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Letter to the editor

Counterpoint on director's bonus

June 15, 2011 - Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Kenneth Rittenhouse's recent letter ("A call to reinstate director," June 8), I would like to set the record straight.

A positive thing this board has accomplished since in office? Just to name a few, they eliminated the unnecessary car allowance stipend and changed the qualifications for elected officials that receive lifetime healthcare.

They changed the town hall loan from water and sewer users to the general fund, all to the benefit of taxpayers.

Previous trustees never built "an amazing township building" and they certainly weren't managing our assets for our benefit. They were lied to, and because of that, they overpaid for an existing building, borrowed money from the water and sewer fund, against the recommendations of the consultants who's report they were never given.

And when all was said and done, the refurbishing of the town hall that Mr. Belcher was responsible for went over budget.

The town hall had been voted down numerous times. Voters said they didn't want it. Mr. Belcher's "hard and tenacious work" was for something voters have said that they don't want.

The primary concern of this board is to manage our assets. In suspending Mr. Belcher, and demanding OUR tax dollars back, the trustees have done exactly what we pay them to do, manage OUR assets.

Michael Powell

Independence Township

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