I disagree with St. Clair Township Highway Commissioner Mark Burk's letter on Jan. 27, "Township roads in good shape." His first road project when he took office was to repair the street in front on one of Township Supervisor Tim Buchanan's homes at a cost of $193,000 to the taxpayers. He then sold a perfectly good vehicle for $10,000 and bought himself a luxury pickup truck for $30,000, and to top that off, his first new hire was his brother-in-law.
In his campaign literature, his first promise was to reduce the road commissioner's salary and benefit package, also he was the only township official not to take a cut.
Four years before he took office, the expenses for the permanent road fund were $658,704. Today they are $954,707, which is a difference of $296,003. The expenses for the Road & Bridges fund four years ago were $433,351. Today they are $753,573, which is a difference of $320,222. The difference to the taxpayers since Burk has taken office is $616,225. He is a penny wise and pound foolish.
His political party is called "Common Sense." I think it should be called "no sense."