Missaukee approves agreement with COA

By John Raffel
Correspondent

A proposed contract agreement between the county and the Missaukee County Commission on Aging effective October 1, 2017, to provide services to the seniors of Missaukee County, was approved at the county commission meeting on Tuesday.

The agreement had been reviewed at the county’s finance committee meeting on July 6.

County administrator Precia Garland said the Senior Services Ad-Hoc Committee recommended to approve a proposed contract agreement to provide services to the seniors of Missaukee County. Garland said this committee had three voting members from each board, and had met several times to decide the future for the delivery of millage-funded senior services. Under the agreement, the county, Garland said, assumes the role of separate governmental entity and continues to levy the special millage, and contracts with the COA to provide senior services and use the full amount of the special senior millage.

The agreement is for one year and can be extended for additional years with the mutual agreement of both parties, Garland said.

She also presented the committee with proposed budget amendments for fiscal year 2017. The General Fund proposed amendments include increased revenues from higher than expected reimbursements from liability/property insurance premiums and marine law grant funds. She added that expenses in the general fund would go up by a net amount of $9,885 due to expenses associated with changes in circuit court staff and remonumentation expenses to match reimbursed revenues.

Garland said lower expenses included audit fees, legal fees, and Youth Impact contract fees from the circuit court staff changes.

Garland brought up to the board the issue of a one-year contract entered into July 2016 with Volunteer Energy for natural gas. The market rate of natural gas had dropped significantly, and the contract was cancelled after the contract term ended, Garland said, which gave the county a chance to take advantage of Consumer’s Energy market rates.

Garland added that Volunteer Energy contacted the county with an offer for a variable rate contract that guarantees rates at least 3 percent less than the current Consumer’s Energy rate. Its a variable rate contract which be cancelled at any time without a termination fee. The committee was scheduled to review this.



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