My Goals for 2017-2018:
"Lake Antoine Park Partners"
Launch a nonprofit 501C3 to promote the park, fundraise and obtain grants for park innovation.
DNR and other grants are available, but we need to provide matching funds. A non-profit organization will give us the boost we need.
State-owned Lands Back Into Private Hands
51% of Dickinson County land is owned by the State via the DNR. I will work with the Townships to identify land that can be auctioned off and returned to private ownership to increase our tax base. Benefit will be to the taxpayer, Township and the County.
Reduce Risk & Liability for LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers)
Legislation needs to be changed to allow Emergency Medical Services personnel to accompany LEOs when they transport an inmate with mental health issues. LEOs are not trained to provide aid in the event of a medical emergency during transfer, which can often be more than 10 hours to a downstate faciity.
Enhance Courthouse Security and Access
This topic has been a concern for more than a decade, according to Undersheriff Rutter.
Prisoners need another, safer way to make court appearances. The public and employees need to feel safe as well.
The Courthouse entrance needs to be made more accessible to those who have physical challenges.
Establish a Business Incubator
Dickinson County needs economic development to help expand the tax base. Business incubators are an excellent means to help new start-ups develop by providing professional space at a minimal cost to the entrepreneur.
1. Work will wrap up on the Iron Belle Trail. The DNR is in the process of evaluating the route through Dickinson County.
2. Work will contine on a Dickinson County Comprehensive Plan.
3. A calendar to promote Dickinson County summer events will be developed. "125 Days of Summer" will be available on the County website and social media.
These activities will be a joint effort between me and the Dickinson County Planning Commission.