This recall is very simple. In Seneca Township the planning commission has full authority over special use permits. On Aug. 3, after reviewing material I had brought to the meeting, the planning commission agreed that the Ordinance 8.03 did not apply to me and voted 5-0 to issue me a special use permit under the supervision of the state. End of story...Not.
Evidently, Alison Ott and Marie Meinke were not satisfied with that decision and they tried to use their authority on the board to try and bully me. Well, it did not work. I stood my ground for what was right.
Allison Ott did not follow the rules of the township. She ignored the authority of the planning commission on this matter and did not fulfill her responsibilities as the township clerk to prepare a special use permit as the planning commission voted. She did not uphold the ordinances set forth in the zoning book, instead she tried to use her authority to make the ordinance she wanted to make and disregarded the decision of the planning commission, regardless of the rules she was supposed to follow.
Then to add insult to injury, at the November meeting, Allison Ott made a motion to take me to circuit court. Marie Meinke seconded that motion while the three members voted “no.” So now they want to spend our tax dollars serving their own agenda (because someone challenged their authority) to take a resident to court for not doing what they wanted when they had no authority over the matter to begin with. Yep, that’s the kind of people I want to pay $600 and $700 a month to, using our tax money to serve their agendas and make them feel important and full of authority.
Vote “yes” to recall Allison Ott and Marie Meinke from our township board and let’s get some people in those positions who will follow the rules and use our tax money wisely.
My personal issue with the township is finally over. The planning commission has corrected the permit. But I refuse to sit back and let our township officials bully people and not follow the rules while cashing their checks each month from our tax money. If I have to be the one to stand up and say what’s right, I will.
The great thing about this process is that each resident gets to have their voice heard with their vote. Whether that vote is “yes” or “no,” I do encourage each resident to think about what the vote means for our township. I vote Yes to put the right back in our board, I vote Yes for a better township board for the residents, I vote Yes to recall Allison Ott and Marie Meinke.
– Dayna Cordts