By Ken DeLaat
The Newaygo County Board of Commissioners recognized Deputy Court Clerk Kathy Daniels as Employee of the Quarter at their regular meeting on July 12th.
Administrator Chris Wren read from a letter submitted by Wendy Jarvis Trial Court Director/FOC praising the dedication and high level of professionalism displayed by Ms. Daniels while also citing the caring attitude shown toward the patrons she serves as well as her colleagues in the office.
Commissioners elected to increase the number of members on the Veteran’s Affairs committee but not before some discussion. Commissioner Vern Willett questioned the need of adding two more members to the 5 member board. Commissioner Phil Deur referenced the need for increased diversity with a wider range of veterans to sit on that board. Some back and forth discussion ensued before a 6-1 vote to approve the change with Mr. Willett casting the dissenting vote.
The Dragon Trail, the non-motorized, multi-use, natural surface trail around Hardy Pond continues to move forward as the board approved an Interlocal Agreement with Mecosta County to provide construction and maintenance of the trail.
During public comment Justin Visser of the Sheriff’s Department took time to talk about his experience after a work related injury. Mr. Visser had high praise for Human Resources Director Jodi McGarry for her assistance in helping him navigate the process involved. He also spoke to his dealings with Ms. McGarry and Administrator Chris Wren in his role as Union Steward. Though going into this position with some trepidation Mr. Visser said that he found both to be open in their communication during negotiations and remarked on the high level of professionalism displayed.
The next meeting of the Board of Commissioner is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m.