBA equipment, different size hoses 1 1/2" , 2" 5" and hard suction lines and nozzles, hand tools, axes, scene lighting, portable fans, extensions cords, ladders, portable dump tanks equipment, fire extinguishers, generators, pike poles, K12 and chain saws entry tools, mobile radios and a FCC license, shovels, This is continue and costs a pretty penny. Then to add a couple $300,000 trucks each. If I was on the board of trustees that's the way I would go, plus need a budget to operate.



123. LaFarge

October 23, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

Over the past few days I have heard several comments stating Larry Fields, who is running for Presque Isle Township Supervisor, has changed his mind about LaFarge and is now against any expansion. When the Alliance was formed, Mr. Fields made comments such as it is their property and they can do what they want, and in addition, he actually campaigned against the hydrogological study. We have had four reclamation meetings and Mr. Fields has not attended any of them; Robert Newton has attended all but one. Which candidate is working to find a solution to protecting our lakes?



122. Re: RB Feedback

September 27, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

I fully agree with you about resignation or leave of absence. The point is Mark Devers is not here performing his duties as supervisor, so why should he be paid? You are also correct when you state that anywhere other than Presque Isle Township, Mark would have been thanked for his service, taken his keys to the building and he would have been gone; no more money. But the more worrisome situation is Clerk Cynthia Paavola did not totally disclose the fact to the township board that Mark would continue to be paid. Both trustees, Pat Hart and Lynn Morrison, have stated they did not know when they accepted Mark's leave of absence he would continue to be paid. What right did Mrs. Paavola have to spend taxpayer money is such a sneaky way? This is not the first time Mrs. Paavola has spent taxpayer money without proper authorization. She works in the gray area of the law.

There are four very good candidates running for election in November. We need to clean house with the township board. Two candidates, Robert Newton who is running for supervisor and Karen Thompson who is running for clerk both have tremendous experience in searching, writing and obtaining grants. With the fire station on 23 needing equipment, these two people would be of valuable assistance to the fire board. I urge everyone to vote for four candidates who have integrity, knowledge and experience in managing money and listening to the people who elect them. The four candidates are Robert Newton, Supervisor, Karen Thompson, Clerk, Dennis Fay, Trustee and Barton Hellmuth, Trustee.



121. When Is A Resignation Not A Resignation?

September 27, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RB

An individual goes to his employer and announces:
      1. He has taken another paying job
      2. He will be unable to fulfill the duties of his current job description
      3. He will not be returning in the foreseeable future
What does this tell you? Answer: he has quit (aka resigned)!

It does not matter what other words have been used or not used — he is gone! Even if the word "resigned" was not included in the conversation, he can be legally deemed as having resigned.

You have this conversation anywhere in the country except in Presque Isle Township, and you are out of there with no ongoing monthly paycheck. Have our township officials spent too much time in the sun, or are they just plain stupid?



120. Re: Tom Guyer's Letter

September 18, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JL

Tom Guyer’s analysis of the former supervisor’s compensation is very helpful. I suppose prohibiting a decrease in an elected official’s salary is intended, for example, to prevent four township trustees from forcing a fifth trustee out of office by simply refusing to pay his/her salary and thus nullifying an election. Mr. Guyer contends that this prohibition does NOT apply to an official holding office by appointment. I agree. Consider the following:

John Doe is elected supervisor of Troll Township, but soon falls seriously ill and is unable to perform his duties. Nevertheless, Mr. Doe does not resign and demands payment of his salary for the duration of his term of office. The remaining trustees then appoint Sarah Smith as supervisor. After three months Ms. Smith goes on a leave of absence and demands payment of full salary for the duration of her term of office. Then the remaining trustees appoint Peter Jones as supervisor and (spoiler alert!!) he too works a few months, goes on a long vacation, and demands payment of salary for the duration of the supervisor’s term of office.

Who gets paid? Everyone? No one? Do they split the loot? Does Troll Township have to go to court to resolve this dilemma? Can they afford the legal fees when all of the township’s cash is being sopped up by supervisors who are paid not to work?

I am reminded of Matthew 22:23-33 where someone asks Jesus about a woman who had seven husbands. In heaven, after the woman dies, “Whose wife of the seven will she be?” All seven husbands? Just the last? None of the above?

The deeper question raised by this mess is how we make financial decisions in our township. Some decisions are simple (lawn care) while others are more complicated (paying a supervisor who isn’t working), The Clerk criticized Trustees Morrison and Hart for not doing their “homework” before the June 2 special meeting. If they had simply read page 53 of their Michigan Townships Assoc. manual, the Clerk said, they would have been prepared. What the Clerk failed to mention, or forgot, is that no one knew Mr. Devers was leaving until he announced his plan at that special meeting. No one, that is, except the Clerk.

It would have been helpful — and it would have avoided the unpleasant discussion at the September 12 board meeting, as well as the fees paid to the township attorney — if at the June 2 special meeting the full details of potential courses of action, including payment of compensation, had been disclosed before a decision was made.

Respectfully,

John E. Laycock
7112 Kauffman Blvd., Presque Isle

Click here to see Tom Guyer's letter

119. Who Runs This Web Site?

September 18, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: PB

Who runs this web site. I have read through the different pages but there is no mention of who is the editor or staff. Is there a reason that no names are given?

Editorial Response:

This question has been asked before ... several times, in fact.

From the beginning, this website has been one where readers have been asked to actually do some work — think and evaluate what you read rather than have your opinions handed to you on a platter. With names and origins withheld, the reader is left to make up his/her own mind regarding the content presented.

In our society today, the public is constantly being asked (coerced) to accept opinions/facts/arguments heavily based on where the information came from or who is endorsing it. In other words, you are being fed your opinions. Here, we want your opinions to be your own. We want our content to be the start of a conversation — to encourage you to investigate for yourself and not let another dictate your opinion.

If you choose to disregard what is presented here, that is your prerogative — but please ask yourself: "Am I doing this because the content is junk; or is it because I want someone else to do the work? (I am actually too lazy to investigate and form my own opinions.)".

For the author of this Feedback submission and others who have asked the same question, I commend you for having started the conversation. However accepting or rejecting based on origin is akin to making your decisions based on some pitch-man's endorsement on late-night television. We trust that you are smarter than that.

We had a similar inquiry — Feedback 24, dated July 21, 2010. You may wish to look at it.



118. Re: Payment of Mr. Devers

September 15, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: TG

Dear Editor

Please consider posting my attached letter regarding the contretemps arising out of the Presque Isle Township’s Board of Trustees handling of the payment to former Township Supervisor Mark Devers while on leave.

Thank you,

Tom Guyer
18452 Warren Creek Hwy.
Presque Isle, MI 49777

Click here to see letter

117. Dispatching Emergency Services

August 20, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

After reading the news about Alpena County wants to charge us for dispatching our fire departments $ 30,000... Why are we always behind on improving our emergency services? Let's give our fire departments a millage to improve the safety to our community. The Township officials need to start working with fire officals and the county official right away to put in place a communication system by October 1 deadline, or lose out. But hey, East Grand Lake Fire Department has the capabilities of setting off the pagers from their station. Maybe they will allow the Presque Isle county to install a repeater system on their tower. That might mean both departments might have to be licensed by the FCC, but that's not a big deal.



116. Unbalanced Budget

June 4, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: MD

At the May 11th Budget Public hearing, 2 members of the audience made reference to the fact that the proposed budget was not balanced ... and expressed their concern of that situation. The justification as published in the minutes — "The board stated that it never does (balance), and the budget is a proposed budget only.", is a a bit alarming. The trustees' job is to run the affairs of the township and look after taxpayer money. If they cannot produce a balanced budget, which is a plan, then how can we trust them to function within a fiscal structure that they did not take seriously in the first place. To the trustees: Don't waste your time and our time on a budget that you refuse to put your best effort into, and prepare with a sharp pencil. Is the preparation of a balanced budget beyond your abilities? Please be honest with those you represent and fulfill the obligations of your mandate.



115. Fire Committee Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

Hi. You guys have not published the minutes for the fire board. Could you please?

Editorial Note:

To this point, the board has not posted them on their website. You can always go into the Township Offices and request a copy. If and when we get our hands on the minutes, they will be posted here.

On the cynical side, I am not sure if they actually want the minutes posted, nor the citizens to know what is going on. Firstly, the committee is stacked representing the #2 district and not the entire township. Secondly, the fire department fiasco did not need to occur — and probably would not have if certain citizens (trustees included) had kept their hands off the affairs of a private corporation. Generous coats of whitewash obscured many relevant facts, and a fire department was lost that did not need to be.



114. Fire Department Services

May 10, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

I would like to say thank you to the PI Township Board for the work they did to get the fire district 2 up and running. But I am upset with Alpena County 911 Dispatch with charging an outrageous amount of money to answer 911 emergency phone calls and push a button on the radio to talk... I think this is a wake up call for both the citizens and Township Board officials to look into the future and start planing on changes for our own emergencies services including dispatching.

East Grand Lake Fire Department has the radio capabilities to dispatch and set off the pager tones for emergency responders. The next issue is why doesn't East Grand Lake Fire Department either loan or sell the Township Fire Department one of their trucks. One of there truck's name "tanker" had a Radio in it , but not much equipment on it to respond the last time I check... Maybe the Township needs to add a 10 year millage for 5 mills towards the Township emergencies services to buy the needed equipment and hire the necessary people to run these departments correctly so that everyone will feel safe in time of need.



113. Letters to the Township

February 5, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: TR

A word of advice ... if you submit a letter, email, etc to a trustee or committee member about an issue that is to be brought up at a meeting, take note of how such a communication was handled at the February 1st Planning Commission meeting. According to the meeting minutes, a citizen's letter of support was submitted to chairman B. Yaklin regarding a Special Use Permit Public Hearing that was on the evening's agenda. Chairman Yaklin saw fit to read the letter during the "Correspondence" segment of the meeting — after the public hearing had concluded.

Well done, Mr. Yaklin. A nice insult to the letter writer.



112. Lafarge Rezoning

January 18, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

Why does the PIT include the DNR and EPA on the rezoning decision of LaFarge. All they want is to make there operations bigger and have no major concerns on our lake levels our lands we live on with there use of explossives and our water well. I would have to vote No on there rezoning request. There's not enough information. We need safe gaurds to protect citizens of our Township.



111. What Were They Thinking?

January 14, 2016     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RG

How is it possible that the 2 applicants with no relevant experience and little demonstrated interest in our township government were appointed as new Planning Commission members while the most qualified was shunted to the background. What were our trustees thinking?

If one is attempting to defend the decision of the Board of Trustees, your best rationalization is that they had a "brain fart". Sane logic simply does not correlate with their actions.

The backbone of good local government is citizens who come forward to offer their time and their best skills for our community. When the actions of those in office so blatantly contradicts common sense and sound logic, how can this township attract quality individuals when they have good reason to expect to be slapped in the face and pushed aside.



110. Township Needs To Work With Citizens

December 27, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JS

I believe that Township Board needs to make a priority list and work together to bring a common goals on the Lafarge situation for one; the fire and EMS coverage for the township and fire district #2 to a Township Fire Department and get done what is a sub contracting out there Township and the city of Alpena, we can use that money to start with getting Fire District #2 back up and running with properly trained personnel and to have a fully staffed fire station of people on call to answer calls for help. Second of all, the township needs to protect the lakes in the Township from major disaster from Lafarge Corporation



109. Fire Department #2

December 23, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: Michael

Why is Presque Isle Township contracting with The City of Alpena and for Alpena Township is contracted for fire coverage? Are we not trying to have our own Township run fire department in the future?

Editorial Note:

Since the closure of Presque Isle Fire Department #2, emergency response has been contracted from the Alpena Township Fire Department, and backed up through mutual aid. From the onset, the reestablishment of a new township owned Presque Isle Fire Department #2 has been the vision.

The creation of a fully functioning fire department cannot happen overnight. When you start with nothing, 5 years is a realistic time frame. One option was to expand the East Grand Lake Fire Department into 2 stations — something that could be possible within a couple of years — but the community made it very clear that the EGLVFD model is not where it wants to go.

So, how does one start a fire department? Our township does not have the expertise to do that. The solution is to contract with someone with that skillset and team with them to navigate the maze and ultimately create a functioning emergency response capability. At the present time, that is the direction that our township is heading. The City of Alpena Fire Department is willing to serve as our consultant to design and acquire apparatus, personnel, training, licenses, certifications for such a new service. This will not be simple, nor quick, nor inexpensive — but it can be done and it will give us a township owned and controlled fire department within a few years.

For our township, the road ahead will not be easy. There are and will continue to be a lot of unknowns. I would strongly suggest that all citizens make an effort to stay informed as to what is happening and where we are going in the coming months. Do not rely on second hand information, gossip, rumors and misinformation — that was the quagmire with the demise of the original FD #2. Get your information from the top — the Township Supervisor, your elected trustees, and from the public meetings. Attend the Presque Isle Township Hall on the evening of the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Be informed. It is your fire department, your community, and your responsibility.



108. Planning Commission

November 7, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

For those of you who did not attend Monday night's Planning Commission, I encourage you to start attending. You will see the ignorance of some of the members. You will see one member sleeping through most of the meeting, you will see another who loves to hear himself talk, you will see another who obviously has a personal agenda and the fourth goes with the majority. Our township board needs to remove the four members of the Planning Commission who discredited the taxpayers/voters of our township. When statements are made like "you people need to get along with Lafarge so they will pump water into your lake", it makes me think of the analogy of Lafarge as the rapist and we are the victims so Mr. Taylor, you are saying just get along with them and let them rape you again. Sick!



107. Quarry Photo Evidence

November 6, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: Anon

My inbox just received a series of photos taken from the Old Dump Road showing the current quarry wall in the vicinity of Lotus Lake and and the proposed expansion location. I pass one on for all to view. When you take a close look, you can see evidence of notable water flow from the wall face ... look for the rust stains. It is safe to say that erosion will enlarge the waterways resulting in greater water release over time. You can see where our ground water is going. "No serious consequences?" Good reason to deny the rezoning application. Photo credit: Bob Beuter.
Click to view photo



106. Idiots Who Steal Signs

November 1, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J.G.

Someone who evidently disagrees with my opinion and is unable to deal with that fact has stolen my sign which describes my position on the expansion of the Quarry. I have now invested in a trail camera and will await their next immature act.

Editorial Note:

Numerous such signs have met the same fate — yours is but one of many. In 2012, an elderly local lady was confronted after she was caught removing a political sign in our community. Her response was that she was asked to do so by an acquaintance and thought that it was okay. The true culprit was prepared to let Grandma take the heat. Yes, we have low-life in our midst.



105. Useless Township Website

October 28, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: AHR

Why does the township even bother with their website? It is useless. I take a look at the minutes of the 2 latest meetings and get only errors. The August 31 Parks & Rec. minutes was 1 line. Why should I make the effort to check the website if they can't be bothered?


Editorial Response:

The Township website definitely has some issues, but it is not useless as you claim. It serves as a repository for reference materials such as ordinances, applications forms, past minutes and such; and provides general information regarding the structure and organization of our township government. Please give it credit for what it is. Regrettably, it failed to meet your needs.

I do agree with you that our township website has some severe shortcomings. Trustees tout it as a source for current information regarding our local government, but they do not follow-up to ensure that it is. Rarely is it current, and time-sensitive materials are often stale if and when posted (recent Fire Committee minutes have not been posted). It is also obvious that not even our local officials — from the Board of Trustees on down, visit the website. In addition, those charged with the responsibility of maintaining it do likewise, along with failing to validate updates. Why else would 3 recent postings of meeting minutes present failure errors — one of which has existed for more than a month. Is this simply workload priorities, or is it neglect, incompetence, insubordination, laziness, or other? At a minimum, the website is not a priority. Whatever the reason, the net result can be worn by just about everyone within the township organization. Ultimately this lands on the shoulders of Supervisor Devers.

What should the website be? Take time to visit websites for various businesses, governments, organizations, and even personal websites — and see how they present themselves. You will find a full gamut of styles and content from very highly polished and informative down to those that are a waste of air. Visitors have a wide variety of reasons for stopping by any website, including that of our township: www.presqueisletwp.org. They may be researching their next vacation; they may be looking for contact information; perhaps they are looking for business opportunities; they could be local taxpayers interested in the operations of the township; perhaps locals or visitors looking for community activities; or their arrival may simply be accidental. Whatever the reason, the impression made by the website directly influences how the township and our community is viewed going forward.

A website for any entity should be or include the following:

  • Attractive
  • Easy to read
  • Easy to navigate
  • Have a target audience and be meaningful to them
  • Have relative content accurately presented
  • Be written at an appropriate language level
  • Use proper and appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation and document layout
  • Be current and up-to-date
  • Be supportive of various user technologies
  • Be considerate of user bandwidth and communication speeds
  • Promote your cause in the most favorable light possible

Although it is challenging to meet all of the above, that should be your goal. Unfortunately, the Township website comes up short in several easy-to-achieve areas — most notably timeliness and document quality/appearance to professional standards. Perhaps the most important consideration for a website is to realize that this is how you will be viewed by the world. You have put out the welcome mat. Put your best face forward. You never know when the world will come to visit.

Update Nov. 7/15
It seems that someone at the township is now paying attention. Since this feedback was published, the several issues noted have been addressed. We shall see if this improvement can remain permanent.


104. Presque Isle Fire Station

August 25, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J.S.

Can anyone tell me what's going on with the old Presque Isle Fire station? Is the township going to open it as a township fire department again?


Editorial Response:

The old Presque Isle Fire station located at 24335 US-23 S, Presque Isle (Alpena) MI, ceased operation in August of 2013. The fire hall building was purchased at auction by Presque Isle Township in September of 2014, and they then took possession in the spring of 2015. Other than the land and building, no assets of significance were acquired. In the past months, some repairs and maintenance on the facility have been done for the purpose of preserving value.

As for the future, a Township Fire Committee has held several public meetings where nearby fire services providers made presentations and options were discussed. At this point in time, no decisions have been made as to direction. Although many in the community would like to see that US 23 facility permanently return to being an operational emergency services station, the process for making that happen will not be quick, easy, nor inexpensive. At the present, Alpena Township is providing the bulk of emergency services for the #2 district on a contract basis. Do not be surprised to see them or possibly the City of Alpena move apparatus into the fire hall and begin local response — but on a contract basis and for a limited time as a more permanent solution is developed. It is unlikely that you will see East Grand Lake Fire Department take on a significant role. Their operational structure is very similar to that used by the previous #2 department, and the community has made it very clear that they disapprove of resuming with anything similar.

As for the Fire Committee meetings, they have been open to the public and have been announced at Township meetings. Supposedly the meeting announcements have been posted on the door to the Township Offices and on the website. Unfortunately, this communication method is highly ineffective as traffic to the front door is minimal, and web posting of notices is hit & miss at best. No minutes of these meetings have been provided. Any information provided by minutes of other Township committees is usually quite stale by the time it is posted. The township also uses random document formats for its postings — some of which cannot be opened by readers. Do not rely on the township website for current information as updating is not a priority.

If you wish to keep up to date as to the status, you should call the Township Supervisor personally, or attend the Board of Trustees meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month. It is up to you to go after the details — any other method is unreliable.



103. Bankruptcy On The Horizon

August 25, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: R.T.

I can't believe that there has been no reaction to the township budget. Three consecutive projected deficits of 23%, 58% & 49%. $239,284 more in expenses than revenue for the coming year. You can't run a ship that way!

Did I misinterpret the budget document? No, the expenses are much greater than revenues. Please tell me that what I see is not what I get. If that is in fact the argument, then someone needs to learn how to present a budget that is complete, informative and correct. Taking the budget at face value, the Grim Reaper is stalking our fair township. Please let there be enough meat on the bones to make it to the next election.



102. Lafarge Rezoning & Township Official

May 17, 2015     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: PK

The recent application from Lafarge for rezoning of property for mining purposes brings about a serious question regarding the role of one particular township official.

Application for rezoning begins with the Zoning Administrator. The Lafarge application was in her hands for a few months prior to being handed over to the Planning Commission. Why the delay? It does not take much thought to see that the February timing coincided nicely with many in the community being out of town for their winter escapes. One such individual was the Chairman of the Planning Commission who had declared in advance that he would not be present. A reasonable assumption here is that the absent chairman may not be in favor of the rezoning application. In light of being aware of the residence addresses of the various commission members (and possible leanings) and the probable (and actual) closeness of the final vote, it is plausible that timing could have been a tool to attempt to manipulate the outcome. Was this the case? And for what purpose?



101. Editorial of July 23rd

July 30, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author:

The latest editorial is very interesting and the writer brings up some very valid points in regards to the increase in pay for the treasurer, etc. I agree, usually when a person starts a new job the level of pay is based on the experience and education of the person hired. In this case the new treasurer neither had the experience or the education to warrant a raise in pay. She should have started at a lower rate.

Another problem I see with money allocations and costs of projects in our community, is the lack of volunteers. Where have all our volunteers gone? The painting of the pavilion at the fog horn would have been done with volunteer help with only the cost of the paint being provided by the township; however, no one asked the Presque Isle Men's Club if they would paint the pavilion. Several years ago the pavilion at the cemetery was painted by several volunteers and the only cost to the township was the paint. Even the women got into the project by providing food to the workers. The job was done very well. Two things happen when volunteers help in the community; first, it is a cost saving to the township and second, it promotes community involvement and pride in our community. So what happened to the large group of volunteers who worked under the direction of Clayton Peters? I can tell you what happened, they were told they were useless! Our wonderful volunteers who built signs, painted, cleaned trails, planted shrubs and trees at the Old Lighthouse, etc, were told they were useless. So today we pay to get work done and the Old Lighthouse grounds looks like s_ _ _! I personally think several members of our township board are useless! Maybe they need to be replaced so we can go back to the community we had during the past supervisor's tenure.



100. Editorial on Treasurer Appointment

July 3, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

Editorial Note:

This Feedback is in reference to editorial, Presque Isle Township Treasurer Appointment, dated June 23, 2014.

I was present for the township treasurer interviews and it was clear from the beginning who was going to be appointed so I enjoyed reading the editorial about this issue. I think the editorial stated very accurately what happened and why. So now we will see if the new treasurer actually get instructed in the computer program the State of Michigan requires and so balances with the township clerk. If she does not and continues business as Bette Tadajewski did, then we will once again, not be in compliance with the State of Michigan and will have to answer to that governing body. One statement the treasurer made while being interviewed and again at the last township meeting was she intended to hold the office for her lifetime. I think she might not be aware she must run for the office in two years. So concerned citizens, and I hope all of you are, remember in two years what is going on with our township government, step up, voice your objections and vote for a candidate that has the education, experience and can get the job done. You will be hearing more in the months ahead so stay tuned to the Shadow.



99. Bad Smell From Township Offices

June 29, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JG

The appointment of the new Treasurer should be challenged. Bette's illegal comments; the obvious nepotism; the demand of a full time committment for a part-time position; the selection of the least qualified applicant ... it all stinks! Another friend welcomed to the trough. In the future, why would anyone apply when they know the outcome is fixed? This appointment should be voided. A State investigation is warranted.



98. Treasurer Appointment

June 24, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: WD

Editorial Note:

This Feedback is in reference to editorial, Presque Isle Township Treasurer Appointment, dated June 23, 2014.

I have been waiting with great anticipation for this editorial. Now that the truth has been told in such expert fashion, I hope all the citizens of Presque Isle Township get a chance to read this. I will be telling my friends and neighbors to check it out. Thank you very much!



97. Township Officials Ignore Electoral Votes When Filling Position.

May 22, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: B.S.

During the 2012 Election, incumbent Tadajewski had an opponent for her position she held as the Presque Isle Township Treasurer. Ms. Tadajewski prevailed her position with elector votes of 775 in favor and her opponent with 236 electoral votes. During the May 2014 Board of Trustee’s Meeting, Township Supervisor Brent Koel recited a letter of resignation effective June 2014 submitted by Treasurer, Ms. Tadajewski. With her fast approaching final day of Ms. Tadajewski’s position, leaving her 4 year position in mid-term of her commitment to the citizens, Township Officials were left with the urgency to fill her position so that the needs of the Township would be meet.

On May 20th 2014 a "Special Meeting", closed to public comment, was held to conduct interviews and appoint an individual from those applicants for whom applied for the Presque Isle Township Treasurers position. One of those applicants was the opponent, William Fay, who ran against Ms. Tadajewski with 236 electoral votes. Mr. Fay received his support from the voters because of his desire to serve, his attendance at Township Meetings, length of residency, experience and background in record keeping, the hundreds of hours of volunteerism in our community and his commitment to be available and conduct regular business hours at our Township Hall. Ms. Tadajewski was only available to the citizens Friday mornings at our Township Hall with the expectation of the citizens to travel to her home to conduct township business.

A decision was made by Board Officials’ choosing an individual with less qualifications, little to no involvement until recently with in the township and did not seek this position during the 2012 Election. Citizens are out raged as to the decision and actions made by the Presque Isle Township Officials who were "elected by the citizens", expecting them to maintain their "Oath" and to uphold the "Principles of Governance". Their blatant refusal to appoint Mr. Fay is clear that our Township Officials fail to respect the "voters’ choice" and to up hold the Presque Isle Townships "Principles of Governance". We are not privileged to contact the Michigan Township Association with our concerns as to how business/decisions are made by our Township Officials’ not only on this topic but how overall business is conducted, including the expansions of wages and waste of tax payers’ money on other issues. We know that elected "Servants/Officials" are expected to uphold "transparency", but the "transparency" in the decision for the treasures position is oh so transparent.

Our Township officials need to stop insulting the intelligence of the people who elected them in office.



96. Questions to Ask Brent Koel

April 12, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: VM

I enjoyed reading the enlightening previous two letters.

Another action by four members of our township board is the $14,000+ in legal expenses they authorized to pursue a personal vendetta against Patrick Pokorski. The four members were Brent Koehl, Cynthia Paavola, Bette Tadajewski and Lynn Morrison, trustee Patricia Hart voted 'no'. In addition to the $14,000+ the board, minus trustee Hart, authorized, an additional $2,000.00 to seek a legal opinion about the fire department building and equipment. This was after our township attorney informed the board and residents they had no legal claim to the district 2 fire building or equipment. Two thousand dollars down the drain.

Residents of Presque Isle, this is your money these 4 people are squandering. In the months to come there will be more awakening information to come forth. I invite you to come to the township meetings the second Monday of each month. See for yourself how these four people squander your money. Perhaps we should take it out of their pay.


Editorial Comment:

The invitation is out for all to attend the monthly Board of Trustees Meeting — the ultimate Reality Show — that you actually get to live. It's better than the stuff on TV because this is real! The bonus is that time is allocated at every meeting for audience members to ask questions of or make comments to the Board.

Learn first-hand where your tax dollars go.
Board of Trustees Meeting ... 2nd Monday of the month ... 7 pm ... at Township offices.



95. Who Voted for this?? Not Me!!

March 11, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JGG

All the people who foolishly believed everything that they were told to convince them to vote for our current Supervisor are being shown and are experiencing the results of that choice. Conflict and chaos are the result and I do not see nor hear anything to convince me that any real leadership from our current Supervisor will ever be forthcoming. Perhaps at election time there will be more effort to elect someone for their actual talents and competence instead of their ability to smear their opponent. One can only hope.



94. We Need To See Progress

February 25, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RKF

Members of our community are beginning to realize that Township Supervisor Brent Koel has no plan on how to resolve the Fire Department #2 catastrophe. At the monthly meetings he basically sits there, offering nothing, and hoping that some local citizens will magically solve his problem. Perhaps we should. It is time to put someone else in that chair.



93. Raid

February 23, 2014     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: PZ

Question.....How does one execute a raid on their own private property? Oxymoron??

Editorial Comment:

I believe this is in reference to the comment attributed to D. Nowak in the minutes of the February meeting of the Board of Trustees, (and also published by the Presque Isle Advance on Feb. 24) stating that a fire department officer pulled off a "raid on the fire hall". It should be noted that Fire Department #2 is privately owned (as is the East Grand Lake Fire Department) — and does not belong to the township, county or state.



92. Fire Committee Meeting

December 27, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

For those of you who are interested, the minutes from the last Fire Committee meeting have been posted on the township website.           Click here to view (from township website)

Editorial Comment:

Unfortunately for some of our citizens, the minutes posted on the township website will not display. This is due to the township website using a format that requires additional proprietary software be installed on the user's computer.

To serve our visitors better, the minutes have been converted to a standard web format and are available from this website.          Click here to view (from The Shadow website)



91. Re: Emergency Services Editorial

November 30, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

As the secretary for the new committee to find a solution to our emergency services in District 2, I feel a need to respond to the editorial. (view editorial)

I understand your frustration as I was feeling frustration when I reminded Brent Koel at the October meeting, that a month had gone by without a committee being formed. This is a critical situation and although I don't live in that district, it is a concern for our entire township.

The fire committee met on November 8th. We elected John Laycock as the chairman of the group and I volunteered to be secretary. Our goal is to investigate how other townships have moved from a privately owned emergency protection company to a township run company. We will meet on December 10th, to listen to representatives from two townships and learn how they transitioned to the emergency services they have today.

You are welcome to attend this meeting which will begin at 6:00 p.m. It is our hope that we will be presenting to the township board a plan by their March meeting. If you would like to discuss this with me I can be reached at 595-3195.

Editorial Comment:

Thank you for for taking the time to fill in some gaps. As you know, communication of accurate facts within our township is a challenge.

We now can see that wheels are turning and it is reassuring that the experiences of those who have gone before are to be used to help guide us forward. Hopefully, updates can be provided as things progress — and that will help ease the uncertainty of the current situation.



90. Historic Structures Report

November 21, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SJK

I too have concerns about this expenditure.

We were led to believe that the cost would be $30,000 reduced by a grant. Now it is more than $50,000 and no grant — for a piece of paper! This should be a no-go! Cancel the contract. The money would be better spent restoring fire protection for our community. What is our township thinking?



89. Historic Buildings

November 20, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: GG

I am in complete agreement with comments made by SGR. This $51000 would be a complete waste.



88. Historic Structures Report (HSR)

November 19, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SGR

For over a year now, the various township committees have been discussing this HSR. I question the value of this process when you consider that its cost will be $51,500 — an amount that is more than the annual income of most of the citizens in this community. At the August 12, 2013 monthly meeting, Brent stated:"it will not cost more than $30,000.00". What happened to that number?

Is this report really necessary? What if it was not done at all? If SHPO (or some other authority) is demanding it, then why are they not providing some funding? Yes, there will be some benefits, but $51,500 worth? And what about the funding grant? Was the application rejected because it was viewed as not a being a worthwhile project? Or was it rejected because the State considers this township to be so screwed up that it would be equivalent to throwing money away.

$51,500 is a lot of money. For that kind of expenditure, I would feel better if I could see a new coat of paint on the lighthouse or a pavilion at the Range Light. But for an intangible item that may just be filed away in a cabinet somewhere, I have a problem with it.



87. A Double Knockout

September 23, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: KM

Perhaps the East Grand Lake Volunteer Fire Department should take a look at the status of the Township Supervisor as a member of their department. In the past few months he has successfully wiped out PI FD #2 and is on his way to doing likewise to his own department.

The community has become painfully aware of the vulnerabilities of the current fire protection structure. In that process, some serious gaps in the remaining fire department have also come to light. We the citizens are not pleased. We are demanding a new fire protection format, and it will not include EGLVFD as it has been. Well done, Brent. A double knockout in the making.



86. Fire Department #2 Insurance

September 21, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: R.A.D.

Our township Zoning Administrator has repeatedly been harping on the issue (taking pot shots, one might call it) of the Presque isle #2 Fire Department operating without insurance.

According to the Township Supervisor, that situation only began after February, 2013. Had the township not diverted about $75,000 of Fire Department funds to the Kansas State Bank, when a substantially lesser amount would probably have kept them happy, there would have been sufficient money available to pay insurance and most other immediate expenses.

This whole exercise most assuredly has the flavor of a couple of individuals intent on, and successful in, destabilizing the emergency services of our community.



85. Anna Garrity Statue

September 8, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

Hats off to Debbie Trelfa for her work on the Anna Garrity statue. Debbie worked many long hours soliciting private funds, contacting Dawn at Moran Iron Works, finding someone to move the statue to her home, storing it for several months and finding a group of people to dress in period costume for the dedication. Not to be forgotten was John Laycock's beautiful job in the dedication, but we would expect nothing less from this man of the cloth. With all this good, comes some sadness and a question, why were there several members of our township board absent from this township activity? But we won't let this spoil the fact that Anna is now standing at the Range Light where she belongs. Thanks Debbie for your dedication to our community.

THIS CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH: THERE WERE NO TOWNSHIP FUNDS USED FOR THE ANNA STATUE, PLAQUE, TRANSPORTATION OR CONCRETE BASE.



84. A Dart Has Landed

July 3, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: Sue

We live in Ann Arbor. For each 4th of July, our family plans a multi-day trip to some part of Michigan that we have not previously explored. The destination is chosen by one of our children throwing a dart (blindfolded) at a state map and then researching the area where the dart landed. This year it hit the water of Presque Isle Harbor.

It did not take long to confirm that there is lots to do and see in your community. In our searching, we landed on your website Calendar of Events and found it very helpful. Thank you for having it available to us.

As I write this, we are on the road - US23 near Flint (no, I am not the driver). Thought that I would provide feedback just to let you know how this carload selected your area as a destination. We are looking forward to exploring the lighthouses, parks, community and meeting the people that call it home. The fireworks will be our wrap-up as we must head back the next day.

I sense memories in the making.

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Editorial Comment:

Thank you for for taking the time to drop us a line. Everyone in our community has a story as to why they are here. Although we do not expect to see you on the 4th next year, there are lots of other dates on the calendar. Please consider returning for any or all of them. We welcome you now and in the future.



83. Lies & Doubletalk

June 23, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RCG

February Board minutes: "the Township will not be releasing any additional tax money until the matter is resolved. "

Current minutes: "B. Koel stated that the board has never withheld any funds from the FD. "

If the tax money was not turned over to the fire department as normal, then IT WAS WITHHELD!

Brent, don't take us for fools. Your lies and double talk makes my rhubarb grow.

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82. Attorney General

June 22, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: ZP

The Attorney General closed out the case against the fire department 3 weeks ago.

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81. Off To A Good Start

June 9, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J.C.K.

It's now just over 6 months since Supervisor Brent Koel took his position. Let us look at what has been achieved:

That's a lot of notches in the belt!

Where will we be 3 1/2 years from now? Let me guess:

Impressive, Brent. Impressive!

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80. Fire Department Tax Monies

April 24, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: R.F.

Recent editorials & reader comments have raised some questions in my mind regarding the township handling of Fire Department monies. There are entries in the township's budget for the fire departments; we pay our taxes to the township treasurer with a fire department millage identified; yet we never see those amounts referenced in the monthly Treasurer's and Clerk's reports. Since taxes (millages) levied and taxes realized are rarely identical, what happens to the shortages or overages? What pocket handles these discrepancies?

My curiosity took me to the 2010 audit of our township's financial statements available on the State of Michigan website. There at the bottom of page 54 is a paragraph regarding Fire Department Tax Collections. Interestingly, a statement is made saying that this information should be recorded in the Township's books. Three years later that is not being done. We pay the auditors for a service and then not follow their suggestions. The usual question pops up: "Is there something that someone doesn't want us to see?"

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79. Overstepping Bounds?

February 14, 2013     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: GJD

My comments are in reference to our rookie Supervisor's involvement in the problems at the Presque Isle Twp. #2 Fire Dept.

At Board meetings, there has been little discussion of the fire dept. problems, and no motions authorizing the Supervisor to intervene in the internal affairs of this outside organization. How is it that he can block their funds? I applaud his efforts to preserve our emergency services, but am concerned that he may be overstepping the bounds and not be following the proper process.

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78. Does the Shadow know .......

December 13, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: P.I. Shadow of the Shadow

......who the heck is he? Cause I sure don't know who he is! You present your opinions on your website, but don't seem to want anyone to know who your are. I've tried to find your name on one of your endless editorials but to know avail. Shows you don't have the personal conviction to stand by what you write. You show your name and I'll show mine!

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Editorial Comment:

Thank you for your comments. We are encouraged to know that there are loyal readers who find sufficient value in our content for them to not only be in our following but to also carefully study our pages.

You do, however, seem to be unaware of (or perhaps refuse to accept) one of the fundamental philosophies under which we operate. On this website, it is not the person who is important — it is their words on which we wish our audience to focus. Please judge the message, not the messenger. Do what you must to verify the validity of what is being stated. But to use the identity of the author to form your opinions is not only being personally lazy, but you are also introducing tainted and probably dangerous ingredients into the recipe.

This "feedback" actually is very similar to one received in July of 2010. Study it — that may help you to better understand where we are. And by the way, the game: "You show yours and I'll show mine!" was left in the playground many years ago.



77. Supervisor Brent: You have a problem

December 11, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: K.L.P.

Do you realize that during the December 10th Board of Trustees meeting, a female member of the audience left the meeting hall and went unsupervised into one of the offices? There did not appear to be any obvious authorization or reason for her doing so. Do you also realize that this is not the first time that she has done this? Do you also realize that there have been occasions during the day when this same individual has been observed (by day visitors to the township hall) actually sitting unsupervised at an office computer? Do you also realize that this same individual also wanders freely in and out of those offices while staff are present, indicating that both she and the staff are comfortable with those actions?

This individual has no status other than being a local citizen, and has no right to be in any office unsupervised. Brent ... you (should) have a problem with this individual ... and also with your staff.

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76. What's Bette Up To?

September 24, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JDH

Why is our Treasurer continually denying being the origin of a rumor regarding our Township Clerk? If her concern is to distance herself from the situation, having it on the record once is all that is needed. To repeat it on 3 separate occasions serves only to propagate, not curb it. Benjamin Franklin said: "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." For those who witnessed the denial, did you see it or did you hear it?

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

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75. Idiots Who Steal Signs

September 18, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J.G.G.

There are spineless idiots in this world who cannot perform or compete in the arena of ideas or debate the issues. These mental underachievers steal the political signs of the persons/ideas that they disagree. There is also the arrogance of supporters of a certain person to place signs on peoples property who are gone for the season and have not granted license for this to take place. These are the same people who spread untruths about others and deny speaking them when confronted. The person in the dark SUV/Jeep who stole my sign of support for our current supervisor is one of these persons. They have done nothing more than to motivate me to go door to door in support of my choice.

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74. Beautiful Banners

September 5, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

How many of you have enjoyed the beautiful "Welcome" banners? I have heard nothing but positive remarks from residents and visitors. Our trustee Pat Hart worked hard to acquire money from the township and then worked with Supervisor Patrick Pokorski and his son, Ross, to hang the banners, not only along Grand Lake Road but also along 23. So if this was such a wonderful, positive addition to our community, why did Bette Tadajewski, Cynthia Paavola and Lynn Morrison vote not to purchase winter banners? I'm all for conserving our money, but I do believe we could afford the $1,000.00 for seasonal banners, and actually we should purchase 5 more to go along 23. I also believe the Presque Isle Women's Club has some winter pictures of our lighthouses which could be used. I for one am writing a letter to the township board requesting Pat be given the o.k. to order banners. I am also going to remind the board, they are elected officials and should vote, not what they personally want, but what the people who elected them want.

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Editorial Comment:

Clarification:
The 3 named trustees did not actually 'vote' against the banner purchase. What they did do, was to refuse to second the motion on the table and thus allow it to die. The outcome was the same but without a recorded vote.



73. What's With the "-" Issue?

August 29, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: T.M.

The auditor states that our Township is in very good financial shape. Why then, is our Township Treasurer making such a flap about the negative balances in 2 of the financial accounts? Also, what is it with her faithful sidekick, the Zoning Administrator, publicly reciting the rules - chapter and verse? My guess is that it has more to do with dishing dirt than good administration.

The Township Treasurer is the Matriarch of the Board of Trustees. With her extensive experience in the role and her almost daily calls to the MTA, you would think that she would have everything ship-shape. If the negative balances are worthy of her constantly going on-the-record regarding their existence, and emphasizing that it is a bad thing, then why has she not done anything? She claims that it has been an issue for more than a year, yet there is no record of her bringing forward a motion to address the problem. Although legally it may be in the lap of others, as a member of the Board, she has an obligation to make an effort -- she is part of the team. Or perhaps there is no problem and it is just Bette being Bette.

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72. Time For A House-Cleaning!

August 18, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JT

I agree with "Parks & Rec. Member Out Of Line!", but the issue is deeper than that.

Recent events have seen the Porta-John relocation fiasco, failure of the swimming buoys to be deployed, voluntary & not so voluntary resignations, and constant bickering within the Parks & Rec. committee. On top of that, the interview team to find replacement members had irrelevant and inappropriate questioning on the table and failed miserably in the common courtesies of the process. What we are seeing is a group that has been granted a level of autonomy beyond what they are capable of handling. Too many personal agendas are getting in the way.

It is time for the Board of Trustees to step up and do their job. They are responsible for the Parks & Rec. Committee and should immediately take command by actioning a house-cleaning. One solution would be to dissolve the existing committee and start over. The Board of Trustees are in charge. Here is their opportunity to prove it.

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71. Parks & Rec. Member Out Of Line!

August 15, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: R.J.

I have heard that at the Monday August 13th Board of Trustees meeting, a letter was read endorsing a specific applicant for a Parks & Rec Committee vacancy. A couple of phone calls has confirmed that as fact.

The disturbing issue is that the letter was submitted (hand delivered to a trustee) by a member of the interview team of the Parks & Rec Committee and it conveyed her personal views. This interview team member has acted in a highly inappropriate and unethical manner in an attempt to circumvent the interviewing/hiring/appointment process in order to place her "friend" into a paid position in within the Township.

I call upon our Township Board of Trustees to immediately remove this individual from the Parks & Rec Committee so that our citizens can have confidence that all applicants have fair and untainted opportunity.

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70. Range Light Port-a-John

July 11, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

What a sad day in Presque Isle Township when the Range Light Park handicapped port-a-john was moved from its original location, where it was easily accessible for the handicapped, into the woods where anyone in a wheelchair, walker, crutches or a mother with a stroller, would need to manoeuver through the deep sand and up to the slab, which is 7½ inches above grade. Why was this done — because one woman who lives several lots away did not like the place where the port-a-john was located. Shame on her and shame on every township official, who did not speak up, but remained silent and allow this woman to have her way at the expense of the handicapped in our community and our handicapped visitors.

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69. Township Treasurer

June 19, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: VM

After the last township board meeting, it is apparent our treasurer, Bette Tadajewski, has slipped from up-to-date methods of keeping records and knowing when asked a simple question of how much money the township has. One would think the treasurer would have this information at her grasp at all times but especially at a meeting where she is responsible for reporting on the township's money. Ms. Tadajewski refuses to keep an office at the township where she would have information available. She consistently leaves information important to township meetings, at home.

I think it is time the residents of Presque Isle Township ask themselves, do we want to continue in a black hole or do we want a new treasurer who can bring good quality bookkeeping and accountability. Judge for yourselves but I know what I would like to see. Is there someone out there up for the job? I'm sure we do have a good qualified person.

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68. Hooray for the Shadow

May 25, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: GG

Hooray for the Shadow who helps shine light on twp activities and provides a convenient way for residents to express and exchange views.

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67. April 30th Parks & Rec Meeting

May 2, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: DT

After attending the Parks & Recreation meeting on April 30, 2012 and hearing the comments from the audience regarding the Range Light Project, I have only one question.... How many citizens are aware of The Presque Isle Township Mission Statement? What is your interpretation of it? For those who don't know it here it is:

The Presque Isle Township Mission Statement
To Protect and Enhance Presque Isle Township's cultural, ecological and RECREATIONAL AMENITIES for RESIDENTS AND VISITORS and to balance the protection and ENJOYMENT of the natural beauty of OUR Township while EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITY. We work together for the common good of the Township and to PROMOTE IT AS A DESTINATION OF CHOICE FOR TOURISTS, AN ATTRACTIVE LOCALE FOR HOMES AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUSINESSES.

It was presented that the Range Light Project (which will enhance the Park for everyone's use) is not acceptable for some. It's a very sad day when our Mission Statement means NOTHING to some. Perhaps we should omit a few words, like "Enhance", "Recreational Amenities for residents", "Enjoyment", "Expanding opportunities", and "Destination of choice". Shame on our community/residents!!! One more part I forgot to mention that should be omitted, "WE WORK TOGETHER". Sad, sad day for us all.

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66. Planning Commission October 2011 Minutes

March 19, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RM

I see that the minutes from the October, 2011 Planning Commission meeting have not been posted on the township website. I also notice that the Shadow does not have them either. What happened at that meeting, and why is it being hidden from the public?

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Editorial Comment:

Good question. Hopefully your feedback will encourage the appearance of those minutes on the township's website. If anyone has a copy, we would appreciate receiving it. You can send it using our Something To Say page. For the sake of completeness, they should be posted.



65. Our "Tribute to All Lighthouse Keepers" Project

February 26, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: D. Trelfa

At this time we would like to update everyone on the progress of the citizens of Presque Isles "Tribute to All Lighthouse Keepers" and the statue of Patrick Garrity.

For those who are unaware of this project, the statue will be placed at the 1840 Old Lighthouse with a completion date in the spring of 2012 — which is fast approaching. We have asked for help with funding by sending letters out to businesses that have been contracted by our Township Board of Trustees and other Committees for various projects — and have had some response from them, but additional funds are still needed.

We are reaching out to everyone for support. We have met with our neighboring Township of Krakow and they have offered to post it on their web-site and feel that this project would be a definite attraction for our county. By working together with our neighboring townships, whether it be their project or ours, what great things we could do together for our area.

If you would like to follow along with the "Statue Project", the creator of the statue of "Patrick Garrity" which is being made of various metals, Dawn Barr, has created a web-site posting photos of the statue and other examples of her artistic work. You can follow the progress in the makings by going to: http://dawnbarrmetalart.com, and then click on: Current Projects. Forward it along to friends and with everyone's support, we can succeed at another great attraction for our area.

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Editorial Comment:

Please help our community to realize this project. Contributions in any amount can be sent to Cynthia Paavola at our Township Hall. Please specify "Statue Fundraiser".



64. Theatre In The Woods

February 18, 2012     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: P.J.

The pending acquisition of the Besser property brings us to the problem of how to best utilize this asset to our greatest advantage. Why not a "Theatre In The Woods"? Across the country there are hidden theatrical gems nestled in parks and off the beaten track. For such a prize to be ours would be a great attraction with significant spin-off into the local economy.

How could we achieve such a goal? Various universities and colleges offer theatrical studies within their curriculum — MSU for one. Perhaps we could partner with one of those institutions to establish a summer campus where students could study their craft in our unique environment. This could extend to possibly offering theatre day programs for local children as well as productions for the general public.

May I suggest that the Michigan State University Department of Theatre be approached for their input on the concept and perhaps partner with us in such a project.

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63. Response to EC

December 26, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: VM

I agree the MTA, Michigan Township Association, is talked about quite a bit at meetings and this organization is used as a guideline. One item is the guideline for ethics of township officials. It is stated that in addition to being ethical in a situation, it is equally important how a situation is viewed by township residents. When you have a person who is paid by the township openly admit she initiated a letter writing campaign to cause trouble, this is viewed as someone who likes to stir up trouble. So is this ethical? NO! Why would we want a person such as this on the township payroll?

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62. Appropriate actions from Township Employees

December 23, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: EC

Perhaps a refresher course is needed. If you hold a position on any Michigan Township Board or Committee there is a oath that all elected and appointed officials take if I am not mistaken. All Township Board Members, representatives and citizen of Presque Isle who have attended our township meetings have heard of the Michigan Townships Association, or mostly referred to as MTA at various meetings. A very important part of what is to be upheld by those who hold a Township position are Guidelines. These guidelines and expectations are set forth by MTA. The MTA Mission and Vision Statements for one. For those who are interested, visit the web site. YOU make up your own mind of how YOU feel. Are our Township Representatives upholding their Oath to the requirements set forth by MTA?

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Editorial Comment:

Excellent suggestion.

Website: http://www.michigantownships.org — Michigan Townships Association


61. The Choir Master

December 19, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: LJ

The recent Feedback letter from SP followed by the minutes from the December Board of Trustees meeting, has caused some questions/concerns to arise about our Zoning Administrator, Linda Taylor.

The Zoning Administrator is to some degree a law enforcement officer — a pseudo-cop — having the authority to issue citations for certain infractions. If the Feedback comments are accurate, why is a township official (the Zoning Administrator) acting as a choir master and organizing a political letter writing campaign? Is this in violation of any laws with respect to her position within the township? Did she use her position to influence the production or content of those letters? Has she done this before? Since she draws pay from the township, she can be considered an employee. Perhaps employees should not be engaging in such activities.

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60. Working Together

December 17, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: D. Trelfa

We would like to thank all individuals, the Presque Isle Board of Trustees, the Presque Isle Women's Club, the Presque Isle Harbor Association, the ladies who volunteered their time to assist with our raffle/fundraiser during the Ole Fashion Christmas, businesses both from Presque Isle Township and Alpena who made donations to make it possible and the many people who partook in the raffle — a great big THANK YOU!

Area residents are excited about this project and are anxiously awaiting for the completion of the statue with a date in the spring of 2012. We still have a way to go to reach the amount needed for this project and I know that we can all pull together to make this a success. As one of the project coordinators for the Township's Tribute to All Lighthouse Keepers and the Patrick Garrity Statue, which will be located at the 1840 Old Light house for those who didn't know, I've find myself doing a fair amount of research on Patrick Garrity and his family. The individual who appointed Mr. Garrity as our Lighthouse Keeper was President Abraham Lincoln. I'd like to quote President Abraham Lincoln from a fragment of a draft message to Congress on July 4, 1867: "The people will save their Government, if the Government will allow them."

This goes back to WORKING TOGETHER. WE CAN, WE HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE.

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Editorial Comment:

Contributions to this project can be sent to the Township Clerk, Cynthia Paavola, at our Township offices. Please specify "Statue Fundraiser".



59. December Township Meeting

December 15, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

What an interesting township meeting! Jerry Broad came with a representative from the State of Michigan and a representative from the company who had the lowest bid for building a jetty at the boat launch just off Grand Lake Rd. Two of the township officials acted as if they had never heard of this project when it has been talked about for many months if not years. It seems the boat launch is dangerous due to the waves and the jetty would stabilize the situation. What should have been a simple motion and the township proceeding on with the project resulted in Lynn Morrison rescinding his motion and it being tabled until later.

Two things I would like to point out. First, you cannot get a grant for this project since you have already received bids. Second, the township knows this is a dangerous launch site if someone gets hurt or dies, we will be sued right along with the State of Michigan because we knew it was dangerous and took no action. The $35,000.00 is nothing compared to what a settlement would be. Shame on the board for not moving forward.

The next interesting situation involved my husband and myself. My husband had not received a reimbursement check from our treasurer in a timely manner and since we do not carry a balance on our credit card, he called to find out when we would be receiving this check. This was not the first time he has had a problem with checks from our treasurer. To make a long story short, she had not signed and mailed the check before going to Germany. My husband wrote a letter to the board stating his dismay at the way the situation was handled. Bette Tadajewski sent a letter back apologizing and also read the letter at the November township meeting. It was over as far as we were concerned but apparently Linda Taylor thought differently. She admitted at the December meeting she has initiated a letter writing campaign in defence of Bette. There were three people in attendance and apparently ten letters. Of the names read off who had written letters, I have seen only one at a township meeting and I have attended almost every meeting for over five years. These people should attend and they will see our treasurer many times shows up unprepared, often leaving a document at home, or running off her report at the last minute as people are arriving, or not having her report from the Planning Commission meeting submitted when it was due and so resulting in it not being in the packet of reports. More to the point, why would Linda stir up trouble when the issue had already been resolved? She said we need to be respectful of each other, and I agree, but where was the respect several months ago when her husband verbally insulted Debbie Trelfa when she asked a simple question at a Planning meeting? What is the saying ... "Don't throw stones if you live in a glass house."

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58. A Gift

December 9, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: DT

How about some wonderful news. For those who are aware of the pair of swans that was at Lotus Pond, one had lost its mate. This saddened many residents in our community. Well, for those who have not noticed while driving by Lotus Pond, or have had an opportunity to see, we now have a pair once again. These creatures are just as majestic as our Bald Eagles and as breath taking to watch. Their beauty and gracefulness is something to appreciate. Perhaps we should see this as a message. That all things that happen, happen for a reason, and can have a happy ending in a new beginning. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL !!!

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Editorial Comment:

We have also received a report that 6 swans were sighted today swimming on a Lake Huron bay near Crystal Point.



57. Township Website

November 29, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: PK

We may have a new township website, but it sucks! There are a lot of error 404 links and pages with no information. Here we are a few days away from the Olde Fashioned Community Christmas (which the township sponsors), and you cannot find the details of this very special event on the website. Although there is a page, well buried I might add, no prominence is given to the event and there are no links leading to it.

The website is the world's window into our community If we can't do a better job, perhaps it is time to pull the drapes.

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Editorial Comment:

You can find information on The Olde Fashioned Community Christmas on this website!



56. Get with the game!

November 18, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: KC

I wish Trustee Morrison would take his role seriously. A trustee's job is not "clock in, tick away the time and then clock out". He needs to do his homework, know what's going on, and pay attention. At meetings, why does he ask questions for which he is the only one in the room who doesn't know the answer? Get with the game!

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55. Letters of Interest

October 27, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: BF

At the Sep. 11th Board of Trustees meeting, it was stated only one letter of interest had been received for a position on the Parks & Rec. Board with a deadline of Sep 15th. The second letter of interest was first read at the Sep 25th PR meeting. The question I have is: — was this second controversial letter received before or after the Sep 15th deadline?

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54. RE: Contents Of Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: D. Trelfa

It is true that I did submit a letter of interest for a position on our Park and Rec. Committee, and our Township Supervisor did acknowledge it and read it at a public meeting. At that point he also stated that my letter was the only one they had received thus far. A Letter of Interest was also received from K. Pettalia at later date, and was also read at a public meeting by our Township Clerk.

I do not feel that it is necessary to publish, in the monthly minutes, Letters of Interest for a Position on any committee within our Township Government. Acknowledgment of the person or person's name in minutes and what it pertained to should be sufficient. Yes, our Township Supervisor and Board of Trustees along with committee members of the position in question, should decide together the most appropriate candidate for that position. The public should also be able to express their voice as to who/whom they would like to have work for them. It is their dollar.

As for why my Letter of Interest for the position on Park and Recreation wasn't published in the Township minutes and K. Pettalia's was, is a good question. Perhaps our Township Supervisor or Township Clerk should review and approve all that is to be posted prior to our secretary submitting information. They are her superiors.

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53. Caution of Board Appointments

October 25, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: SP

I would like to share my experience this morning at the District Court in Rogers City. I went there because I learned Peter Pettalia Jr., age 26 was being arraigned on a charge of possession of stolen goods resulting from a break-in a few weeks ago in our community. Just prior to being called to the court room, this man's mother, Karen, was questioning how long it was going to take for the hearing. Upon learning, she said she was due in Alpena by noon. It was now after eleven. Her son's attorney stated it would take 45 minutes to go from Rogers City to Alpena. Karen's response was if you drive the speed limit.

This woman has submitted her name to the Presque Isle Township board for an appointment with the Parks and Rec commission. I ask you, do we want a person on our board who clearly doesn't care if she breaks the law? She also showed her maturity on the way out by sticking her tongue out at me. I for one do not want this person on any board.

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52. Re: Reader Feedback

October 21, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: VM

{..... Feedback not displayed as it is not specific to the government of the Township of Presque Isle ......}

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Editorial Comment:

We wish to acknowledge receipt of Feedback regarding a serious political/ethical issue within our community. The concerns stated are quite valid, but pertain mainly to the 106th, rather than Presque Isle Township.

We do appreciate the concerns and efforts of the writer in bring the information forward for the consideration of our local citizens. Our focus here is on Presque Isle Township government specifically — and we choose to remain dedicated to that objective.



51. Response to reader regarding P.I. Township Board

October 20, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: LEM

I agree we have some township board members who only look out for themselves or for the person in the community to report back to. This is very evident with our treasurer who can't make a move without checking with a certain person in the township — this also goes for Trustee Morrison. I think Trustee Hart, Clerk Paavola and Supervisor Pakorski are doing a fine job trying to represent the entire township. I think, if you checked, you will find some of our board does have higher education. Its too bad our State Representative can't make that claim. We do need to educate ourselves and remember to vote a year from now. I have no doubt it will be a hot and heated summer.

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50. Township Board

September 29, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RT

I am a new comer to your site and I applaud your efforts to enlighten the community to the real goings on of the township board. Please continue to operate this site since I feel that this is much more informative than hearing the Township boards rhetoric.

The Whole Township Board and trustees should be dismissed since most of them treat the board and their positions as a good ol boys club and only seem to look out for each other or what personally benefits them or a select few of their buddies — not the community as a whole. I am personally embarrassed that most of the elected officials have nothing more than a high school education and are lacking in morals, ethics, and mostly common sense. Get rid of the board and start fresh — it will make the community a stronger, non-laughable, and more enticing place to be. Their talking non-stop, I might add, adds up to just blustering of little fish attempting to be big fish in a small pond. There should be term limits and elections, not appointed status since I believe we believe in democracy. All paid salaries should be cut in half, if not more, since taxpayers are footing the bill and they are not producing results.

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Editorial Comments:

You are not alone in your feelings. Do your comments apply to each person sitting on that board — or only some of them? If so, which ones? Are all 5 trustees are doing a bad job? Or is it only 1 or 2 or 3 that are hamstringing the efforts of the others? Readers would find it helpful if specifics were identified. It is unfair to paint all with the same brush — unless they deserve it.

If you have a hope of evicting the non-performers in the next election, the voters need to be educated beginning NOW — and names need to be named and performance facts laid out. The typical voter has no idea what is going on in our township hall. This website is an attempt to bring in some light. Informed citizens need to do likewise.



49. Spring Newsletter

July 18, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RT

I recently received a letter from Presque Isle Township and expected to find the 2011 Spring Newsletter. It appears that the only township news is my summer tax bill. Checked the Township website, no newsletter there either. I guess I'll have to remain in the dark for another 6 months when the next news (my winter tax bill) arrives.

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48. Lighthouse Gift Shops

June 16, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: GG

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to the Presque Isle Historical Society members and their board of directors who found the courage to assume the operation of our Lighthouse Gift Shops. For ten years I tried to convince the Township Board to either take it over or give it to the Presque Isle Harbor Association or The Museum Society so the profits could stay in the township. I am sure that you will have a successful and profitable operation.

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47. Our Parks 2

May 27, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JC

We are not a wealthy township in a monetary sense, but rich in enthusiasm and generosity of our volunteers. Nearly all townships in the state must contract the maintenance of their parks and pay full price for the enhancements. Many townships do not have public parks. For us, our volunteers provide their skills and labors for the reward of enjoying the results. Without them, there would be no usable parks and our lighthouses would become only memories. We cannot afford the retail costs of our parks.

As progress is made, the results may not be perfect. There may be deviations from the plan. Some individuals may not be pleased. But things are happening and we ARE moving forward. AND the price is right. Just visualize what the alternative would net.

To the critics, your absence from the volunteer work parties has been noted. I invite you to roll up your sleeves, get sweat on your brow and dirt under your fingernails. It's a great feeling! And please, stop flapping your lips.

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Editorial Comments:

Amen!



46. Our Parks

May 26, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: R.J.D.

It is very encouraging to see our township moving forward. The past 18 months have shown the community's strength as the various parks have been enhanced to provide greater enjoyment and future potential. Considerable public input and many hours of planning have created the blueprint for the future. We have all had opportunities to contribute our ideas -- they have been duly considered -- implementation is occurring.

Why is it that a very small group is trying to derail this progress? Why the persistent attacks on the projects and against those who have invested untold hours to get us where we are? Why have our township officials been repeatedly confronted and harassed? Why have our invaluable volunteers been subjected to name-calling? This dissident group is bent on destroying what others have worked hard to create. Their reasons ... they have their own agenda. Or perhaps they are simply vandals.

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45. Minutes Solution

March 21, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: S.A.H.

In light of the ongoing problem of incomplete and/or misleading minutes coming out of our Board of Trustee meetings, I would like to make a suggestion for a solution.

That an outside individual be hired to attend the monthly meeting for the sole purpose of recording and producing the minutes. Initially, this would be put into place for a 12 month renewable but non-revokable term. This individual would be paid out of Township funds and would answer not to the Board of Trustees, but to a separate non-paid committee consisting of the Township Supervisor (or his designate) and 2 or 4 local citizens. These citizens will have no involvement with any other Township committees and have no business relationship with the Township. This citizen committee would select the individual to be hired and be solely responsible for his/her direction.

I am very concerned about the Meeting Minutes in that very significant information is being omitted. Without this record, there is very little accountability as well as protection for individual Trustees. In recent history, we have seen first-hand that incomplete minutes have clouded political and legal issues within our township. We must have complete and accurate minutes, and the public MUST have confidence that they are so.

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Editorial Comments:

Great idea! It is important, however, that those citizens on the committee be volunteers and free of township influence. Any guesses as to how this lead balloon will float before Trustees? It will probably take a lot of citizen pressure before we see much change in the minutes issues.



44. Unused Equipment

January 19, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: J. L.

Just wish to point out the following. In the township office used by the Zoning Administrator, there is a backup power unit for a computer. It has been sitting on the floor under a desk and not plugged in for almost 2 months now. Perhaps it did not come with an operator's manual?

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Editorial Comments:

At the July, 2010 Board of Trustees meeting, it was decided to have an evaluation of the office's computer systems. At the September meeting, approval was given to move forward on the recommendations of Darren Zimmerman of Computer Ease. Can we assume that this backup power unit is part of that? If so, why would such a critical and basic component of any computer system not be in service more than 3 months after the Board's acceptance of the proposal? Everyone in this community is aware that our electricity supply frequently experiences irregularities. Such a device is a basic means of protecting the computer equipment and the valuable data involved. When you choose to accept the recommendations of a professional, failure to implement should be an issue of concern.



43. Happy Birthday

January 13, 2011     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: LEM

Happy Birthday to the Shadow. Thanks to you we have seen many changes in the past year. Here's to another year of hearing what the people have to say and hopefully seeing even more improvements in our township. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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42. Cartoon

November 3, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: F.G.P.

The cartoon on the home page here is distasteful and should be removed. The election is over and there is no reason to make a mockery of someone.

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Editorial Comments:

I agree with you. However, you must realize that the target gleefully displayed this same cartoon (less the name alteration) on his website for several weeks after the August Primary. Yes, it will be removed after this coming weekend — a display period substantially shorter than the previous posting. "Turnabout is fair play."
{Cartoon removed November 7, 2010}



41. A Fresh Start

October 29, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: Anonymous

Let's just stop pointing fingers, blaming others, accusing each other. Remember when we are pointing the finger, we have three more pointing at ourselves. Any taxpayer can question/scrutinzie an elected official. A recall can be requested and validated only when the county clerk deems necessary and the recall requirements are met. If we continue to attack those that have offended us and/or proceed with legal action, when and where does it stop? Can't we move forward? It takes more energy to hate than love. Right, wrong or indifferent — just remember to vote next week. Let's start new and remember November for what it is —"Thangksgiving".

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Editorial Comments:

It is agreed that the citizens of Presque Isle Township should "bury the hatchet" and begin a new era after the voting is complete. Everyone needs to forgive and move forward. However with that being said, there may be an individual who has unfairly taken the brunt — of reputation assassination and financial loss, as well as destroyed opportunities. It would only perpetuate the unfairness if that individual were denied redress and those responsible escaped answering for their actions. The schoolyard bullies would be free to strike again.



40. Reply to LMR and EC

October 29, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: VM

I would like to say "thank you" to LMR and EC for their remarks. We live in one of the best communities in our country and I pray we will all be able to come together after next Tuesday and start to heal. I respect both LMR and EC for their opinions along with many others.

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39. Think Before You Vote!

October 28, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: E. C.

As the day draws nearer to Election Day, one should take a moment to think about every thing that has happened in our quaint little township of Presque Isle. Take your time, weigh things out, look not only at what is currently happening (with the recall and reasons for the recall) but what has been done currently and in the past.

Compare! Look around at the great things that are being done. People are joining together with wonderful ideas to better this area — not only for the current residents but also for future residents and visitors. Some say that the recall of current supervisor Patrick Pokorski is "NOT POLITICAL". Some would disagree. If it is not "POLITICAL" then what is it? A personal grudge? Or could it be that some things have surfaced (via our current supervisor and officials) that was done by our previous supervisor Peter Pettailia and other elected officials? Was it morally right, or even what the people wanted? And did those things and could those things end up costing you as a tax payers more money? Perhaps so. What we don't know some feel won't hurt, but it will surface and end up costing.

Look at the wages that Peter was paid for the past 16 years. Approximately $240,000.00 he collected as supervisor plus the Sexton's wages, around $12,000 for approximately 10 years. Together $252,000.00. YOUR TAX MONEY! LET'S NOT FORGET ALL THE LITTLE PERKS INCLUDED. Mr. Pokorski, our current supervisor has earned approximately 30,000.00 for 2 years and approximately $2800.00 as Sexton. I'd say for the wages we've paid him thus far, he has done many great things for us. His decisions are made of the utmost concern and care and welcomes everyone's ideas. He listens to all and it's not just what he wants that is done. No more "Gravel Pit" Our cemetery is beautiful and respectful, thanks to him and others.

The view from Lake Huron of our Lighthouse is breathtaking. Things have been repaired that have been neglected for many years all around us. The Old Lighthouse has received a fresh coat of paint and new landscaping, and looks GREAT! The "Swath" at the New Lighthouse will be turned into another asset for our community when the final project is complete. Ideas are in the works and it will bring to those who visit a greater and deeper love for our area. If you are not aware of these and possible plans, attend a Park and Recreation meeting. It's funny, all those who were so concerned as to the "Cutting" have NOT been to any Trustee Meetings nor have they offered any suggestions or volunteered. Where did they go?

Yes, I am sure you are asking, "What about the things Peter did?" Nothing mentioned there. Well, to be honest with you, other that than the bike path, nothing really stands out. (No lens in place.) How much time does one need? Les Nichols deserves the credit there for all he's done, not Peter.

Now I'm sure that my comments will be dissected. But keep in mind when you do, compare apples to apples. Like B Schatz stated regarding Mr. Pokorski not paying a "climb fee" at the Lighthouse. Compare that to Mr. Pettalia's family wedding that had how many guests climb for free? Oh, and possibly didn't pay any free for the ceremony to be held there? HUM... If paid, I'm sure it would be in our records, wouldn't it? Or is this one of those "PERKS"?!

Just one last note. Perhaps Peter should do what is said on his campaign web-site. For those who have not read it, here it is "He has a gift for bringing parties of different opinions to work together to achieve common goals" Who's Goals? Perhaps his and his only. If this is not "POLITICAL" or a "A PERSONAL VENDETTA" or just pure "INSECURITIES", then what would you call it? Peter, you're not "KING" anymore, so step down and take your "Royal Court" With YOU! Most of us are sick of the rhetoric.

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38. Correcting Errors

October 27, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: LMR

I am a bit ashamed to admit that mine was one of the signatures on the petition to recall Pat Pokorski. When a Bayshore Drive neighbor approached me requesting my support for a petition for tree cleanup at the lighthouses, I was more than willing. Foolishly, I did not read what I was signing, and took my neighbor at his word.

It was not until I was asked to display a "Re-Call Patrick Pokorski" sign in front of my home that I started to look at what was going on. I had been misled regarding the petition, and recent newspaper articles cast great doubt on the entire circumstance. I have not been paying attention to what has been going on in this community, and it looks like I should have been.

I have since talked to numerous local citizens and realize that it is a very emotional issue with some very strong opinions. If you can sift through the facts and opinions with an impartial mind, you find the arguments supporting a recall to be very thin indeed. That "Re-Call" sign, although it was displayed for a few days, has been removed from my property. I have completed my research (not an easy task) and made my decision for election day. Unfortunately, I now have diminished respect for one of my neighbors and a few of his friends. On Tuesday, I will correct one of my errors.

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37. Lies With No Accountability

October 26, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: VM

Since Supervisor Pokorski has been cleared of the allegations from Mr Schatz and his group, I think perhaps it is time Mr. Schatz be held accountable for his remarks and actions. I am quite certain Mr. Schatz made a statement to the State Police and to the Presque Isle County Prosecutor, and since we now know his statements were untrue, shouldn't Mr. Schatz be arrested for making false statement to the authorities? I think if this had happened in a court of law, the judge would have removed Mr. Schatz from the courtroom and had him taken to jail. Maybe we as citizens should insist action be taken by our judicial system to hold Mr. Schatz accountable. Maybe a few phone calls to the prosecutor would be in order.

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36. Vote NO on Recall

October 21, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: IMW

We Americans seem bent on having another "throw the bums out" election this November. With the economy struggling to escape the Great Recession quicksand (remember those B-movies we watched as children?), it's no surprise that incumbents are running scared. This is what we voters do when we're unhappy. However, one incumbent does not deserve to be thrown out of office -- Presque Isle Township Supervisor Patrick Pokorski.

Politics can be a nasty business. In the election of 1880 Thomas Jefferson hired ghost writers who accused John Adams of being a "hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." In short, Jefferson challenged his opponent to "man up" (a trendy catchphrase these days). In 1860 Stephen Douglass chided Abraham Lincoln for being a "horrid-looking wretch, sooty and scoundrelly in aspect." And in 1884 James G. Blain's supporters taunted bachelor Grover Cleveland, who had fathered a child out of wedlock, with the chant, "Ma! Ma! Where's my Pa?" Mudslinging makes entertaining reading in history books. But it's less fun in the here-and-now, especially if you are the target.

For months now, Pat has been on the receiving end of a lot of mud, none of it deserved. Those who seek his recall claimed that Pat violated the law. Over many weeks the State Police investigated these allegations (at considerable expense to Michigan taxpayers, we must note) and found no evidence of wrongdoing. With nothing to support the charges, the county prosecutor declined to ask for a warrant. Case closed. Voting Pat out of office will cost the Township {that's us!} a lot of money for a special election. The resulting change in administration will disrupt Township business and make hard feelings worse. And Pat would be punished for things he clearly didn't do.

Pat Pokorski is an honest and honorable man and an effective public servant. Vote NO on the recall.


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35. "Re-Call" Losing Momentum

October 21, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: RLH

It seems like the players behind the "Re-Call" of Patrick Pokorski are having some momentum issues. The recent incoherent and verbose web postings by the movement figurehead, Barry Shatz (Schatz), indicates that all might not be going well. The Prosecuting Attorney's failure to endorse the criminal aspect of the allegations, took a lot of wind out of the sails of those promoting the "Re-Call". Mr. Shatz (Schatz) has even lost control of his own website as he posted the same article 3 times, and with different titles, and has been victimized by rogue spam disguised as comments. He has now resorted to taking issue with his "imaginary friends", specifically Trustee Paavola. He rants about his "Re-Call" signs (complete with spelling error) being removed from County Road Commission and other private properties where he has no right or permission to post signs. He has even accused Sharon Paltelky of trespassing while challenging a "Re-Call" sign, when in fact the discussion occurred in a public place.

This blustering is symptomatic of a movement in trouble. The recall rhetoric is aggressively ramping up mainly through the postings of Mr. Shatz (Schatz). His site is commonly known as the "B.S." website and he has adopted a popular strategy used in business and politics: "BS baffles brains". His experience as a fiction writer has come in handy. Unfortunately, he has lost track as to what is fiction and what is fact.

Perhaps the most significant part of his recent ramblings is his quote:

Understand folks that I'm just the guy that filed the recall paperwork with the County Clerk.
Doesn't that sound like Mr. Shatz (Schatz) is trying to distance himself from the action? It looks like he is running scared. He IS admitting that he is just a "stooge". His friends have hung him out there as the lightning rod and perhaps he is feeling the heat. Will they leave him there to fry alone?



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34. Township Assets Disposal

October 15, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: JG

With all the noise about the disposal of the wood products from the tree cutting of 2009, one should ask how it was handled in the past. The most recent previous event of similar magnitude would be the development of the new section of the cemetery where the wood products involved was similar in amount. This occurred prior to our current Township Supervisor taking office when Peter Petalia served both as Sexton and Supervisor.

At that time, a contractor was hired to do the clearing with no value realized from the wood. The wood products harvested were not commercially sold, but given away. There was a quantity of logs of value (this was before the wood products market collapsed) and they were quickly handed off to select individuals. The remainder was left for local wood scavengers. There was no fuss then about Township assets being given away.

Petalia was a Golden Boy; he could do nothing wrong. But for Pokorski, it is tar & feathers time.

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33. Our Treasurer ... Why?

October 2, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: P.C.

  1. Why does our Treasurer not support a Volunteer Appreciation Day?
  2. Why does our Treasurer not support events that promote the community?
  3. Why is our Treasurer not pay attention to lighthouse revenues?
  4. Why was our Treasurer so quick (and determined) to explain the missing files as being "mis-filed"?
  5. Why has our Treasurer taken the stand that a forensic audit is not needed with the changeover of clerks.
So many why's ... so few answers.

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Editorial Comments:

Hmmmm ...



32. Volunteers' Appreciation Day

September 17, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: LEM

First, my disclaimer; I am not the trustee with similar initials. Maybe I should change my name.

It was a very long and interesting Presque Isle Township Board meeting on Monday night and quite frankly it has taken me several days to digest all that transpired at the meeting. I think the meeting could have been cut almost in half if Trustee Lynn Morrison didn't love to hear himself talk. I ask those who were present — have you ever heard someone repeat themselves so many times and never say anything? Comments from the public could be heard saying, "hasn't he already said that," and my favorite was when (Trustee) Morrison said he had something to add; a voice could be heard saying "of course you do." Likewise for the treasurer, Bette Tadajewski, who likes to hear herself almost as much as (Trustee) Morrison.

But, to me, the worst thing to come out of the meeting was (Treasurer) Bette Tadajewski voting down (against) an appreciation day for all the volunteers in our community. Can you believe this woman voted down (against) an evening of simple food, beverage and a big thank you to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this the wonderful community where we live? Supervisor Pokorski suggested the event and added there would be no money (requested) from the township; he would provide everything and this woman still voted no. At least there were enough other board members to over-ride her and the event will take place on October 23rd.

I would also like to add my two cents worth to a prior letter about the Old Fashioned Christmas. There are many people, not just the Women's Club, who help with this great event in our community. All I can say is the nasty Grinch must be living in Presque Isle in the form of two board members. And by the way, maybe if we had a real treasurer's report we'd know exactly how much money the township actually has in various accounts. I hope everyone remembers all that has happened when (Treasurer) Bette Tadajewski and (Trustee) Lynn Morrison are up for re-election. Our township does not need either of these people. Actually, if there was a recall petition for these two, I'd be at the top of the list signing! If it wasn't so costly to our township, I'd start one! But you see, I believe we have a system in place in our government to vote out elected officials and not waste township money with recalls. Apparently there are those who think differently but to those people, remember The Shadow is watching and knows more than most think.1

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Editorial Comments:
1 Please do not give the Shadow the image of being this threatening figure in a hovering stance. Yes, we are watching and prepared to bring forward issues that we feel need to be noted. We also stand for fairness and will voice a position when we see infringement. There are others out there who are quite prepared to act likewise. We can partner in that service.

We would like to remind our readers that your feedback is encouraged and we appreciate your two cents. We ask that your comments be consistent with the tone of this website. Please express your opinions honestly — but in a tactful manner, particularly if they are directed toward an individual. Regardless of your opinion, these people are members of our community and have stepped forward to offer their services. A certain degree of respect is appropriate.


31. News In Presque Isle

September 13, 2010     | Category: Feedback Received ...     | Author: LEM

First let me say, my initials are not those of the Presque Isle Township Board Trustee; I am not that person.

As I looked over this site today, I noticed there have been over 1,800 hits on this site. Since the site is less than a year old, it seems to me that there are many people in this community reading The Shadow. We have discovered much useful information, uncovered lost money from the lighthouse, heard many truths and some false statements.1 Maybe the Shadow should become the first newspaper for Presque Isle! Just look at the accurate information we would receive and no one would need to read The Alpena News that is full of bias junk or the Presque Isle Advance that does somewhat of a better job reporting the truth. I understand, although I have never looked at it, there is a blog out there from Barry Schatz. I hear this blog referred to as BS, I am assuming they are referring to the initials of Mr. Schatz and not the content.

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Editorial Comments:
1 If we have false statements, please let us know and set us straight. Our goal is to provide accurate information.


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