Commissioners Approve Enforcement Grants, New Voting System
By Ken DeLaat
At their regular meeting on Wednesday March 22, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation from Steve Currie the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) an alliance of counties that provides advocacy at the state level to support county government. Mr. Currie shared some of the current initiatives being undertaken by the organization.
Commissioners approved a request by the Sheriff’s Department for the purchase of new software to upgrade the Jail Management System, Commissioner Brian Kolk explained the need for...
...the upgrade stating the current system is over 30 years old and uses long outdated systems.
The board accepted a DNR grant for ORV law enforcement as well as an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to provide patrols at their campgrounds and other areas.
Commissioner Phil Deur explained the resolution involving the purchase of a new voting system as required by the state that will be fully funding the purchase. He stated that although the system is not required to be in place until 2018, County Clerk Jason VanderStelt’s office should have the system up and for elections later this year. The board approved the resolution without dissent.
In other business the board re-appointed Adele Hansen and Mike Hamm to the Mental Health Board. One vacancy remains on this board. Vacancies also remain on the Commission on Aging and Pere Marquette and White River Zoning boards. Interested applicants can download the application from the County Clerk’s section of the county website or pick one up at the Clerk’s office located at the Administration building in White Cloud.
During miscellaneous discussion Commissioner Lavern Willett brought up consideration of eliminating the Road Commission Board and having the County Board oversee operations. Mr. Willett cited other counties where this is done and stated he would be making a motion on this in the future.