2017-04-20 / Letters to the Editor

Supervisor ‘acted illegally’

Gerrish Township is governed by a five-member board. No one member of that board, be it the supervisor, clerk, treasurer or trustee, may by verbal commitment or signature on documents commit the township unless authorized to do so by the township’s five-member board. Such authorization is given to a board member by a vote of the majority of the township board at an open meeting.

Supervisor Dave Udy, without board authorization, contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting that he be designated the principal officer of the project and requested that changes be made to the conditions of the Special Purpose-Miscellaneous Permit the township holds. Supervisor Udy did not have board authorization for these actions. The vocal minority is ignoring the fact that Supervisor Udy acted illegally. Supervisor Udy failed to become acquainted with the proper procedures for his new position or he chose to ignore the legal requirement for his actions “on behalf of the township.”

Norma Lee Boyle

Roscommon

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