Ellington Township Hall

Ellington/Almer townships: Vote for fresh slate

Editor, Advertiser:

Another township meeting fiasco in Ellington Township. Board members Joddy Ehrenberg, Diane Wilder, Supervisor DUANE LOCKWOOD, and Mike Wagoner all voted to adopt the minutes of the November 1st Ellington Township meeting as read; minutes that were accusatory and INCORRECT. Duane Lockwood especially should know better than to make accusations without proof. The Board adopted the minutes with no apparent intention of verifying their authenticity.
Were Board members – all four of them in attendance – lying, being malicious, or just totally incompetent when they accused Ellington Township candidate, Carmell Pattullo, of saying something at a previous township meeting that a video PROVED CONCLUSIVELY SHE DID NOT SAY? This is the second consecutive meeting in which Carmel has been UNJUSTLY targeted. How long has this Ellington Township Board been treating its residents like this? Absolutely inexcusable, intolerable, appalling – pick one.
Almer Township planning commission and board member, Brian Schriber, made a similarly inaccurate and inexcusable accusation at a township meeting. He accused citizens of interrupting a speaker by supposedly having a rude “outburst”. Schriber had interrupted the speaker himself to chastise the attendees for their supposed rudeness.
Thank heavens for instant replay. A video taken of that Almer Planning Commission meeting held in April at the Knights of Columbus Hall by the concerned citizens proved that Schriber’s accusation was baseless. There was no “outburst” at all. Schriber merely was highly annoyed by someone getting up to leave the hall, an exit which he denied as the reason for HIS outburst.
Without video proof, officials in each township face no repercussions for their unjust accusations. With video proof, township officials should justifiably be held in contempt. It truly is time to remove the stale and vote for fresh.
That being said, we would like to thank all of the people who have supported the concerned citizens group, which is: the 204 people who signed the recent Almer Township wind ordinance petition, the August primary voters who removed six of seven incumbents, in Ellington and Almer Townships, the landowners who allowed campaign signs on their property, the attendees at township meetings who bravely voiced their disapproval to close-minded officials pushing for approval of unsafe wind ordinances, and finally, the residents and experienced officials from several nearby townships who attended Almer Township meetings to express the importance of health and safety over money.
Again, November 8th is truly time to vote for fresh over slate, especially since breaking news in the last few days indicates Almer Township officials will be doing a back-room “end run” at the November 10th “special land use meeting” at Caro High School in their underhanded attempts to bring the wind turbines to Almer Township.

Greg Campbell, Jan Daniels, Norma Freville, Butch Geesy, Judy Geesy, Jackie Isenberg, Bonnie Kata, Jim Mewhiney, Joyce Mewhiney, Gerald Montei, Jane Montei, Bobbie Mozden, Sharon Robinson, Donna Stephens, Norm Stephens, Ed Talaski

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