For decades Oakland Township had benefited from good leadership and governance. Those leaders, using our Township’s governance structure, created an exceptional community where attractive neighborhoods harmonize with carefully preserved natural beauty.
In 2012, a new Township Board was elected. Under the leadership of Terry Gonser, they initially took aim at our ordinances, development controls, environmental protections, our parks, trails and township staff.
In 2013 this website was created in an attempt at informing our citizens about what was occurring in our Township. Our hope was to influence the actions of our Township Board. Between 2013 and 2016, the Board has changed the direction Supervisor Gonser was taking our Township. The Board repeatedly rejected his attempts at changing our governance structure to one where he would be a full time Supervisor.
In 2016, the Township residents chose a new Supervisor, former Trustee Michael Bailey. They also chose another new trustee, Lana Mangiapani. That leadership team has returned the Township to the good governance we had for years. Since there have not been many controversial issues over the past 4 years, there have not been many posts on this website. Their 4 year tenure is up, and a new Board will be elected this year.
The 2020 August primary and November elections will be another opportunity for the residents to create a new leadership team. There are many new individuals running for the Township Board positions, as well as the Parks Commission. We will reach out to the candidates and ask them share their qualifications, as well as what their priorities are if they are elected. This website will hopefully be a source of information for you to use in making your voter decisions.
This website will continue to make visible important topics and potential issues that warrant resident attention.
If this is the first time you are visiting this website, you may want to review earlier posts. You can do that by:
- clicking on any month below the word ‘Archives’ to the right, or
- click on a topic in the ‘Category’ section at the right, or
- click on one of the keywords in the lower right (Examples: Ethics, Legal problems, Supervisor Gonser, etc.) or
- type in a topic in the ‘Search this site’ box at the right
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The Editors of “Oakland Township Watchers”