Livonia clerk requests Northville endorsement
Mar 3, 2014 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
“The board members did not offer Marecki any formal support or respond to her request for their endorsement”
Northville Township officials have excellent, and long memories.
They proved that during their regular meeting last Thursday when Livonia City Clerk Terry Marecki appeared at the meeting to ask for their endorsement of her candidacy for the Wayne County Commission 9th District seat.
The 9th District includes the City of Northville, Northville Township and the City of Livonia.
Trustee Fred Shadko asked Marecki, “After being passionately behind an annexation move to take our land, do you really think you could represent our constituents fairly?”
Shadko was referring to the effort in 2008 by the City of Livonia to annex 414 acres of Northville Township property. The effort followed a protracted battle with a developer who had purchased the land at Haggerty and Seven Mile Road, once the site of the Northville Psychiatric Hospital.
In 2006 when agreement could not be reached between the town- ship and the developers. Bloomfield Hills based Real Estate Interests Group (REIS) and Livonia Schostak Bros filed a lawsuit against Northville Township.
A year later, REIS installed mobile homes on the property and the township reluctantly approved occupancy permits for the stated purpose of having “guards” live on the site. These “residents” then filed legal paperwork to have the property annexed to Livonia.
Marecki told Shadko and the other trustees that she was only following the wishes of her city council members at the time of the attempted annexation. She said she understands the attempt may have left a few hard feelings.
“I don’t see any problem with that,” Marecki told Shadko. The board members did not offer Marecki any formal support or respond to her request for their endorsement.
Republicans Marecki and Livonia City Councilwoman Laura Toy will vie for the seat currently held by Laura Cox who is hoping to win the seat being vacated by State Rep. John Walsh.
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