The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners hired longtime equalization employee Dave Brege to take over as the equalization department director. Sharyn Malone retired from that job Jan. 3. The personnel committee met with Brege to see if he was interested in the position and came up with an agreement, to pay him $20.51 per hour for 37½ hours per week, equating to a salary around $40,000 to handle the job. His new pay will be retroactive to Jan. 4.
Other items from the board meeting include:
• Commissioner Lee Gapczynski suggested that the board schedule a workshop meeting to prioritize items as well as set goals. Gapczynski talked about the repairs and maintenance to the building, plans for repaving of the parking lot, security concerns and other things as areas the board needs to come up with a plan. “The five of us need to sit down with department heads and prioritize and have a plan,” said Gapczynski during his commissioners comments.
The board will place the item on the Jan. 27 agenda for discussion with a plan to set up a date and time that works for the commissioners and elected officials.
• Prosecutor Ken Radzibon is close to finding an assistant according to a report from the personnel committee. Stephen Lang, chairman of the personnel committee, reported to the board that Radzibon was getting ready to offer the job to someone who has 30 years of experience. The assistant will be paid $48,000 annually as approved in November 2016 when salary and wages were approved.
• Recycling in the county is going well. During December 2016 the county had two-thirds of its bill for recycling covered in reimbursement money for recycling. Darga reported that one of the collection bins that was at Krakow Township has been moved to Rogers City as they have seen an influx in plastic recycling. The bin was moved to accommodate citizens and may have to be moved back to the township come spring.
• The public health and safety and building and grounds committees will meet on Jan. 24.
(The complete story is in the Jan. 19, 2017 edition of the Advance)