Charlevoix County board of Commissioners roundup

county board of commissioners 2015

Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners met May 27 for its regular bi-monthly meeting to discuss three public hearings and various resolutions.

The three public hearings discussed during the meeting were the brownfield on the Dilworth hotel and the Glen Catt Development projects as well as a housing grant application.

Housing grant hearing

The first public hearing was the housing grant application, to be submitted to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for a home repair program.

Lindsay Hager of Hager Consulting spoke about the committee, it’s objective to help low-income households fix issues with the houses they currently cannot fix themselves.

“We have local program guidelines that define specific criteria for the procedure,” said Hager. “Eligibility is based on income. First off you have to be a home owner occupant and you have to be under 80 percent of median adjusted for family size. A family of four is $48,550 annual income or less.”

The primary projects the committee looks at are roofing, electrical, and lead-based paint issues. Lindsay said they will do a full house repair or an emergency repair depending on the needs of the family.

“This is a successful program, being an East Jordan guy, there’s homes there that I’ve watched through this program, the roofs and sidings and a lot of these older homes, people with low income and this has been a life-saver,” said Joel Evans, Chairman of the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners (R-District 4) “It’s just a great program.”

The board voted unanimously with a 6-0 vote to approve the application.

brownfield hearing

The Dilworth Hotel and Glen Catt Development projects have been declared a Brownfield area.

Consultant Mac McClelland spoke on behalf of the two.

“This is a consideration. It’s a public hearing for the county board approval of the Brownfield plan, which essentially sets out the eligible property and the eligible activities,” said McClelland. “Both of these projects have significant investment—about nine-and-a-half-million dollars for the Dilworth, and six-and-a-half-million dollars for the lake street projects.”

According to McClelland, these projects combined will provide an additional $4 million over a 30-year period in local and state taxes.

“The reimbursement is paid off pretty quickly. It’s also part of a cooperative program that the Boyne City DDA is participating in,” he said. “They are providing reimbursement for these future tax growth tax increases. Both of these projects need a great deal of public support (because) they are not financially feasible… Without the financial support of all of the projects, it wouldn’t happen.”

The board voted on both Brownfield matters, separately; the brownfield on the Dilworth was passed with a 6-0 vote as was the Glen Catt development.


The board addressed and voted on several resolutions

• The resolution of the building safety to be held at the next meeting, passed with a 4-2 vote, Evans and Chris Christensen, Charlevoix County Commissioner (R-District 2) were the “no” votes.

• The ADA complaince policy, which states no discrimination is acceptable on the county transit service, was aproved by a 6-0 vote.

• The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance for the purchase of upgrade on the phone system for the jail was carried with a 6-0 vote.

• Fair housing resolution that states that Charlevoix County is committed to fair housing, the board adopted the fair housing resolution with a 6-0 vote.

• State plan of operation agreement where it would allow law enforcement agencies to purchase property under title 10, was passed with a 6-0 vote.

• Victim services resource grant renewal was passed with a 6-0 vote.

Commissioner comments

The road commission will need $2.1 million for Ellsworth Road, East Deer Lake, Korthase roads.

It would owe the county over $3 million if they borrowed the funds.

The board discussed dates June 10 or June 17 to meet with road commission, per their request.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. on June 24 and it will be held on Beaver Island.

Coordinator’s comments

Kevin Shepard, Charlevoix County Coordinator and Human Resources Director told the commission that all applicants he was looking at for the new building official have canceled.

A motion was made by Ronald Reinhardt, Charlevoix County Commissioner Vice-Chair (R-District 3) motioned to appoint Frank Shaler as the temporary department head for a term of 90 days. The motion passed with a 5-1 vote, Nancy Ferguson, Charlevoix County Commissioner (R-District 5) was the only “no” vote.