BOC approves heat tape for Marion building

February 8, 2018

By John Raffel

The Osecola County Board of Commissioners took action at its meeting on Tuesday to give attention to the Commission On Aging facility in Marion.

The commission approved a quote from Steve Jones Construction for heat tape and installation in the amount of $1,980 with the contractor and Landmark Design to cover the expense.

“We’ve had some issues at the Marion building,” commission chairman Larry Emig said. “There was some freezing up and we had to treat slippery steps and walk-ways. At this point, our consultants and contractor felt this heat tape and installation will remedy this. It was a design flaw so they’ll have to rectify the issue. If not, we’ll have to go back to the drawing board.”

The handicap ramp and walk have been affected, Emig indicated.

The commission approved the resubmission of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission grant.

“All communities in Michigan are required by the state to submit plans,” Emig said. “You have a plan and many counties including ours submitted one. We’ll need to send it in by later this month”

The commission approved the purchases of the following vehicles by Brian Olender: a 1999 Ford Windstar for $200, a 2003 Dodge caravan for $327 and a 2004 Ford Econoline van for $407.

The commission approved the resolution for the West Michigan Forensic Pathology Services Authority as presented.

The commission, by a 5-2 vote, approved the retainer agreement to prosecute and adjust for the County of Osceola’s claim for damages related to opioids. It was by the same count, 5-2, the commission approved the resolution to approve outside counsel for opioid litigation as presented.

Area commissioners Jack Nehmer of Marion and Roger Elkins of Evart voted yes on both motions.

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