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Letter to the Editor
Reader appreciates township victory

January 11, 2012

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the informative article: "Township triumphs in court," Dec. 28 edition.

At a time when some people are criticizing everyone on the Township Board just for being elected, it is refreshing to read that the April, 2010 efforts of Larry Rosso, David Lohmeier, Neil Wallace and (retired Clerk) Shelagh VanderVeen recently resulted in our township saving at least $100,000.

On Dec. 5, 2011, the Oakland County Circuit Court dismissed a lawsuit for $97,000 against the township filed by Triumph Telecom. A panel appointed by the court concluded that a contract signed by Supervisor Wagner without board approval was not valid.

Township taxpayers should be thankful the previously mentioned majority of the board in April, 2010, overruled both Treasurer Curt Carson and Supervisor Wagner, the signer of the invalid contract, who opposed renegotiating with Triumph Telecom and who wanted to continue to pay on the unapproved contract.

Since Trustee Mark Petterson was recently quoted in The Clarkston News as saying the township should always avoid lawsuits, we are fortunate that Ms. VanderVeen and trustees Rosso, Lohmeier and Wallace did not follow Mr. Petterson's advice and voted against caving into Triumph Telecom's demands and threats. The township avoided paying $100,000 plus because we eventually chose to fight the lawsuit.

With township elections coming in 2012, voters will hopefully recall which candidates have best protected the interests of the taxpayers.

Henry S. Woloson

Independence Township