Some residents in Roseland say “enough is enough!” In case you missed it, a fight was caught on tape between a Roseland town council member and a police officer. Now some are wondering where the town's leadership has gone. As one Roseland resident put it: there's been controversy and arguments between those running the town, but it has never been this bad. Some residents even questioned the possibility of the town being dissolved altogether.
The most recent incident started at Friday night's town council meeting. Council member David Snyder was just asked to leave the meeting when he got into a fight with Town Marshall Jack Tiller. Snyder is considering filing assault charges against the officer. On Friday, Tiller claimed Snyder hit him. Since that time, Tiller has had no further comments on his actions.
Residents say this incident is an unfortunate low for their small community. Some have even suggested Roseland dissolve or become annexed into South Bend or St. Joseph County. But in order for that to happen, South Bend city officials say Roseland would have to become unincorporated and volunteer to become annexed. That is not in the works right now.
Others are still holding out hope that things improve in the town of Roseland. “There are people here that can take responsibility and I think they can run the government well, but we have to get the right people in office. We don't have that right now,” says Walter Gaza, a 28-year resident of Roseland.
“I think it shouldn't have happened in the first place. I have so many thoughts on it. I can't put it into words. It's too bad because it's a great place to live,” says Julia Kuritz, a 43-year resident of Roseland.
In the meantime, there are changes coming very soon to the town leadership. David Snyder and Charley Shield's terms are both up at the end of the year. While Ted Penn will remain on the council for the next three years. Meantime, the next town council meeting is on September 26th.
Snyder is facing a misdemeanor charge in this case. He’s scheduled to appear in court on October 4th. At this time, it is unclear whether Officer Tiller will face any charges.