Not legal & not worth the effort

Charlevoix County is no longer interested in diverting money from local libraries to the road commission and sheriff’s office—because it isn’t legal and it wasn’t enough money with which to bother.
Commissioner George Lasater (R-District 1) is shown here during a recent meeting. (C. Faulknor/BC Gazette/June 12, 2013)
Commissioner George Lasater (R-District 1) is shown here during a recent meeting. (C. Faulknor/BC Gazette/June 12, 2013)

Charlevoix County is no longer interested in diverting money from local libraries to the road commission and sheriff’s office—because it isn’t legal and it wasn’t enough money with which to bother.
Charlevoix County Commissioner George T. Lasater (R-District 1), who is also a Charlevoix County Building & Grounds Committee member, told the local library officials who attended the meeting that the county was no longer considering diverting some of their funding.

“I presented to the board my concerns at the last meeting that the weighmaster program … all of the money from that program goes back to the State of Michigan and so far this year the cost to the taxpayers of the county $16,146 to support the weighmaster program and unfortunately the fines for this year were only $318 so that money would go to the State of Michigan,” he said. “I think maybe the article might have been just a little misleading—it wasn’t all of the fines and costs that I was talking about, it was the weighmaster fines.”
The article in question—“A Fine Fix” May 29 edition of the Boyne City Gazette—detailed the Charlevoix County Board’s discussion and overall agreement that the county should investigate the possibility of redirecting an unspecified amount of money from the penal funds libraries receive to the Charlevoix County Road Commission and Charlevoix County Sheriff Office.
Lasater added, “And, according to information that I have received today, it would take legislative action to even change anything; so, we’re not going in that direction—at least, I’m not going to support going in that direction.”
The $16,000-plus price tag to operate the weighmaster program—which fines semi trucks for being overweight—is paid for by the  Charlevoix County Road Commission.
Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan (R-District 6) said it was his understanding that the county, through a local ordinance, could recapture the weighmaster fines. However, Charlevoix County Clerk Cherie Browe said she had personally spoken with the Charlevoix County 90th District Judge and was told that that would not be a legal recourse for the county to take.
Charlevoix Public Library Director Val Meyerson said the constitution was written thusly to help alleviate any sort of corruption which may occur when a policing agency is able to write tickets and receive any moneys from those tickets.
Building and grounds took no action on this matter as none was required.