Missaukee says “no” to guns on property

January 10, 2019

By John Raffel
Correspondence

The Missaukee County Board of Commissioners, at its finance committee meeting last week, voted down a motion to allow employees to possess weapons on county property with certain restrictions.

Administrator Precia Garland presented a review, as requested by the board, of P-23900 Violence in the Workplace Policy.
The Safety Committee had defeated a motion to amend the policy to allow employees to possess weapons on county property with certain restrictions. The committee discussed potential liability, if any, this could present to the county if an incident occurred.

At last week’s meeting, commissioner Hubert Zuiderveen motioned, with support by Star Hughston, to amend P-23900 Violence in the Workplace policy to allow employees to possess weapons on county property with restrictions. Zuiderveen, Hughston and Dean Smallegan voted yes. Commissioner Pam Niebrzydowski, Lan Bridson, Roger Ouwinga and Frank Vanderwal voted no, and the motion failed 4-3.

During public comment, a citizen Don Sears, voiced his criticism of the board’s decision not to change the policy.

Garland also reviewed bids that were received for the household hazardous waste annual collection program for the Recycling Center, and the board was requested to approve the low bidder, Drug & Laboratory Disposal Inc., for 84 cents per pound for all waste types, including no event fee and no minimum number of pounds.



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