After reading Nordis Estrem's letter to the editor last week, I felt the need to correct her on the three issues she spoke about in order to make sure no one is being misled.
When our township experienced flooding last summer, I was actually out of town on a family vacation, not unavailable due to work. When I returned, I contacted our clerk to get up to speed on things and responded to township residents who had concerns.
As for the accusation that I don't attend training seminars, I attend the necessary classes for me to be able to fully represent township residents, rather than attending every class and seminar. This helps avoid unnecessary wasteful spending of taxpayer money. There is no need to spend money for every board member to attend every seminar.
As for the aspersions of not listening to people and losing one's temper, I'll explain the meeting to which Ms. Estrem is referring. Our town board recently enacted a moratorium halting commercial development in agricultural protection zones. Due to events that led to the moratorium, I was flooded with calls and visits from township residents concerned with their quality of life being adversely affected by a proposed commercial banquet hall. I made time to visit with township residents, work with our county commissioner to clearly understand the county's position on the matter, and attended several county meetings to voice the concerns of township residents. We were successful in getting our concerns conveyed.
At our township meeting discussing whether to put the moratorium in place, there were a couple of people at the meeting who took to yelling, arguing, and name calling as a way to voice their opinions. As the chairman, I had to maintain control of the meeting and raised my voice to put an end to the tirades in order to continue with a civil discussion. This hardly constitutes losing one's temper. By the way, Ms. Estrem was not even present at the meeting.
This rebuttal is intended to bring transparency to Ms. Estrem's accusations and aspersions.