Walled Lake City Hall!
Many of you know Susan Helke. Many of you voted for her to serve to help clean up the corruption in the small city by the lake. Many of us believe in her vision of using the city’s resources, the Lake, the Community Education Center (CEC) building, the Airline Trail, the Depot, the Banks-Dolbeer-Foster Farmhouse and the Commerce Township Area Historical Society at Stonecrest to increase our resources and to tell the story of a city that fought for civil rights as long ago as the 1840s.
As a council member Sue received the second highest number of votes in her election. Voters know Sue has their best interests in mind. However, she has had to endure the corruption of a council that has tried their best from the beginning to get rid of her.
Why would the majority council wish to get rid of one of its hardest working and visionary council members?
The simple answer is: Despite the fact that Sue is a 40-year resident, she is not part of the good old boys’ and girls’ club. Sue has dared to ask questions concerning council members’ practices. She has dug deeply into the wasteful spending practices of the council and its city manager and has helped to expose the excessive salaries of the city manager and his staff by questioning why the Walled Lake city manager receives twice the average salary, $160,000, for a city of only 2.6 square miles and less than 7,000 residents!
Is it any wonder the other city council members are desperate to get rid of Sue Helke?
The majority of the council hit upon a scheme to use against her. During a meeting over a year and ½ ago Ms. Helke noticed a paid intern for the City sitting in on the meeting. She simply asked her why she was there. Later the female intern complained about sexual gender-based harassment. Was the intern encouraged to make this complaint? It seems so. The council used the complaint to remove Ms. Helke from City Council.
The Mayor, without benefit of any legal training or legal consultation, filed 8 charges against Mrs. Helke, based on this one question to the intern. They all boil down to a charge of “sexual harassment based upon gender bias”. Sue even apologized to the intern, who refused to accept her apology!
Susan and her husband Bill have already spent thousands of dollars to defend themselves against the nonsense charges, yet they are determined to keep fighting to clean up the city of Walled Lake.
"If I don't collect enough money to take the city to Circuit Court, I plan to donate anything I collect to two historical groups in Walled Lake, and also set up a fund to finance the campaigns of the next group of residents to challenge the incumbents in 2019. "
They could use our help. Please donate to help Sue fight the corruption at City Hall!
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