Speak upWritten by Autumn Lee | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree with Kevin Milliken’s March 18 column ("It’s time for citizens to speak up"). We can confirm what you are saying, about citizens not paying attention to what local governments are doing, when we look at voting results from the General and Congressional elections, etc. and check the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote. It’s a very alarming indicator of the general apathy of the American/Lucas County/Local electorate — for the most part, they do not care as long as "my garbage is picked up and we have fire and police protection." That’s when "the rubber hits the road!"
I served as trustee in Sylvania Township for 12 years and then 10 years on the Zoning Commission. About the only time we had many people attend a meeting was when it concerned a zoning issue and neighbors would attend to say basically, "Not in my back yard".
There is a major difference in the township today however with the current board of trustees, in which the two "new" trustees, Leidel and Hanley are running the entire show by themselves without even consulting the third trustee, Contrada, let alone listening to any of their constituents who attend the meetings — which generally have included a "full house" since they took office in January 2006.
These two ladies have a vendetta against the township fire department and are doing anything and everything they can to "break the union." They are constantly at logger heads with the City of Sylvania and the entire Sylvania community. The quality of life has taken a nose dive in the Sylvania area since that time — one indicator of which can be in the number of meetings the Zoning Commission held in 2006 — only six or seven the entire year, instead of there previously being a meeting practically every month. That tells me that people do not currently have the interest in developing in Sylvania Township that they used to have.
It would seem that somehow, since these ladies will not listen to anyone, that they be removed/replaced. How? That’s the $64 question — by a merger of the Township and the City of Sylvania? I don’t know, but it’s getting to a critical point.
BRUCE WHARRAM, Former Sylvania Township Trustee