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Posted: 04/30/14

Giannangeli new interim
township trustee for OT

Observer Special Writer
      John Giannangeli became the new Interim Township Trustee at the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting April 22.
       The board received 15 applications for the position of Interim Trustee and felt Giannangeli was the best candidate.
       Giannangeli has lived in Oakland Township for 22 years and worked in finance for more than 40 years. Now retired, he devotes his time to the community. He serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Review, and the Planning Commission.
       "I have the will, the desire, and the ability to serve this community and its residents," he told the board.
       The board members felt Giannangeli`s application stood out from the rest.
       "He's a precinct delegate, and he does not presently have to balance the demands of a traditional job with his volunteer service. This has obviously contributed to his ability to donate so much time to Oakland Township. Based on that, I wholeheartedly support Mr. Giannangeli," said Township Treasurer Jeanne Langlois.
       "It's obviously a difficult choice to narrow it to one from 15," said Township Supervisor Terry Gonser. "I think (Giannangeli) is well qualified and I certainly support him in every way possible."
       Oakland Township resident Frank Ferriolo said Giannangeli's work experience at GKN Driveline, where he served as vice-president of Finance Administration and Treasurer, will be an asset to the board.
       "His daily activities required critical thinking, team planning, and goal oriented achievement," he said. "(He is) an addition that will enhance and support the board's vision, not conflict with it."
       The board unanimously approved the appointment of Giannangeli to the Board of Trustees.
       After the meeting was adjourned, Giannangeli was officially sworn in by Township Clerk Karen Reilly. He will continue to serve on the Planning Commission as the Board of Trustees representative, replacing Langlois, who voluntarily resigned her position.
       "I'd like to thank the board for the appointment, but I really look forward to being able to serve the board and its residents. I'm excited about the position, and there's a lot activity going on right now," he said. "I'm for transparency, and I'm also a strong advocate for personal property rights, but you have to balance it with the public interest as well," he said after the swearing-in.
       The board also accepted the resignation of Historic District Commission Chairperson Josie Whitson and Secretary Jean Lyons. Whitson served on the HDC for nine years, and Lyons served 14 years on the commission. "They did want to give others the opportunity to serve, so that's the reason that when the term was up they wanted to leave," said HDC Preservation Planner Barb Barber.
       "As a liaison between the HDC and this board, I've been so impressed, especially how the chairperson of the HDC conducts the meeting, her depth of knowledge and her true graciousness. She's a lovely lady, and Commissioner Lyons as well," said Township Trustee Maureen Thalmann. "They both brought a great deal to their jobs, and I'm sorry to see them retiring."
       The board also explained why a decision on the Rochester Cider Mill was not made at the meeting.
       "They did not complete a revised consent judgment," said Gonser. "My expectation is, based what they told me, it should be ready for the next board meeting."
       Township Manager Ann Capela said the township was also using their planner as a consultant.
       "We've been working with the township planner and he simply said he did not have sufficient time to prepare a very good report," she said. "He did say he will in the next two weeks."
       In other business, the Board of Trustees:
       - Approved a tentative agreement between the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Local 4918 and the Township of Oakland.
       - Approved the hiring of Deputy Treasurer Lawrence Claeson.
       - Approved a final preliminary site condominium plan for Oak Arbor Crest.

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