December 18, 2014

Standish Twp. board selects new trustees

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH TWP — The Standish Township board has appointed two trustees to fill vacant seats left behind by Sharon Belchak and JoEllyn Pedota who resigned effective April 1.

Tom McCoy and Wayne Reetz will serve the rest of the terms through 2012.

Board Supervisor Curt Hillman said that Reetz and McCoy were selected during a special meeting held Tuesday, April 19.

“They were the only two people who submitted letters of interest,” he said.

Reetz was the board supervisor from 1992-96. He said he has learned a lot since that time.

“I was green back then,” he said. “I feel like this time, I will be able to do a better job.”

Reetz said that he has lived in Standish Township since 1977 and added that he is ready to help the board improve the township.

“I never thought I would do this again,” he said. “We are going to make good progress moving forward.”

At this time, McCoy has not been available for comment.

Hillman said that McCoy ran opposite him, on the Republican ticket, for the board supervisor position during the last general election in 2008.

Reetz and McCoy will replace Belchak and Pedota who stepped down after the board’s March 26 meeting.

At the meeting, Pedota, a 14-year board member, said she believed that a number of issues were not getting resolved in a timely manner.

“To watch our township ordinance, attorney’s recommendations and planning commission recommendations ignored when making decisions, it puts your own township at risk. This is not acceptable for me,” she said. “A township should not base its decisions on their opinions, but rather on the township policy, the township master plan and most importantly on the township ordinance.”

Belchak, a 30-year member of the board, made similar comments at the meeting. “When the board changes direction and no longer works for the best interest of its people, a single board member can no longer be effective or make a difference,” she said.

Hillman said that the board has picked up where it left off.

“We have not missed a beat,” he said.

Standish Township board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.

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