2018-01-11 / Front Page

Sheriff’s software program obsolete

Replacement system would cost $135,000
By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

HURON COUNTY - The computer program that serves the sheriff’s office is obsolete and needs to be replaced.

Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson and Undersheriff Duane Miller informed the Huron County Board of Commissioners Tuesday that the software program will not be supported past March and he and his staff have been looking into a replacement for a couple of years.

Hanson said he believes the best option is to work with Oakland County which owns and operates the software package CLEMIS - Courts & Law Enforcement Management Information System, which includes electronic fingerprint scanning, property management and other functions.

The cost of set-up and data transfer would be approximately $135,500, which includes a $27,000 annual fee billed quarterly.

Hanson said there was still time for the board to review the matter and make a decision.

During the meeting, 9-1-1 Central Dispatch Coordinator Randy Miller said he was working on having the same system installed in his department later in the year and he could work with the sheriff department on connecting the system.

In other business, the board approved a special countywide election on Tuesday, May 8 to renew the primary roads-major and local streets millage.

The consensus of the board was that the roads are good because of the millage and the efforts of the Huron County Road Commission.

Commissioner Steve Vaughan (District No. 4) expressed disappointment with the Huron County Planning Commission. Vaughan said some members appear to have their own agenda, and are not acting in the best interest of the county.

He said changes need to be made.

“We need to make a decision soon,” Vaughan said.

Corporate counsel Steve Allen told commissioners the problem needs to be addressed since there are planning commission terms ending in March.

Allen said a couple people have told him the planning commission is dysfunctional. Allen also said planning commission Chairman Bernie Creguer is doing his best to conduct the meetings.

In other action, the board authorized Burkhard Plumbing & Heating to install automatic flushers at the Huron County Senior Center at a cost not to exceed $2,578.

In personnel matters, the board approved the employment of Heather Popiel as a part-time clerical support clerk in the 73B District Court at a rate of $15.21 per hour, effective Jan. 16; accepted with regret the resignation of Tamara Piotter as chief court recorder and judicial assistant; and appointed Marvin Emming and Keith Stirrett to four-year terms to the department of veteran affairs board, and Jerald Ignash to a three-year term on the department of public works.

Robert Gaffke, of Bloomfield Township, brought a complaint about wind energy to the board.

Gaffke said testing of noise from a wind turbine on his property was improperly conducted and that the company should pay for another test. He also said the county should find a different company to perform testing.

Board Chairman Sami Khoury (District No. 1) asked Allen to outline the procedure for a resident to file a complaint.

Allen said wind companies are required to provide a complaint form to the county and that a company would have 30 days to investigate and mediate with the resident. If the resident is not satisfied, they can ask the Huron County Building & Zoning Department to investigate the matter and report back to the resident and also to the board of commissioners. If the resident is still not satisfied, they can appeal to the zoning board of appeals.

Allen also said a property owner could file a legal complaint.

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