BOC reviews policies, honors Mike Hayes

Dave Lein, Editor

Photo by Dave Lein

The Antrim County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 10 honoring longtime community advocate and county board member Mike Hayes, who passed away on Dec. 6. Shown receiving the resolution plaque from board chair Ed Boettcher (right) is Mike’s wife of 65 years, Jeanette, along with family friend Mick Shanahan. 


BELLAIRE – Continuing what it began during a Jan. 2 organizational meeting, the Antrim County Board of Commissioners spent the majority of its Jan. 10 regular meeting extensively reviewing a packet of revised procedures and proposed amendments.

Those revisions and changes were basically housekeeping items, but required a lengthy clarification process following the board’s Jan. 2 action to eliminate its four sub-committees and essentially incorporate them into two regular monthly meetings of the whole.

Under the previous schedule, the board held one regular meeting and separate meetings for the sub-committees each month. During the Jan. 2 organizational meeting, newly elected commissioner Terry VanAlstine made a motion to approve a resolution to hold two meetings a month, one on the first Thursday of the month at 9 a.m., the second on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., and eliminate the sub-committee meetings. That motion was eventually approved 5-4, with the new schedule beginning in February.

Previously, the four subcommittees – Building, Lands and Infrastructure; Health and Public Safety; Administration and County Services; along with the Finance, Ways and Means Committee of the Whole – would meet separately to discuss its own respective issues, and offer recommendations of action to the whole board for consideration. Quite often those issues and recommendations would be discussed all over again during the board’s regular meeting, making for six- to seven-hour marathon sessions with limited breaks.

Eliminating the sub-committees means that all issues will now be discussed and decided by the full board during its two meetings each month.

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