The weekly newsletter of Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore:
It’s Time to Address Misinformation in Grafton Township
Politics are rough and information is getting twisted by others. It is time to address the misinformation that has been circulated.
When I ran for election in 2009, I started a citizen initiative to seek an injunction stopping the construction of an unneeded new town hall. The effort was not lawfully entered into by the township board. A judge granted an injunction stopping the illegal acts.
Three of the four trustees were re-elected, and I won the election for Supervisor. The three returning trustees were very, very upset with the outcome.
In an effort to remove me from my elected position as the new Supervisor, they hired Pam Fender to take over my duties in early 2010.
Without legal authority, she began to oversee my activities, change the locks on the office, answer my phone calls, change the passwords on the computers, and generally make it impossible for me to carry out the duties that I am sworn to fulfill. Their goal was to cause me to be guilty of failure to perform my duties.
The only way to resolve the dilemma was to file suit against the trustees.
I won in court. On December 2010, in a 37 page court order, the services of Pam Fender and the township attorney were terminated. This enabled me to return to the office and conduct township business. This suit resulted in a second injunction against these trustees. Now Fender is running against me for Supervisor.
Recent legal bills for the trustees average $8,777 monthly, totaling $70,216 for the last 8 months. All court rulings that are adverse to the trustees are appealed.
I do not have the authority to prevent the trustees’ legal bills, only to pay them after they approve them.
Due to my need to protect and defend the township, a small fraction of the bills have been incurred by me. These trustees wasted not only a half-million dollars of taxpayer funds on their illegal efforts to build a new town hall, but they also spent another half-million dollars attempting to try to illegally remove me from office. Their guy getting beat in the election was not good enough for them. . Fortunately, only one of these trustees has filed for re-election.
My preference is to keep my personal matters private but, unfortunately, misinformation is being circulated. During my term of office, my adversaries have contacted my family members and gotten involved in some very sad things that have happened in my life during the last the last 3 years. They use my personal situation for political and malicious gain. However, these life experiences, coupled with the educational training I have received over the years, have given me valuable knowledge of the needs of seniors and disabled residents.
My work to save tax dollars is not done. We need to remain vigilant to stop any efforts to build a new town hall. (Fender even proposed an old industrial building for a new township hall when she was on the payroll.)
Recent changes in legislation have eliminated the need for your approval to build a new hall. A new building wasn’t needed in 2009 and it still isn’t needed. The existing building is very sound, functional and adequate in size.
My track record of working against a new town hall is undeniable.
The township could do its job for a lot less money. We need to reduce your taxes. I am the only Grafton Township board member to vote consistently against increasing your taxes. I plan to freeze or lower taxes for the next four years.
With your support, I will win re-election in the township primary February 26, 2013.
Grafton Township Supervisor