To the Journal editor:
Sands Township residents, election day is approaching fast. The name we usually see on the ballet for supervisor will not be there this time. So now another choice has to be made, I could dazzle you with a lot of gee-whiz talk about one of the candidates, but instead I will give you facts, so you have something to consider when going to the polls on Tuesday Aug. 7.
Rickey Wilson is a hard working man not afraid to jump in and get a job done. Rick has served 12 years as Township trustee, 12 years as emergency services coordinator, six years on the Marquette County Airport Zoning Board of Appeals, eight years on Marquette County Central Dispatch policy board, 20 years on Sands Fire Department, three years as fire chief, four years on the Utility Review Committee, four years as chairman of the Marquette County Solid Waste Authority, two years deputy supervisor for Earl Yelle.
He has brought in over $250,000 in grant money for the fire department, the township park, for data mapping of our water testing accrued since 1980, and installation of a dry fire hydrant on Marquette County Road 480.
When workers couldn't be found to work on our trash collection truck, he has gone out and worked off the back of the truck to make sure that trash was picked up.
After the bad wind storm that left the south end of the Township without power for a week in 2002, he was with the Fire Department into the early hours helping to clear debris and assessing damage, working with Earl Yelle to form a plan of action. He arranged for bottled water for residents to pick up, insurance companies to meet with people at the Township hall, and arrange for water to be hauled to the farms for the animals.
Throughout the years he has worked for the good of our Township, he has always listened to the people with an open mind and worked to find a solution to a problem.
One more thing to consider, Earl Yelle appointed Rick as his deputy with Earl being a Republican and Rick a Democrat, crossing all party lines because he believes as Earl did, our township belongs to the people and our township government should be transparent, open and honest.
Please show your support for Rick.