ROSE TOWNSHIP, Michigan – A vacancy still exists on the North Oakland County Fire Authority Board of Directors after a motion to add Rose Township Trustee Dave Gordon failed.
In February, members of the NOCFA Board agreed to forward a resolution to Rose Township officials, asking them to consider removing Treasurer Sue Slaughter from the board based on Slaughter’s questionable scoring methods for NOCFA Chief Jeremy Lintz’ job evaluation, and over accusations that Slaughter interfered with NOCFA’s daily administrative tasks.
In a vote of 3-1 last month, Gordon and fellow Rose Township officials, Trustee Dianne Scheib-Snider, and Supervisor Glenn Noble all cast votes in favor of Slaughter’s removal. Slaughter cast the dissenting vote, while Clerk Debbie Miller was excused from the meeting.
The matter of appointing a new representative to the NOCFA Board was added to the April 11 Rose Township Board of Trustees meeting by Trustee Dianne Scheib-Snider.
“My viewpoint is I would just as soon that we sit for a month or two on it and let’s re-evaluate what we want to do,” Noble said during Tuesday’s meeting.
“Why would we do that?” Gordon asked. “I mean, we should have representation on the fire board when we’re kicking in $400,000 or $500,000.”
Rose Township currently holds two positions on the NOCFA board – Slaughter’s old seat, and the seat currently occupied by Scheib-Snider.
“Our bylaws say we have to have a second person,” Scheib-Snider said referring to the NOCFA Articles of Incorporation.
“You have 90-days,” Slaughter rebutted.
While Article VIII of the NOCFA Articles of Incorporation outline that the board shall consist of five members in total – that is, two Rose Township representatives, two Holly Township representatives, and a Citizen at Large, Article X states that a vacancy on the board is not to exceed 90-days from the date in which the vacancy occurred.
Slaughter was removed on March 14, making the deadline to fill the position no later than June 12.
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“I’m going to go to the next board meeting to see what goes on, but I’m not in favor of appointing anyone to the fire board yet – period,” Noble said.
“I don’t think that’s right,” Gordon objected.
“Make a motion if you want to,” Noble offered.
Scheib-Snider ultimately made the motion for Gordon to replace Slaughter on the NOCFA board.
In a vote of 3-2, the motion failed with Noble, Slaughter and Miller casting the dissenting votes.
“Really?” Gordon exploded after the vote. “Honest to God – I’ve not said much after a freakin’ vote, but you guys aren’t going to put somebody on? I don’t get that,” he said. “Why don’t you just stomp your feet like a bunch of kids – honestly, we need representation on the fire board.”
“Be a man and take it like I did,” Slaughter said.
Lintz had trouble putting his thoughts into words following the vote. “I’m astonished that they didn’t feel it necessary to fill that position at the time,” he said. “It’s not the end of the world in this case, but I just don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to fill it.”
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Holly Township Supervisor Jesse Lambert took it in stride. “Supervisor Noble is relatively new on the job,” Lambert said. “Most likely, he wants to take the necessary time to weigh his options, and that’s fine,” he said. “Eventually, Rose Township will make a decision.”
On Thursday, Noble addressed the reasoning behind his vote. “I generally vote on issues I feel are important when I walk into the meeting,” Noble said. “Let’s leave it at that – I felt this was a matter that needs further discussion.”
The NOCFA Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Rose Township Offices, 9080 Mason St., Holly. The meeting is open to the public.