BOC receives MDEQ grant for 4 properties

July 5, 2018

By John Raffel
Correspondent

The Osceola County Board of Commissioners voted at its Tuesday meeting to reappoint commissioner Jack Nehmer to the county land bank authority.

The reappointment is for a term expiring on July 31, 2019.

The commission also accepted a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Brownfield Redevelopment program.

“There’s a total of four different properties,” commissioner Roger Elkins of Evart said. “There’s two in Evart, one in Reed City and one in Marion. There was funding that would allow them to do phase one for environmental work. This determines if there are further issues that need to be looked at. It provides funds so properties that have had contamination issues (are taken care of).”

The commission approved the out-of-state travel for two sheriff’s department employees to attend the Zuercher training involving public safety software.

It was approved to send employer and employee delegates to the Michigan Employees Retirement system conference and authorize payment of their conference expenses.

It was then approved to appoint county clerk Karen Bluhm as the employee designate and another individual she chooses to go to the conference in October.

Elkins said the Health, Safety and Grounds committee met and acted to look at additional building security issues on having an officer available to do screening before someone enters the courthouse.

“That likely will necessitate a small addition to the courthouse right now to accommodate,” Elkins said. “That’s not the long range solution. But it’s a stop-gap measure.”



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