2018-05-16 / News

Citizen: Recall effort ‘far from over’

BY ANDREW DIETDERICH
810-452-2609 • adietderich@mihomepaper.com

MAYFIELD TWP. — Mayfield Township resident Joy Boots said Tuesday that she plans to continue leading an effort to recall Township Supervisor Dianna Ireland.

That’s despite what she stated publicly at the end of the Mayfield Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

During the meeting, the board voted 5-0 to dissolve the department and eliminate the position of acting fire chief/ consultant. Via two separate resolutions, the board voted Jan. 8 to form the department and appoint the acting fire chief/consultant, Tom Mitchell.

Throughout the discussion on the fire department, elected officials continued to assert the need to explore the possibility of Mayfield Township forming its own fire department. Officials came to a consensus agreement on forming an advisory committee within the next two months to explore options with regard to fire services for the township.

“I am very aware that this withdrawal of the fire department has only put the fire department on hold for now,” Boots told The County Press early Tuesday. “The board is still determined to have a fire department and will continue with an advisory board. Supervisor Ireland made it very clear after the meeting that the plans for the fire department will continue.”

Boots called the board’s move a “temporary stay” and said it is “not acceptable.”

Last Thursday, the Lapeer County Election Commission approved proposed petition language clearing the way for Boots to soon begin collecting enough signatures to get the recall on the November ballot.

Ireland has 10 days — until May 21 — to appeal the decision via Lapeer County Circuit Court.

Lapeer County Clerk Theresa Spencer said as of Monday she had not been made aware of an appeal to the election commission’s decision.

Ireland could not be reached by press time.

“This is far from over,” Boots said. “Unless we demand accountability, we will continue status quo.”

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