Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the editor
Van Tassel offers contract rebuttal

August 31, 2011

Dear Editor,

Regarding the comments in the Viewpoints section of the August 24, 2011 edition of The Lake Orion Review concerning the contract for marketing, consulting and fundraising services for Wildwood and the Orion Center, I offer the following:

The contract approved by a 6-1 affirmative vote was based on the proposal presented to the Township Board in writing and discussed at the August 4, 2011 Board meeting.

In addition, there was an extensive PowerPoint presentation made based on the items in the proposal with proposed operational details.

Following the presentation, the Board voted 5-0 in the affirmative to accept the proposal and to authorize the Supervisor to work with the Township attorney to develop a contract with a 90 day notification of termination by either party and return it to the Board for consideration at the regular Board meeting August 15, 2011.

At the Board meeting of August 15, 2011, I announced that the contract would be on the August 18, 2011 Board meeting agenda since the consultant had been out of state on business and was unavailable until then.

The contract that was considered on August 18 was essentially the same as the proposal accepted on August 4 except that the $1.00 per ticket fee was eliminated from the contract. In addition, there were additional protections in the contract for the Township.

Further, it is my practice to bring all items involving the construction or acquisition of goods and services to the Board for its concurrence in going out for bids on those items even when it was not required by the Purchasing and Bidding Policy adopted by the Township Board in 1994.

JoAnn Van Tassel

Orion Township Supervisor