- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

UNION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A township supervisor in central Michigan has angered some residents after closing a public comment portion of a meeting early.

The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports (https://bit.ly/1wa3NsO ) Supervisor Russ Alwood in Isabella County’s Union Township, near Mount Pleasant, cut off a resident during public comments after expressing displeasure about the conversation.

Alwood had asked attendees not to speak about “political issues” at the start of the meeting. He later said the Michigan Township Association had instructed him to prohibit such topics

Union Township resident Mary Barker said during the meeting that residents’ voices were being censored and they would take up the issue publicly.

Alwood interrupted Barker after she spoke for more than two minutes.

Township Trustee Phil Mikus said he didn’t endorse Alwood’s position.

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Information from: Morning Sun, https://www.themorningsun.com/

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