Garfield Township unfair to labor and the poor

May 18, 2018

Dear Editor:

Last year in May of 2017 I retired from the Transfer Station in order to help take care of my disabled wife. When I left the Township, I received a letter a glowing letter of recommendation.

During the winter of 2018 I was asked to return to work at the Transfer Station. I worked for a total of five weeks. On my first day of work about 100 people told me they were glad that I was back. I often received comments from the transfer Station patrons that I was one of the hardest working, positive, polite and helpful employees that ever worked there.

In an effort to keep the Transfer Station running efficiently; I took on the responsibility of contacting waste management by e-mail to inform them of containers that needed to be hauled.

On Friday, April 27th 2018, I was fired from my job at the Garfield Township Transfer Station. When I asked the township supervisor why I was being fired he answered “I don’t have to tell you.”

My theory is that my firing was part of the boards agenda to not allow any item to leave the transfer station. I was never advised of the boards agenda prior to returning to work in February of 2018. Also, I did not find that the new policy was posted anywhere.

Clare County is one of the poorest counties in the state. In Clare County, Garfield township is the poorest township. By not allowing people to take usable items from the Transfer Station you are only hurting the poor. I feel that because you and other board members are highly paid you have no idea of what it is like to be poor.

The townships position on not allowing things to be taken from the transfer station is a concern over liability. The issue of liability could be easily remedied by posting signs or issuing waivers. I feel the underlying reason for not allowing people to take things is actually a war on the poor. The attitude of the Township is if the poor don’t like this policy they can move. The township supervisor and at least one board member hold the poor in contempt. They feel that they are above the poor and are not concerned if someone needs a board to patch their roof or a pot to cook their food in. What’s next at the Transfer Station? Barded wire and guard towers?

If you feel that both the personal polices and transfer station restrictions are unfair please come to the meeting on Monday, May 21st 2018 at 7pm at the Garfield Township Hall.

Sincerely,
Joe Hart,
Former Township employee

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