2017-03-16 / Community

Road Commission remains appointed

By Kelly Krager
Editor • kkrager@mihomepaper.com • 989-269-9918

HURON COUNTY — The Huron County Board of Commissioners shot down an idea proposed by the board’s new chair to allow voters to select the county’s road commissioners.

Chairman Sami Khoury said he brought the resolution because he wanted to give people other than longtime incumbents a chance to serve on the commission.

“Let’s face it, our next appointment is Mr. Hunt. … We might as well not do interviews,” he said.

The three-member board has been appointed by commissioners since its inception in 1919. Road commissioners serve six-year terms, which are staggered to prevent more than one new person serving at any time. Chairman John Hunt’s term expires in December, 2018. Vice-chair Michael A. Power’s term expires in 2020, and member Alan McTaggart’s term expires in 2022.

The resolution was defeated by a 5-2 vote, with Khoury and Todd Talaski voting for the change.

Commissioner Dave Peruski seconded the motion to allow discussion, though he said he did not favor a change.

Commissioner Steve Vaughan said his decision was based on conversations he had with supervisors of the four townships he represents, who each opposed changing the road commission’s structure.

“They were all in agreement that Huron County has the best road system in the State of Michigan,” he said. “… I’ve yet to hear one person say there’s a problem with a road in Huron County that has not been addressed.”

Vaughan added he believes complaints with the road commission have been personality issues rather than problems with procedure.

“I don’t think it’s broke, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said.

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