Missaukee hopes grant will expand recycling center

July 11, 2019

By John Raffel

The Missaukee County Finance Committee, at its meeting last week, reviewed third quarter budget amendment requests for fiscal year 2019.
There were requests to adjust revenues to actual, as well as court cost increases, staffing costs, and an increase in autopsy requests.

County administrator Patricia Garland noted this would be an increase of $6,051 from $96,509 to $102,560. There are also changes to Team Project, Commission on Aging and Recycling Division Funds.

The committee reviewed a request from the MML Worker’s Compensation Fund for the Board of Commissioners to cast a ballot for the election of 2019 Fund Trustees. Terms would begin on Oct. 1.

Garland talked about a grant application that was submitted to EGLE (Environment, Great Lakes & Energy), formerly known as MDEQ. This is an infrastructure grant, that would include a small addition to the Recycling Center. Grant funds would be $52,657 for a total project cost of $87,762, Garland said. This would all be contingent on bids coming in at the total projected cost or lower.

Chief Circuit Court Judge William Fagerman requested an increase of $12,000 in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the juvenile and abuse/neglect defense contract. He said the State Indigent Defense Commission has considered $100 per hour the minimum amount for adequate services for defense attorneys.

The Committee requested Prosecuting Attorney David DenHouten to be at the next board meeting to give more background on the Prosecutor’s Office representing the State of Michigan on abuse and neglect cases in Missaukee County.

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