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Facilities: The Jail (again)

To the Antrim County Board of Commissioners: DO YOUR JOB. Antrim County needs a new jail. Full stop. The Sheriff has told the Board that a new jail is needed. The people that work there know how bad it is. Anybody who has ever been in there is well aware that it is not a…

Dumb Intersections

Not a whole lot going on right now. So, how about a list? The internet loves lists. The ultimate click bait! “Top ten ghost towns in Michigan.” “5 things about Miley Cyrus you need to know right now.” “Four signs that your son is pregnant.” Clickbait! So, here we go with our own list. Top…

Barnes Park

The Parks Department has been busy developing plans to expand and improve Barnes Park. Anyone who has ever been to the park knows that it is a beautiful lakeshore, with wonderful walking trails. The only blemish on the park is the people that camp there. All summer, the park is packed with downstaters. They drive…

Commissioner Meeting September 22

Politician Jarris Rubingh got to hold the gavel at the September 1st meeting. Chairman VanAlstine was gone and Rubingh filled in as Chairman. JAIL FOOD Richard Friske gave public comment. He complained about the county trying to hire a full time person to serve food to the jail birds. Friske objected to the out of…

Jarris vs. Broadband

Politician Jarris Rubingh is notoriously bad with technology. He always needs help from staff in figuring out his ipad. He uses incorrect terminology, and is generally lost when it comes to using devices built in this current century. In July, he sent an allegedly illegal letter to constituents that appeared to be pecked out on…

Festivals!

Bellaire is celebrating their annual Rubber Ducky Festival this weekend. For those that are not from the area, you may think that first sentence was a joke. It is not. Also, why are you reading this? Yes, indeed. For 30 years Bellaire has been celebrating bathing toys. It is weird. But, hey; at least they…

Facilities Again

The Board reconsidered the problems with the county building at their most recent meeting. At the previous meeting, Commissioners failed to approve a $3M proposed fix for the problems. Some Commissioners felt that it was foolish to spend so much money on a building that is 40 years old and has plenty of other problems.…

That’s How It Works

Dawn Lavanway had a question. During a recent audit presentation, Lavanway was confused by a chart. On the chart, the auditor showed a drop in projected revenue. Lavanway asked about the steep drop on the revenue line. The auditor awkwardly stopped and looked at Finance Manager Bradley Rizzo. Rizzo calmly explained to Lavanway that the…

Kick the Can

Commissioners met August 4 and facilities were a big topic. An engineering firm presented a bid to fix the County Building’s facade. There were several options presented, but the Board settled on uninstalling the rickety death panels, and replacing them with modern metal-masonry hybrid panels. The price for this option came in at $3.5 Million.…

Primary Results

The Elephant Party voters have spoken, and we are here to celebrate. Gratitude Melissa Zelenak ran a good, active campaign. She worked hard, raised money, and mounted a significant challenge. To be honest, we got a little nervous. If we do not have the nonsense that comes out of Politician Jarris Rubingh’s mouth, this blog…

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