By Pat Maurer
With no new, or even old business to vote on, Surrey Township held a quiet, and short, meeting April 8th that focused on reports.
County Commissioner Lynn Grim reported that Rick LaBoda is the new chair of the County Commission and Dale Majewski is vice-chair. She said Mid Michigan Medical Center is seeking a new Medical Examiner since Dr. Elmer Shurlow has retired after many years. She also said the county board had approved a new Information Technology position for the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, — Jim Schuster from the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD).
Grim also said that Superintendent Russ Hamilton and Clare DPW Supervisor Alan Jessup had been appointed to the County Department of Public Works committee.
The county will see an additional $129,392 in revenue sharing this year, Grim said. “We are back to full funding after 14 years,” Lynn said. “Unfortunately that doesn’t include cost of living increases or increased costs over those years.”
She reminded the board that the ground breaking for the Veterans Freedom Park will be April 25 at 2 p.m. and that there will be a Public Health Summit at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. She also reminded the board of the Paula Pernstill Health Fair, the tenth annual fair, will be held April 26 at the Farwell High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New Clare County Conservation District Administrator Holly Keenan was at the meeting to introduce herself to the board. She said the CCD covers forestry, water quality and that their spring tree sale is underway.
Zoning Administrator Rod Williams reported just two violation letters issued and four active cases, adding that he had attended a conference in Battle Creek.
He did report on the extra time taken to clean up rubbish along township roads during regular zoning and asked the board for authorization to have it picked up and taken to the transfer facility. The board agreed to have someone from the transfer facility pick up any he reports and take it to Northern Oaks, with extra compensation for a one month period.
Planning Commission Chair Mahlon Parsons reported that the quarterly meeting of that board would be held Wednesday, the 16th at 7 p.m.
Surrey Fire Chief Dave Williams reported on Fire Department activities including 43 runs in Surrey and one in Gilmore Township and a total of 132 runs so far this year.
The board approved previous minutes and the payment of $21,881.28 in March bills.