Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/12/2012

Township ignoring law

At the Sept. 10 Leland Township Board meeting each board member was given a report on the attendance of the appointed Planning Commission members and the supervisor's and board's failure to appoint the seventh planning commission member.

A similar report was provided to the Leelanau County Planning Commission on Feb. 28, which was transmitted to the Township Planning Commission.

Of the past 76 planning commission meetings since Dec. 5, 2007, 47 consisted of six or fewer appointed members. Four of the six members were absent 44 percent, 29 percent, 22 percent and 20 percent of the time at 70 meetings.

Michigan's Planning Enabling Act P.A. 33 of 2008 states: "A Township Planning Commission shall consist of five, seven or nine members."

The commission's bylaws state that it will act according to that law and that "The LTPC shall consist of seven members."

Given these facts, is there any doubt that the supervisor and board have for years deliberately neglected their duty by not appointing the required seventh member and disregarded members' poor meeting attendance?

Residents must insist that the incumbent and new board members follow the law and their bylaws.

The same law applies to the Leland Township Planning Commission.

Stephen P. Mikowski

Lake Leelanau

Above and beyond

I read with disgust the Sept. 28 article "FDIC issues consent order" reporting that federal regulators came to Traverse City and slapped the wrists of Northwestern Bank.

My family has lived in Leelanau County for six generations. I was fortunate that my parents helped me open my first bank account at Northwestern in 1980. My first loan was taken out in 1994.

Northwestern has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep me from losing my family homestead.

The only reason I still have it is the bankers assigned to my loan used every tool at their disposal to help me keep my home.

Dear politician and anyone else with any political clout, hear this: Traverse City and the surrounding area was built by many people.

One component to our area's success was a strong community-based lending industry.

Their companies were led by families by the name of Dutmers (Empire National Bank), Beers (Pacesetter Bank) and Calcutt (Northwestern Bank).

Examine your regulatory practices and decide if the banking industry in downtown Chicago should act like the banking industry in Traverse City.

If that's the case, then start preparing for the Great Recession II or the Great Depression II.

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