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Candidates vie for open trustee seat

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 20, 2020

 Ten applicants spoke at a special Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 15. An appointment to the vacant trustee position will be made at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting.

Ten applicants spoke at a special Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 15. An appointment to the vacant trustee position will be made at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A special meeting was held Jan. 15 in Macomb Township to allow applicants for the vacant trustee position to address the Board of Trustees regarding their qualifications.

A trustee seat opened up in December following the Dec. 18 death of Roger Krzeminski. State statute orders that after the death of a board member while in office, the municipality has 45 days to replace the individual.

The supervisor’s office received 15 applications for the position, with 10 applicants attending the meeting. The term for this seat ends Nov. 20.  

Applications were received through Jan. 10, and applicants addressed the board in the order applications were received.  

Peter Lucido III said he feels he can bring a unique set of skills to the position, adding that he wants to give back to the community.

Lori Scharich noted that the township needs to be prepared for future growth and that as a trustee she would look forward to being a contributing member.

John Parkinson currently owns and operates a handyman business in the township and said he will be fiscally responsible, if appointed.

Robert Johnston was on the Macomb Township Historical Commission for almost two years and said his public service as a teacher is what he can bring as a trustee.

Ron Papa Jr. said his goal as a trustee would be to leave the township in a better place than when he started and help residents succeed along the way.   

Daniel Hickson mentioned that his formal education and professional work experience will aid him in facing certain challenges as a board member.

Richard Maierle has served 26 years with the Macomb Township Fire Department, and also served on the township ethics advisory ordinance committee.

Richard Paul served on the ethics advisory committee. He said his No. 1 mission is to work with staff and the board for the township’s betterment.

Joanne Recchia ran for Macomb County Commissioner in 2018 and stated that she wants to give back to the community and apply her knowledge to the board.

Lisa McFarland said she is a problem-solver and is solution driven.

Charles Missig, James Burke, Linda Clor, Paul Gjelaj and Charles Oliver did not attend the meeting, but all also applied for the position.

The last time a trustee seat opened was in 2018, and 17 candidates applied.

An appointment will be made at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting.

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