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In addition to appointing Isaiah Wunsch as the new Peninsula Township supervisor at the Township Board meeting on June 14, the Board also went into closed session to discuss the ongoing winery lawsuit.

Prior to this meeting, on Friday, June 3, Judge Paul Maloney of the U.S. District Court issued an opinion/injunction which granted many of the summary judgment motions from the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP), including expanded hours and the ability to host weddings. Read more here.

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Upon returning from closed session, the Board approved a number of motions pertaining to the winery lawsuit, including authorizing legal counsel to:

  1. File an appeal from Judge Maloney’s injunction.
  2. File a motion of stay of the injunction (a request to temporarily stop a case or halt proceedings).
  3. File a motion of stay of the trial.
  4. File a motion for reconsideration.

The Township Board also voted to:

  1. Schedule a special meeting of the Township Board for June 23, 11 a.m., to discuss the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula settlement demand, as ordered by the court.
  2. Schedule a special Township Board meeting at the court on July 5, 1:30 p.m. to participate in a settlement hearing as ordered by the court.
  3. Authorize Township Clerk Becky Chown to begin the search for a new trustee to fill the position vacated by Isaiah Wunsch when he was appointed Township Supervisor.

Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until Tuesday, July 5, 4 p.m. (Note that the Township offices will be closed on Monday, July 4.)

To qualify for township trustee, a person must be a township elector, but property ownership is not required. An elector is defined as someone 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen and has lived at least 30 days in the township for which they will serve.

Submit materials to [email protected] or drop off at the Peninsula Township offices, 13235 Center Road.

Following the submission deadline, another special meeting will be called to interview prospective trustees.

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