The Macomb Township Board of Trustees will vote on a proposed ethics ordinance June 26. Pictured is Macomb Township Ethics Advisory Committee Member Tom Sokol in April.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees will vote on a proposed ethics ordinance June 26. Pictured is Macomb Township Ethics Advisory Committee Member Tom Sokol in April.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Date set for Macomb Township ethics ordinance vote, board will vote June 26

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 20, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s been about a year-and-half since discussion began regarding a Macomb Township ethics ordinance.

After all that time, the Board of Trustees will vote June 26 on whether or not to adopt an ethics ordinance.

A discussion and vote happened at the May 8 Board meeting, in which it was unanimously approved to set June 26 as the date.

At the meeting, Trustee Tim Bussineau said it’s been 17 months since discussion began about an ethics ordinance, and almost 14 months since the ethics advisory committee was formed. By the time it’s voted on in June, it will be 19 months.   

“I’ve been asked to vote on major things, sometimes right before a board meeting, so I think 19 months is long enough for us to do our due diligence,” he said.   

He reminded board members that the ordinance can always be amended once it’s passed.

Bussineau originally proposed the creation of an internal ethics policy that would govern elected officials back in December 2017. At that time, the board approved Bussineau to pursue and solicit a team to research and develop a possible ethics board and ethics ordinance.

He brought the proposal forward in the wake of former trustees Dino Bucci and Clifford Freitas being indicted on federal criminal charges.

On May 8, resident Denise Aquino, in regard to the ethics ordinance, asked the board what is so difficult about adopting it.

“If there was ever a township or organization that is in need of ethics, you guys are the picture of it,” she said.

On April 17, the Board of Trustees held a workshop meeting to review the proposed ordinance.

A draft of the ordinance was presented to the board in September 2018, with a special meeting on Oct. 3 to review the ordinance.

If the ordinance is adopted, a three-member ethics board would be created, separate from the ethics committee.

After the April 17 meeting, Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said the township doesn’t have an ordinance in place because it’s never needed one before.

“What happened in the past has prompted this,” she said.

To view a draft of the ethics ordinance, visit macomb-mi.gov/148/Board-of-Trustees.

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