The Peoples Mayor
We have a real gem here people.
You all recall the “EMERGENCY” meeting last Friday about sharing services with Clinton Township in regards to Parks & Rec?
Meeting went smooth with our neighbors to the north. As smooth of course as one meeting can get when you have Joe “CALL ME MAYOR” Nichols in attendance.
Here are some emails that flew AFTER the meeting from Mayor Bobble Head and the responses from other people that were also IN THE MEETING.
From: Joe Nichols [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 2:22 PM
To: Wayne O’Neal <email@example.com>; Jack Dolan <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Tim Tomlinson <email@example.com>
Cc: Gregory M. Meihn <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Don Gasiorek <email@example.com>
Subject: Employee Contact
I would appreciate that you restate your policy to employee Christina Woods.
I do not appreciate the verbal attack on myself and direct contact with me displayed this afternoon while meeting in Clinton Twp. by Mrs. Woods.
This is an across the board directive, and should be followed by all.
Mayor City of Fraser
33000 Garfield Rd.
Fraser, MI 48026
From: Wayne O’Neal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 4:49 PM
Subject: RE: Employee Contact
To: Joe Nichols <email@example.com>
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jack Dolan <email@example.com>, Kathy Blanke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kelly Dolland <email@example.com>, Michael Lesich <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mike Carnagie <email@example.com>, Patrice Schornak <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Tim Tomlinson <email@example.com>, Yvette Foster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This was a business meeting and the contact was at this meeting and totally appropriate for both parties to communicate the issues just as Council persons Blanke and Lesich. I did not observe any “verbal attack” by Ms. Woods and would defer to the other council persons in attendance to either confirm or deny this. I do believe that she asked for any solutions that you might have as it related to the Recreation programs or Senior Programs during this fiscal crisis. Wayne.
From: Kathy Blanke <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:01 PM
Subject: Re: Employee Contact
To: Wayne O’Neal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Joe Nichols <mayorjoecityoffraser@gmail.
Date: Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: Employee Contact
To: Kathy Blanke <email@example.com>
Cc: Wayne O’Neal <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Joe Nichols <mayorjoecityoffraser@gmail.
During a round-robin discussion, Ms. Woods’ asked Mr. Nichols about his possible solutions to our current dilemma. The question was entirely appropriate, given their respective positions, the topic of conversation, the urgency of the matter, and the gravity of the situation.
Mr. Nichols’ reply went off-topic, at first deflecting all questions to the City Manager. He then started explaining the entire Fraser budget process and his version of the reasons for a divide on council on the current budget matter. It was an out of place monologue in an otherwise professional and productive meeting.
Ms. Woods maintained her composure, and soon after engaged Mr. Nichols in a constructive dialog. The meeting continued.
Ms. Woods has been a consummate professional throughout this particularly difficult time. She is in the process of launching Summer programs for 350 participants, managing 35+ seasonal employees, a recreation center, park rentals, and senior programs, all while planning the immediate elimination of her department, including her own job, while working 60 hour weeks on a 40-hour salary. Somehow she is managing to keep her head held high and her staff motivated.
She is to be commended, not reprimanded.
I’m sure my story can be corroborated by the 11 other people in the room if necessary. If you have any questions, please let me know.