Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Potter County: More resignations in Genesee Township

From Soloman's words for the wise
By Sharon Corderman
Two more Genesee Township officials have tendered their resignations and the continuing turmoil within the community brought out dozens of residents to the March 8 meeting.
On Feb. 24, Susan Williams, township secretary/treasurer, submitted her resignation, effective immediately. Citing a hostile work environment, Williams said she found it physically and mentally debilitating to work under such stressful circumstances. She added that the decision to leave was difficult and noted that she had felt honored to be the president of the Potter County Township Officals Association for the past several years, as well as serving on the secretary/manager committee for the Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors.
The day of the meeting, Mar. 8, the township building permit officer, Dale Ransom, also tendered his resignation. Supervisors are accepting applications for the position of secretary/treasurer until Mar. 14. Supervisor Scott Luce was appointed to fill the position in the interim. It was the resignations of two supervisors during the month of December and the subsequent appointments of Luce and Scot Miller that sparked a civil complaint filed by residents Rance Baxter and Dennis Matteson and Supervisor Dann Thompson, who won his seat in last November’s municipal election. The full details of that suit were filed with the court on Mar. 2 and it was the topic of a significant amount of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting. Thompson, who was unanimously appointed chairman of the board at the January re-organization meeting, was unable to attend the meeting as he was with a family member at the hospital so Vice-chair Miller chaired the meeting in his absence. This court action epitomizes the turmoil swirling in the community and emotions were high at the meeting, with numerous attendees speaking out about the ‘change’ that was promised by Thompson during his write-in campaign and what they perceive to be a negative outcome of that change.  In keeping with the current boards’ policy to encourage public discussion, residents held the floor for some time and a few said they were grateful for the opportunity to vent their frustrations. Click the link for the rest of this story from Soloman's.