Mike Palmer is one of six candidates competing for the four open Trustee seats on the Brighton Township Board of Trustees. Continue following Brighton Patch this week for more Township Board of Trustees election coverage.
I am divorced and have three children, Lindsay, Abby and Jonathan. Most recently two grandchildren: Haley and Olivia.
I attended High School in Livonia where I grew up and graduated from Bentley High in 1970.
Veteran served in the United States Army (Honorable Discharge). Graduate of the police Academy 1977, police officer Green Oak Twp. Currently retired from General Motors 30 years, 1979-2009.
What groups/organizations are you involved with in the community?
I was elected to the Brighton City Council for two consecutive terms: 1989-1995. I was appointed by Brighton Township for two terms on the Fonda, Island Briggs Lake Joint Water Authority (board member, Vice Chairman and Chairman).
Why are you running for office and what relevant qualities/skills would you bring to the position?
I am running for Township Trustee for three simple reasons. The current leadership has failed the taxpayers of this community for lack of transparency, integrity and most importantly credibility by not allowing public input on issues that will impact Tax Payers for years to come. I bring my municipal experience as a former Brighton City Council Member as well as a Board member on the Water Authority and attending most of the Board of Trustees, Planning Commission and some utility meetings over the last several years.
What are the top three priority issues the Township Board should address and what actions would you, as an elected official, take to address them?
Priority issues now facing Brighton Township: (1) The sewer and water, both are insolvent the Township has been unable to meet the debt payments for years without loans from the general fund at 2 percent interest and they just keep kicking the can down the street with no policy or way to pay it back. The current unfunded liability is $8 to $10 million dollars. I am on the sewer and a voice that will be heard. (2) Restore the CALL TO THE PUBLIC at all meetings that this Board has eliminated in special meetings, extend the time when the public wishes to speak. By eliminating the last call to the public the Board has tried to muzzle the public. (3) Eliminate the excess fees paid to contractors/sub contractors such as Attorney, OHM, Kelly Services and to re-open the Township Hall during lunch hours 12:30-1:30 currently. The Township is to serve the people not make it convenient for Staff scheduling. (4) Have the Supervisor hold office hours rather than just sending e-mails for his $28,000.00 + a year job. Currently he has no set hours. Issues the Board should have been addressing is codification of the Ordinances, updating old and antiquated ordinances enforcement of the Ordinances the list goes on and on.