Supervisor, Treasurer Candidate at Odds Over Removal of Signs

Plymouth Township Supervisor Richard Reaumes admits to removing Rita White's signs from Red Olive, but said he had permission from business owner.

Plymouth Township Supervisor Richard Reaume admitted he committed a "campaign no-no" Friday morning when he removed signs for treasurer candidate Rita White from the lawn of Red Olive

Reaume, a Republican, said the business' lawn was replete with pro-Republican signage, but also had a handful of signs for White, a Democrat, as well as a sign urging "No" vote on Proposal 2 — a proposal endorsed by local Democratic groups.

Reaume said the owner of the business, which had granted Reaume and other Republican candidates permission to post yard signs on the lawn of the restaurant, told him he wasn't able to remove the signs himself. Reaume said the owner gave him the OK to remove the signs himself.

When Reaume discarded the signs in a nearby dumpster at about 10 a.m., however, it caught the eye of an off-duty Lower Huron Metropark police officer, who filmed the incident and relayed footage to White.

White said she called Reaume, who met her at the restaurant.

"I went dumpster diving," Reaume said, to retrieve and return the signs to the candidate.

White said she did not seek permission from the business owner before posting her signs, which Reaume said was needed in order to post signs in that spot.

"I didn't know I had to," White said. 

Plymouth Township Clerk Joe Bridgman said if the sign had been on the north side of the sidewalk, it's county property and only Wayne County officials can remove improperly placed signs.

But, White said, her signs were on the south side of the sidewalk in front of the restaurant on private property.

Bridgman said in this instance, the property owner can remove the sign. 

A candidate cannot, however, take another candidate's sign off of private property, Bridgman said. 

Bridgman, a Republican whose own reelection bid was opposed by Reaume during the primary election cycle, took bigger issue with the timing of the sign removal, which was during township business hours.

"Why wasn't (Reaume) working instead of picking up signs?" Bridgman said.

Reaume said he had taken the morning off and was not on the clock at the time the signs were removed.

Bridgman lost in the Republican primary to challenger Nancy Conzelman.

White acknowledged Reaume offered an apology, but said she would have appreciated a phone call instead of Reaume discarding her signs.

"He could have called," she said. "He has my number."

Reaume is seeking reelection as township supervisor against independent Richard Sharland, and White is running for township treasurer against incumbent Republican Ron Edwards. 

A message was left Friday with Red Olive seeking comment from its owners. 

This story was updated at 8 p.m. to add additional comment from Richard Reaume indicating he was not on the clock when the incident occurred. It was updated again on Oct. 29 after Reaume added it was a "No" on Proposal 2 sign he had moved.

Sandee Vartanian Dusbiber October 27, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I think this is disgusting. What right does he have taking the sign down? The owner should of contacted Rita White not Richard R...This man has a job and not throwing signs away that do not belong to him. This is not part of his job description of being supervisor for Plymouth. He got rid of the sign so his buddy could win.This man seems a man that is not very trustworthy, and I wonder what other dirty things he has done as a supervisor .How can he look at himself in the mirror and the people in Plymouth.I feel he is a thief .....
Hairman October 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Driving around in a car that is paid for by TAXPAYERS using fuel paid for by TAXPAYERS thats insured by premiums paid for by TAXPAYERS removing opposition signs. Might want to get a mental evaluation paid by YOURSELF!! Merge Township & City... let a MATURE City Manager run everything!!
Sandra Groth October 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
When you are the Township Supervisor you get a full-time salary and you get paid that salary whether you work or not - ask Steve Mann who got paid a full-time salary while he went to law school on our time and then recruited Richard for this job - yep - they needed a "yes" man and they got him. There is no such thing as "being on the clock" or maybe a better statement is that he is always on the clock since he gets a full-time salary with no attendance requirements. Same for the Treasurer and Clerk. Isn't the owner of the property a big contributor to Reaume and his buds? You want the truth? You want honesty and integrity? Don't vote for Reaume because you won't get it. He has proven himself to be a liar. He lied about me - he has lied about others. If you vote for him - we all pay. He doesn't care about you - he cares about himself. If you don't believe it - sit back and watch while he continues to destroy our Township. By the way, If you made a mistake on your absentee ballot - you can go get it and get a new one so you can correct it before November 6th!!
Bryan Bentley (Editor) October 27, 2012 at 10:39 PM
So Sandy, If you have voted for Reaume or Edwards, and are having a change of heart based upon these shameful actions, you can go to the Township Hall and change your absentee ballot? Is this true? I can imagine that some folks may want to do that. Interesting information Sandy.
john nichols October 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I think the owner of the business is not the same as the owner of the property as there are other businesses on that property
john nichols October 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Now to the question, is that in the city or township?
ihatecarpetbaggers October 28, 2012 at 03:45 AM
That clerk is just plain making things up. Unless it belongs to the county, there is no law against taking something that has been placed in the county's right of way. Also, the existence of a video does not turn something into a crime. The bottom line here is that Ms. White didn't have permission for her sign to go on property that the Republicans had dibs on. She should seek out locations that the Dems have dibs on and feel free to remove the signs of any Republican interlopers.
ihatecarpetbaggers October 28, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Are you speaking from experience? Do tell!
Sandra Groth October 28, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Bryan, In answer to your question...anyone who makes a mistake on their absentee ballot has the right to go to the Clerk's office and request a new ballot. If you have already turned in your ballot and then realized that you made a mistake, you still have the right to let the Clerk's office know that you made a mistake on your ballot and need to get a replacement ballot, sign whatever is required, get a new ballot, vote it and return it by election day for it to be counted.
ihatecarpetbaggers October 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
If someone leaves a piano in the right of way, that's called abandonment and if someone else comes along and takes it, that is not theft. You should stick to what you know which apparently is the arraignment process.
ihatecarpetbaggers October 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
ihatecarpetbaggers October 28, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Ok Schulzvitz.
Ms. T October 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Now this is interesting......for those of you that weren't lucky enough to take a look at this last night there were 28 comments. 6 or more were from Paul Schulz (for Pete's sake, get thee to rehab! you sounded like a lunatic), One lengthy explanation was from Rita White herself explaining why she was correct (Rita, looks like you have a new friend named Paul. Some advice, just don't get in a car with him). And now, oddly this morning they are all gone. Vanished. Editing by the Patch? or perhaps withdrawn by the writers? Perhaps we'll never know. And they were all so insightful......
Bryan Bentley (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Republicans had "dibs" on the right of way? Are you serious? Dibs? That is like the kid calling "shotgun!" on the way out the door with Mommy & Daddy. Dibs? Really? I am a Republican, and your words embarrass me. On another note: Going on your theory, I can now go take all of Teflon Ron Edwards signs that are in the county right of way today. Heck if the Lions game is a blowout, that sounds like fun. Think I may have to check on those ridiculous looking Door-shev-its signs too. "I GOT DIBS ON DOOR-SHEV-ITS SIGNS!" LOL
ihatecarpetbaggers October 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Shotgun? Where did you grow up? On another note, it is not against the law for you to stand on the corner and sing but the absence of such a law should not be interpreted by you as encouragement to do so.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I am a very good singer...
ihatecarpetbaggers October 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Paul Schulz said as follows: By the way Ms. Tvitz, perhaps you might consider that, "Thee" may have taken the fall for the daughter of a prominent michigan businessman, who had just started her private practice. And "Thee" is looking forward to driving the new Mercedes, "Thee" received. You never know, "Thee" could end up "Thee" son in law, one of these days... Unfortunate incident, but that's how it goes. Ms. T you are obviously out of the loop, just like our Township board. Most around the community know the story." Mr. Schultz: So "Thee" must have perjured yourself in court in order to "accept responsibility" while "taking the fall" for the daughter of the prominent michigan businessman. Said prominent businessman's daughter must have violated a dozen or so rules of professional responsibility in addition to committing several felonies in order to let you "take the fall" for her. And daddy warbucks, if I'm not mistaken, is guilty of witness tampering, if he paid for your false testimony with a new Mercedes. But I am no expert. You should call the township prosecutor and see what he thinks. He might be out of the loop just like Ms. Tvitz.
Ms. T October 29, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Thank you ihatecarpetbaggers for attempting to make sense of that hot mess of a comment by schulz.I really just wanted him to repost what he wrote last night but instead I got that? Whatever that was. Now I've started printing the really good ones just in case they get deleted later. Btw, i'm not a board member or related to one, i just read the patch once in a while for entertainment purposes. Never for serious news, just a laugh or two. And thanks to posts from schulz, bentley, groth, etc. i usually get them.
Sandra Groth October 29, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I don't write for entertainment - I state the facts - If you aren't smart enough or interested enough to figure out what is going on here - we all have to suffer so rather than indulging in entertainment as you call it, why don't you take our community and our plight seriously. These people are out to destroy our Township with their self serving ways that are under investigation. When the damage is done do you plan to be part of the solution or remain part of the problem? They won't care because they will all be gone!
PeteKautentayle October 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM
These blogs and these comments are always good for a laugh or two, T. Disappointed I missed all the fun, though. If only everyone in the world listened to me, then the world would be a perfect place. Signed (insert name of one of the Patch regulars)
Ms. T October 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM
As soon as you reveal the facts about the "super secret" investigation you keep referring to I might (operative term being "might") take you seriously. Until then it's all nothing but bunk and I'll keep yanking the chain 'cause, darn it, you're just too darn easy!
Nancy Janoch October 29, 2012 at 02:01 PM
My friend was at Red Olive at the time and confronted him.....all he had to say at the time was that he knew it was wrong and he was sorry. If he in fact DID speak to the Red Olive owner.....it was AFTER he had thrown the Rita White signs into the dumpster. Channel 7 news had the video of him pulling down other signs on the 11PM news that night! Now do you believe????
Sandra Groth October 29, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Ms. T - I never referred to a "super secret" investigation and you seem to go to the patch more often than occasionally based on the above responses. I don't care if you take me or anyone who understands these problems seriously - you aren't worthy of trust or any revelation because you don't take any of this seriously. That is your problem - not mine. This isn't a game!
Ms. T October 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Quote: "......their self serving ways that are under investigation". Checkmate.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Hey Sandy, Ms. T = Ms. Treasurer =)
Sandra Groth October 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Brian, I was sure that my friends at church told me Cottontail and Treasurer were also Christians - guess they were confused, because I thought we all prayed to the same God and cared about all of the people in our community - no "super secret" to that! Guess I will just have to pray for them too!
Ms. T October 29, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Anyone that doesn't agree with you is the treasurer....yawn....it's getting old.
ihatecarpetbaggers October 29, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Ms. T, it seems the Patch editor didn't like my comment from last night either since it disappeared. It was my response to Paul Schulz's explanation for his recent brush with the law - that he "accepted responsibility" and "took the fall" for a prominent businessman's daughter who is a new attorney (and potentially Paul's future wife). So according to Paul, it was this businessman's daughter who was driving Paul's car when it landed in front of his neighbor's house. So the heavyset man neighbors saw exiting the driver's side of the car was in fact Paul's fiance. Glad he cleared that up.
John McKay (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:25 AM
ihatecarpetbaggers, Could you try posting your comment again? I didn't delete any comments on this story.
Jake Wellborn November 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
the only real problems are the handfull of firefighter groupies and their narrow mindset that it OK to rob the txpayer blind to make the firefighters rich Sure is a nice spread Jennifer Mann and her firefighter hubby have !. All this other sillyness about an FBI investigation is a laugh - anything to try to discredit people who dont read this fantasy blog junk. No facts- just baseless accusations. I contacted a friend in the FBI and there is NO INVESTIGATION of Plymouth Twp. I do agree about Steve Mann who basically got paid to go to law school while we paid him for 4 years. Now that is criminal. where was your outrage then? Why didn't you put that out for others to see then????


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