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January 30, 2014
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The city’s problematic councilman has been removed from two municipal appointments.

At December’s annual organizational meeting of the city council, Grosse Pointe Shores Mayor Ted Kedzierski did not reassign Councilman Dan Schulte, on probation following his second arrest in a year for domestic violence, as chairman of the planning commission and liaison to the parks committee.

“I like our judgment calls to be in the best interest of the city,” Kedzierski said.

“I did not request to be removed from any committee,” Schulte said in an e-mail interview. “I have since received several e-mails from the respective committee members saying that I did a good job and will be missed, so I do not know the reason behind this, and have not inquired.”

The changes follow Kedzierski’s demotion of Schulte, with council support, from mayor pro tem in August, shortly after Schulte’s latest arrest.

Changes also follow Kedzierski’s removal of Schulte in August 2012, as public relations liaison. Schulte, who lists his profession as a marketing and media director, was offended.

He reacted by claiming to file grievances against the mayor’s law and CPA licenses. Schulte later denied making the threat, a recording of which exists on the mayor’s cell phone.

In September, Schulte began a one-year sentence of probation resulting from pleading no contest in municipal court to the charge of domestic violence and guilty to attempted obstruction of police.

His lone mayoral appointment becomes liaison to the tree board.

The nine-member board is chaired by Brett Marshall, owner of a tree service firm.

Membership includes Helen Bai, beautification chair and master gardener, who stood up to Schulte in 2009 when he publicly chided her for rejecting a property tax cut and writing the city a check for $250.

Kedzierski announced the new appointments at the Nov. 15 council meeting.

He filled Schulte’s seat on the planning commission with Councilman Robert Gessell, an attorney.

“We have two other planning commission members who are attorneys as well, but I thought we needed to beef it up,” Kedzierski said.

The commission is beginning to address possible legal matters regarding property maintenance.

“Our city attorney is seeing if we need to toughen our blight ordinance,” Kedzierski said. “On top of that, we’re looking at whether we need to regulate thermal roofs.”

Kedzierski replaced Schulte’s chairmanship of the parks committee with Robert Barrette, a retired DTE Energy manager. Barrette continues as public works liaison.

“Bob Barrette has done a stellar job on our infrastructure needs,” Kedzierski said.

As parks liaison, Barrette will deal with installation of a splashpad, donated to the city by the Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation, and other construction projects.

“We may be having limited concession stand service during summer,” Kedzierski said.

Schulte remains on the mayor’s Blue Ribbon operations panel to recommend administrative efficiencies.

“They’re talking about issuing a report in February,” Kedzierski said.

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