EDITOR:This is in regard to the article that appeared in The Daily News on Saturday, May 26,. "Trucks banned from Antoine road."
Most, if not portions of all, Dickinson County roads under the management of the Dickinson County Road Commission are in as bad or worse condition than the Antoine road.
What's next Dickinson County Commissioners and Dickinson County Road Commission Board? Do we ban trucks from these other roads as they get worse?
Some of the roads are getting so bad, when you swerve to avoid a big bump in the road your tire drops into a deep pothole. Our vehicles are feeling this.
The roads of the surrounding counties of Menominee, Delta, Iron and Marquette are in much better condition than Dickinson County.
Is there a reason for this? Are the citizens, taxpayers, and voters of Iron Mountain responsible for the deplorable conditions of the roads in Iron Mountain that are directly under the control of the Dickinson County Road Commission?
Are the elected and appointed officials and citizens of Iron Mountain responsible for these road conditions?
Are the citizens, taxpayers, and voters of the cities of Norway and Kingsford and all of the townships of Dickinson County including Sagola Township, where the county roads are by far the worse, responsible for the deplorable conditions of the roads in their respective areas?
Are the elected and appointed officials and citizens of these cities and townships responsible for these road conditions?
All of the above, including myself, are responsible.
We have not demanded that our five elected Dickinson County Board of Commissioners and their appointed boards and commissions (County Controller, County Clerk, Courts, Sheriffs Department, Parks, Prosecuting Attorney, Health Department, Library, Hospital, Construction Code, Road Commission, Brownfield authority, Department of Human Services Board, Fair Board, Jury Board, and others) comply with Michigan Compiled Law 46.11, the County Commissioners Act 156 of 1851. MCL 46.11 provides for Rules of Order, Guidelines, and Operating Manuals for county government.
Dickinson County does not have this.
Sagola Township is in compliance with MCL 46.11. We do not know about the cities and all the other townships but must be sure before the next election in August 2012. We must have compliance with all Michigan Compiled Laws by all local governments.