Commissioners OK Cabins,Select Board Members
By Ken DeLaat
The Newaygo County Board of Commissioners voted in board members for the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan (Cynthia LaBelle) The Commission on Aging (Gordon Oosterhouse) and the Mental Health Board (Susan Twing) at their regular meeting on May 10th.
Commissioners also accepted a grant from the Fremont Area Community Foundation to continue the partnership between the county and the Career Tech center to build cabins for use at the county parks. Two cabins per year for the next three years will be constructed by the students in skilled trades program.
Commissioner Jim Maike reported that District Health Department #10 released a list of restaurants in the region who received their Food Merit Award for going well above health department requirements and receiving no violations. Newaygo County venues receiving this recognition included...
...Gala Gourmet, The Depot, Red Anchor, Spanky’s, Tiny’s Tasty Treats, Shorty’s, Comstock Bar & Grill and several franchise outlets.
During public comment Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon reported that foreclosures were at an all time low.
During miscellaneous comments Commissioner Vern Willett took issue with the process of selection for the mental health board seat stating that though the two other candidates came for interviews the candidate who was appointed did not. Mr. Willett also asked other commissioners if they had spoken to the candidate chosen.
Commissioner Phil Deur pointed out that it had been known that the candidate would not be able to attend due to work commitments but would be able to attend the board meetings. He spoke to the strengths of the three candidates who would be filling the three open seats.
“If you read the application submitted by Mrs. Twing you can see the commitment she has for mental health issues it warranted her consideration for the position,” said Mr. Deur.
Commissioner Chuck Trapp stated that he did not feel board members needed to be questioned about their choices when selecting board members.
Administrator Chris Wren delivered an update on the budget and spoke to the progress being made on the Dragon Trail.
Mr. Wren also stated the Veteran’s Office at the County Administration building would be moved to an area that will provide more privacy for veterans seeking services and delivered kudos to the IT department for their rapid response to a recent virus that hit the county computer system.
The next Meeting of the NC Board of Commissioners will be May 24th at 9:30am