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Controversial election signs cause tension among DeWitt candidates

DeWitt Republican candidates erected around 100 signs last week that call for keeping brush pickup and saving the DeWitt Police. The Democrats say both issues are “fabricated.”

DeWitt Republican candidates erected around 100 signs last week that call for keeping brush pickup and saving the DeWitt Police. The Democrats say both issues are “fabricated.” Allie Wenner

— For the Republicans, however, the discussion of the possibility of becoming a suburban town was one more red flag being raised.

"When you talk about suburban towns, when you have budgetary discussions and talks about police, and the county sheriffs doing some patrolling and you see what's happening in other municipalities, we're concerned that there's not enough respect given to how good the police department in DeWitt is," said Wells.

Michalenko said he's been dedicating his time to projects that will affect revenue and growth of the town, and that those projects have nothing to do with the police or brush pickup.

"The majority of my time has been spent on Howard Johnson, Shoppingtown Mall and the container factory project at New Venture Gear," he said. "These are big-picture items that are more important to our tax base and the long term growth of our town. I'm not doing anything with brush pickup or the police."

Wells estimates that around 100 signs were erected over the last couple weeks.

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