From 1984 until 2000, I was the Seneca Township Deputy Clerk. I was elected Clerk in 2000. I am proud to have served the township residents for 24 years. I chose not to run in 2008. I was pleased to endorse and vote for Allison Ott. She is a very highly qualified, professional individual.
Since the newly elected township board has been in office, I have been dismayed by some of their actions. Each member is given a book detailing the rules and responsibilities for that office, along with a township zoning ordinance book. It is the responsibility of each member to familiarize themselves with those books. Unfortunately, it often falls to the clerk and supervisor to make sure all the regulations are followed properly. Sometimes that does not make those offices very popular.
Last year, before the new board took over, a special use permit was issued to Dayna Cordts for a daycare at her new home on Weston Road in Seneca Township. The details of that permit were completely clear and were accompanied by a letter from the township attorney. Mrs. Cordts had six months from the time of issuance of that permit to construct a fence around her property. The permit was signed by both Mrs. Cordts and the members of the Planning Commission. That should have been the end of the story. However, Mrs. Cordts did not abide by that permit. Instead, she allowed the permit’s timeframe to lapse and at another Planning Commission meeting, insisted the permit did not apply to her.
Allison Ott upheld the Seneca Township Zoning Ordinance as it is written. There is a lengthy procedure necessary to amend an ordinance, requiring multiple public hearings.
The Planning Commission cannot make any changes to an ordinance at their meetings.
Monthly township board meetings are a public forum in which complaints and problems may be addressed, but not to the detriment of the business which must be conducted. When a motion is made and seconded, a vote must ensue immediately. At that point, discussion is over and the vote is a matter of public record. Instead, the debate was allowed to continue, creating the environment in which Mrs. Cordts claims the clerk and treasurer were rude and disrespectful.
Allison Ott should not be recalled. I urge all registered voters to vote NO on this recall.
- Kim Quist