Selections made for road commissioner seats in District 1 and District 5

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz

    PAW  PAW - The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners held interviews  on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to fill two Van Buren County Road Commissioner seats that will expire  Dec.  31.    
    In District 1, which covers Covert, Bangor, Geneva and South Haven townships, W.C. Askew, Sr., who currently holds the seat,  was  the  only applicant. Meeting  in  the Committee of the Whole (COW), Askew, Sr., was re-appointed to the seat.
    The other seat, in District 5,  is currently held by Alain Svilpe, who sought re-appointment.  The district covers Almena, Antwerp and Porter townships.
    It took two motions  for the  COW to approve Svilpe’s re-appointment.
    The first motion, made by COW member Paul Schincariol, and seconded by Mike Toth,  called to appoint  Geoffrey  Moffat to the seat. That was defeated in a  4-3 vote, with COW members Kurt Doroh, Don Hanson, Richard Freestone and Gail Patterson-Gladney all casting “no” votes. Voting to approve  Moffat was Schincariol, Toth and Richard Godfrey.
    On a second motion by Freestone, and seconded by Patterson-Gladney, Svilpe was re-appointed to the seat in a 4-3 vote, with Doroh, Hanson, Freestone and Patterson-Gladney casting “yes” votes. “No” votes were cast by Schincariol, Toth and Godfrey.
    Also seeking the District 5 seat was Todd Hackenberg.
    Formal approval of the road commission seats by county commissioners is expected at the Dec. 11 meeting.

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    Commissioners  approved a request from Van Buren Circuit Court on Tuesday for Fiscal Year 2019 grant contracts awarded to service Van Buren County’s Specialty Courts programs.
    This year, the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) awarded Van Buren County a total of $780,817.00 for Drug Treatment Court, Family Treatment Court, Family Reunification Court, Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program, Adult and Youth Recovery Courts and Sobriety Court Planning.
    The Michigan Department of Corrections awarded the Drug Treatment Court $135,703.
    The grants will provide for continued operational expenses and allow continuation of the programs next year.
    In another area, commissioners approved grant applications - one up to $33,558, and the other, up to $5,000, for  the  county’s Veteran Services program.
    The Michigan Veterans Af-fairs Agency is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2019 County Service Fund Grants.
    Commissioners also:
    •Approved an Inter-Local agreement with Covert and Keeler townships and South Haven Area Emergency Services, and service provider contracts with Van Buren Emergency Medical Services, Pride Care Ambulance, and Life EMS Ambulance.
    •Approved a request  from the county’s Information Services  for the purchase of hardware necessary to upgrade the networking in the county’s An-nex Building, from Kendall Electric, not to exceed $38,486.36. The bid was one of three re-ceived.
    •Approved  a request  from District Court for the purchase of District Court workstations, storage and related office equipment from West Michigan Office Interiors, not to exceed $30,447.50.
    •Approved a request from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of  four mobile (in-car) radios through Tele-Rad, not to exceed  $18,407.52. This yearly purchase by the  sheriff’s office upgrades current out-dated radios.

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