The Barry County committee of the whole Tuesday recommended several items for consideration at the regular board meeting next week.
The Barry County Jail was recommended to get a new Hobart Dishwasher and Vulcan Convection oven for the jail kitchen staff who prepares some 9,000 meals a month.
In August, commissioners approved the sheriff’s office asking for bids for a new convection oven, gas range, dishwasher and three-sink wash station not to exceed $32,000. Lt. Peter Nevins said extensive plumbing upgrades would have to be done before the sink could be installed and the project was put on hold.
There are no plans to go ahead with the sink or gas range, however the oven and dishwasher are failing and need to replaced, Nevins said. The two units, including installation, from low bidder HPS Great Lakes Food Service Equipment Specialist in Middleville, totals $23,743.30. The equipment has a one-year warranty; funding will come from the building rehabilitation fund.
Also, to do with the sheriff’s office, the title of a 1989 truck/utility vehicle or Humvee the sheriff office has will be transferred to the sheriff’s office at the request of the federal government. Undersheriff Matt Houchlei said it’s paperwork the federal government requires of law enforcement agencies that were given equipment through the Law Enforcement Support Office.
Houchlei said the government is asking for the transfer so they can take an accurate inventory of what they own. The office uses the vehicle as a personnel carrier when a tactical team is needed to respond to a situation, he said. There is a $15 transfer fee that goes to the State of Michigan.
Also, a budget amendment recommended by the Hastings City Barry County Airport Commission reduces expenditures in the budget by $6,300 reflecting changes in a revised management service agreement. Because of a Joint Operating Agreement, the City of Hastings must also approve the amendment.
And, Equalization Director Tim Vandermark asked approval of form 2018 L-4029 that allows the collection of winter taxes. The form must be sent to the State of Michigan by the end of September.