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Posted: 04/02/14

Inaction on Stier residency issue called into question

Ray Twp. supervisor says only two ways to deal with issue

by STACY SOBOTKA
Observer Special Writer
      The question of Ray Township Treasurer Doug Stier's place of residency was again brought up at the Ray Township Board of Trustees meeting March 18.
       A group of residents have been working since 2012 to prove Stier does not live in Ray Township even though Stier's affidavit for the 2012 election had a Ray Township address listed as his residence.
       Ray Township resident Kevin Brown explained to the board that he was frustrated that no action has been taken over the issue.
       "Everybody's passing the buck," said Brown. "I don't take any pleasure in doing this. I'm not happy I have to do it. Something's got to be done about it. It's not right."
       Township Supervisor Charlie Bohm said the board obtained an opinion from its attorney.
       "There are only two things you can do -- a recall, or, at the next election, not re-elect him," he said. "He has to make a new statement when he runs for election."
       Bohm also said Stier was in the process of renting a place in the township.
       That didn't sit well with Brown.
       "You cannot purge yourself twice and then all of a sudden you're going to be forgiven," he said. "This has been something that's been going on for two and half years."
       Also at the meeting, Ray Township Historical Society President Terry Goike announced that the Ray Township Library had hired a new library director.
       "Her name is Sally Smith and she is going to be starting April 1," said Goike. "Suzanne (Graham, retiring library director) will stay on to train her."
       The board also announced the termination of services of its work with planning firm Community Planning & Management, PC due a scheduling conflict where the planner was unable to make Tuesday meetings with the Planning Commission.
       The board then approved a motion to have Township Clerk Paula Artman put together a package to advertise for bids for a new planner for the township.
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       - Announced a fundraising spaghetti dinner for Wetzel State Recreation Area on March 29 at the Huron Pointe Sportsmen's Association in New Haven. "Their funding has been cut by the state," said Bohm. "It's something that needs to be preserved."
       - Approved a motion to advertise specifications for the Ray Township Library tin ceiling project to potential bidders.


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