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Recall petition filed for Akron president

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer

AKRON — An Akron village official’s ability to lead and ethics are being questioned.

A proposed recall petition was filed with the Tuscola County Clerk’s office this week against Akron village president Juanita Hollister, said Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting.

The proposed recall petition says Hollister should be recalled for the following reasons:

“1. Lack of leadership ability, there-by causing the resignation of a police chief, DPW supervisor and a village council member.
2. Fiscal irresponsibility causing the village to ammend the budget up by $125,000.
3. Attempted malfeasance by trying to charge the village a $60 meeting fee for talking to residents.”

The petition was filed by Robert Sode, who was Akron Village President until he decided not to seek election and Hollister was voted in.

The next step in the recall process is for a clarity hearing, which will be 1 p.m., Thursday, April 25, before the Tuscola County Election Commission in the probate courtroom.

The commission consists of Fetting, Probate Judge Nancy Thane, and Treasurer Pat Gray.

Election commission members only make a determination on whether or not the wording on the petition can be clearly understood. They do not make a determination on facts.

If the commission determines the wording is not clear, the process is stopped at that point. However, if they determine the wording is clear, then the process starts of gathering signatures. The language, if approved, on the recall petition is valid for 180 days after it is approved. However, all of the signatures must be collected within a 90-day period from start to finish.

Signatures not gathered within that time frame are invalid and not counted.

Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at drier@tcadvertiser.com.

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  • kobijakobi

    It’s about time someone steps up and does something about that whole administration over there-they all should be recalled for their poor leadership abilities and poor common sense decision making. They all voted in favor of giving themselves a HUGE pay raise and the president tried to submit a bill for over $3,600 dollars for “supposedly” attending numerous meetings (read their March minutes)….the custodian pads her hours up to 40 hours a month (read all previous monthly minutes/payroll reports)for about 8 hours worth of work a month, and not to mention the clerk who inflates her hours well over 30-34 hours a week(read all previous monthly minutes/payroll reports), and none of them are held accountable for their hours…the best part is that the most important employee working for the village is the DPW Supervisor, on call 24/7, rain or snow.. and they CUT his hours!! They should be cutting council members pay rate, cutting the custodians hours way down and especially cut the clerks hours…AND pay!! The village of Fairgrove has the exact same operations as Akron except for water billing and the clerk there only needs about 8 hours a week to handle all the village business there…REALLY??? Time to stop the raiding of the coffers!!

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