LAPEER – Last Thursday, the Lapeer County Board of Commissioners held their first meetings of 2024.
The organizational meeting was opened by County Clerk Theresa Spencer with first selecting the chairman and vice chairman as their first order of business. Commissioner Tom Kohlman was voted by the board to continue in the position as chairman and Commissioner Truman Mast was voted to continue with his position as vice-chair.
The meeting proceeded by discussing the schedule of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) meetings in 2024. Commissioner Hamilton commented “I would just like to see this board adopt an occasional evening meeting.” He explained that this would give more people the opportunity to attend the meetings if they cannot be present during the day. Later in the meeting when public time was offered a citizen also voiced his desire for evening meetings for similar reasons mentioned by the commissioner Hamilton. However, board did not change the meeting dates to include evening meetings at this time.
The board adopted the proposed schedule of meeting dates and approved of the county board’s rules and procedures for the year.
The board also approved giving authority to Executive Director of 911 Dispatch Jeff Satkowski to replace radios once they are no longer repairable. Motorola had contacted dispatch about radios with specific serial numbers that have been deemed ‘at end of life’.
911 Dispatch will need to report to the BOC every time a radio is replaced; with a 20-radio limit in a fiscal year, any replacements beyond the number mentioned, Satkowski will need to bring it to the board for permission.
The ARPA committee’s motion for Building & Grounds to pursue acquiring quotes on the addition to the Animal Control building was also approved.
The software ProQ&A was approved by the board which will aid 911 dispatchers in asking potential life saving questions to 911 callers during an emergency.
The board passed two motions brought by the Personnel committee. The two motions accommodated plans to open full time job positions, which included a Sheriff’s Department position addition, a corrections officer position to fulfill the needs of the courthouse; and Community Mental Health motioned to add a new job position to meet the needs of the program and caseloads.
The IT Committee brought forth two motions as well. Motion one passed the board unanimously, permitting the Administration Office to proceed with issuing the request for proposal concerning Information Technology Software for Managed Services.
Motion two accommodated to add a full-time position paid for by the county’s general fund. An IT Hardware/Software Network support technician position. Commissioner Bryan Zender voiced his understanding of the committee’s recommendations and is not opposed to the position, but believed this matter needed approval from the personnel committee.
Commissioner Howell furthered Commissioner Zender’s idea, “One is the IT aspect, and the other is- you are creating a position, which usually goes to personnel,” said Howell. After more discussion on the motion, the board passed the motion unanimously.
The board also passed a motion to change Article 6 of their rules and procedures to be more specific, clarifying the addition of Solid Waste Management. The 6 standing committees of the BOC are: Properties, Personnel, Public Safety, Policy-Procedures and Bylaws, and Solid Waste Management.
All the commissioners ended the meeting expressing their eagerness and excitement for the new year with many of the commissioners’ encouraging members of the public to stay engaged in their communities.