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On the Agenda: Shelby to Approve Towing Contract; Clerk Appointment

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees to meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees will consider the appointment of a new clerk and the awarding of a new towing contract at Tuesday evening's public meeting.

Both subjects have often been the topic of heated debates among township officials and the public.

After several , when at the beginning of the new year to take over the clerk's office in Auburn Hills, the board will try again Tuesday.

This time, the board will only need a majority vote, rather than a unanimous vote, to select one of the five candidates who applied. During a Jan. 27 work session, the board voted to amend a decades-old ordinance that required a replacement be chosen by a unanimous vote. If no clerk is appointed by mid-February, a special election will be held in May. The clerk will fill Kowal's remaining 10-month term.

An often contentious and divided township towing contract may be awarded Tuesday evening.

A new towing contract is needed after, Nightingale Service, which has held the contract for the good part of 50 years, board meeting among allegations of contract violations.


Nightingale Service was the lowest bider of six companies that submitted bids for the new contract. The others include: BBB Auto Enterprises of Shelby Township; Utica Van Dyke Service, Sterling Heights; Byers Wrecker, Rochester; Ruehle’s Towing, Mount Clemens; and Shelby Township Towing and Wrecker Service, Shelby Township.

Members of the Nightingale family spearheaded a effort against Supervisor Rick Stathakis and other members of the board, and have said the contract cancelation was in retaliation.

Patch will bring live updates from the meeting on Facebook and Twitter.

ShelbyReader February 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Overshadowed by other controversies, Shelby’s Board of Trustees will vote at the Feb 7 meeting on the Township’s Recreation Master Plan. Inside that document is a plan to build an indoor Recreation Center even though that idea was rejected by 70% of Shelby voters in 2006. Under the 2012 Action Plan the proposed Recreation Center is described as a field house housing basketball courts and other facilities. Under “Goals” the Recreation Plan’s authors say that they will “continue to explore opportunities …for providing a permanent indoor recreation facility” in the Township. Isn’t it a hypocritical for a Board that represents themselves as small government fiscal conservatives to interfere with the free market by sponsoring a government subsidized recreation facility that competes with all the private facilities paying taxes in Shelby Township? Isn’t it strange that a Board that campaigned on letting the voters decide about the construction of the Court, chooses to ignore the decision of the voters about a Recreation Center?
Matt Guarnieri February 07, 2012 at 10:46 PM
If I recall, the rec center proposed in 2003 was a pool and elevated running track at around 15 plus million and an estimated quarter of a million dollar yearly upkeep that would never break even, no matter how much it was used. Like the Justice Center, an over bloated monument to unneeded excess. The recommendation for a recreation facility has been in the plan since the 90’s, in fact, I believe it was the goal of David Kady when he was on the board and when it failed he decided his job as a representative was done. Why build a publicly sponsored building, I don’t see people deciding to move into Shelby Township so they can play league basketball in a public facility. I don’t see this board building such a thing unless they can show it would enhance the lifestyle of Shelby Residence and would make a profit. I am willing to bet that the Democratic candidates will speak of how a free recreation facility is needed for the poorer citizens in Shelby that can’t afford the fees associated with the private recreation related businesses in Shelby Township. Either way, some kind of recreational building has always been in the recreation proposal.
Matt Guarnieri February 08, 2012 at 05:58 AM
When people asked: "who is that Clown in the audience"? I shouldn't have been offended.... there literally was a clown in the audience at tonight meeting.
Mike Grobbel February 08, 2012 at 07:04 AM
The FOX-2 news reporter interviewed the clown, but didn't have much to say about the decision that were made at tonight's meeting: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/political-circus%3A-clown-shows-up-at-shelby-township-board-meeting
Jeffery Berz February 15, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I've been told that Rob Wolchek is coming to the next board meeting because of all of the negative things the Truthseeker has had to say about the residents of Shelby Township. The Truthseekers quotes I sent to FOX 2 have piqued their interest. Good job Truthseeker. You are truly a fool. Now you can put your foot in your mouth.

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