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County board to consider various agreements

May 11, 2019

The Mason County Board of Commissioners will consider at its meeting Tuesday a variety of agreements, including naming a permanent director of information technology, an assessment of the county’s cyber security and retaining a sheriff’s office vehicle for transportation.

County Register of Deeds Diane Englebrecht has served on a trial basis to be the county’s director of information technology. Englebrecht has worked with the firm that the county contracts with for technology, I.T. Right, according to the resolution that will be before the board.

In a memo addressed to the county’s finance, personnel and rules committee, Englebrecht is seeking a pay increase from $2,000 to $7,000 per year for the responsibilities of director of information technology. In addition to being the register of deeds, she is also the network first responder.

She outlined in the memo the hours she has worked as the interim director of information technology, including more than 50 hours so far this calendar year from home.

Cyber security

The commission will consider a resolution to approve a consulting agreement with MGT of America. The firm is to perform a cyber security assessment, which, according to the resolution, is required by a federal contract.

The total cost of the contract is $13,468.

Two resolutions are before the board, with a second being supported by Prosecutor Paul Spaniola in the amount of $5,772.

Vehicle retention

Sheriff Kim Cole is requesting the county retain one of the vehicles the office was considering disposing of. The use of the vehicle would be for transportation to training.

The sheriff’s office budget for training is $575, but Undersheriff Derrek Wilson, in a memo to the board, stated three trips to training nearly depleted all of that budget.

In addition, some training requires marked vehicles while others do not. Wilson stated, in some instances, employees were using their own vehicles, and the mileage reimbursement is also impacting the budget.

Also before the board

The board has resolutions before it to consider the following:

• Approve a co-operative law enforcement agreement between the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for patrolling in the Huron-Manistee National Forest;

• Approve the purchase of a printer for the treasurer’s office at a cost of $651.75 to replace one that was manufactured in December 2009;

• Approve a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for a block grant for the Mason County Airport for runway rehabilitation, airfield crack sealing and rehabilitating runway airfield paint marking;

• Approve an agreement with Spectrum Enterprise for the business to provide phone and internet services to the county;

• Approve extending a contract with Larsen’s Landscaping for lawn services at the airport;

• Approve resolutions recognizing May as Mental Health Month; declaring June 29 as Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Day; a memorandum of understanding between the county and Michigan Works!; and appoint City of Scottville Interim City Manager Steve Brock to various committees and commissions to fill the position previously held by Amy Williams.

The board meets at 9:30 a.m. at the commissioner’s room at the Mason County Courthouse.