Saginaw dredging update: Township officials concerned over Lt. Gov. Cherry's role in spoils project
Jeff Kart- Bay City Times
April 29 2008
A solution may have been reached on a dredging spoils site for the Upper Saginaw River.
Lt. Gov. John Cherry met Monday afternoon with officials from the state Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Meanwhile, officials from Frankenlust and Zilwaukee townships, where the slurry pit has been built, have sent letters to Cherry, questioning why he's stepped into the fray.
Hilda Dijak, Frankenlust Township supervisor, said in an e-mail to Cherry that she believes he's meeting with the Corps "to put political pressure on an environmental issue," adding "What happens to the checks and balances when the politicians take charge of everything if it doesn't go their way?"
Zilwaukee Clerk Patricia Bradt asked in a letter to Cherry that no decisions be made until a meeting is held with residents in both townships.
You can read Zilwaukee Twp Clerk's letter to the Lieutenant Governor at the link below. Mrs. Bradt was on the receiving end of SLAPP suit by Saginaw County's Public Work's Director for daring to attend a meeting taking place between the Corp and County in the makeshift office/trailer on site. It should come as no surprise that not one elected official came to her defense even though this slurry pit was imposed on her township. Dioxin laden sediments are slated for this site.
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