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Keiser's Role

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

News Week

January 12, 2011 - Last week was a busy news week for me at the Clarkston News. Monday was a typical late night, little sleep deadline night, which led into Tuesday night "fun" at the Independence Township board meeting.

Actually it was rather calm and I was thinking they were going to end the night in peace at about 9 p.m., but then it happened. A topic came up which stirred emotion not only in board members, but me as well.

I heard four key things: Letters from State Treasury Department; Possible 25 percent state shared revenue loss; Trustees didn't know about it; and TOWNSHIP HALL.

I flinched in my seat and thought to myself, "oh no, not another Township Hall issue. Isn't this dead horse beaten enough yet?" Apparently not, because everytime I think all matters concerning the purchase of the new building are over, something else comes up. That's OK, though, because I consider all these big debatable topics as job security (for more information, read the story on page 4A.)

Just when I thought I had enough news on my plate for the week, I found out Wednesday Clerk Shelagh VanderVeen decided to resign. I certainly wasn't expecting that, five days into the new year and half way through her term.

Those who have read my previous columns know I have come down pretty hard on Mrs. VanderVeen in the past. Though I have not always agreed with every decision she has made or every statement she has said, I still feel bad she is resigning.

The only time I agree someone should resign from their position is if it's for health reasons, they can't do the job, or they just simply aren't doing the job.

I may not have always liked the cost of everything, because I felt there was a cheaper way to accomplish the same thing, but I did like the ideas she implemented that saved time.

For example the "paperless agenda" that gets e-mailed every two weeks. It's easier to store a PDF file than find room in a filing cabinet.

Whether it be more for personal or more health related, I wish Mrs. VanderVeen well in her future days.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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