Tiedt looks back on 12 years as Osceola County commissioner

December 6, 2018

By John Raffel
Correspondent

It’s a matter of a few more weeks before Alan Tiedt ends his tenure on the Osceola County Board of Commissioners.

The Sears area resident has been the District 4 commissioner for 12 years and commission vice-chairman the past four years. He represents Hartwick, Middle Branch, Orient and Sylvan townships.

His final day will be on Dec. 31. Tim Michell was elected to take Tiedt’s place.

“We’ve made (progress) in redoing some of the buildings that needed upgrades and repairs and electrical, computer, air conditioning,” Tiedt said, “like the old Reed City annex hospital) plus the EMS buildings at Marion and Tustin, and opening the COA in Marion. We’ve basically held the county in the black as far as funding and we’ve been watching the budget.”

As far as future challenges for the board, “the loss in tax revenues limits what you can do on county projects and for workers and everything,” he said. “We don’t have the funding we once did.”

He was referring to a loss in revenues when the jail was housing prisoners who were from other counties without a jail.
“Other than that, it’s been a good two years, very interesting and I’ve enjoyed it,” he said.

Tiedt decided six two-year terms was enough.

“I decided I’ve been on long enough,” Tiedt said. “I’m 78 years old. We need to have some younger blood in there.”



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