The 2008-2012 Chocolay Township Board of Trustees is comprised of the elected positions of Supervisor, Treasurer and Clerk. There are four others elected as trustees. Of the six, aside from the Supervisor, the 2010 Board has three members who are participatory and productive at the meetings and the other three could phone in the vote when a motion is on the floor or be replaced by a potted plant. Do you want a part-time job in 2012 that requires nothing of you except to collect $60 per meeting? Then start planning your campaign for 2012. . . . → Read More: Meet the Chocolay Board of Trustees – 50/50
There’s a lot to a small Michigan Township that the eye cannot see. . . . → Read More: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE REAL CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP
The Planning Commission (PC) has seven members. One is a member of the Board of Trustees who is the liaison to the PC and the other six are appointed by vote of the Board of Trustees (BoT) upon nomination by the Township Supervisor. Read this post to learn their names and how effective they are on behalf of the township. Don’t want to wait for the final total? It comes down to having two members who are very involved and are effective, two new members appointed in May 2010 who have a grace period, two people who could be replaced by anybody’s potted plant, and one who seems to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind and whose logic and grasp of the big picture is deficient. . . . → Read More: Meet the 2010-2012 Planning Commission
Part Time Manager Steve Lawry
Steve Lawry is the Manager whose effective date of employment is June 21, 2010. The 2010 budget has been planned for him to work 24 hours a week at a salary of $36,000. When hired he was quoted as saying: Several aspects of the job will be new to me . . . → Read More: Professional and Clerical Staff – 2012
This section will give the reader an overview of those who have found themselves embattled with a township official or one of the appointed bodies. It may be a group or individual involved or pertain to an action related to their property’s zoning, signage or assessment.
One thing is that is quite noticeable is the fact that . . . → Read More: Conflicts Section
Hold On Tight
UPDATE OCT 2012 — We are in agreement with Jim Rogers and a few other renowned investors. The recent QE’s (printing money) are just delaying the inevitable. The second leg of the recession will hit us but instead of at the end of this year or in 2013 it will appear in . . . → Read More: Economic Forecast
The intent of this section is to show the public that while some residents may be concerned about other events in the world, such as natural disasters, a problematic faulty global economy, or the 2010 BP Oil Spill and other environmental disasters, they should be just as concerned about the mismanagement and poor planning that is . . . → Read More: This is where the SNAFUs and FUBAR’s are identified!
UPDATE January 24, 2012 : Still, no elected or appointed official has shown an interest in providing any comments or proposals for the township’s residents to read. Neither this site or the Chocolay Township site has been used by anyone to communicate with the residents.
This forum has not been put to use . . . → Read More: Why A Trustee Forum?
Board of Trustees meetings have written minutes that are approved at the following meeting when the “draft” label is removed after any changes or modifications. There is a procedure to complete them from the time pen is put to paper until the time they appear on the Township’s web site. Generally within no more than one . . . → Read More: Taking The Minutes
NO NO NO — NOT THIS TIME NOT THIS FIRE HALL — NO NO NO
Vote NO On Fire Hall Millage Aug 7TH
REMEMBER TO VOTE YES FOR THE LIBRARY MILLAGE FOR THE BEST DEAL ALL AROUND
The current building is outdated but we do not need a +/-$2,000,000 building to . . . → Read More: $2,000,000 +/- Millage in Aug — VOTE NO
PARTISAN CANDIDATES DECLARE for BOARD OF TRUSTEES (BoT)
INDEPENDENTS TAKING THEIR TIME
SUPERVISOR: First the good news again. In a rare occurrence, Seppanen kept to his word and will not run for Supervisor again but prefers to go for county commissioner with the better compensation and a chance to do to the . . . → Read More: Where Are The Candidates?
As we gathered information about the cost of the proposed fire hall, we started to think about how the pieces from the past fit together. You should come to your own conclusions as you look at the numbers and think about Seppanen’s management during the last two terms. If you have not done so already . . . → Read More: 2+2=5 and More New Math
THE MESSAGE HERE COMES DOWN TO THE FACT THAT THE DESIGN OF THE PROPOSED FIRE HALL HAS TO BE VOTED DOWN. Upon further reading you will learn that this vote against it DOES NOT mean that a new fire hall is not needed. [This piece is the follow up to the post entitled http://chocolaywatch.com/2000000-fire-hall-millage/]
Taj Mahal Fire Hall?
Send the . . . → Read More: $2,000,000 Fire Hall — Part Deux
Spread The Word
Do you want to live greener and help keep our landfills from overfilling too soon or having dangerous materials go to the wrong places? If you think that the practice of recycling and “living green” is for poofs then maybe you want to find another way to save living expenses.
There is some excellent . . . → Read More: Recycle and Be Green — Easily
Artist's Dramatization of the Award
In June of 2010 the reader was privy to an explanation of the conflict between Tom Lakenen, who is Lakenenland’s Artist in Residence, and the Township of Chocolay. You can read about it in either of two posts at http://chocolaywatch.com/category/fight-confrontations-conflicts-incidents/lakenenland-episode/. So, why is another post being made now and why is Tom Lakenen being . . . → Read More: Lakenen – Citizen of the Decade
The premise here is that the road millage should be renewed in 2012 and the repair, re-surfacing and maintenance of the township’s roads should not be delayed.
Roads Don't Heal Themselves
It is unfortunate but once again some of the BoT are being exceedingly disingenuous with the voters. Treasurer Greenberg is tricky with the dollars and if you . . . → Read More: Repair And Re-Surface Roads ASAP
UPDATE Feb 7, 2012 — At the Feb 6th PC meeting public comment about the change in the home occupation ordinance to permit the hiring of non-residing employees resulted in no voices in favor of it and three opposed. Of the three opposed to allowing this there were two written submissions by D. Mulcahey and W.T. Dees and . . . → Read More: Home Businesses Expansion?
There have been many recent problems and unanswered questions because of the way that Super Seppanen has been managing the township for the past two terms. Property Owner/Former Township Employee/Trustee Maki and Property Owner/CW Writer/Voter Dees compiled a list when they learned that independently they had similar inquiries. They have asked for a written response by . . . → Read More: Questions to Start 2012 for Mr. Supervisor