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


The Ford Airport runway repaving project is underway and on schedule. The airport should open to commercial flights on June 1, 2018.

The Michigan Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeals ruling that the Michgian Tax Tribunal "improperly assessed" the Menard's property in Escanaba, and established the ruling as precedent.  This is very good news for Dickinson County taxpayers, becauses it reestablishes fairness in our taxation system. 

WE Energies was found to have significantly overestimated its costs to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant and overcharged its customers by $23 million. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is investigating further.

Lake Antoine Park Partners, a nonprofit to support Lake Antoine renewal efforts is a reality. The Board of Directors is in the process of setting priorities and project goals.  The Application for NONPROFIT status has been filed with the IRS.

Dickinson Countyhas applied for a DNR Recreation Grant. CUPPAD awarded a Public Spaces mini-grant to Dickinson County and Tot Lot Play Equipemnent was purchased. It will be installed in Spring 2018.

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


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:

  • 18,500 annual passengers- the minimum of 10,000 passengers was reached by August 31, 2017*
  • 28 locally-based aircraft
  • 63 employees (private vendors)
  • 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 Planned Projects**:

                 Repaving of Runway 19A and tarmac

                 Expansion of parking area

* 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

My Goals for 2017-2018:

"Lake Antoine Park Partners":  Accomplished

A nonprofit for park innovation was launched in 2017.

Lake Antone Park Partners has already applied for 2 grants.  More are on the way. Watch for new announcements!

State-owned Lands Back Into Private Hands: In Progress. Land Cap in Place

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): Security Measures will be fully in place soon.

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:ADA Power Door Opener: INSTALLED.  Security Measures will be fully in place soon.

This topic has been a concern for more than a decade, according to Sheriff 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 Growth Connector has been established as a 501(c)3.

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.

And more...

1. Work will wrap up on the Iron Belle Trail. The DNR is in the process of evaluating the route through Dickinson County. DONE

2. Work will contine on a Dickinson County Comprehensive Plan. SURVEY IS DONE

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. IN PROCESS WITH DICKINSON AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

KRAMER appointed to MAC Committee

7.20.2016: It is with great pleasure that I anounce that I have been appointed to the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) Economic Development and Taxation Committee for a two-year term. This is a volunteer position with no cost to Dickinson county taxpayers. I am very honored to represent Dickinson County and the Upper Peninsula on this committee.


Letter of Appointment
Appointment to MAC Economic Development [...]
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Want to be a Precinct Delegate? Get Information Here...

In order to be a write-in candidate for Precinct Delegate, you MUST RESGISTER WITH THE COUNTY CLERK. PLease consult her for filing deadlines.

Precinct Delegate Filing Requirements
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Affidavit of Identity- Michigan Precinct Delegate
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