By a unanimous vote, the Columbia Township Board last night rejected the governor’s premise that keeps small businesses closed. The resolution was Introduced by Clark Lake resident and Township Treasurer John Calhoun. He based his arguments on the U.S. Constitution. In the resolution, the Township rejects “the premise that the Governor of the State of Michigan holds that it is unsafe and unlawful to allow small businesses to operate, when at the same time, large corporate businesses continue trade and commerce with only minor restrictions…”. (See the entire resolution below).
The Township joins an increasingly loud chorus of those who are unhappy with the governor’s diktats.
Here’s the entire resolution as passed on May 18th meeting. Below that there is a five minute video of the reading of the resolution, discussion, and vote (glitches and pauses edited out):
Whereas: The Free Exercise Clause of the First 1st Amendment firmly establishes freedom of religion as a fundamental liberty, and the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution firmly establishes a right to purchase a lawful product in interstate commerce from a willing seller as “fundamental” and,
Whereas: fundamental liberties are in the highest category of liberty, akin to freedom of conscience and speech and press and privacy and travel, and,
Whereas: the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America secures: “The right of a citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon in the ordinary course of life and business” is a common right which he has under his “right to enjoy life and liberty, to acquire and possess the ordinary and usual conveyances of the day.” and,
Whereas: The Township Board of Columbia Township, Jackson County, Michigan has sworn under oath of office, to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Michigan,
Now therefore be it resolved this 18th Day of May, 2020 That the Board of Columbia Township, Jackson County, Michigan does reject the premise that the Governor of the State of Michigan holds that it is unsafe and unlawful to allow small businesses to operate, when at the same time, large corporate businesses continue trade and commerce with only minor restrictions, and therefore opposes and rejects that premise and believe that businesses following legal business practices and using suggested safe business practices and attempting to provide the highest safety for their employees and clients should be allowed to operate in Columbia Township, Jackson County, Michigan.
Also last night, the Township Board decided by consensus to close the Township Park at the west end of Clark Lake. The gates recently were opened to fishermen so they could park while using the lake. Township Supervisor Bob Elrod said he opened the park after hearing from residents complaining that trailers were being left along Hyde Road. After an extended discussion regarding the risk of COVID in the park , the board decided that it should be either fully open or closed. In the end, they chose closed.