Imagine the Tuscarora Township community having a roadmap to excellence! A shared Vision of Infrastructure projects, Downtown Property Development, Neighborhood improvements, Affordable Housing, private investment in recreational enhancements. Trustee Bob Kramer outlined the importance of a shared vision, the roadmap, and the process, which provides the framework for forward thinking leading to desirable economic growth (Resorter 5-19-22, pg 5).
But, it’s also necessary that the Township Board develop its own leadership vision, mission, and goals to enable Extraordinary Governance. The Board must collectively own, operate, and lead with their Vision, Mission, and Goals. This enables “Forward-thinking” actions rather than leading from “Behind”. We need open, proactive, policy development for the community by the Board.
So, why share this now? On Tuesday, May 24th, the Cheboygan County Commissioners Board meeting was held in Tuscarora Township. All eighteen townships and Cheboygan city were invited to a training seminar. The Training was devoted to "Leading Your Board Toward Extraordinary Governance", and their most important Role, their Fiduciary responsibility (assuring the interest of others). Our Board's actions, and the Township businesses & residents it represents, would benefit by this unification process. A Shared Vision and a roadmap to excellence demands it.
Extraordinary governance isn’t about all of the past accomplishments in Indian River / Tuscarora Township. It is about our Leadership's unified vision to plan and drive future change with citizen input & buy-in! Most businesses and the Cheboygan County Commissioners have adopted this approach years ago. The Tuscarora Township community wants and expects extraordinary governance.
Here are the highlights: Focus on Mission & resources, Empower people, Build Trust & Excellence, Assure Financial Oversight and Adequate Financial Resources, Informed Policy Guiding Principles, Select — Support — Evaluate Staff, Great Meetings, Building Trust & Excellence, and Enhancing Public Standing by developing partnerships with Stakeholders.
Our Board needs to set aside time to sit down, have a discussion centered around the interests of others, and publish a Vision --Mission — Goals to capture these principles.
We have hard working volunteers in the Planning Commission, Sewer Projects, Parks Commission, Downtown Development Authority without the benefit of Board priorities. Extraordinary Governance speaks with one unified voice, with unified support, and unified leadership direction for the benefit of others — the community. Attend a Cheboygan County Commissioners Board Meeting, visit their web-site, observe their professionalism, and recognize the focus they place on budgetary precision, to judge for yourselves.
I hope you will attend Township meetings prior to voting in the August 2nd primary to understand the opportunity for implementing Extraordinary Governance. I intend to be there, as I have for the past year, and I will commit to these principles outlined here, if elected.