At the start of the regular meeting of the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners, Phil Deur was appointed to serve as District #1 Commissioner filling the seat left vacant by the recent death of Commissioner Burt Cooper. Deur previously represented District#1 before leaving office at the end of his term in 2018. He will also chair the Public Safety Committee. County Clerk Jason VanderStelt administered the oath of office and Commissioner Deur took his seat on the board for the remainder of the meeting.
During commissioner comments Deur expressed his condolences to the Cooper family and recalled having encouraged Mr. Cooper to consider running as he was leaving office in 2018.
Two candidates are currently seeking the Republican nomination for District #1, Paul Mellema and Amber Wakefield.
In other business, the board interviewed Michelle Petz, nominee for the Mental Health Board, heard a presentation from West Michigan Adult & Teen Challenge of Muskegon regarding their substance abuse services, and gave the go ahead for a grant submission to the Ice Mountain Fund at the Fremont Area Community Foundation. If awarded the grant will be used to assist in the completion of the Michigan Dragon, the 47 mile non motorized trail that will encircle Hardy Pond.