Joe Disses The Cops

By Irwin M Fletcher.

We could not make this up if we tried.

Joe Nichols trying to slam Maxx Towing by saying the police helping to sweep up debris while the car is being loaded onto the hauler is “wasting tax dollars” You can’t make this stuff up.

The other incredibly disturbing thing here is that he allows a guy from Florida go on a verbal rampage against the police in this town and THANKS HIM for his comments. Yet he blocks actual residents in town from pushing back on his awful narrative.

See for yourself……


When does this end?


Pretty clear now that Joe and his crew have very little respect for the police here unless they are all about bringing back Fosters as the towing company. This is really shameful behavior. Fraser deserves better.


Here is Mr. LaDuke’s show from today going over all of this.



Ethics Violation In Wash. D.C But Not Fraser?

By Irwin M Fletcher

So if I am reading this right.

Yvette Foster a while back was so dismayed that her fellow council people had no “ethics”. Here is her Facebook post below…….

Yet last month the city attorneys magically pull out of their legal top hat a state law that supersedes the city charter and wahlah, Yvette can vote. Even though she is married to the guy who owns/will own the place when her father-in-law decides to call it quits. She actually believes that there is no conflict of interest or ethics concern.

Yet 800 miles away in Washington D.C. Kellyanne Conway mentions her bosses daughter clothing line on national TV and all hell breaks loose. Rightly so.

Here is the federal statue.

So Kellyanne cant promote her bosses daughters stuff ( which she does not own a part of that company or benefit from in any way) but Yvette can not only promote, BUT VOTE on a contract to give her husbands company back a contract they lost because of fraud.

Who lack ethics again Yvette?

There is corruption in Macomb County and Fraser. If you want your property values to go up and the city to flourish, it is time to get rid of these people.


By Irwin M Fletcher

Stop it Joe!! Please STOP!!

Stop with the silly videos.

The first one, you know, by the Clinton Township IT guy, was just funny.

This latest one is just plain EMBARRASSING!!

It took you 2 days to figure out how to post it from Google docs to your Facebook, And this is what we got? Did you watch it in those 2 days and still think it would be wise to post?

Please tell me you and Matt got drunk and thought it would be a good idea to make this. That could be the only reason to explain the horrendous writing.

Did you fact check anything you said? You mention $100 million and 870,000 residents. According to this article it is $78 million and 500,000 residents.


Stop comparing what is happening in Flint to what is happening in Fraser. There is no comparison. Thousands of people in Flint are being exposed to contaminated water that will affect them for the rest of their lives. As far as i have heard the water is safe to drink in Fraser.

Did you think this would go viral and President Trump would come to Macomb County? #aintgonnahappen Once they do a background check on you, he will stay as far away from you as possible. #pettythief

If you really want to help the residents of Fraser then take my advice.


That’s right. Step back. Let the big boys handle this! I’m not saying don’t attend the update meetings. I’m just saying stay in the background. Keep informed for the residents of Fraser and Eberlein. I’m pretty sure you have your hands full with hiring a new City Manager, cutting spending for the new budget, towing, etc.

Speaking of cutting spending.

Did this video cost the city anything to produce?

I also heard a room was rented in Lansing for the State of the State address. Is this true? On the city’s dime? I mean, it’s less than an hour and a half drive to Fraser.

If you do decide to make another video can i help with the editing? Here is an example of my work.

Email To The FULL Council

By The Peoples Mayor

This morning I sent an email asking the city council a number of questions regarding recent events here in the city. I will post any and all responses here for the public to see.

from: Thomas LaDuke
to: Joseph Nichols ,
Matt Hemelberg ,,,
Patrice Schornak ,
Yvette Foster ,
Kathy Blanke
Kelly Dolland ,,

Good Morning,

I was very happy to see Governor Snyder visit the sinkhole site yesterday and offer his assistance to the county and the city to get things rolling even smoother than they have since Mrs Miller has taken over Jan-1-2017.

I do have some questions in and around this.

* Why was the FULL council not informed that the Governor of our state was visiting this site? Joe was notified of this and Matt and Yvette I’m sure were informed through Joe. Why were the two Mikes, Patrice and Kathy not informed through a email? Is this professional?

* How much did the P.S.A. announcing a Special Meeting featuring Joe talking about something related to the sinkhole announcing a special meeting cost? Was this used with taxpayer money? Being we are all well aware of Joe’s aversion to social media this was done by someone with knowledge of video, graphics and audio.

*Last calendar year this council held 23 meetings. You have already held 10 meetings this FISCAL year and you have had one this month already with another 3 scheduled. Why do we need TWO meetings scheduled on the sinkhole when the Jan 1st press conference cost the Fraser taxpayers ZERO in terms of council expenditures. The information at that presser was a much more effective way to get information out and does not tie up city employees and the contractors during a critical phase of this project.

I look forward to answers to these questions. Also any and all answers will be posted on PUBLIC social media site so all the citizens of Fraser can see what you the elected officials of Fraser think. In your own words.

That is truly being transparent….not just saying the word.

Check over at FRASER MAYOR all week for many more posts.


Thomas LaDuke
Executive Director
Skype: irishduke69
Host Of “Bourbon On The Rocks”
Matt Hemelberg’s Fav “Low Budget Podcast”

Matt Hemelberg has responded and below is my response to that.

I for one was not informed by the Mayor about this meeting. I myself along with other members of council have been at multiple meeting every week to keep informed of what is going on with the sinkhole and all of our displaced resident. I have help out in every aspect I could. I was even there Christmas eve and Christmas day, delivering our FPD, DPW and the workers cases of pop and water. I attended meetings there on Christmas day, New years eve, New years day taking time away from my family. I myself have taken every possible step to make sure I have had information on what is going on with our City and our residents. I as a member of council don’t feel I should have to take additional time away from my business and my family to inform other members of council what is going on. I have seen all but one member at meetings. They took the same oath as I did and should be putting forth a little effort to keep informed. The city has a link or information tab on its website for all who want updates. Many of us have spent countless hours out in the rain and cold to keep informed while others have sat in the comforts of their homes and complained about being informed. All members of council have the same luxury of going to the headquarters and sitting in on the meetings. I have met many families and many good people there.I have recieved much great information by attending. I refuse to spend extra time to inform the ones who have never spent an ounce of energy to get informed and depend on others to provide the information to them. We are all in this together and I think if members want to be informed they should put the effort forward to get informed. Being a councilmember requires more than just one thurday meeting. If taking time out of your day to get the information needed is to much, maybe its not the job for them. Just my feelings. Anything else I can help you with Tom feel free to reach out to me anytime. Like I said before there is a link on the City of Fraser website for anyone interested in the sinkhole progress. I hope you had a great holiday season. Have a great day.

Matt Hemelberg
Acting Mayor
City of Fraser
(586) 214-8921


Getting back to my original point than who informed YOU of the Governors visit?

I understand the time it takes to be out there asking questions of the people who are actually responsible for doing the work but a visit from the Governor is a pretty big deal. I know it took all of 2 minutes for me to answer this email and I would think that even though we are “Guys” we can at least multitask on letting others know of a important visit. Literally…there are no virtue points for going to meetings and not passing along this info.

See this has zero to do with you and how much time in the rain and cold doing X and getting in camera shots. This has to do with the info passed out to all elected officials. This simply looks petty. Very. Petty.

Also I just looked at the city website and county website and they both have no mention of this so once again to make this look like it is not You, Joe and Yvette just playing favorites again, playing politics. How did you find out about the Governors visit if it was not through Joe?

Thanks again


Matt gave a response to me later Mon night after the sinkhole meeting. Posted below this is my response

There was talk at the meeting friday at the headquaters. I heard Candice mention the governor might come out to the site. I seen on facebook channel 4 site (I believe 4 or 7) that he was comming in on sunday early afternoon. I went to the site and talked to AEW personnel and they told me he was but they were not for sure the time. I believe the Governor didnt give a certain time due to security reasons. I went there twice yesterday. We I went at noon there were people from governors office there( including security ) I asked when he was comming. His representative told me approx 1:00 p.m.
As I stated to you before Tom. If Kathy Blanke wants to be part of this she needs to get out and get the information. Letting her and the others know what is happening is not my job. They can’t just sit back and expect the rest of us to provide the information they should be searching for. If they tried getting invloved maybe they would learn something and have insight on whats going on. I have no need to call and inform them on issues they should be researching. Mike Lesich does a great job keeping social media sites up to date. He has been to just as many if not more meeting than I. If the news and everyone else knew that Snyder was comming I find it hard to believe Mike and his crew had no idea that Snyder was comming. If they were informed by an email why weren’t any of the three of us ( Mayor,Yvette and myself) also informed. You accuse us of hiding information. If it was sent to them and not us then maybe someone else needs to inform all of council. It’s a two way street. Apparently they have issues with communication also. In my eyes this is just another pathetic attempt to make it look like the Mayor, Yvette and I are hiding things and not being team players. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Maybe you should foia everyones emails and see who sends out emails to others and who has never really sent an email to any of us three. Like I have said before, if councilmembers are not informed on the issues of the sinkhole it’s definately because they have not put forth the effort to serve the community that they took oath to serve. I know you are totally one sided on the issues with this council as it shows on your podcast. (A.K.A. Matt Hemelbergs fav. Low budget podcast) as you signed on your email. Lol. But the best way for the member to get answers is SHOW UP and get your answers. Dont sit on the couch and wait for those who actually put forth the effort to run and give it to you. Just as it was said tonight that it wasn’t important to have this meeting. Well tonight we had more people than we ever have. ( as we did last sinkhole meeting). Many people recieved answer to their question and recieved help that they so deserved. That to me is a good reason to have a meeting. Providing answers to the questions asked. Serving the residents is what we on council should be doing. Also easing residents minds during this tragic time and giving them the answers to help them thru this event. If thats what it takes then I approve of these meetings. These meeting will be billed to the county along with all the resources we have provided since day one. It might not be paid tommorrow but I believe it will be taken care of. Sorry if my email is not 100% Tom but I am typing this from my phone. Have a great night.

Matt Hemelberg
Acting Mayor
City of Fraser
(586) 214-8921

Good Morning Matt,

First off kudos to responding yet again. I’m glad you caught the tag at the end of the my signature being your drop is a highly requested one. See…….I’m not such a monster after all.

So as I am often to do as you well know, I like to give political advice from time to time. You always ignore it, but I will attempt once again.

Stop being a DI#K

I asked a question of why Joe did not email ALL of council on a visit by OUR Governor. Now being you are telling me that you found out at HQ in random conversation I guess that will suffice for now. I find it odd though that Joe did not let you know. Really. Odd. Also aside from you and Yvette there are four other council people and a city manager. Just seems to be the courteous thing to do. You know…on of seven votes.

As the picture that was sent to me ( attached below) from someone that works on the site with daily notes from last week ( This person read the post yesterday at Fraser Mayor and sent it along) clearly shows that Joe “Firmly” noted that ALL questions related to this project go through his office. I would think that it would be incumbent on him to take 3 minutes ( 5 with spell check) and let all city officials know in a email. Being he must have known FIRMLY that the Governor was coming before all of his colleagues. Leaders do that stuff.

Now as for your diatribe about Kathy. I know Kathy has been under the weather as I think you recall from the Jan 3rd meeting.

Yet I will add this.

Kathy Blanke has done more in this town to help it’s citizens and the community than you or I could do in 10 lifetimes. She has always worked behind the scenes, not looking to get credit and jump in front of a TV camera and you damn well know this. If you don’t, than once again you listen to the wrong people and dont know the town you represent all that well. Why you would bring her up when I asked a question of why at least FOUR council people not just Kathy, were not given the courtesy of a heads up is just plain rude on your part. Hence the advice at the beginning of “Stop being a DI#K”

I will check with “Mike and his crew” to see if they sent emails on this and thank you for the F.O.I.A. idea. You gave me a interesting idea.

As for the meeting.

This could have been done at ZERO cost to the Fraser taxpayer and everyone of those questions could be answered.


Holding the meeting not as a official city council meeting means though that you dont get paid as a council. As I stated in my previous email, after 23 meetings in 2016 with a aprox cost of 70K these things add up. A press conference would work better, get all the questions answered and save the taxpayers money. Win / Win.

Even if as you say, that the county will pick up the bill ( Where has that been discussed? ) it is STILL TAXPAYER MONEY. Being you have never voted for a city budget claiming to watch the taxpayers money so close…..why not do that? Just remember that no matter if it is local, county, state or federal money that is yours and mine. You could have done this at no cost but some politicians need to get paid.

I know that my podcast is one sided, ENUFF is ruff and FAIR is not fair…yada yada yada. Social media is sooooo bad except when you only control the message. Sorry that the 1st adm doesn’t work that way and just provide safe spaces for politicians to only get out THEIR view Give this idea a whirl in that head of yours. If you had another side that had valid, sensible points, why are you afraid to express them in ANY venue? I get questioned all the time on what I believe and never fear the conversation. I also back my view up with links to numbers which usually lead to solid facts. Saying anything is one sided and not backing that up is just intellectually dishonest and I abhor that in politics and public servants.

In closing thank you once again for the F.O.I.A. idea. There are some groups in D.C. that are looking to test some things out and Fraser might be a interesting test case. Candice has worked with some of them so that might be a interesting combo.

Also for the remainder of your last 10 months in office actually try to serve the public and don’t just be the Gilligan to Joe’s, Skipper. If you actually have to list the stuff you are doing for the sinkhole while being “seen” maybe you are not going about this right. In fact….you aren’t.

One last thing. Don’t hug a guy who is a elected official that you just met. Looks just #awkward on T.V.


Thomas LaDuke
Executive Director
Skype: irishduke69
Host Of “Bourbon On The Rocks”
Matt Hemelberg’s Fav “Low Budget Podcast”

Public Service Announcements

Posted by The Peoples Mayor

Good Morning,

Public Service Announcements, Extra Meetings and BIG logos saying MAYOR on Joe’s jacket. How much Fraser taxpayer money is being spent to make Joe feel special?

Do we need all these extra meetings and having P.S.A’s filmed that talk about special meetings?

Fraser…… this what you want?


By The Peoples Mayor


From Councilman Mike Michael Lesich

A Snow Emergency has been declared for the City of Fraser. To assist the plows in their work clearing our streets, please park your vehicles in the driveway during this event.

These guys will be working throughout the afternoon and evening to make our streets safe.


By John Cameron

Good Evening Fraser,

I am happy to be a contributor here at Fraser Mayor. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Dogood and Mr. LaDuke ( The Peoples Mayor) for allowing me to join the conversation.

I am happy for this first post to be about the views that have taken place since this site launched the beginning of October.


These are the views on the site since last Monday, November 28th.


These are the views since the site launched.

This is all due to you, the people of Fraser who are checking this site for all the fact based links and news here plus spreading the word.

Thank you for you continued patronage.

The Grinches Dbl Down On Bullying In Fraser

By The Peoples Mayor


Never is done with this crew.

If you recall last week the SECOND most popular post in this sites history The Mayor That Stole Christmas showed the emails between city officials about a event that has gone on for YEARS with nary a issue.

Until Joe Nichols became involved.

Click on the link above to catch up or if you know the sordid history buckle up.

SIX DAYS after the city manager last emailed Joe on Tue Nov 22 and said the Rec Commission plan would be the route the event would take, Grinch Joe checks back in on Mon Nov 28 to say Grinch Nichols checks in. Even though the C.M. said the city should honor the Goodfellows and Public Safety officers with the ORIGINAL plan VOTED ON by the Rec Commission, Joe still thinks HE SHOULD be the center of attention. He is the MAYOR after all. Joe still is asking for his pick of people to be up on stage INSTEAD of P.S.O. representatives and the Goodfellows which work hard in this community each and every day.

Christina Woods who is the Parks and Rec director responds to this latest attempt to hijack this event from the original plan which if you check the previous emails once again Joe had no interest in being he wanted the date to change being he COULD NOT ATTEND.

From: Christina Woods []
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016 9:38 AM
To: Joseph Nichols ; Sarah Kelley
Cc: Yvette Foster ;; Tim Tomlinson ; Kelly Dolland ; Rich Haberman ; Patrice Schornak ; Kathy Blanke ; Michael Lesich ; Sherry Stein ; Jerry Brown ; Laura Lesich ; Dave Kubiak ; David Winoweicki ; Linda Stonebreaker Subject: RE: Christmas in Fraser

Thank you Mayor for the suggestion to honor the Goodfellows and Fraser PSO in the Fire Bay for the Christmas in Fraser event. The Recreation will continue with the event as scheduled, which was voted unanimously by the Recreation Commission and agreed upon by the City Manager. We will be honoring the Goodfellows for the Lighting and the Fraser PSO handing the key to Santa.
It is clear Mrs. Ventimiglio should be acknowledged, and we will do so with a special tribute to her, at the ceremony before the lighting. I will add this to the itinerary. This way all parties will get special recognition, the Goodfellows, Fraser PSO along with Brandon Kelly (POC Firefighter) and kids, and Mrs. Ventimiglio.

Thank you and have a good day,

Christina Woods
Recreation Director
City of Fraser | 34935 Hidden Pine Drive, Fraser MI 48026 |Office: 586.296.8483 |
Creating Community Through Places and Programs to Grow, Learn, Live, and Play

Mayor Bully Pants does not like that answer. Tis Dec-1-2016 ,only 2 days until the event and he STILL is bullying and pushing to get his way. Once again…..he did not take any interest in this for almost a MONTH after he was told the event could not be moved to accommodate HIS schedule. Now all of a sudden his CEREMONIAL role as Mayor trumps all the hard work others have put into make this event the success it is every year. Part time Mayors don’t put these things together, the city staff does but not since Joe won by barley 150+ votes.

So what does he do? Get a “opinion” from the city attorney.

Courtesy of a email from Dave Winowiecki ( which is listed below) the city law firms states that….

Mr. Tomlinson points out that you are a “ceremonious head and the key to the city represents that position, and I would think the Mayor holds the power to determine by whom that key is received”

Yet the ceremonial head wants to hi jack the whole ceremony and that must be done.

Joe will take over the stage and the Police and Fire personal along with the Goodfellows will be put into the fire bay. Joe HAS to have what he wants or he will just throw a fit like he does at council meetings.

Luckily the Parks And Rec Commission has a rational adult that can dissect this nonsense in Dave Winowiecki.

Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016 7:32 PM
To: ‘Yvette Foster’ ; ‘Christina Woods’ ; ‘Dave Kubiak’ ; ‘Jerry Brown’ ; ‘Joseph Nichols’ ; ‘Kathy Blanke’ ; ‘Laura Lesich’ ; ‘Linda Stonebreaker’ ; ‘Matt Hemelberg’ ; ‘Michael Lesich’ ; ‘Patrice Schornak’ ; ‘Sarah Kelley’ ; ‘Sherry Stein’
Cc: ‘Kelly Dolland’ ; ‘Rich Haberman’ ; ‘Tim Tomlinson’
Subject: RE: Christmas in Fraser


Again just to clarify this is David Winowiecki responding……………………..

Through the chain of e-mails from you to a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Director of Parks and Recreation, select members of City Council, the City Manager, and the city Attorney, it appears that you have UNILATERALY decided to change the programing of our Christmas in Fraser program.

As I pointed out in previous communications, I have failed to find where you can exercise “the mayors choice” in a programming change, and as the City Manager pointed out that you do not have the “unilateral authority” to change the programming that Parks and Rec voted on, and best of all the city Attorney stated….”Accordingly, if Council has granted the Commission to oversee and run the tree lighting, then they would be the proper party to set the agenda.

Historically by way of the absence of input from City Council with regard to annual programming and acceptance of proposals from the Director of Parks and Rec (reference budget meetings at the Senior Center and subsequent budget approvals by Council), Council has granted the authority to Parks and Rec the additional powers that Mr. Tomlinson refers to in setting the agenda for programs. Mr. Tomlinson points out that you are a “ceremonious head and the key to the city represents that position, and I would think the Mayor holds the power to determine by whom that key is received”. This does not give you unilateral authority to change the entire program. Since our Director has conceded to your constant pressure, as a member of the Commission I will respect her actions, however, personally I will not respect yours.

In your e-mail to Sarah, (copying only select members of Council, the City Clerk, the City Manager, and our Director of Parks and Rec) you indicated that you felt that your suggestions were a “good compromise to a very confused situation”. To be clear, Compromise can only occur when all parties agree to a mutual solution. That did not occur in this situation. Members of the Commission who voted were not consulted, nor was the remainder of the City Council consulted as the City Manager suggested.
During your campaign, you spoke of the need for Ethics, more specifically……
1) Eliminate backroom deals and closed door sessions
2) Ensure that the public has access to city government by making every vote of council transparent and open
3) Expose and disclose those with hidden agendas and conflicts of interest

By your actions with regard to this subject, this doesn’t even appear as opaque or even translucent, let alone transparent or ethical. You were recently quoted in a newspaper article as suggesting that there is diviseness within the City Council and that there were separate agendas within the City Council. Through your actions and demeanor throughout this situation it appears to me that the diviseness and hidden agendas stems from the top because you undermined the Parks and Rec Commissioners, the Director of Parks and Rec, the City Manager, City Council as well as the City Attorney.

These are my final thoughts.

If for some reason our paths do not cross at “Christmas in Fraser”, I sincerely wish your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Prosperous New Year.

Best regards,
David Winowiecki
Parks and Recreation Commissioner

WOW. Well at least Joe responds much quicker than he did when he originally to screw this whole program up.

From: Joseph Nichols
Date: December 1, 2016 at 7:45:19 PM EST
To: Debby Winowiecki
Cc: Yvette Foster , Christina Woods , Dave Kubiak , Jerry Brown , Kathy Blanke , Laura Lesich , Linda Stonebreaker , Matt Hemelberg , Michael Lesich , Patrice Schornak , Sarah Kelley , Sherry Stein , Kelly Dolland , Rich Haberman , Tim Tomlinson
Subject: Re: Christmas in Fraser

Good evening Dave,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your thoughts, I do appreciate them. The city attorney cleared the matter up this morning, it wasn’t me/ or “The Mayor” as many attempt to portray, question was asked and answered. I trust our legal council to interpret any and all issues properly and give us the proper direction, when needed or unclear.
I wish you Very Merry Christmas filled with the love of your family and gods blessings. Enjoy your evening.


Joe Nichols
Mayor City of Fraser
33000 Garfield Rd.
Fraser, MI 48026

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So what can we take away from this????????


I the PEOPLES MAYOR will let you take a look and make up your mind. Of course you can hear my take on Bourbon On The Rocks Mon-Fri 11am on FTR.

I am sure more is to come on this so stay tuned.