Oswego Township Highway Commissioner Issues Apology
Jul 22, 2015 10:13AM ● Published by Steven Jack
This home in Port Charlotte, Florida was purchased by Oswego Township Highway Commissioner Gary Grosskopf in 2012. (Image courtesy of Google Maps)
Embattled Oswego Township Highway Commissioner Gary Grosskopf issued the following statement to Only Oswego Wednesday morning regarding the controversy that has erupted in recent days about his residency outside the township:
For over 26 years I have had the great honor of serving as your elected Highway Commissioner.
Over these years I have worked hard to create a department that is responsive to the needs of the community by improving the roads, adding services, providing quick and effective snow and ice removal and handling a multitude of issues we deal with on a daily basis.
It has been my goal to achieve these improvements without overburdening the taxpayer. I have kept the road district tax to a minimum and lowered the tax for two years after the economic downturn to decrease the cost to taxpayers.
I have decreased staff by 30 percent over the past 3 years in order to direct more money to the road maintenance fund and still have been able to run the department effectively thanks in large part to the road district staff.
The Highway Commissioner is a salaried position that has many duties under the state statutes and I have always fulfilled those duties. In regards to my trips out of town, I have always been actively engaged in the operation of the department no matter where I have been. And this past year is no exception.
That being said, I understand the negative perception, and I apologize to the people of Oswego Township for my actions. I have been Oswego Township Highway Commissioner for half of my life and I have always tried to run the department to the best of my ability.
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