By Pat Maurer
Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis attended the Grant Township meeting Tuesday evening to give a report on the activities of the county department.
Ambrozaitis said the first year was spent restructuring the offices and developing more communication with the public through a new website (www.clarecountyprosecutor.com). She said a newsletter would also be added and the office is on a Facebook group page. “We are working on a link called ‘Clare County’s most wanted,’ she told the board.
Ambrozaitis touched briefly on the budget issues the county is facing. “We have cut everything we can,” she said. “If we have to make further cuts, it will mean staff reductions.”
She spoke about new programs including a bad check enforcement program called the “Bounce Back Diversion Program” which allows offenders to avoid criminal charges through community service, restitution, a victim’s fee, and educational classes on morals.
Another program just beginning that she mentioned is the Drunk Drivers Drug Forfeiture Program. She said it is aimed at repeat offenders and getting dangerous drivers off the road. She also mentioned the new District Court Sobriety Court, a substance abuse program.
Answering a question from the audience, Ambrozaitis said the office is still cleaning up old case files. “We are up to date now,” she said.
Clare County Commissioner Leonard Strouse told the township board about the financial struggles the county is facing. “Next year it could be a huge problem,” he said. “All of the easy cuts have been done. Some things we won’t be able to support and some services may have to be cut.”
Supervisor Dan Dysinger reported on the progress of the renovation project at the township hall. He said the completion date would be in November and said resurfacing the parking lot should be done next summer.
The board approved a $784.03 change order for the project and a progress payment to JBS Contracting for $11,457.00.
Other business at the meeting included:
*Approval of the MTA legal defense fund payment of approximately $15.
*Approval of a letter of support for the Clare County Office of Emergency Management.
*Discussion on developing an application for all new construction when a permit is not required to keep track of changes for the assessments. Dysinger said a legal notice would be placed in the paper.
*A motion to approve election inspectors was approved.
*The board heard a report on the recycling program.