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Delta County Board weighs facility oversight

November 9, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - The Delta County Board of Commissioners is moving forward in requesting the state make legislative adjustments concerning current laws governing the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. The action was taken during a recent county board meeting.

Pinecrest is a jointly-owned facility whose financial responsibility lies with its three county owners - Delta, Menominee, and Dickinson counties. The county board has approved a letter of understanding among the three counties to change the legislation allowing for ownership representation of the Pinecrest Board.

"What that's aimed to do is change the makeup of the Pinecrest Board of Trustees," explained Delta County Administrator Nora Viau. "Currently the three counties own it, the county commissioners are financially responsible for the operation, but the county commissioners have no seat on the board. There's current legislation which guides Pinecrest and it's only for Pinecrest because it's the only operation in the state with three owner counties."

According to the letter of understanding, county commissioners currently only hold a liaison position on the Pinecrest Board, and do not have voting rights or the opportunity to fully engage in meetings.

"Amending the current governing legislation for Pinecrest Medical Care Facility will allow each county to provide local governance through appointments made by each county's Board of Commissioners," the letter reads.

Delta County is the first of the three counties to approve the letter of understanding. Once approved by Menominee and Dickinson counties, they will begin working with legislators to get the law amended.

In other business, the board:

approved the purchase of BS&A financial software in the amount of $108,000 with funds set aside in the Capital Outlay Fund. The software will be used throughout the county's departments. The board also approved converting two more years of treasurer data to the BS&A software for delinquent tax tracking, using funds from the Tax Administration Fund.

approved a partial payment to Integrated Designs, Inc. for the county jail's generator in the amount of $1,204.30.

approved the purchase of a walk-in cooler and a separate freezer unit from Richer's Refrigeration & Air Conditioning for the sheriff's department in the amount of $34,309 with funds from the Residual Equity Fund.

approved new Rhino lining to prevent leaks in the county jail cell shower areas from North Country Rhino Linings, Inc. in the amount of $18,915. The funds come from the Residual Equity Fund.



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