Barbara Kramer Dickinson County Commissioner District 3
Barbara KramerDickinson County Commissioner District 3


More progress in Dickinson County! UPDATES from the Board of Commissioners:
1. In addition to the new boat launch, the north Lake Antoine Park access road is going to be repaved this Fall and a drainage culvert added- no more potholes or standing water!
2. Phase 2 of the Electrical and water upgrades at Lake Antoine are moving forward and will be ready for 2021.
3. The low spots in the campsites are being filled and at least 5 sites are being planned for Lakeside Camping.
4. The Sheriff's Department is moving ahead with the purchase of a lightly-used INCIDENT COMMAND CENTER vehicle, which will replace the one that was put into service in 1981.
5. The upper parking lot on the courthouse grounds will be repaved as soon as possible.
Lake Antoine Park Partners is continuing to improve the park as well.- look for the WIFI Café in the spring!
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 January 2020: Kramer Elected Vice-Chair;  Reappointed Finance Chair                             


  • Complete the Dickinson County Master Plan, which was last updated in 1999;
  • Complete the County’s Recreation Plan so we can continue to apply for DNR grants;
  • Continue to review and update Commissioner Policy and Procedures;
  • Continue Lake Antoine Park improvements through fundraising, a capital campaign, events, writing grants and County appropriations.
  • Continue to serve on the Michigan Association of Counties Finance Committee; and
  • Continue to personally support and promote Economic Development in Dickinson County.

Ford Airport had  1300 enplanements in Feb. 2019- a new record- in spite of 4 closures due to weather. 

10/2/2018: With the withdrawal of two potential partners, DCHS faces tremendous financial and organizational challenges.


The DCHS Board of Trustees has announced a “restructuring”.

I pray that it will solve most of the problems that the hospital faces, but there is no guarantee that this move will prevent bankruptcy. The "restructuring" will cost DCHS a lot of money. I hope it is worth it.


The Administration and Board must commit to following ALL of the recommendations of legal counsel, Venable, LLC. If the current Board and CEO are unwilling or unable to make the tough choices necessary for survival, a fresh start with a new Board and Interim CEO will be necessary for our hospital to move forward.


My full care and concern is with the hospital employees, retirees and our community. I call on all area residents to support the employees and retirees of DCHS by using the services the hospital provides whenever it is appropriate to do so. 


We are all in this together. We need a hospital in our community!


Lake Antoine Park Partners received grants totalling more than $66000 for Park improvements from Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, BOSS/Toro. Inc., The Toro Foundation (Land, Water, Thrive Initiative), Weyerhaeuser and CUPPAD. 

Dickinson County has been awarded for a DNR Recreation Grant for a "Big Kids" play area. The tot lot, funded by a CUPPAD grant is operational.

The Campground Host at Lake Antoine Park was a huge success.

The First Ever Crafty Flea Market on September 8 exceeded all expectations. Lake Antoine Park hosted 50 vendors and more than 1300 visitors for the event.


Ford Airport is one of our County’s greatest assets.  It is an often unrecognized economic engine that drives commerce in our area. 

Ford Airport Facts:

  • 20,238* enplanements in 2018 means $1 Million for improvements. 
  • 3 new hangars were built- MJ Electric, CSA Air and EAA 
  • 28 locally-based aircraft
  • 63 employees (private vendors)
  • LOCAL ECONOMIC IMPACT: Moret than $16 Million
  • Classification: Tier I, Commercial Service, Primary non-hub: allows highest priority for Federal and State grants*
  • Regulatory Compliance with FAA, TSA and MDOT(Aero)

FY 2018 Projects:

                 Repaving of Runway**: Done in 2 weeks!

                 Expansion of parking area- 50 new, free parking spots!

                 NEW HANGARS for MJ Electric, CSA Air and EAA

* if there are more than 10,000 annual passenger boardings, Ford Airport receives a $1 million Federal grant for airport mantenance and upgrades.

**Paid for with Grant funds and 5% local match

KRAMER re-appointed to MAC Finance Committee

Letter of Appointment
Appointment to MAC Economic Development [...]
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