ESCANABA - Gov. Rick Snyder's new Northern Michigan representative was in town Wednesday, answering questions and hearing concerns from a group of municipal leaders that gathers monthly at Escanaba City Hall.
During Wednesday's joint governmental meeting, David Nyberg - who has been on the job for about five weeks now - touched on a couple of Snyder's local concerns.
During the Governor's recent tour of the U.P., in conjunction with the state fair last month, Snyder visited businesses and job sites related to the forest industry, particularly related to biofuel, said Nyberg.
"The Governor was impressed with the opportunities for growth in the forest industry," he told the community leaders who had gathered for the monthly round table meeting.
Nyberg said Snyder is also keeping abreast of the dilapidated road bridge in Wells Township, said Nyberg, who is working with the Michigan Department of Transportation to get a perspective on the issue.
Nyberg said the local conservation district has submitted requests for proposals to demolish the bridge, which Snyder views as a public safety hazard.
Nyberg also announced a new initiative created by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. An online "bureaucracy busters" website is available for state employees to provide input about Michigan programs that impede productivity, he said.
The website is a product of Snyder's office of regulatory intervention, which aims to curb wasteful bureaucracy among the state's programs and services.
Calley will be looking at the issues presented online. The site also allows state employees to agree or disagree with postings, added Nyberg.
At this time, the website is not open to municipal employees, he said.
Concerns expressed to Nyberg by participants attending Wednesday's meeting included the fate of personal property taxes, a proposed two-year budget for the state, and the possibility of zoning ordinances for medical marijuana grows.
The next noon joint meeting is scheduled for Oct. 10 at city hall.