By Genine Hopkins
Clare County’s Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to approve the fiscal year 2014 budget, something they have worked on hard for the past several months. Their regular meeting took place on Wednesday, September 18, 2014. Going into a Public Hearing for the budget at 10 a.m., the board eventually passed the resolution for the budget, including a wage resolution. This is the first time in recent history that the board was able to have a completed budget proposal approved, well before the September 30th deadline, and the commissioners and Administrator Tracy Byard were pleased to have an approved budget in place so early. Below are some of the other items discussed by the BOC.
Middle Michigan Development Corporation’s Brian Anderson and Kathy Methner, who is dedicated to Clare County, were present to provide updates on the MMDC’s services to the county. Anderson was there in case a plea for continued funding was needed, but the BOC had already included funding for the group in the budget resolution, making that a moot point.
New Hayes Township Supervisor Terry Acton stopped by to give a proper introduction to the board. Acton replaces , Ray Augenstein, who resigned for personal reasons over the summer.
The board discussed a bid proposal from Springfield Inc., a commercial roofing company, requested by Tom Brubaker, of the Clare County Sheriff’s Department for maintenance of the Kevin Sherwood Dispatch Center. According to the letter, signed by Springfield’s Director of Operations Nick Jacqmain, the company recommend the Built Up Roofing system (BUR) that is currently in place, is in need of attention.
Jacqmain recommended replacing the petroleum based roofing system with half inch EPS insulation board and SmartRoof System. There is some interior water damage to the building and Jacqmain explained in the letter that as petroleum based roofing systems age, they lose moisture causing shrinkage, cracking and blistering. Springfield’s proposal recommended the county not use a coating system to replace the current BUR roofing.
The proposal stated that the SmartRoof system would come with a 20 year manufacturer warranty once installed and inspected. Annual inspections for debris removal are included for the first two years after installation free of charge and recommended for the duration of the anticipated life of the product. The company’s bid proposal was $13,779 for the project. Clare County’s BOC will take the proposal under advisement.
The board went into closed session to discuss the purchase of property outside of the City of Harrison limits. It was not clear what the property purchase would be used for or whether or not the discussion would be included in future BOC meetings.
A motion to approve Statutory Finance Committee meeting minutes of August 20, 2013, in the amount of $80,033.89, and September 3, 2013, in the amount of $50,563.72 was carried by the board.
A motion to approve the expenditures for the month of August 2013, in the amount of $2,366,951.21, with General Fund expenditures totaling $920,481.43 was carried by the BOC.
Carron Nevill, Kathleen Groff and Jerry Burger were appointed to the Board of Canvassers with terms expiring September 30, 2017.
Richard Ecklin was appointed to the Clare County Airport Board with a term expiring December 31, 2015.
Charles T. Dorcey was appointed to the Clare County Jury Board, to finish out the term of Mary Ann Hornby, with a term expiring April 30, 2019.