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Former Oakland Township Parks Commission member David Mackley passed away

The residents of Oakland Township owe much to the hard work of David Mackley who has recently passed away. David was a member and leader of the Oakland Township Parks Commission for many years. The wonderful Park System that Oakland Township has is due, in a large part, to the hard work of David and the others who have served on the Parks Commission. It is fitting that his Memorial Celebration will be held this Saturday at the Cranberry Lake Park in Oakland Township.

Here is the information on Dave’s passing, published in the Oakland Press:

On May 29, 2021, David Mackley, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 85. Dave was born August 16, 1935, grew up in Rochester, MI, graduated from Rochester High School in 1953, and graduated from GMI in 1957. He was employed at Pontiac Motor as a designer for 47 years. He was active in Oakland County 4-H for 25 years and an Oakland Township Park Commissioner for 33 years. He is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 59 years; sister-in-law Janie Brookbank; son Lawrence Mackley (Katrina), grandchildren Rachelle, William, Rebekah, Ke’Landra, Emillie, Kourtne, Elizabeth, and Scott, and great-granddaughter Layla Brown; as well as daughter Jodi Mackley Berger (Justin) and grandsons Toryn and Celzian.

A memorial gathering will be held June 12 from 2 to 4 p.m., 2:30 service, at Cranberry Lake Park, 388 W. Predmore, Oakland.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit  Sympathy Store.

Oakland Township Water Storage Location discussion and possible decision

The Oakland Township Board will be discussing several possible locations for the mandated water storage facility for the South West portion of Oakland Township at the October 27, 2020 Board meeting. The meeting starts at 7 PM, and will be a virtual meeting.

This water storage facility will ultimately provide a backup supply of water for many of the subdivisions which are part of community well systems in the South West portion of Oakland township. This has been in the planning process for several years, and will be a significant part of Oakland Township’s ongoing infrastructure.

Here is a link to the Virtual Meeting website. You should be able to join the meeting at 7 PM. There are a number of other agenda items that will be covered before the water storage topic is discussed.

Virtual Meeting link

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

October 27, 2020 BOT agenda

Here is a Preliminary Water Master Water Storage Plan for Oakland Township from about a year ago:


Richard Michalski



What is the world coming to when a neighbor attacks another neighbor for putting up a political sign on their lawn? 

On September 3, at about 9:30 AM, I decided to put up a political sign on my front lawn for a person that is running for the State Representative in my district.  I already had signs up for Biden and US Representative Slotkin.  One of my neighbors offered to help because she knows I have balance issues walking up the slope.  As we were putting in the sign, another neighbor (who I did not know) was walking his dog, and asked me:

“What can Biden do for me?”

I responded by saying:

“If I need to tell you, I cannot help you.”

At this point he got very belligerent and angry.  He then said:

 “Biden is a fuc—- moron and hides in his basement.

He then commented on the other two women, for whom I had signs up:

“They are fuc—- whores and cun–!”

He then approached me in a threatening manner and I asked him to keep his distance, since I was not wearing a mask.  (Both my wife and I are in the EXTREME risk group).  I raised my cane to try to ensure he kept his distance.  He then spat on me.  I could see large droplets coming my way.  I was probably 4 to 5 feet away from him at this time.

I had my Tahoe back door open, and I sat down on the bumper area when he spat on me.  He then tried to take a swing at me, but missed.  He then proceeded to slam the Tahoe rear door on the top of my head. 

I pulled out my iPhone to capture this on video, and he called me a:

 “Fuc— Socialist and Communist”

As he started to walk away, the neighbor said that I better take care of my head, since it appeared there was a skin flap from the injury.

I did not see any blood, so I immediately determined that I needed to figure out where this neighbor lived.  I drove around the block to get a better picture of him, and try to figure out where he lived.  

He threated me by saying:

“I’m going to break your fuc—- car with my shotgun!

I looped around the block one more time to see if I could see what house he went into.  I saw him stop at what I believed was his driveway.  When I turned the car around he was already in his house.

I immediately went to our County Sheriff’s sub station, and filed an assault charge against him.

The neighbor who helped me witnessed all that occurred in front of my house.

The Police took my report as well as taking a picture of my injury, took a report from the neighbor who helped me, and also talked to my assailant and his wife.  The Police officer came back to my house and told me that his wife said he is a diabetic, and when he gets low blood sugar he gets angry and belligerent.  She believes he had low blood sugar that made him so angry.  The Police officer also said that the assailant claimed he did not slam the Tahoe’s back door on my head.  He said I banged it when I stood up. The Police officer asked the couple if they had any guns.  They indicated they had, and that they were locked up, but did not have any ammunition.

The Police officer asked me what I wanted to do.  I told him that I wanted to press charges.  He will fill out the required paperwork and I may hear from the Prosecutor’s office if and when a court date would be set.  The neighbor was not taken into custody, since this would only be a misdemeanor assault charge.

The assailant is a relatively new resident in my subdivision.  There are Trump and Biden signs scattered throughout the subdivision.  He has several Trump signs in his yard.

GETTING BACK TO MY ORIGINAL QUESTION: What is the world coming to when a neighbor attacks another neighbor for putting up a political sign on their lawn? 

Many of the words that my neighbor used were almost verbatim of what I have heard on FOX news.  Yes, I watch multiple channels in order to get a balanced perspective on news.  Trump has rightly challenged that violence must stop.  Unfortunately, he does not challenge the violence that comes from his supporters.  

Trump’s poisoning of the very character of our country is now a personal issue for me.  His encouraging people to act violently against those who disagree with him, and even offer to pay their legal expenses, is beyond the pale.  If you have ever watched movies of what happened on “Kristallnacht” in Germany in 1938, I saw the same hatred in the eyes of my neighbor.  Drawing similarities between what Hitler did to the moral compass of Germany’s citizens and Trump’s actions is not irrelevant, or a misinterpretation of what we are becoming.

If a deranged person, or a person who does not properly take his/her medication, can demonstrate the level of anger I experience today because of a love for Donald Trump, we not only need to remove Donald Trump from office, but we also need to make sure our gun laws are changed to protect against ‘sick’ people from having access to guns.  That is why I am voting for Biden!

By the way, I am currently not a gun owner.  However, I will be purchasing some guns to protect us from my neighbor.  Yes I do support the second amendment, as does Biden.

We all need to think about what might happen if Trump is defeated.  Some of his deranged supporters may take violent actions against their neighbors who support Biden.

We are “One Nation under God”, but we need leadership that works to keep us together not divide us.  May God help us in these difficult times.

Please consider voting for Biden in November.  I know we are in a Republican area, and I have been Republican in the past, but, there is more at stake than what you might think.

Richard Michalski

Oakland Township August 4th Primary results – THANKS FOR VOTING!

Oakland Township had historic levels of voter turnout for a summer election.  Thanks to everyone who participated in making it happen!

HERE ARE THE ELECTION RESULTS: (click on the images to enlarge them)

Supervisor position:

  • The Republican candidate in the November election will be Dominic Abbate.
  • The Democratic candidate in the November election will be Ralph Jessee Jr.

Treasurer position:

  • John Giannangeli – who ran unopposed

Clerks position:

  • Robin Buxar beat AnneMarie Rogers

Trustee positions (4 available):

  • Jack Elder
  • Dave Mabry
  • Lana Mangiapane
  • Andy Zale
  • Robert Patrician and Terry Gonser were defeated

Parks Commissioners:

  • All 7 Republican candidates won the Republican candidate positions for November

  • Lisa Fitzpatrick Sokol won a Democratic candidate position for November

OPC millage:

  • Passed handily


So, What lies ahead?  Historically, there have been very few Democratic challenges for Oakland Township positions.  As a result, the candidates who won the summer primary were the elected officials after the November election.  This year we have Ralph Jessee Jr. running against Dominic Abbate for Supervisor, and Lisa Fitzpatrick Sokol running as a Democrat for one of the 7 Parks Commission seats. As always, we will have to wait until the November election to finalize Oakland Township’s leadership team, but we will have some local choices to make when we vote on November 3rd.

Thanks again for voting!  We hope the information we provided helped you in making your decisions.

Richard Michalski

Reminder to Vote on Tuesday August 4th


Our next Township Leadership team will essentially be selected in that election.  Please click on the following link to review information on many of the Township Candidates.  

Remember, in this election, you cannot split your votes between political parties.  If you are a Democrat, consider voting using the Republican ballot.  Remember ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL.  


Clerk candidate Anne Marie Rogers has history of “Breach of Trust” as Township official

The Township Clerk’s office has access to private information of Township residents.  The person who holds that office must be above any reproach regarding maintaining confidentiality. 

In 2015 the Township Board issued a resolution against, then Park’s Commissioner, Anne Marie Rogers for sharing Attorney Client Privileged with, then Supervisor Gonser and another Township Board members as well as private citizens.  The resolution was issued after an investigation by the Attorneys for the Township and the Parks Commission.  The resolution passed in a 6 to 0 vote.

Here are the words from that July 28, 2015 resolution:

 “There has been an inappropriate release of privileged and confidential and/or Attorney/Client protected communications which constitutes a Breach of Trust and is hereby repudiated.” and further “It is improper to fail to disclose any unauthorized receipt of privileged communications prior to entering deliberations pertaining to matters discussed in the communications.” 

Anne Marie Rogers is now running for the Township Clerks office.

The resolution also states that then Supervisor Gonser failed to disclose the unauthorized receipt of confidential material.

If you want to read the supporting information for this post, please visit:

Why is this important to the Citizens of Oakland Township?  The Clerk’s position requires absolute trust for the person sitting in that seat.  Past violations in ability to maintain confidentiality should disqualify a person from holding that position.  We have a person who has performed honorably as a Trustee, that person is Robin Buxar.  Please review Robin’s qualifications posted on this website, and compare that to Anne Marie Rogers record.

Terry Gonser is also on the ballot for a Trustee position.  Please consider his involvement in this incident, as well as the many previously reported issues regarding his leadership when you fill in your ballot for the August Primary.

Richard Michalski

More information on Anne Marie Rogers

Over the past 4 years, there are many new residents and voters in Oakland Township who may not be familiar with some of the candidates.   In order to help voters make informed decisions when they select the leaders of our Township in our August primary, I have extended an invitation to all the candidates to provide their campaign information to be share with Township residents.

I have receive information from most of them.  Their information can be seen by clicking on the dropdown menu titled “2020 Election Candidates” at the top of this page.

For some of the other candidates who have not provided their campaign information, but have documented previous actions in our Township, I will be posting previous post information in the hopes that it will provide some insight into each of these candidates.

Attached is a video of Anne Marie Rogers past interaction with our Township leaders and fellow citizens.  She is running for Township Clerk against Robin Buxar.

Previously Unreported 2017 Incident – Terry Gonser again involved in incident with neighbor

In July of 2014, it was reported that a neighbor of Terry Gonser had requested a PPO (Personal Protection Order) against him.  Here is a previous post regarding the outcome of that request with the judge’s comments:

Unofficial Results of Personal Protection Order hearing against Supervisor Gonser

In December of 2017, there was another incident between Terry Gonser and that neighbor.  Here is a link to an article on that incident:

Article on Terry Gonser 2017 incident

Here is a photograph of Terry Gonser’s ‘booking’ for the 2017 incident:

Gonser Booking photo - 2017

Why is this important to the Citizens of Oakland Township?  As we consider whom to vote for in the August primary election, remember that most of the winner’s of the Primary election WILL be the candidates that will take office after the November general election.  That is true since there are very few Democratic candidate running for local positions.  There are no Democratic candidates running for Oakland Township Trustees, the position Gonser is seeking.

Do we really want to have Terry Gonser be one of our leaders?

2020 Candidate Information – Andy Zale running for Oakland Township Trustee position

My parents moved to Oakland Township in 1985.  My wife and I bought our house in Oakland Township in 2007.  We have three children who are all growing up in the childhood neighborhood I loved.  My father and I own a financial services firm where I work as a Certified Financial Planner ™.

Currently I serve as the Chairman of the Safety Paths and Trails Committee and as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  I also serve as a Trustee for the Six Rivers Land Conservancy.  Previously I served as the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission and as Secretary for the Paint Creek Trailways Commission.

My two priorities are fiscal responsibility and good governance.   I feel we have an excellent staff at the Township and I hope to bring similar excellence to the Board of Trustees.  We have an amazing township and I would like to protect our natural beauty and limited development.

Warm Regards,

Andy Zale

2020 Candidate Information – Robert Patrician running for Oakland Township Trustee

Robert Patrician for Oakland Township Trustee

Thanks for the opportunity to share information on my run for township trustee.

I have lived in Michigan for 34 years and for 19 years I have lived in Oakland Township.  My wife and I love living in Oakland Township and the way of life that it offers.  For 17 years I was the President of the KingsRidge at Oaklands Homeowners Association.

I retired after a 35 year career working in progressively more responsible jobs in Finance and General Management.  The last 8 years I was President of an international auto parts supplier making suspension components and systems for the automotive industry.  I have extensive domestic and international experience in planning and budgeting operating expenses and capital expenditures.  Experience I believe will be invaluable in carrying out the responsibilities of an Oakland Township Trustee.

I am seeking the Trustee position for two reasons.  First, I was approached by several Oakland Township residents who encouraged me to run.  Many of these residents had worked with me on Homeowner Association issues common to many subdivisions in the southwest corner of the Township.  Second, several Township Trustees and Office holders have indicated their desire to exit the BOT or to seek other positions in the Township.  This has created the opportunity for residents who possess leadership abilities to and the necessary experience to offer to serve on the BOT.  I am confident I have those qualities.

I have several goals when I am elected.

  • To always vote in a manner that acts in the best interest of the community.
  • Be a calm, thoughtful voice that represents the whole township.
  • Change the narrative so that all outcomes are identified and discussed.  There should not be a culture that identifies winners and losers.  There is always a third option which is to attempt to craft a compromise that answers everyone’s concerns.

Priorities as I see them.

  • Closely review the financial condition of the Township in light of possible revenue reductions caused by the current pandemic.  State revenue will be severely impacted by the virus pandemic and what effect may that have on revenue earmarked for the Township.
  • Continue strong support for the park and open spaces in the Township.
  • Police and Fire Protection. I have long supported efforts to locate a Fire Substation on the Adams Road corridor that would be closer to major developments in the South West corner of the Township.  Senior and assisted living and memory care options now available would seem to demand a closer presence and faster response times.  Fire Department changes may also be required after the completion of the 2020 census.
  • Develop a consistent strategy on the maintenance of gravel roads.  The condition of many of those roads has to be improved.
  • Water and Sewage.  There are new requirements for water storage and there is a general need to improve the quality and taste of the water.
  • Determination of the long term financial responsibility for repair and maintenance of already installed safety paths. The current situation of multiple responsibilities for sections of the system and the financial burdens imposed on some individual subdivisions in the long term is not workable and a reasonable compromise needs to be developed.

Richard, thanks again for the chance to share information. Let’s all work to end up with the best BOT we can for Oakland Township.


Bob Patrician