Resolutions salute Pascoe


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IRON MOUNTAIN – Kay Pascoe, who is retiring after nearly nine years as Dickinson County’s controller, received a pair of tributes at Tuesday’s county board meeting.

County commissioners surprised Pascoe with a resolution saluting her “exemplary representation of Dickinson County.”

Marty Fittante, chief of staff for State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, presented a State of Michigan special tribute from Casperson and State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan.

Pascoe, appointed as Dickinson County’s top administrator in 2005, has served the county for 24 years.

“I have thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed the years here,” Pascoe said, crediting board members and fellow county officials for a gratifying career.

The county’s resolution says Pascoe’s “dedicated leadership and positive attitude consistently brought out the best in those around her.”

The state tribute cites her “loyalty and devotion” to public service, where her “knowledge and expertise has earned widespread respect.”

Effective June 10, Nicole Frost, administrator in downstate Gratiot County the past three years, will take over controller duties in Dickinson County.

In other action Tuesday, the county board:

– Confirmed the appointments of Dale Ward and Jeffrey Campbell to fill vacancies on the Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees. Ward, a former trustee, will fill the remainder of the term of Dr. Ray Cameron, which expires Dec. 31, 2014. Campbell, senior vice president and chief financial officer at M.J. Electric LLC, will fill the remainder of the term of Dr. Alan Fulks, which expires Dec. 31, 2016.

– Made two appointments to fill vacancies on the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee. Scott Flaminio of Grede LLC was named as a solid waste management industry representative and Pascoe as a general public appointee.

– Tabled a request to change the term of office for county road commission members to six years. A formal letter from the road commission is needed to explain the request, said Board Chairman Henry Wender.

– Approved hiring Swanson, Mercier and Associates of Marquette to appraise a hangar at Ford Airport at a cost of $4,500. This is part of a proposed airport project that includes acquiring and modifying the former Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District hangar for use as an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting/storage facility. The appraisal is required by federal regulations and the cost will count towards the county’s five percent project match.

– Approved the retention of Prein and Newhof of Grand Rapids as the provider of professional engineering services for Ford Airport projects in 2013. The decision was made in consultation with the Michigan Department of Transportation. Mead & Hunt of Lansing also submitted a proposal.

– Approved a resolution calling upon Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to provide full funding of revenue sharing payments to counties.

– Approved a trio of resolutions from the U.P. Association of County Commissioners (UPACC). The resolutions ask the Legislature to implement a plan to improve Michigan roads and highways; support increased access to health insurance coverage for low income workers, families and veterans (as contained in Snyder’s plan to increase access to Medicaid in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act); and ask the state to allow county and local governments to collect full market value tax rates on Commercial Forest Reserve (CFR) lands and further waive or reduce the penalty on removing lands from CFR.

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