Hi. My name is Duane Luick. I have lived in Lima Township my entire life and have been a Trustee on the Lima Township Board since 2016.
I am running for Supervisor in the August 4th primary election. I have deep emotion for our beautiful township of rolling farmland, creeks, woodlots and open land. The Luick family history runs deep in this agricultural setting. My great great great grandfather settled here in 1831 as a pioneer farm family, eventually having 11 children in Lima. My great grandfather was the Lima Clerk in 1893 and my father was Clerk in the 1960’s. Every generation has stayed here and worked the land. My son, uncle, cousin and myself are still involved in farming. We’ve been here a while and we are about the people! I guess it’s in my blood to look out for Lima Township!
That being said, I’d like this township to go in the right direction! We have been successful financially over the years due to frugal spending and wise decisions.
The big issue right now, in my opinion, is the building of a new township hall. The current supervisor is all in on ramming this project through, but is he considering what the majority of taxpayers want in the township? Of course, a brand new building is shiny and nice; however how will we pay for it? With the plans he and his building committee have talked about, the project would be probably around 1.5 million dollars!! One of the main reasons to build a new hall was the need for larger space for elections. It was crowded at the old hall when everyone voted in person. Well, the new norm is absentee ballot; more and more are voting by NOT going physically in to vote. The big reason for building has been negated by the changing times.
Craig Maier, our current supervisor has not been listening closely enough to the national financial situation or the local citizens, relating to our building hall plans. The COVID 19 pandemic is the worst health problem since 1918 and not over by far. Just yesterday the governor cut down public meetings to 10 people or less. In these trying uncertain times the residents won’t be able to come to the open township board meetings to voice their public opinion! We cannot make such a huge decision about township money without having majority support of the Board and residents! The tax money we have is yours, you should have a say!
Unfortunately with big corporations filing bankruptcy and many small businesses not being able to open – resulting in a slowed economy, the township could lose revenues. But wait—we would still have to keep repaying our loan back no matter what. If we couldn’t make payments, what other choice but special assessment of resident property taxes. Sylvan Township had to do that when their water tower project needed money. Warning to Lima—DON’T BORROW MONEY for a new town hall when we can wait and see what outcome COVID 19’s effect will have on our economy and the need for a new hall. With only 1 big election every 4 years and a few small ones in between, it’s not right to be stressed with loan payments. Build what you need and can pay for! Don’t borrow a large sum of taxpayer money unless you put it to a resident vote.
Lyndon Township did a nice update on their hall and the supervisor was proud to tell me they waited until they had enough money, established a budget and stuck to it. Lima should have that as our goal when someday we may need a new building. But it’s not a good decision in these uncertain times!
I look forward to using our money to fix bridges and improve our roads. I’m in favor of widening Trinkle Road and maintaining all our bridges and roads to keep driving safe. Since being on the board I have not missed any monthly meetings and I plan to keep that attendance record when I’m supervisor. I’ve also attended 4 Michigan Township Association seminars to improve skills. I will continue to attend seminars to enhance my Supervisor skills.
Theorectically, a township board can pass a motion to borrow money without a citizen vote. If you vote Duane Luick for Supervisor, Bob Spink and Dale Luick for Trustees, you will have elected a board that will listen to township residents and NOT put Lima in a huge debt that could end in disaster.