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VOL. 129, NO. 48

Augusta to require advanced degrees for clerk, treasurer

Trustee Dan Lula calls it a political move by Giszckak
By Marion Dupuis
Special Writer

Augusta Charter Township may be the first Washtenaw County Township requiring a four- year college degree for the positions of deputy clerk and treasurer. In a controversial move, Clerk Kathy Giszckak introduced a motion establishing minimum

credentials of a bachelors degree in accounting or finance, with a minimum year of proficient bookkeeping experience for any incoming deputy clerk or treasurer. The part-time positions, at 32 hours a week, pay $28,745.60 yearly, with annual increases as approved by the Living Wage Ordinance, plus other benefits. The two deputies do not have to live in Augusta Township. Supervisor Pete Hafler, trustees Mike King and Dan Lula opposed the motion, saying the move was a personal attack against incoming Treasurer Linda Dew. This is your attempt to stop

Linda from choosing who she wants to work with, Lula said. Hafler and King echoed Lulas comments, saying Giszckak was trying to tie the new treasurers hands. Giszckak said her deputy has a bachelors in accounting and is working on a masters. Bureks deputy also has a degree in accounting and is working on a masters degree in business administration. Burek said the complexities of todays regulations and programs require an advanced degree. Giszckak and Burek, the outgoing treasurer have been publicly ridiculed for expensive audits.

Augusta Townships financial house has been under construction for the past year. Each audit report is for the previous year; however, some audit complaints go back two or more years, Burek said. Board members who voted for the education requirement publicly denied Hafler, Lula and Kings contentions of animosity against Dew. Theres never a good time to make changes in the status quo, Brian Shelby said after the meeting. Marion Dupuis is a freelance writer and can be reached at marionj.

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City paid $705K, sells it for $309K
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The building that used to house the citys former transportation system will see new life with its sale to a charter bus company. The Milan City Council accepted the offer from Getaway Tours and Charters of Ann Arbor Nov. 19 at the regular council meeting. The company will pay $309,000 for the property. The sale is a gift to the city since the seven-year-old

single-story building at 200 Squires has been vacant since 2011, city documents show. It first housed the citys transit system from 2005 to 2007, when the department closed. From 2009 to 2011, it was home to a custom recreational vehicle painting shop. The building is at the corner of Squires and Richards Boulevard. Council members appeared ecstatic at the chance of getting rid of the property. The city paid $750,000 to build it originally, and has been losing money on it ever since. The city states the fair market value for the 10,000-square-foot facilPLEASE SEE BUS/3-A

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London Township resident Larry Lee takes a parting shot at the individuals who stole some $500 in political signs in his recent bid for supervisor. Police reports were made and a surveillance camera from a party store caught the thieves on camera. It is still being enhanced for possible prosecution.

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Fees reimbursed for former clerk, treasurer

Money comes as result of court case
By Marion Dupuis
Special Writer

Augusta Clerk Kathy Giszckak and former Augusta Treasurer Angela Sherbine will get their legal fees reimbursed, totaling $6,640, connected to the recently resolved

eavesdropping and whistle blowing cases. Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Donald Shelton dropped eavesdropping charges against Giszckak in October. Giszckak will be paid $4,239 and Sherbine will receive $2,400 for legal fees in accordance with a 2004 indemnification resolution that protects officers and employees of Augusta Township against civil and criminal charges while fulfilling their township
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duties. The resolution, adopted Dec. 22, 2004, was developed specifically to protect officers or employees from damages and legal fees incurred while acting within the scope of his or her authority. A heated debate broke out among board members when the two motions were brought before the board requesting the reimbursement. Supervisor Pete Hafler openly challenged the

judges decision to throw the eavesdropping case out. Hafler, Mike King and Dan Lula said Giszckak was guilty, regardless of what the judge said and didnt believe she or Sherbine should be reimbursed. Hafler also questioned if Sherbine was in office at the time. Records indicate that Sherbine was the duly elected treasurer in 2010 when whistle-blowing case started.

Hafler filed a complaint with the Washtenaw County Prosecutors Office, FBI and Michigan Attorney General in early 2011 against Giszckak requesting an investigation. Sherbine was hostile witness for the prosecution and granted immunity for listening to a recording in the eavesdropping case. Sherbine resigned her position as treasurer for personal reasons in 2011

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