On April 14, 2016 a local citizen sent a message to the Peninsula Township Board which detailed the publicly-available history of the long-standing business relationship between the Peninsula Township Supervisor and Attorney Joseph Quandt. The citizen did this to ask if it seemed appropriate that the Supervisor participate in discussions regarding “The 81” development project, for which Attorney Quandt was advocating.
It has been suggested that since the events to which the citizen referred took place several years ago, the relationship between the Supervisor and Attorney Quandt should not be an obstacle to the Supervisor’s involvement.
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However, a letter dated Feb. 3, 2016 was addressed to Robert A. Cooney, Grand Traverse County Prosecutor. The subject of the letter is “Pete Correia Land Division Act Compliance.” The letter describes the numerous documents Attorney Quandt supplied to the Prosecutor in support of Mr. Correia’s position. It concludes: “Bob, I’m hoping that all of this information is clear, objective and definitive as to the size of the parent parcel for purposes of determining the number of land divisions allowed from the parent parcel. It is our hope and expectation that you will not be pursuing litigation against Mr. Correia.” The letter is signed “Joseph E. Quandt.”
This letter was written on behalf of the Supervisor as recently as three months ago, during a time in which the approval for “The 81” development was still pending final action.
It has also been suggested that perhaps Attorney Quandt no longer represents the developer of “The 81” project, so Mr. Quandt’s relationship with Mr. Correia is no longer an issue. However, in the application for the community septic system for “The 81” project filed with the DEQ in March of this year, and which David Taft reviewed in the DEQ Cadillac offices, the Board of Directors of “The 81 Development Company, LLC” names three persons: Mr. O’Grady, Mrs. O’Grady and … Joseph E. Quandt.
Given all of this information, and given that Trustee Jill Byron was forced to recuse herself from “The 81” vote because she might have had “a potential bias or prejudice against the developer” for “liking” a Facebook page, does it not seem logical for the voters and citizens AND THE TOWNSHIP BOARD to question whether Mr. Correia might have a potential bias FOR the developer, and should therefore recuse himself?
Peninsula Township Resident