The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has re-appointed two members to its Board of Election Canvassers.
During Tuesday’s commission meeting, a ballot vote was cast by the four commissioners present; Jack Brooks and Carol Snow-Penn were unanimously chosen to serve four-year terms.
Brooks will represent the Democratic party and Snow-Penn the Republican party.
The Board of Election Canvassers is comprised of five people and by law must include one representative from each of the two political parties.
Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners have granted requests to fill two court positions.
Commissioners OK’d District Court to fill a deputy clerk position to replace Sally Wickum, who plans to retire later this year. The entry-level pay is $13.46 an hour.
Meanwhile, Probate Court was given clearance to fill the position of juvenile register. The post has been vacant for more than three years and its work passed on to the deputy register.
Action regarding the jobs took place during last week’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting.
The Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board of St. Joseph County has issued a notice regarding its annual public hearing next month.
Though the public is invited to attend any monthly meeting, the September meeting is typically when clients and the public attend to provide feedback or raise issues regarding services and all other relevant matters pertaining to the Centreville-based agency.
The meeting location is at a different site and not at the Centreville office. The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Community Room in Three Rivers will be the venue for the public hearing. It will start at 5 p.m. Sept. 23 and will also include a budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
A consultant to review possible locations for a senior center in the Sturgis area is being considered by the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.
Though no action on the matter was taken during Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners during last week’s executive committee meeting heard from Lynn Coursey, Commission on Aging director. She said senior-center development is a niche market and stressed the importance of utilizing a site consultant familiar with senior needs.
Coursey said working with local architects and builders also is a strong attribute when considering a consultant.
At least three different sites within Sturgis are on the table as potential locations.
Commissioner Rick Shaffer said the matter should be deferred to the county’s building authority, whose members could discuss the issue and offer a recommendation to the board.
A major fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Conservation District takes place Saturday, when a Local Food Festival will be offered in Centreville.
The $15-a-person meal will feature a four-course dinner with all produce coming from local sources. The meal is expected to include soup, salad, an entrée and dessert.
A limited number of tickets are available. The event takes place in Building 49 at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds.
The 5:30 p.m. dinner will be followed by a 7 p.m. corn hole tournament.
Tickets and more information may be obtained from Jen Miller, at 467-6336, ext. 5.
A pair of St. Joseph County residents suggested Commissioner Don Eaton resign from the five-member county board.
Fabius Township’s Rebecca Shank and Florence Township’s Tim Carls addressed the county board of commissioners Tuesday, and both indicated Eaton should consider relinquishing his post as Second District commissioner.
Eaton, 52, is being investigated for a potential charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated following an incident the night of July 29 at the Sturgis Applebee’s restaurant.
Tuesday was the first county commission since news media accounts of the incident have been published and aired.
While Eaton did not respond to Shank or Carls, Commissioner Robin Baker said in defense of the board of commissioners, the two should let the investigation conclude before passing judgment.
The case is under review by Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz.