A Sanilac County dentist expressed his unhappiness to the Sanilac County Board of Commissioners Tuesday afternoon, voicing concern over the new dental clinic in Sandusky. Dr. Dennis Spolane, who works and lives in Sanilac County, said it is a slap in the face to area dentists that the new clinic was allowed to locate in the county. Additionally, Spolane said although the new clinic was supposed to be geared toward medicaid patients, they are now competing with local dentists for private pay and insurance patients. He claimed the Sanilac County Health Department receives what he called kickbacks, for referrals to the new clinic. Commissioners said they will look in to the matter and get answers to his concerns.
In other commissioner news, the board heard a report on the Karegnondi Water Authority system that runs through southern Sanilac County. KWA officials said the project has been completed and came in at $8 million dollars under budget. Construction on the project, that pipes water from Lake Huron to Genesee County, was started in 2013 and began treating their own water last fall. The KWA serves as an emergency backup source for water for several communities including Imlay City, Mayville and the City of Lapeer.