County Board briefs..... The County Board heard last week there’s been some input received from some of the subscribers to the county-run ARMER radio network. The disputed 2019 interim contract has been the topic at multiple meetings. The county administrator informed the commissioners it is, “...moving in a good direction.”
The County Board might expect to see revised contract language at its April 17 meeting. While the ARMER issue was on last week’s County Board agenda, there was no action taken and the item was for information purposes only.
The emergency communications radio contract had been the sole topic of a township-city-public safety-county meeting in late March, held at the senior center in North Branch. (Story Press April 3.)
Commissioners ended that meeting asking cities and townships to provide written feedback. The revisions being suggested by the local governing entities will be compiled and reviewed.
In other business, the Board executed the agreement for an approximately $900,000 grant, the county accepted through a Local Transportation Improvement Plan fund. It will pay for a consulting engineering firm to produce the next phase of refining the design for rebuilding of Highway 8. Watch for announcements of upcoming meetings and open houses for public input on planning activities for the segment between Greenway to Karmel.
~ In Center City the mystery of the curb stop continues. The old jail, located a couple blocks away from the Government Center, sat empty this winter, and when the water line froze and ruptured a water service into the old jail, the curb stop used to turn off the water at the main was missing in action.
No amount of searching has located it, County Administrator Bruce Messelt reported last week. It is presumed the old jail will be demolished at some point in time and the mystery of the curb stop location may or may not be solved at that point.
~ Commissioners were given notice the veterans’ transport van is approaching the end of its useful life. Replacement may be needed before next year, but it is not budgeted in 2019. Administrator Messelt said there is a back-up plan so that veterans who count on the van for rides to medical appointments are not in jeopardy.
~ Aquatic invasive species funding will be allowed to go towards eradicating phragmites. The list of invasives eligible for cost sharing from the county, was expanded last week to include the non-native weed. Check with environmental services for regulations.
The county since 2012 has provided supplemental funds in partnership with lake associations in battling invasives like Eurasian watermilfoil, loosestrife and curly leaf pondweed. If you have an infestation on a lake with no active “association” you need to either join another one or form one.