It wasn't too long ago we said in this space Perkins Township was a child in an adult's body.
Back then, we were talking about a community that was undeniably one of Erie County's main economic powerhouses, run by a form of government that, whatever the intentions and capabilities of the people in power, was best suited to mowing ditches and patching potholes.
We still think that, and think there's another form of government that would better serve what's going and growing south of Perkins Avenue, but it's going to take the right people to get it going.
That hasn't happened.
From the raid on township records conducted by a former clerk looking to unseat the present fiscal officer (the job title that replaced that of "clerk" in Ohio townships) to the back-and-forth court fights to accusations of conspiracy to outright turf battles, the township is a body in serious need of a functioning head.
The fact is, it's gotten personal in the township -- actually it has been for years. Maybe back in the days when the township was just about all farms and the demands on government were few, Perkins could afford that.
But the township -- in all but name a city -- can't afford it now.
Ask them yourselves