Board Approves Cabins, Recycling Effort
By N3 News Team
At their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 8, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners approved the submission of a grant from the Parks Department to fund construction of camping cabins at county parks.
Commissioner Vern Willett said some of his constituents had expressed concern that the money for this project was being taken from the Croton ramp. Parks Board Chair Dale Twing explained the cabin project that involves a partnership with the Career Tech Center was a separate grant only for the construction of the cabins.
The project that has resulted...
...in several cabins being placed in the county parks over the past few years received praise from commissioners Chuck Trapp, Jim Maike and Phil Deur.
The Board also approved expenditures for recycling services in the wake of the decision by Recycling of Newaygo County (RNC) to discontinue operations at the collection bins and the action that will be taken by the county to ensure services continue while a longer term solution is sought. You can read more about this at
County Administrator Chris Wren expressed his support for finding ways to continue what he called a ‘vital service to our residents’.
Commissioners heard from Todd Jacobs of the Fremont Area Community Foundation and Jason DeKuiper Board President of RNC and Board of Public Works Chair/Drain Commissioner Dale Twing regarding the changes before voting unanimously to approve.
In other business Administrator Wren explained how a mistaken date on assessments delivered to residents required an amended version be sent out. He stated that as soon as it was recognized Equalization staff came to the office and reported the problem and took immediate steps to correct it.
At the request of Commissioner Willett, Equalization Director Donna VanderVries came forward to explain what steps were taken to ensure there would be no future problems.
Commissioner Willett also directed an inquiry to Administrator Wren as to the cost of insurance for commissioners and questioned its need.
“We’re part time persons and I do not feel we should be receiving medical insurance from the county for $300,000. There are other places this money could go.”
Commissioner Willett then made a motion that medical insurance be discontinued for commissioners.
The motion was not seconded and the meeting was adjourned.