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.
At the August 2, 2016 primary election, the Township residents chose a new candidate for Supervisor, former Trustee Michael Bailey. They also chose another new trustee candidate, Lana Mangiapani. Those candidates, along with 5 other returning officers and trustees were officially elected in the November 2016 general election.
We trust the new Board will return to the good governance and leadership methods we had for years. However, 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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Please share this website with your neighbors so the residents of Oakland Township understand what is happening in (and to) our beautiful Township.
The Editors of “Oakland Township Watchers”