2018-05-10 / Front Page

BOC declines joining opioid lawsuit; OKs senior center roof repair

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

HURON COUNTY - The Huron County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted against joining a lawsuit with opioid manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers and defendants. Corporate Counsel Steve Allen said if the defendants committed wrongs they should be held accountable, but it would be “a big undertaking,” regarding possible time spent by county personnel.

Answering questions posed by commissioners during discussion, Allen said the Bernstein law firm estimated 25-40 hours would be needed from the county and it could be possible defendants could file separate appeals and countersuits.

In other business, at the Tuesday, May 8 regular meeting, the board approved consent items to: authorize H&H Roofing & Construction Co. for roof work at the Senior Center at a cost not to exceed $69,900; authorize WTA Architects to provide design services for the Juvenile & Friend of the Court suite at a cost not to exceed $6,500 from the General Public Improvement Fund; and purchase computers and software for various county building offices from H-Tech at a total project cost not to exceed $29,965.

The board appointed Bill Goretski and Lawrence Schnettler to Zoning Board of Appeals three-year terms.

In personnel matters, the board approved a resolution to employ Kye Jacoby as a part-time deputy sheriff, effective May 9. Also, the board went into closed session to hear overtime requests grievances from Huron County Sheriff deputies Powell and Wisenbaugh and took no action.

The board approved bills; health department $83,043; board $38,407; and paid without presentation $252,556; for a total of $374,006.

During the committee of the whole meeting prior to the regular meeting, Legislative Chair Dave Peruski said there are four candidates for an open planning commission seat: Michael Lorencz, Brookfield Township, Bill McPhee, Hume Township, and Bill Renn, Chandler Township; and Dr. Daniel Tighe, Caseville Township. It was reported the first three were recently interviewed for open spots, so the board would interview Dr. Tighe and not re-interview the others. Commissioner Ron Wruble suggested the board look at the composition of the board regarding where members live, in order to best fulfill the board’s mission.

As chair of the Finance Committee, Wruble gave the board a heads-up that there has been a heavy case load in juvenile court this year, so the budget may have to be amended.

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