OUR VIEW: Lillie for Eureka Township, Adams for Montcalm Township

By Daily News • Last Updated 9:47 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Supervisor positions are up for vote on Nov. 6 in two of Montcalm County’s most active and growing communities — Eureka Township and Montcalm Township.


Eureka Township

Republican Les Lillie, 55, is challenging incumbent Democrat Laura Shears, 60, for the position of Eureka Township supervisor.

Ms. Shears has been in the news lately for her stance regarding a proposed annexation by Mersen USA from Eureka Township into the neighboring city of Greenville. Ms. Shears wants a Public Act 425 agreement between the township and the city, instead of a Public Act 108 agreement, as proposed by city officials. Ms. Shears has declined offers to schedule mutual annexation committee meetings between the city and the township, according to City Manager George Bosanic.

Ms. Shears has said her stance has nothing to do with Mersen’s business, but Mersen officials disagree, noting they can’t make any plans until the annexation moves forward.

Mr. Lillie has previous experience on the Eureka Township Board, including four years as trustee and four years as supervisor. At Tuesday evening’s candidate forum in Greenville, Mr. Lillie said while serving as a township official in the past, he worked with city officials to develop Public Act 108 agreements and he never felt like the township was “burned.”

“Drawing a line in the sand is a very serious problem,” Mr. Lillie said. “We need to get together and talk about this.”

We agree with Mr. Lillie. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hear a rebuttal from Ms. Shears, as she was absent from Tuesday’s candidate forum.

We appreciate Mr. Lillie’s flexible and reasonable attitude toward working with city officials. A civil and positive working relationship between the city and the township is crucial for all residents and businesses in the growing Greenville area.

Mr. Lillie has our endorsement for Eureka Township supervisor.


Montcalm Township

Incumbent Supervisor Michael Adams, 40, an independent candidate, is being challenged for his position by Ron Trachet, 40, a Republican.

Mr. Adams has a master’s degree in management and is currently an accounting instructor at Montcalm Community College. Mr. Trachet has a bachelor’s degree in management and is currently a corrections officer, a firefighter and emergency medical technician. He is also chairman of the Montcalm Township Fire Board and helped the fire department lower its ISO rating by two points earlier this year.

Mr. Adams inherited quite a mess when he took over as township supervisor. He has done an admirable job thus far in helping the township move forward. His future goals include continuing to heal and restore trust and respect in the township by continuing his policy of including residents in meetings, listening to everyone and making all township business transparent.

We are impressed with the resumes of both candidates. We think Mr. Adams should be given a chance at another term to continue on the positive path he has already created.

Mr. Adams has our endorsement for Montcalm Township supervisor.


Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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