Commissioners vote to require their approval for all budget adjustments by county departments

Sign 2A resolution

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WEST BRANCH — All budget adjustments by Ogemaw County departments are required to have prior approval by the Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners following a 3-2 vote by the commissioners during their Thursday, Feb. 27 regular meeting. Commissioner Chairman Bruce Reetz and Commissioner Ron Vaughn supplied the dissenting votes.  

The motion was made by Commissioner Craig Scott, who stated during the meeting he felt the commissioners should be privy to adjustments made to department budgets, as they are the ones who approve the overall budget and are ultimately responsible for the financial decisions of the county. 

Reetz stated he felt the issue to which Scott referred would be mitigated by the hiring of a county administrator and was concerned requiring such approval would create the potential for undue delays. When asked if he felt this was a concern, County Clerk Gary Klacking said he did not foresee it creating a major issue for department budgets, and that the resolution could always be amended later on. 

Scott said the hiring process for a county administrator by the Michigan Municipal League had yielded seven potential candidates at the time of the Feb. 27 meeting, and that the application process was nearing a close. 

The commissioners also signed a resolution declaring Ogemaw County a Second Amendment sanctuary county which they voted to approve at their Feb. 13 meeting. The resolution is based on the language of a resolution previously passed by the Oscoda County Board of Commissioners. The language of that resolution is included in the Feb. 20 edition of the Ogemaw County Herald, as well as at www.ogemawherald.com

The commissioners are also currently considering a “Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance,” which if passed would establish the county’s unwillingness to enforce any federal or state laws which restrict “an individual's constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” as outlined in the language of the ordinance. 

In other business, the commissioners unanimously approved a request by Undersheriff Leigh David to purchase two remotely activated custody and control vests to be worn by inmates deemed a flight risk during transport and court proceedings at a cost of $3,200 out of the jail commissary fund. David said the vests employ “pain compliance” through electrical shock in the event of an attempted attack or escape. 

The commissioners also unanimously voted to allow Prosecuting Attorney LaDonna Schultz to negotiate a potential contract for medical examiner services through the Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine. It was stated during the meeting the county’s current medical examiner would continue to fulfill his role as an employee of that third-party organization.

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