Supervisor's Blog

Sailing off Into the Sunset – or – All’s Well That Ends Well!

By Supervisor / February 28, 2022 /

I gotta admit – when I first sat down to write this, I thought it was going to be easy. “Piece of cake” sez I, I write all the time; just sit down, flick on the old keyboard and go.

Right.

That was last Wednesday.

Here I am, at the last day of month and hence the last day of my tenure as Supervisor of this budding little metropolis, still struggling with what to say and how to say it. But enough. This has gotta get done and I gotta do it so bear with me, I have no idea how this is going to turn out…

Depending on which statistic you believe, the average age for human beings in the U.S is 38… point something. Let’s not split hairs. So at the tender age of 73, I have outlived – by almost double – the average life expectancy for citizens of the U.S. I find that quite marvelous, especially considering in my formative years I did not expect to live to be 35. Seriously. And I almost didn’t on several occasions, too. But here I am at yet another fork in life’s road examining my recent past while anticipating the future. I gotta tell ya, folks, this is a great place to be!

My life has been blessed beyond measure and I am deeply appreciative both for my unbelievable wealth of experience and even moreso that I recognize it. I thank my parents for that, especially my mother who taught me that gratitude is the soil in which all good things grow. And I have more to be grateful for than the average bear, especially during these past 6 years.

Throughout my life my interests have been both profuse and eclectic; I have been an AFL-CIO member (long enough to earn a pension), in union management and an elected union representative. I was a 24K, card carrying, dyed in the wool liberal democrat, and a political activist. I’ve worked in factories and businesses of every stripe, I’ve been in management, management consulting, in sales, security and security consulting and I’ve owned several businesses – some of them were even successful. I’ve been self employed and I’ve also employed more than 130 people at one time. You could say I’ve been around the block, I guess. But the position that has had the most profound impact on me was this one – my work as your Township Supervisor.

At this point I need to re-iterate an oft repeated paean of mine concerning the Admin Team I’ve had the privilege of working with here: specifically Sheryll Dishaw, Judy Clark and Bob Jacokes. I’ve worked with literally thousands of people in my 73 years, but I have never worked with a more conscientious, meticulous, honest, diligent or dutiful crew in my life. Ever. It’s a shame they rarely got the appreciation they so richly deserved.

For those who reflect and those who aspire, attaining public office is profound. Absolutely profound. There is no other work on this planet where in order to acquire the job, you have to earn the trust and confidence of a majority of people whom you aspire to represent. Once you achieve that, then you must strive to earn their trust and earn it continuously. For me, the sheer awesomeness of that concept was staggering, it was astounding beyond comprehension. Clearly, I wouldn’t make it as a politician.

So as I set my sights on this, the (hopefully) last leg of my life’s journey, I want to thank each an every one of the more than 1,300 of you who, with your votes, opened the Township door for me. I will forever be deeply grateful for your faith, trust and confidence in me and I trust my service to you and this community has been beneficial. My intent was to leave this position better than I found it and to leave it in capable hands. I think I’ve done that, posterity will be my judge.

And now if you will excuse me, there are quite a number of Lake Superior Trout who are calling my name…it’s a chorus actually!

Godspeed and Farewell Concord Township!

Al

September 2021 Meeting Minutes and Board Actions

By Supervisor / September 29, 2021 /

For all those of you who just can’t live another minute without knowing what your Township Boards and Committees are doing (as indicated by the humungous, capacity crowds in the office) here is the record of all that transpired: September 2021 All

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County Meetings to Weigh Options on Spending $31MM ARPA Funds

By Supervisor / September 22, 2021 /

ATT_Summary of ARPA Projects_8-13-21 ATT_ARPA Public Meeting Presentation_8-12-21

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New Congressional Voting Districts

By Supervisor / September 22, 2021 /

Jackson County Board of Commissioners are holding OPEN MEETINGS to determine the size, shape and configuration of the newly authorized Congressional Voting Districts. EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTY SHOULD PLAN TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE OF THESE MEETINGS! 2021 Apportionment Meeting Schedule

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We Need A New Clerk!!!

By Supervisor / September 21, 2021 /

CONCORD TOWNSHIP NEEDS A NEW CLERK!             As much as we hate to have to do this, The Administrative Team at Concord Township is seeking a skilled professional to take on the role of Township Clerk.  After more than 3 decades in local government Sheryll Dishaw has decided to hang up her keyboard and call…

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Open County Meetings to Determine $31MM in ARPA Spending!

By Supervisor / September 21, 2021 /

  Jackson County Board of Commissioners are holding OPEN MEETINGS to determine how to spend the $31,000,000.00 (THIRTY-ONE MILLION DOLLARS) in American Rescue Plan funding colloquially known as “Biden Bucks” made available through the covid recovery plan. EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTY SHOULD PLAN TO ATTEND AT LEAST ONE OF THESE MEETINGS!   2021 Apportionment…

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Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees

By Supervisor / September 16, 2021 /

THE CONCORD TOWNSHIP BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 AT 5:30 PM IN THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE 121 GROVE STREET, CONCORD TO DISCUSS THE ASSESSING CONTRACT.

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JCDOT Notice of Opportunity for Comments

By Supervisor / July 28, 2021 /

I received the following notice of opportunity for public comment on work the good folks at JCDOT are planning for North Concord Road in 2023.  Nothing like planning ahead, eh?  Take a look at it and if you have an opinion, question or suggestion, please email me [email protected]  In other words, like the preacher said:…

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Concord Commercial Corridor

By Supervisor / July 21, 2021 /

A couple of years ago, we developed a vision for the future of Concord Township which recognized that we needed growth to survive and prosper, and we need organized growth to keep the peace in the community.  So, as we were developing our Master Plan we included a “Mixed Use” (Commercial and Residential) corridor along…

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Savory Summer Stuff

By Supervisor / July 21, 2021 /

Those of us fortunate enough to reside in the budding little metropolis of Concord have much to be grateful for.  Most important (in my mind, anyhow) is the many fresh fruit and vegetable merchants offering produce grown right here in the good earth of Concord Township!  Most of them are open for the season and…

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“All Good Things Must Come to an End” – Chaucer (1374)

By Supervisor / June 16, 2021 /

For those of you tenacious (or bored) enough to slog through this article to the end, I’m going to make an important point here.  I’m just going to take a very circuitous route to get to it…   My dad (RIP) was a hard man.  He was a die hard AFL-CIO bricklayer, an Old World,…

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