TAWAS CITY – A moment of silence was held before the Iosco County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 5 in remembrance of District 3 Commissioner Mark McKulsky, who passed away unexpectedly on May 16 at the age of 53.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair due to a hunting accident 30 years ago, McKulsky was active in his community. In addition to serving as a commissioner, at the time of his death he was treasurer of the Iosco RESA Board of Education, president of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB), and sat on the board of the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA).

Frances Whitney of NEMCSA was in attendance at the meeting to offer condolences for McKulsky’s passing. 

“He will be sorely missed,” she said.

Iosco-Arenac District Library Director Stephanie Mallak Olson delivered the library’s annual report to the Board. Olson highlighted the recent renovation of the District Library headquarters and the 2019 Summer Reading Club. She also reviewed the District’s funding sources, and stressed the importance of local people being counted in the upcoming census.

The board passed a resolution appointing Charlie Finley to fill the unexpired term as District 3 Commissioner due to the passing of Mark Mckulsky. The vote was 3-1, with Commissioner Terry Dutcher casting the lone dissenting vote. Dutcher had expressed concern that Finley’s law enforcement background may result in an imbalance on the board. Finley will take office immediately, and his term will expire December 31, 2020.

A resolution accepting the resignation of Equalization Director Doreen Dewald, effective April 26, and appointing Sarah Payton of Preston Community Service, LLC to be equalization director, was unanimously approved.

The board also approved without dissent a resolution imposing the 2019 summer property tax levy, and notice of certification of county allocated tax levy and levy of the 2019 winter property tax levy. Treasurer/Administrator Elite Shellenbarger stressed the importance of the project, and noted the significance of Preston Community Service to accomplish the task in 30 days. Shellenbarger also thanked county Clerk Nancy Huebel for her work on the project.

Permission was granted via resolution to set a public meeting for the Truth in Taxation Hearing which will take place on June 19 at 9:45 A.M.

Undersheriff Ralph Boudreau received approval in the form of a resolution from the board for the purchase of four in-car/body cameras from Watch Guard, with vehicle installation by Pro-Comm, Inc., and Wi-Fi access point and setup by Emergency Lighting Outfitters. Total cost of the purchase, installation and setup will be $42,670.48, which will be defrayed by a grant from the Homeland Security Administration (HSA).

Approval to sign another HAS grant for Fiscal Year 2018 to fund Operation Stonegarden in the amount of $64,000 was given to Chairman Robert W. Huebel, III in the form of a resolution.

Shellenbarger received approval in resolution form for the purchase of a new air conditioner for the IT Department. Cost of the air conditioner is $3,950, which will be purchased from Goyette Mechanical Company, Inc. Electrical installation will be performed by St. James Electric, Inc., at a cost of $733.39.

A request from Sheriff Allan MacGregor to purchase a 2012 Ford Expedition from the U. S. Forest Service to replace to 2008 Expedition currently in use was approved. The cost of the newer vehicle will be $7,200, plus $125.00 for graphics.

The board also approved the county’s updated Personnel Policy at this meeting.