At the September 9, 2014 Board meeting, there was an agenda item to initiate a Request for Proposal to possibly replace the current Township Planning Consultant. Trustee Thalmann made a number of false statements that were refuted by four fellow Board members. Fortunately, the Board rejected the proposal in a 5 to 2 vote. Supervisor Gonser and Trustee Thalmann were the two minority votes.
There have been other posts on this website dealing with the Request for Proposal to replace the Township Planning Consultant firm. This topic was finally discussed at the September 9th Board meeting. A motion was made by Trustee Thalmann to request an RFP. It did not receive a ‘second’, so Supervisor Gonser seconded the motion himself.
During the discussion, Trustee Thalmann made a number of accusations and statements about our current planning consultant. Trustees Bailey, Buxar, Treasurer Langlois and Clerk Reilly all refuted the accuracy of Thalmann’s statements. Thalmann and Gonser appeared to want to have a ‘local’ supplier for that service, even though the service provided by the current consulting company has been outstanding for many years.
Here is a video of the discussion at the meeting. Please watch the Trustee’s responses to Thalmann’s accusations:
Contrary to Gonser’s comments, the Township Planning Consultant, Larry Nix, has contracts with four, not two communities. The four communities are Harbor Springs, Elk Rapids, Frankenmuth and Oakland Township. All of these communities are outstanding planned communities. He is well respected throughout the state.
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? The current planning consultant has a very clear understanding and love for our Township. He has been the consultant for years, and desires to continue supporting our Township.
As reported earlier on this website, Supervisor Gonser wants to change the direction of the Township. He plans to influence the direction the Township by appointing new members to the Planning Commission, and terminate the relationship with the Planning Consulting firm that has been instrumental in creating the beautiful Township we live in.
Gonser and Thalmann clearly want to dramatically change our Township. Do you believe our Township needs to change dramatically? If so, you probably support Gonser and Thalmann. If you love what we have in our Township, you must stand together and fight to prevent Gonser and Thalmann from destroying our Township.
Richard – To me this issue is not the accuracy of what Trustee Thalmann or Supervisor said. To me the issue is that no substantive data or arguments were presented to justify dissatisfaction with Larry Nix. Has he missed meetings? Has he been unavailable to assist Elaine Leven as needed? Are his services too expensive? Has his past performance been lacking in some way that the board or planning commission has identified? What problems does keeping him present?
So what is Gosner’s plan for the township. Has he ever outlined a overview or create a statement of objective???
So we need a planning consultant that has a faster response time than our Fire Department?