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Re: SG-W:/ AANews Editorial re new Pittsfield administration/Newmarket



We're all working on our nicknames: Banana Jim? Che? Chiquita? HA Tina


>From: Andrew Mutch <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us>
>To: smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net
>Subject: Re: SG-W:/ AANews Editorial re new Pittsfield 
>administration/Newmarket
>Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 16:34:44 -0500
>
>Interesting -- I'm curious as to how the AA News has editorialized on the 
>behavior
>of the previous Boards -- I've heard enough in the past that surely they 
>have
>commented....
>
>Andrew Mutch
>Novi
>
>Rober98@aol.com wrote:
>
> > The Ann Arbor News on Tuesday ran an editorial about the new 
>administration
> > and trustees in Pittsfield Township.  Here's the link:
> >
> > 
>http://aa.mlive.com/columns/index.ssf?/news/stories/20001205atuesedit125.frm
> >
> > And here's the text:
> >
> > >>
> > EASE UP
> > Pittsfield Township newcomers
> >
> > Tuesday, December 5, 2000
> > 
>------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >
> > --
> >
> > To the victors go the spoils. Whether you like or not, that's reality.
> >
> > Still, in a small community it's unusual to see a local election lead to
> > summary firings or the kind of "King of the Hill" muscle-flexing now 
>taking
> > place in Pittsfield Township.
> >
> > It's not conducive to problem solving or consensus building. On the 
>contrary,
> > the ouster of township employees, whose skill and work habits are not at
> > issue, and of planning commissioners suggests that the "Community Effort 
>for
> > Pittsfield" Democrats who prevailed in last month's election are more
> > interested in exercising power than in bringing township residents 
>together.
> >
> > And the fact that new Supervisor Jim Walter appointed his wife, Judith,
> > deputy supervisor, even on a temporary basis, just adds to the banana
> > republic flavor in this change of government.
> >
> > Be clear: Township voters made a statement about development when they 
>picked
> > Jim Walter. Although his margin of victory wasn't huge, about 7 percent, 
>it's
> > fair to say the vote reflected a majority preference for putting the 
>brakes
> > on growth.
> >
> > We don't, however, think that those 6,000-plus Walter voters were intent 
>on
> > seeing non-elected public employees lose their jobs. We don't think they 
>were
> > counting on nepotism -especially since Judith Walter abandoned the 
>township
> > clerk's position she had previously held. And we don't think that the
> > bull-in-a-china-shop approach is nearly as effective, in the long run, 
>as a
> > more subtle change in direction.
> >
> > Sure, it gets attention. There's no doubt that interested parties in and
> > around Pittsfield Township know there are new people in charge.
> >
> > Heads have rolled. There was immediate discussion of reworking a
> > just-completed deal to give the township added water and sewer service
> > (required for growth); and there are more moves concerning the 
>contentious
> > Newmarket development.
> >
> > However, a lower key transition could have conveyed the same 
>information...
> > along with the idea that Pittsfield Township is a sophisticated 
>community led
> > by thoughtful people who -while ideologically committed -respect other 
>people
> > and ideas.
> >
> > The chance to make that kind of first impression is gone. But the 
>opportunity
> > to make a second, more favorable, impression is not.
> >
> > Walter, Clerk Christina Lirones and the other Democrats now in office
> > absolutely have a responsibility to pursue the development philosophies 
>they
> > campaigned on.
> >
> > Having gained the community's bully pulpit, they can do that through 
>reasoned
> > argument and leadership. Or they can keep flailing away. <<
> >
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