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Recall looms

October 29, 2009
By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE -Voters in Marquette Township will decide Tuesday whether three township board members should be recalled from office and whether to approve a millage request for a new fire department facility.

In the recall election, voters will vote yes or no on whether Marquette Township Clerk Patricia Mayer and trustees Linda Winslow and Karen Lohf should be recalled from office.

The reason recall proponents stated for attempting to recall the board members, which will appear on the ballot, is:

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"For voting on May 5, 2009 to go forward with a costly well water system for Marquette Township."

Each board member targeted for recall provided a response of up to 200 words to the recall rationale. The responses will be included on the election ballot.

Trustee Lohf responded by stating: "I voted for the Drinking Water Revolving Fund 2 project because I believed, and still believe, that we need to have our own water system independent of the city.

"I knew we were never going to be able to complete the project cheaper, so I voted for the good of all the township, and not just the vocal minority. I did the job I was elected to do."

Clerk Mayer's response is: "I have lived in Marquette Township my entire life and my only goal as an elected official is to secure a progressive and stable future for the entire township.

"I study all issues completely before I cast my vote. Progress is good if it is well-planned. I will continue to work toward this goal if I am allowed to finish my elected term in office."

Trustee Winslow said: "Marquette Township is a good place to live today and in the future. We have a community that supports our residents, our schools and our businesses. We have a strong sense of community and have worked hard to be a great place to live. I believe in the forward movement of our community and support you the residents."

The fire department millage seeks 1 mill for 20 years for the purpose of constructing a replacement Marquette Township Fire and Rescue Department Fire Hall.

The millage - which would be collected from 2010 through 2029 -would be expected to generate $197,965 during the first year.

In June, the township board requested the measure be placed on the ballot. The cost of the new fire department facility would be about $4 million.

The new fire and rescue facility was originally planned to be included in a larger project that would have also included new township offices, a community center and space for police vehicles.

However, the township board voted unanimously Tuesday to not move forward with the complex at this time.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.



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