On January 24, 2014, the Oakland Township Board submitted a proposal that would commit $431,875 of Township funds as part of a proposed Grant application for funds to restore the Millrace at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. This proposal was never discussed or disclosed in any public meeting. A portion of this money would be spent on improving the millrace that exists on private property. This is yet another action our Township Board has taken that may have violated the Open Meetings Act. It may have been another unilateral decision made by our Supervisor to proceed on a project outside the 'public eye'. A request has been made to the Oakland County Sheriff's office for further investigation on this matter as a possible Open Meeting Act violation.
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? Having the Supervisor, or an ad hoc Board committee, develop and submit a proposal that would cost the Township over $400,000 outside any public meeting is inappropriate and possibly illegal. Supervisor Gosner's denial of any wrongdoing in previous Open Meeting Act violation investigations indicate that the Board is not willing to change their behavior and listen to the Oakland County Prosecutor's office reprimands.
Since much of the potential cost for this project would be on private property, why would our Supervisor feel that it was not necessary to disclose the cost to the citizens in an Open Meeting? Is it because some of the benefactors of this proposal were contributors to his campaign?
The citizens of Oakland Township need to understand what is occurring in our Township and demand the 'transparency' that Gonser claims to be providing.
Please attend the May 13th Board meeting to hear how the Board justifies their behavior.
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