By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS - Members of the Iron County Board of Commissioners approved the county's 2013 budget at their Tuesday meeting.
The budget stands at $5,301,364.
"It's a very transparent, balanced budget," said Commissioner Carl Lind, who also serves as the board's finance chair. "We're looking forward to a good financial year."
Lind noted that the county will save money in the treasurer's office and the register of deeds office, which will each be losing full-time staff due to retirement or movement to another position.
"Some of those full-time positions are not being replaced," he explained. "The new deputy register of deeds will start at part-time, and there will be a part-time assistant in the treasurer's office."
The budget also includes a two percent raise for all elected and appointed officials.
Salaries for 2013 are: $80,434 for the prosecutor; $57,953 for the sheriff; $46,187 for the clerk, treasurer, and register of deeds; $6,637 for the mine inspector; and $3,859 for the drain commissioner.
The board unanimously approved the 2013 budget. Board Chair Wayne Wales and Commissioner Bev Camp were absent.
In other business, the board:
- Tabled action on a land exchange request from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding parcels in Bewabic State Park. The DNR would like to exchange some existing park land that is difficult for the public to access for some privately owned land that has lake frontage and public recreation opportunities.
Civil counsel Steve Tinti recommended that he look into the issue before the board makes a decision.
- Agreed that the Iron County Courthouse and the Iron County Medical Care Facility can share a Merit network fiber for internet services.
- Appointed Helen Perry and Deb Divoky to the Iron County Housing Commission, Sara Basso and Raymond Kudwa to the Parks and Recreation Committee, Steve Wiggin and Phil Westphal to the Construction Code, and Ron Basso and Peter Djupe to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. The board approved to re-advertise for any open positions.
- Heard a presentation by Pat Manley of the Marquette County Register of Deeds' office. She presented a plaque to retiring Iron County Register of Deeds Mark Selmo in recognition of his accomplishments. Selmo thanked Sharon Gagnea, his deputy register of deeds, who is also retiring.
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