(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners and Finance Administration Committee met Tuesday afternoon. Commissioners re-appointed Jim Bowerman, Paul Wheeler, and Roger Ballard to the county's Parks and Recreation Board. Dean Berden was appointed to the Sanilac County Health Board. Commissioners also passed a resolution honoring Ethan Tubbs for his accomplishments as an Eagle Scout. Ethan has earned a total of 21 merit badges. He also led a landscaping project at Sandusky High School with 27 volunteers and 254 hours of labor. In other business, commissioners authorized Sanilac County Veteran's Affairs to purchase 4,320 flags at a cost not to exceed $2,894.40, as well as 390 markers at a cost not to exceed $1,950.
Finance and Administration Committee members approved the placing of the 9-1-1 millage renewal on the August primary ballot. The millage renewal is estimated to be about $295,000, most of which will be used for equipment upgrades in the county's 911 center. The board also approved Sheriff Garry Biniecki's request to award Thumb Correctional Food Service a three year contract to provide food to the county jail. Of the six bids that the Sheriff's Department received, Thumb Correctional Food Service came in at the highest at $308,515.25. Sheriff Biniecki said that the company's history with the jail has proven to be valuable enough to justify paying the extra cost. The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners and Finance Administration Committee meet again on Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in the Commissioner's chambers.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies say a fuel truck hauling ethanol crashed and exploded on Vassar Road near Wilder early Wednesday morning, killing one person. Richville Fire Chief Eric Brown says the truck was carrying about 13,000 gallons of fuel sending flames 150 to 200 feet into the air. Brown says firefighters arrived and assessed the environmental impact of putting out the blaze, making the decision to let it burn out. Authorities say a body was found in the cab of the truck. The crash happened after 3 a.m. No other information has been released at this time. Vassar Road between M-46 and M-81 is expected to be closed for several hours as the investigation and cleanup efforts take place. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City Council adopted the 2014-2015 budget during last week's council meeting. Council members also approved the city's millage rate of 16.8733-mills and the park millage rate of 1.25-mills. There were no questions or comments on the budget during the public hearing at the start of the meeting. City Manager Clint Holmes's semi-annual evaluation was presented. He received a 94% rating from the council.
During union negotiations, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 stated that they would agree to a new 3-year contract that included a bonus this year in lieu of a pay increase pending the city agrees to new rates for healthcare benefits, which average about $19/month, a 50-cent an hour pay increase for DPW employees, and a 25-cent an hour increase for the DPW Foreman beginning in January 2015. The council did not accept those terms and would like negotiations to continue. Council members are looking at a 1-year contract, which would be looked at again in March 2015 and agreed to the healthcare benefits and one week bonus pay.
In other business, the council was updated on the issue of snow removal and road salt funding. Brown City normally orders about 150 tons of road salt each year through the State of Michigan. About 15 tons remains this year. Under the special appropriation by the Michigan Legislature, Brown City is set to receive about $5,900 to subsidize the costs of snow removal and pot hole repair. Cost to date for snow removal is over $6,800. Salt for next year has already been ordered and the DPW is doing pothole repairs using cold patch at this time.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- A 4-year old boy was injured Monday evening while riding a quad runner on his family's property near Mayville. Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies were sent to the residence on M-24 shortly before 7 p.m. Deputies learned that two brothers were riding separate quad runners. As the 4-year old was riding on one of the machines, it rolled on top of him, pinning him underneath. The family was able to get the quad runner off the boy. Lifenet Helicopter flew the child to Hurley Hospital in Flint for treatment. The extent of his injuries is unknown. The incident remains under investigation.
(LAPEER) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is hosting a public informational meeting regarding proposed improvements on M-24, south of I-69 to Nepessing Street in the city of Lapeer. The meeting will be held at Lapeer City Hall on Monday, April 7 from 4-5:30 p.m. In addition to road reconstruction, proposed work on the project includes storm and sanitary sewer, water main, sidewalk and signal upgrades, culvert replacement at Farmers Creek, and pedestrian tunnel installation. Interested residents, business owners and community representatives are encouraged to attend the open house style meeting to review construction plans, ask questions and provide input.
(AREA) -- Dr. Mark Hamed, Medical Director of the Departments of Emergency and Hospitalist Medicine at McKenzie Health System has been appointed the Associate Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for Sanilac Medical Services and the Sanilac Medical Control Authority. Dr. Hamed will be working with EMS Medical Director, Dr. William Starbird, and EMS staff to help deliver quality pre-hospital care in the Thumb. Dr. Hamed has held his position at McKenzie Health System since the summer of 2011. In addition to his role at McKenzie, he maintains senior staff physician privileges and faculty membership with Henry Ford Health System's residency programs. He also is an associate clinical instructor with Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.