Brennan’s county service ends

CRYSTAL FALLS—Refreshments were served after the conclusion of the Dec. 11 meeting of the Iron County Board of Commissioners in honor of Commissioner Jim Brennan’s end of service on the county board.
    Brennan had chosen not to seek reelection, and as such his term of service concluded at the end of 2018. He had been on the board since 2013 and had served as finance chair.
    Previously, Brennan worked in the utilities industry for nearly two and a half decades - at Reliance Electric from 1976 to 1996 and then as a vice president at Marathon Electric Manufacturing from 1996 to 2000.
    The meeting was not wholly full of celebratory news, however. Before these festivities began, during the meeting itself, Civil Counsel Steven Tinti informed the board that the county would likely be sued in the near future.
    Michigan Radio reported on Dec. 8 that a suit was filed in Oakland County, which has since expanded into a statewide legal situation, regarding the constitutionality of tax foreclosures in Michigan. The participants in the lawsuit state that as the laws stand now, Michigan’s process violates a clause in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that prevents the government from taking more than it is owed.
    Iron County has been caught in up in this battle. As of the time of the meeting, 46 other counties had been named as defendants. The board resolved to fight the lawsuit, and toward the end of the meeting a motion was passed that would authorize Tinti to defend the county from these new legal entanglements.

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