Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners meeting round up

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Benjamin Gohs

News Editor
The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners convened for its regular Wednesday Sept. 24 meeting to discuss various matters of public interest.
Following are the highlights of that meeting, which covered issues including the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, the Michigan Township’s Association, a new magistrate and more.
Magistrate appointed
Charlevoix County attorney Kerry B. Zahner was unanimously approved by the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners to be appointed as magistrate, as was recommended by Charlevoix County 90th District Judge James Erhart.
The board said the salary is $66,000 plus benefits, with a $2,000 increase next year and another $2,000 increase the year after.
The position is shared with Emmet County, which covers 60 percent of the cost.
Zahner replaces current attorney magistrate Larry L. Burgess who will retire on Jan. 1 of 2015.
COA news
The Charlevoix County Commission On Aging submitted its Sept. 15 meeting minutes to the county board for approval. Among its business items were the role and responsibilities of the COA Advisory Board. It was suggested that the body’s mission statement be reviewed at least once per year. It was also requested that the board be provided monthly monthly budget expense spreadsheets and reports from each of the county’s three senior centers.
MTA of Charlevoix
The Charlevoix County chapter of the Michigan Townships Association met most recently on April 25 in Chandler Township.
MDEQ Geologist Mike Shelton, from the office of Oil, Gas & Minerals spoke on regulations governing drilling. There are more than 14,700 active gas and oil wells in Michigan, with another 35,000 having been plugged. More than 12,000 of the wells in the state have utilized hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”
Subsidiary Fund budget
The Charlevoix County Subsidiary Fund budget was adopted. The subsidiary fund budgets include remonumentation, recycling, friend of the court, the county’s land bank and other various funds.
The budgets were approved as presented. A full listing of funds and their respective budgets can be found in the Sept. 24 Charlevoix County Board packet at