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Written by Marian Volek   
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 2:12 PM

CRYSTAL FALLS—The Iron County Board of Commissioners postponed appointing a member to the U.P. State Fair Authority at its Oct. 9 meeting, hoping to clear up some controversy over the issue.
Chairman Wayne Wales explained that the county appoints a member to the fair committee, which is operated solely by the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP).
UPCAP requested a name be submitted for its board for a term running from 2013 to 2016. County Administrative Assistant Lisa Masnova, a volunteer with the Iron County Fair, submitted her name for consideration.
Masnova told the commissioners that she had been approached by an individual who told her she should withdraw her name because there would be “new people on the County Board who would ‘deal’ with her” if she didn’t.
Masnova said she felt threatened by the remarks.
“I won’t be intimidated,” she said. “I won’t withdraw.”
Wales said he would ask for the appointment to be postponed until the next County Board meeting and advertise for the position, “So everyone will have the opportunity to apply and not feel threatened.”
Commissioner Rosalie King said the county spent no money on the appointment. Wales said the county does reimburse the member for mileage, but if it can’t, UPCAP will pay.
“We’ll handle it this way,” he said, “to give everyone an equal opportunity.”
--In board reports, Wales said there will be a Parks Committee meeting called to discuss issues with the campground, now that it is closed for the season. He added that he has been trying to contact the DNR to discuss the milfoil issue in Chicaugon Lake.
--King reported she planned to attend a MAC (Michigan Association of Counties) meeting with the governor on Oct. 10 to discuss issues such as revenue sharing, PILT payments and unfunded mandates.
--Commissioner Carl Lind reported that budget hearings will be getting under way, with the finance committee meeting with all department heads.
--The board tabled a decision on funding for the Economic Development Corporation director’s position, in order to look at hours and duties.
--The board set the cost of new plat books at $40.
--The board approved appointing Chris Sholander as deputy medical director, allowing him to attend a class in November.
--A resolution was passed approving the county’s deficit reduction plan for 2011.


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