Township board members agree 4-1 for team building exercises

MULLETT TOWNSHIP – At the Mullett Township board meeting on Monday, the board voted 4-1 to promote team building exercises with an outside facilitator.

The decision was made after discussion of a hostile work environment and communication issues at the meeting last month.

Trustee Mike Goerke shared with the rest of the board on the progress he has made in coordinating team building activities since last month’s meeting.

“I have a company based in Traverse City that could hold a team building meeting for us,” said Goerke. “For $ 100, they’d have up to two meetings with the entire board.”

Before the two meetings with the entire board, the company would contact each board member by phone. During that call there would be a confidential “review” of each of the members.

After talking to each of the members about the various concerns and problems they have, the company would then bring in a moderator in a public location chosen by the board – within the community – and bring all board members together.

“It’s something that would help us interact and work well and better now and in the future,” said Goerke. “I think it would be very beneficial and I would like to see us move forward.”

Goerke said if his fellow board members were ready to push the team building exercises with the Traverse City company, he would give each of them all the details they needed. He would also share the contact information of each board member with the external moderator.

Goerke proposed to move forward, explore, and take part in the team building exercises with the outside company.

“This is a non-governmental meeting. This is simply a personal interaction between our members,” said Goerke.

This type of meeting – a non-governmental meeting – was approved by the Michigan Townships Association.

Community leader Laz Surabian said the meeting would “help us have better chains of communication and help us move forward with better ability to serve the community.”

Trustee Brett Lindgren said he had no problem with this team building exercise as it could help them become a better group of board members.

The board voted 4: 1 to move forward with the planning of the team building exercises. Parish clerk Denise Ackerman voted against the motion.

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