Jan. 7, 2021 Board of Commissioners Meeting

Watch the Youtube video of this meeting
Read the Administrator's Update, sent after this meeting

Happy New Year; Happy New County Commissioners' Term
Tonight's Board of Commissioners Meeting, the first of 2021, was also the annual organizational session, and the beginning of the 2021-22 two-year term for County Commissioners. Our Board Chair for 2021-22, elected by a majority of the commissioners, is Commissioner Steve Frisbie. Our vice chair, a one-year term for 2022 according to state law, is Commissioner Gary Tompkins, who was also elected by a majority of the commissioners. They represent Districts 4 and 7 respectively.
2021-2022 is the second 2- year term as Chair for Commissioner Frisbie, and the first year as vice chair for Commissioner Tompkins.

Holiday Thank You's
Every year, staff within the jail, juvenile home, and law enforcement make sacrifices to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, while many of us are at home with our families. This year, in addition to thanking those essential workers who keep county operations moving 24-7, Calhoun County Road Department staff also worked long hours during the holidays to keep snow off the roadways and keep roads safe for the motoring public. Thank you to all Calhoun County employees whose important work during the holidays keeps all of us safer.

Highlights from a few boards and committees:
On Dec. 18, managers and mayors from all cities and villages in Calhoun County met for a City/County Meeting, which the County Board Chair and I convene quarterly. In addition to chatting with our Public Information Officers about this year's countywide State of the Community presentation, the group discussed new initiatives related to trash hauling and recycling services, the countywide public transit study and follow up that was delayed during the COVID-19 limitations, and the new countywide designated property tax assessor required by recent state tax commission legislation.

A Union Leadership Roundtable was held on Dec. 21 by HR/Labor Relations Director Kim Archambault and me. We discussed the county's upcoming 457 retirement savings plan consolidation, support and training to help with working remotely, and recent changes to our temporary health emergency response leave policy, to include leave time as necessary for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Also on Dec. 21, the Marshall Community Credit Union Board of Directors met. The Board approved the Credit Union's 2021 budget and performance goals, and discussed the upcoming diversity, equity and inclusion training sessions for board members.

The first meeting of 2021 for the Summit Pointe Board was held via Zoom on Jan. 5. At that meeting, the Board received updates to the annual Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Plan, as well as our emergency succession plan, should CEO Jeannie Goodrich become unavailable for any reason. The Board also approved extending the contract with Rehmann Robson for financial consulting services for FY21, and engaging design and engineering services for renovations of the College Street property. County Commissioner Kathy-Sue Vette chairs the Summit Pointe Board and I continue to serve as Treasurer.

Read the rest of the Administrator's Update

The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 via Zoom video conference. This is the organizational meeting for the 2021 Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners will meet electronically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is also in accordance with the Epidemic Order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 9, 2020, which limits in-person gatherings to 10 people.

To watch the meeting, visit our Youtube Channel. Information about where to call for public comment will be provided during the Youtube stream and is shared below. If you'd like to submit a written comment to be added to the record for this meeting, submit that via the Contact Us form on the website and please state that your message is for the Jan. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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