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 Charles Oliver was appointed to the Macomb Township Board of Trustees Jan. 22. Oliver previously served as a trustee for 16 years.

Charles Oliver was appointed to the Macomb Township Board of Trustees Jan. 22. Oliver previously served as a trustee for 16 years.

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Former trustee appointed to serve on Macomb Township board

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 29, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Charles Oliver was appointed to the Macomb Township Board of Trustees in a 5-1 vote at the board’s Jan. 22 meeting. Trustee Nancy Nevers cast the lone opposition vote.

A special meeting was held Jan. 15 to allow applicants for the vacant trustee position to address the board regarding their qualifications.

A trustee seat opened up following the Dec. 18 death of Roger Krzeminski.

The Supervisor’s Office received 15 applications for the position.

Supervisor Janet Dunn said Oliver has eight years of experience on the township Board of Review, has served for 15 years on the Planning Commission, and previously spent 16 years as a trustee.

“He’s served on Fire Station No. 2 building committee, is a board member for the Gleaners Food Bank, is a member of the Michigan Agricultural Surplus System, a delegate for the Michigan Farm Bureau, and is a sponsor of parks and recreation programs,” Dunn said. “With his extensive experience and having previously been a trustee, he would be ready to begin tomorrow.”

Oliver, a self-employed co-owner of Oliver Farms Inc., said he feels he can be ready to go on day one as a trustee, citing that he is current with issues and procedures of the township.

He believes some of the top issues facing the township are roads and keeping taxes low.

“For roads, we need to work together with the county and provide our share of funding,” Oliver said. “We also need to keep the sidewalk program moving forward.”

Trustee Tim Bussineau said that when he went through the process of appointing a trustee,  there were certain qualities he looked for in a candidate.

“Some significant skill sets and leadership aspects I looked for included: Were they someone the community would’ve liked?” Bussineau said. “Mr. Oliver was elected many times to serve on this board.”

Bussineau also asked himself if an individual could help the board in the planning process.

“We’ve talked about revisiting the master plan, and I don’t know somebody more equipped now to help us than Mr. Oliver,” he said.

Currently, Oliver serves as the Planning Commission chairman. Bussineau said he plans on asking Oliver to serve as the board’s Planning Commission liaison.

The last criteria Bussineau said he looked at regarding candidates is if they disagree with the culture that employees have reported in the township.

“At a very controversial time in our township when Mr. Meagher left, it was a big step for him to come up and recognize Mr. Meagher that night. It was a big moment to have your presence felt, especially why Mr. Meagher was reporting that he resigned,” Bussineau said.

In April, former Planning Director Patrick Meagher resigned, citing a distinct disconnect between department heads, board members and the human resources/legal counsel department.