From our readersIssue Date: July 11, 2012
To the Editor:
So the big question leading up to Independence Day was, what happened to the Marinette Parade and Fireworks? Nobody I talked to seemed to have an answer. After reading this weeks Peshtigo Times, the elusive answer became clear. Rather than celebrate our nations independence with the traditional parade and fireworks, some committee in their infinite wisdom decided that Marinettes storied logging history was more important than celebrating our freedom one of the few things almost everyone agrees on these days. Is this for real??? I cant fathom the reasoning behind this decision nor do I care to hear about it in a rebuttal as there is nothing that can substantiate the decision; logistics, fiscal or otherwise. The simple fact is, a long-running Marinette tradition celebrating the most revered American holiday has been simply discarded to celebrate something even long-time Marinette residents barely have a foggy recollection of. Well played!
Letter to Editor:
I have a few comments to help clarify your July 4, 2012 article concerning the recall election. First of all, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) petitioned a Writ of Mandamus to the Court, dated June 22, 2012, exercising their statutory authority governing the election process. Along with the Writ of Mandamus, the GAB also sought injunctive relief in order to postpone the election that had been scheduled for June 19, 2012.
Upon receipt of the Writ of Mandamus summons, the Town Board has twenty (20) days to provide a written answer to the Writ or by the 18th of July. On June 26, 2012 the Town Board elected to have Attorney Michael Screnock provide the written answer regarding the Writ of Mandamus and that is all the Board elected Mr. Screnock to do. I trust that Attorney Screnock has already provided the written response to the GABs Writ.
The Board could not use the Towns Attorney due to his earlier involvement regarding the Certificates of Sufficiency.
As for any legal advice Chairperson Wendt may have sought from Attorney Screnock, Wendt would have done that on his own without Board approval, and I would hope that Wendt is not going to stick the taxpayers with that bill. Attorney Screnock was elected solely to write a response to the GABs Write of Mandamus and not to provide legal counsel to Wendt, at taxpayers expense.
This entire recall matter that Porior and Luebke started has cost the taxpayers plenty already in legal fees, we certainly do not need Wendt burdening the Town with more unnecessary legal fees.
If Wendt would have promptly scheduled a meeting when he first received notice from District Attorney Evans back in May, instead of delaying the matter until mid-June, this entire issue would have been avoided.
If you think Supervisor Hanna or myself are the only ones delaying this matter, well guess again. If you check the record, you will find a number of letters that I have sent to the Attorney Generals Office, to the GAB, to the District Attorney and to the Town Clerk requesting that a meeting be scheduled. I have enclosed a copy of a recent letter I sent to the Clerk, dated June 21, 2012, requesting such a meeting if you care to publish it.
At the June 26, 2012 Board meeting, as reported in the June 27, 2012 edition of the Peshtigo Times, it was Supervisor Hanna who made a motion to reschedule the recall election per GABs directive and it was Wendt who objected, announcing that we already dealt with that.
If anyone has been causing unnecessary delays, it is Chairperson Wendt.
At this time, the Town is pretty much stuck with holding an election on August 14, 2012.
From this point on, it will be up to the electorate to decide if they want to continue to have better roads and lower taxes or reverse everything that Supervisor Hanna and I have accomplished and vote to see our roads being ignored once again and our taxes being increased.
In closing, it has been stated that I lack support for our emergency services, which is more hogwash being spewed by Porior and Luebke. Aside from the fact that Supervisor Hanna and I approved the purchase of a new tender truck for our Fire Department, a new Rescue Squad and membership in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) during our first term in office, in support of emergency services. I would like to challenge each of the 15 individuals who circulated petitions against me. The challenge is, I will make a $250 donation to our emergency services to be set aside for the future purchase of a new Rescue Squad with 4-wheel drive, if each of them will also make a $250 donation towards the purchase of a new Rescue Squad.
All totaled, that should be around $4,000. Heres Porior and Luebkes chance along with their group of hate-mongers to put their money where their mouths are and show their support for our emergency services. Ill give them all until 1 p.m. on July 28 to come up with their donations in order to meet the Enix Challenge. I have enclosed a check in the amount of $250 made payable to the Brazeau Emergency Services, which Ill ask the Emergency Services to hold until July 28, 2012, which is also the date of our Brazeau Emergency Services Picnic.
Ill go one step further, if the Brazeau Emergency Services can arrange to have a dunk tank set up for the picnic and Pam Duddek will take a turn sitting on it, Ill throw in an extra $50.
I hope everyone can make it to the Brazeau Emergency Services Picnic, it should prove to be a lot of fun and a great time for everyone.
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