Parks, Patrols, Trails and Tourism
Board of Commissioners Hold Regular Meeting
By N3 News Staff
The Newaygo County Board of Commissioners accepted a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for Marine Patrol a grant that provides 75% of the funding needed to patrol inland lakes within the county. It was pointed out that this program is separate from the Muskegon River Patrol initiative that has been instituted in recent years.
Commissioners also approved a letter of understanding between the BOC, the Sheriff, and the Police Officer’s Association of Michigan part of a process that will allow...
... additional pay for field training officers in the Sheriff’s Department.
“This is pretty standard practice to pay extra for the officers who are training recruits,” said Commissioner Phil Deur.
During committee reports Commissioner Deur spoke of the changes occurring at the Parks Department and had high praise for employees Casi Ostyn and Sue Carson along with Administrator Wren and Parks Board Chair and Drain Commissioner Dale Twing for their work in helping the parks continue to run smoothly despite changes that began with former Parks Director Ron Welton earlier this year.
Commissioner Jim Maike also on the Parks Board echoed Mr. Deur’s praise stating, “The County parks are open and doing great. It shows what can happen when everyone works together.”
Mr. Wren submitted a new job description for the Parks Director position and stated that the opening would be posted by early next week.
During his report he Administrator Wren spoke of having been taken a recent tour of White Cloud by one of the city’s council members and his attendance at a recent meeting where marketing the city’s Trail Town designation was discussed by several community leaders.
“I was truly blown away by how many natural assets this area has,” he stated. “This is a beautiful town with endless possibilities.”
In other business the Board accepted a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation to help fund a position at the Welcome Center.
“It’s important we have someone there on site,” said Mr. Wren. “This position will morph into being the tourism representative for Newaygo County.”
Earlier the Employee Representation Committee presented the collections from their 2nd Quarter Casual Day Donations to the Commission on Aging Senior Meals Program.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday July 27 beginning at 9:30am in the Commissioner’s meeting room located in the County Administration building.