Against the advice of Shelby Township attorney Rob Huth, Treasurer Michael Flynn and Trustee Nick Nightingale spoke publicly this past week about the lawsuit pending between the township and Nightingale Services, Inc.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Against the advice of Shelby Township attorney Rob Huth, Treasurer Michael Flynn and Trustee Nick Nightingale spoke publicly about the lawsuit pending between the township and Nightingale Services, Inc.
Emotions ran high at Tuesday's Shelby Township board of trustees meeting as Treasurer Michael Flynn spoke at length about the "ethical questions" raised by Trustee Nick Nightingale's presence on the board given his family's active lawsuit against the township. "While I can understand how Mr. Nightingale feels he has been wronged, I cannot understand how anyone can ethically serve and sue simultaneously," Flynn said. Nightingale Services Inc., Shelby Township’s former towing contractor, filed a federal lawsuit against the township and five board members in June 2012, claiming their contract was cancelled as punishment for the business owners spearheading recall efforts against several township officials. Shelby Township attorney Rob Huth …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tensions ran high as the Board of Trustees awarded Ruehle's Towing the towing contract.
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees awarded Ruehle’s Towing of Mount Clemens the township towing contract. Ruehle Towing beat out five other bids, including one that was more than 50 percent lower. After nearly three hours of heated discussion and resident feedback, the board followed township consultant Russ Weipert’s recommendation and voted 5-1 in favor of Ruehle Towing. Ruehle Towing will charge township residents $85 for a standard tow. The lowest bidder was Nightingale Service, charging $42. The highest bidder, Shelby Township Towing and Wrecker Service, with a standard tow fee of $100. “We saw it coming. We knew what this board was all about. … It had nothing to do with pricing. ... It’s nothing but smoke and mirrors—that’s pretty…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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 failed attempts to appoint a new clerk, when Terri Kowal resigned 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 …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees canceled the Township's longstanding towing contract Tuesday evening, more than two years before it was set to expire.
Tempers flared and accusations were hurled as the Board of Trustees heard comments from the public before ultimately voting to terminate the Township’s towing contract with Nightingale Service Towing. “In America, individual businesses are required to compete. Nightingale competed, and was awarded a contract. It’s clear they violated that contract,” said Shelby Township Trustee Michael Flynn, before voting in favor of terminating the contact. A 5-2 vote was taken at Tuesday’s meeting. Earlier this month, Supervisor Rick Stathakis hand-delivered a letter detailing four alleged contract violations against Nightingale Towing Services. Among the claims of violations were overcharges in excess of $9,000; failure to complete site improvements; …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
After Shelby Township spent an additional $2,000 to hire a towing consultant, allegations of contract violations against Nightingale Services and Towing will be discussed at tonight's Board of Trustees meeting.
Alleged contract violations by the township's towing company will be on the agenda at Tuesday’s Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting. Supervisor Rick Stathakis hand-delivered a letter on Dec. 9 to Nightingale Service Towing's owners John and Nick Nightingale detailing the four allegations of contractual inadequacies. “We plan to have some discussion,” Stathakis said of Tuesday's meeting. “I’m sure board members will have some opinions and questions that need to be answered.” The allegations in Stathakis' letter include: Nightingale Service and Towing handles all of the township’s towing. The three-year contract is set to expire in July 2013. Township Attorney Rob Huth said if the township has issues with a contractor and notifies the …