IRON MOUNTAIN - Members of the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners approved the 2012 budget following a public hearing Monday night.
The budget is $8.82 million, down 0.4 percent from this year's budget.
County Controller Kay Pascoe said that the budget supports the current level of staffing and requires an operating millage of 6.1203 mills for an eighth straight year.
The only public comment on the budget came from Gerald McCole of Channing.
According to McCole, the county board has been underfunding the Dickinson County Department of Human Services Board. Members of the board get compensated for meetings and travel, but the level is far below that of neighboring counties, he pointed out.
In other business, the board:
- Heard public comment from several residents regarding area businesses selling potpourri and incense.
Mike Carey asked the
board if anything could be done to ban such shops at the county level.
Assistant Prosecutor Carl Downing explained that the only way to restrict businesses is with zoning, and the county has no zoning authority. He suggested that concerned residents talk with city and township governments instead.
- Approved to hire Anderson, Tackman & Co. to do the county's audit for 2011 and 2012 at a cost of $26,000 per year.
Commissioners decided that they will solicit bids for subsequent years so other companies have the chance to do business with the county.
- Approved a payment of $1,486.81 to U.P. Engineering for engineering services on the HVAC system in the jail.
- Approved a payment of $28,515 to Valley Mechanical for the HVAC system in the jail.
- Approved to send a letter to the solid waste authority asking for extended household hazardous waste disposal hours.
- Approved to cancel the Dec. 26 regular board meeting. The meeting will be rescheduled for later that week.
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