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Vote for change

November 3, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

(This is) in response to the letter to the editor dated Aug. 21 from Sally Santeford in which she stated "The Portage Township board, with the leadership of Supervisor Bruce Petersen has applied for and received millions of dollars in grants." At a regular township board meeting I asked Mr. Petersen if this was a true statement and he would not respond.

At the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country forum he was asked how many grants since he has been in office has he applied for. Mr. Petersen said, "we are looking at possible grants for the Houghton-to-Chassell recreational trail. We got grants from the DNR for the restrooms at the Hurontown recreation area." I believe the only grant received by the current township supervisor is approximately $35,000 for the DNR restrooms and approximately $10,000 for the bike trail in Dakota Heights.

Ms. Santeford's letter also referenced a grant received by Mr. Petersen, in which he "repaired sewer lines, resulting in a 51-percent decrease in flow, saving thousands of dollars." I applied for and received this grant during my tenure as township supervisor. This grant totaled more than $1 million dollars. I also applied for and received a sewer grant for Dakota Heights in excess of $670,000.

Mr. Petersen initially said in response to the LWV forum question regarding how many grants he has applied for, "A good preponderance of my time has been spent on Valley View Quarry." Not only has Mr. Peterson spent a good preponderance of his time, the township has also spent $75,000 in legal expenses.

Taxpayers of Portage Township; please be aware of the facts. Please vote for change on Nov. 6.

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Bill Bingham




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