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PAGE3 Schauer has sights set on being the governor Mark Schauer, D- Battle Creek, is on a mission to take down his third'republican incumbent, and his next target is Gov. Rick Snyder. At a visit to The Din- ner Table inAtlanta on Oct. 12, Schauer said he's looking forward to working with the people of Mont- morency County in ordertochangethedi- rection of Michigan. PAGE 6 REPRESENTATIVES of Tri-Township Ambulance Service and the sheriff department pose with the defibrillators donated to the sheriff department by the ambulance service. From left are Beau Williams, TTAS board member, Brian Crane, undersheriff, Don Edwards, sheriff, and Jody Van Oppen, operations manager for TTAS. by Yvonne Swager Tri-Township Ambu- Brian Crane, undersheriff, said the sher- Staff reporter lance Service has do- iff department has been unable to outfit nated three Automated External every car with a defibrillator until now. Defibrillators (AEDs) to the sheriffdepart- "This will now allow us to not only have ment. The ambulance service recently one in every fleet car but one in every car upgraded its defibrillators, and the deci- that's on the road for regular road patrol sionwas made for three of the old ones to duties," Crane said. benefit law-enforcement. The defibrillators are the same model The defibrillators are designed for use the department has been utilizing, ac- on those eight years of age and older who cording to Crane, so no training of staff is are experiencing life-threatening cardiac necessary. He also said" he recently ob- arrhythmias, but ]odyVon Oppen, opera- tained extra batteries that willworkin the tions manager for TrAS, said they could defibrillators being donated. be used on somebody younger in an "It'sagreatfltallthewayaround,"Crane emergency situation, said. votes in g progrom by Yvonne Swager Staff reporter Landfill board members voted in favor of helping out the recycling program in Alpena to the tune of $2,900. Howard Lumsden, chair of the recycling board, asked for help at the Oct. 11 regular meeting of the Montmorency- Oscoda-Alpena Solid Waste Management Au- thority. Lumsden said he and other board members for recycling purchased some more recycling boxes and thought the budget was in good shape, but that tumed out to not be the case. He said the program has been paying for the recy- /,.- of m Weekcling of batteries without 57 charging the public be- Lowa Woek cause of fears batteries ii~ Mostly cloudy, rain ~-,~Z'y2 i! wouldbethrownawayand ~ throughout the waek u ::: end up in the landfill. Lumsden asked landfilllosing money," LaFleche board members to cover reminded the other land- the $2,900 bill for battery fill board members. collection, and also asked He said he had concerns if the recycling program representatives would could delay an $18,000 continue to approach the payment to the landfill due landfill board every year by the end of the year. for help in keeping the pro- The landfill sold equip- gram afloat. Lumsden said ment to the recycling op- he was hopeful of some eration for three annual grant funding at the end of payments of $18,000. Two the year. of those payments have A motion passed in favor been made, but Lumsden of subtracting the amount said the recycling program ofthebattery-recyclingbill does not collect tax rev- from the last $18,000 pay- enue until Jan. 1 and mak- ment owed, but the recy- ing the final payment by cling program still has to the end of the year would pay the balance by the end be tough, of the year. LaFleche voted Bert LaFleche, landfill against the motion. board member, took issue In other business: with the request for help Sandy Cunningham, with funding, saying those landfill administrator, said in charge of the recycling she would like to tempo- program knew they would rarily add a shift to keep up have to bear the cost. with evaporating leachate "The reason we got out of recycling was that we were Continued on page 2 To subscribe to the Tribune, call (989) 785-4214 or stop by our office, next to the post office in Atlanta. commissioners support date review some pro by Yvonne Swaoer Commissioners for the county are Sloflreporter supportive of the state conducting a review ofpropertyassessment procedures in a couple of townships. The matter was discussed at the regular county board meeting on Oct. 9. Kevin Keller, county equalization director, said township procedures were brought to his attention when one county resident appealed to him in trying to resolve an issue that was unable to resolved at the township level. In that case, Keller said the township assessor has not been assessing dwellings according to their actual size. Forinstance, ifa dwelling is T-shaped, the asses- sor has been multiplying the full length times the full width to determine the dwelling size instead of con- sidering the actual shape of the structure. "There's some evidence to show that's been going on for some time," Keller said. "I started looking at the whole process of what's going on and really digging into this assessor's data base and how they've been doing it, and it's not good." Keller said his office doesn't have enough personnel to conduct reappraisals, and the county board voted in favor of Keller requesting the state to conduct a review of assessing procedures in at least two town- ships. In another matter, Don Edwards, sheriff, told county board members he would like to hire someone part- time in order to serve as a dog warden. He said the sheriff department currently picks up animals, but it operates reactively instead of proactively. "Overall, the county interest is there to do that, and it would make a b etter system than we have," Edwards said. Obtaining two cars for the price of one through a grant from the United States Department of Agricul- ture, he said, would save about $30,000. Although he recently acquired five new officers, Edwards said one of them went to the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team and the other four are barely enough to cover shifts seven days per week. "We didn't gain extra guys on days and afternoons. We gained twenty-four hour coverage," Edwards ex- plained. Commissioner Gene Thornton, chair for the county board, said he had a problem with the sheriff depart- ment having just acquired new officers and asking for even more. "That's something we need to discuss and work out when we're doing the budget," Thornton said. "Per- sonally, at this time, I would not support this." In other business: Representatives of ValleyUnited Insurance said the increase in the cost of health insurance would only be going up 8.7 percent instead of the previously pro- jected 20 percent. Some increases were offset by the age adjustment category, because the poolofemploy- ees is younger than earlier projected. An annual report from MSU Extension reflected nine youth and mentor matches were made in the youth mentoring program last year, resulting in 700 hours of face-to-face time. The county is helping fund that program because of federal budget cuts. A previous motion to loan the sheriff department $10,000 for snowmobile, marine and ORV patrol was reconsidered and withdrawn because the grant fund- ing for that program has arrived. The board voted in favor of paying $2,100 to fix a leaking hydraulic seal in the elevator. Approval was given for $6,000 in the prosecutor's technology budget to be used for purchasing tablets for the sheriff department in order to facilitate com- munication between the department and the prosecutor's office. ATLANTA NEWS 6-7 I HILLMAN NEWS 8-9 I LEWlSTON NEWS 4-5 SPORTS 10-11 I FUN PAGE 14 I ENTERTAINMENT 15 I LEGALS 18 lhVM, IvM#akTi[l] ~ l IITA Ill -'i g ~ [fi'i i -'i I -'ill ~ I g~l] [Tj I OBITUARIES 13 I CLASSIFIEDS 18-19 rj[0] ~, I I LTJ[0I :i =1 ~ [0~'IN "J -'i :!,,1-II I# [a~