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Township Manager’s views versus resident’s desires

On January 6th, Ann Capela was hired by our Township Board as our Township manager.  In the January 30, 2014 Rochester Post there was an article titled “Township manager seeks smart growth”.    In the article, Ann makes several comments that clarify the direction she wants to take the Township under the leadership of our current Board.  Unfortunately that direction is contrary to what the citizens have expressed in past surveys.  

Here are her quotes in that article:

“Growth is coming.  We must marry up the master plan with development.  The  pressures of development must balance with property owners’ rights.  We must balance the quality of life of people who paid a lot of money to move here.  The economy is coming out of a slow slump.  We need to lay down the tracks for the train and see the big picture.”

Oakland Township has always viewed our Master Plan as the document that defines what our residents want our Township to be.  The Plan defines the level and type of development that our Township desires.  In essence, the “horse’ is the Master Plan and the “cart” is development.  It now appears that our new manager and Supervisor, appear to want to put the “cart” before the “horse” by having the Master plan “marry up” with the development.

As a member of the Township Planning Commission for 26 years, we never placed the desires of developers before the desires of the residents.  One only needs to drive down Rochester Road and the see the results of letting developers define their communities.

Just because someone purchased a parcel of land for a ‘lot of money’ does not entitle them to redefine the land use in the Master Plan.  Individual property rights are protected, however, they are protected within the confines of our Master Plan and Ordinances. Before someone buys a parcel, they should make sure their intended use is consistent with the Zoning and the Master Plan.

In Supervisor Gonser’s recent State of the Township address, he indicated that he plans on updating the Master Plan.   With his recent appointments of campaign contributors to the Planning Commission, we may see some significant changes in our next Master Plan.

Here is one page from the citizen survey used in developing our 2005 and 2011 Master Plans.  It clearly indicates a strong desire by our residents to not encourage various types of development in our Township (click on page to enlarge).

Survey results

Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township?  If our Master Plan is significantly modified under our current Township Board, the character of our Township will likely change dramatically.  Our citizens must be vigilant in watching what our new Board and Planning Commission will be doing in the next few months (and years).  If we are not vigilant, the “tracks” that Ann Capela talks about putting down may end up being for the “train” (with significant development) our current Board, under the leadership of Gonser, envisions.

Richard Michalski – former Planning Commission member and Chair

Meet our new Superintendent – Ann Capela

Meet our new Township Superintendent!

On December 7th there was a special Board of Oakland Township meeting.  The purpose of that meeting was to interview six candidates for the Township Superintendent position.  The total number of individuals that responded to the posted position was over 30.  Based on comments made by the recruiting consultant and Supervisor Gonser, the Board had selected the final 6 candidates in a prior Closed Session meeting.

The interview process lasted all day.  It was a very comprehensive process that the recruiting consultant, Jerry Richards from Voorhees Associates, used with the Board members.  There were a series of 26 questions that the Board asked each of the candidates.  After the interview process, the Board reduced the number of final candidates to two.  After several minutes of discussion by the Board, they voted to extend an offer to Ann K. Capela.

Here is a brief summary of her Professional working experience in reverse chronological order:

July 9, 2012 to current – Wayne State University Office of International Students and Scholars

October 2011 to July 2012 – Vice President for outreach, GovServe LLC

December 2008 to September 2011 – City Manager, City of Inkster, Michigan

September 2007 to September 2008 – Transit and Parking Manager of CIty of Durango, Colorado

March 2004 to June 2007 – Town Manager of Minturn, Colorado

November 2000 to April 2003 – County Executive Officer for Imperial County, California

January 1998 to November 13, 2000 – County Administrative Coordinator for Walworth County, Wisconsin

September 1995 to January 1998 –  County Administrative Coordinator for Livingston County, Illinois

1994 – Wayne County Commissioner Constituency Assistant1993 – Detroit Edison internships in the corporate Governmental Affairs Department

1993 – City of Southfield internship in Human Resources Department

1992 – Wayne State University, assistant to faculty

April 1979-May 1992 – General Motors of Canada Production and Quality Control

Ann has a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Windsor, and a M.P. A. (Masters in Public Administration) degree from Wayne State University.

Here is a copy of her complete resume:  Ann Capela resume

The interview process began by giving each candidate an opportunity to tell the Board more about their previous experiences, and why they were interested in the position of Superintendent of Oakland Township.

Here is a video of that portion of the interview. It will give you an opportunity to learn more about her:

If you want to watch the entire interview of Ann, please go to the Township website.  It is located under the Special meeting category.  It is at the beginning of the first video in that category.

Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township?  The Superintendent is the individual that leads and manages the day to day operation of the Township.  She will be the person that most citizens will likely encounter when they come to the Township Office.

I wish Ann and the Township well as she works through the many issues facing our Township.

Richard Michalski