Brubaker named 911 supervisor

December 6, 2013

By Rosemary Horvath

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson has elevated Tom Brubaker from dispatcher to daytime supervisor of the 911 dispatch center.

The sheriff’s department absorbed responsibility of managing the center after the Board of Commissioners October 2012 eliminated the full-time position of director and resigned responsibility to the sheriff. The sheriff also oversees the sheriff’s department and jail.

Brubaker manages scheduling, investigates complaints, and handles Freedom of Information requests. He will evaluate software needs, attend emergency management meetings and work with the many fire departments throughout the county, among other duties.“Someone has to be in charge of every area,” Wilson said.

Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianuowski told commissioners recently dispatch required a person
who can make decisions during the day. Brubaker is paid from 911 millage levy revenue and not the general fund.

Commissioners recently entered into a lease agreement with Gail Peterson to begin operating the Airport Restaurant Jan. 1 in Harrison. County Administrator Tracy Byard said Peterson has been remodeling the building and buying new equipment. The county will collect only $5400 in the first year and $7200 thereafter because of all the upfront costs incurred by Peterson.

Nearly a thousand dollars of unpaid taxes was left by the previous lessee who had subcontracted with the original lessee to run the restaurant. County Treasurer Jenny Beemer Fritzinger announced a new program to assist property owners behind on taxes.

Step Forward Michigan is administered by the Michigan Housing Development Authority and will help pay the delinquent taxes, interest and fees of eligible homeowners up to $30,000, she said.

Information is available at Eligibility is based on an involuntary hardship such as job loss, income reduction, death, medical condition, divorce or disability.

Two land auctions
this year from foreclosed
properties from 2010 sold
119 parcels. This raised
$177,200 for the land bank.

The foreclosure trend in
Clare County has increased
over the years. There are
1,226 properties behind
on taxes since 2011 that
could be foreclosed on and
auctioned in 2014.

County commissioners
wholeheartedly supported
an initiative jump started
by the Middle Michigan
Development Corporation.
MMDC’s Clare County
Director Kathy Methner
outlined purpose of the
Promise Zone sought by
Northern Transformations
www.northerntransformati to increase
economic development in a
six county region.

Methner noted the 22
percent poverty level in the
region would be targeted
if the region is designated
as a Promise Zone. Clare
County joined more than
200 other partners to
campaign on behalf of
Northern Transformations,
a nonprofi t division of the
Michigan Works! Region
7B Consortium.

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