Recently, two sitting Parks Commissioners, Ann Marie Rogers and Roger Schmidt, along with Beth Markel, the wife of Zoning Board member, John Markel, have alleged that four other sitting Parks Commissioners have violated the Open Meeting Act. They allege that the four Parks Commissioners participated in communications, affecting the Township Parks, outside an Open Meeting. An article in the Oakland Press gives some additional information on this allegation.
It is interesting to note that one of the defendant Parks Commissioners was ‘served the papers’ for this lawsuit by the husband of Maureen Thalmann, a Township Board member, after a Parks Commission meeting.
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? Oakland Township has never been plagued with the level of lawsuits that have occurred since the new Board members and Parks Commissioners were elected in November of 2012. The environment that exists between the various Boards and Commissions has never been so dysfunctional. Only time will tell how this gets resolved in the courts, but one needs to ask “What has changed that caused these issues to occur now?” Why would the papers have been served to one of the accused defendants by the husband of Trustee Thalmann?