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The Barry County Board of Commissioners had a busy day Tuesday, with the committee of the whole in the morning and the regular board meeting in the afternoon. The morning session started with the delaying of a decision on TOST (see related story) but the commissioners still had more than a dozen other items to consider in the afternoon.

 

The board approved committee of the whole recommendations to:

*re-appoint Candice Stowe and Patricia Robinson to the Animal Shelter Advisory Board for one year terms.

*re-appoint Sager Miller, Marlin Walters, Carole Wiggs, David Tossava to three year terms to the COA board and appoint Sally Schuster Shoff for the remainder of a three-year term that expires on Dec 31, 2108.

 

*approve the total cost of $270,700 and the special assessment tax roll to pay for the replacement of the Gun Lake Dam. Allegan County has also approved it, so contracts will be let, and work can begin.

*approve a $10,000 grant from Two Seven Oh to continue the trap, neuter and release program of about another 100 to 150 free roaming cats in the county at the request of Animal Shelter Director Kenneth Kirsch, Jr. //

 

*re-appoint Joan L. Bosserd Schroeder to the Agriculture Promotion Board as agricultural education representative and Bob Baker as agribusiness representative for three year terms as recommended by Barry Conservation Director Sarah Nelson. The commission also approved changing the board’s bylaws to allow a quorum of half of the present members instead of the five members to avoid cancelling a meeting for a lack of quorum.

 

*appoint Joyce Snow to the Parks and Recreation Board for a three year term. In the morning meeting, commissioners directed Administrator Michael Brown to research and report on ways Charlton Park and the Parks and Recreation Board can collaborate to find potential cost savings and achieve county wide goals.

 

*a resolution recognizing Michigan State University Extension District Coordinator Don Lehman for his long service to the county through his involvement in Extension services. He will be at the next board meeting to accept the resolution.

 

*a collective bargaining agreement with the Governmental Employees Labor Council, Corrections Officers Division.

*an employee appreciation program that awards certificates and a traveling trophy to county employees for outstanding contributions and significant anniversaries with the county. Details will be finalized before the program premiers in March, 2018.

 

Brown had several requests that were also approved, including:

*a new ten-year agreement of the Barry County Solid Waste HOST agreement with Waste Management through 2027 and re-appoint Tom Rook to the solid waste committee for a three year term as representative of townships.

 

*transferring the general fund surplus to four specialty funds; building rehabilitation, capitol replacement, data processing and vehicle replacement,  

 

*authorizing auditors to make final year-end transfers to several court programs from the general fund and,

*budget amendment D-17, the final adjustment of the fiscal year.

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