County moves to expanded sewer deal to serve Thornapple Manor

Barry County Commissioners headed Tuesday to approve an updated sewer agreement that serves the Thornapple Manor healthcare facility.

Acting in Committee of the Whole, the Commissioners voted to recommend approval of an amendment to the Sewerage Agreement between the County, Town of Hastings and Township of Hastings Charter. A final board vote is expected next Tuesday, county administrator Michael Brown said.

This is the second amendment to a sewer agreement dating back to 2006, in which the town of Hastings provides sanitary sewer service to Thornapple Manor, Brown said.

“It’s a single-use line. There are no other people who are plugged in or allowed to plug in, per the deal that was originally made, ”Brown said.

The updated agreement will serve the Harvest Pointe assisted living facility at Thornapple Manor, which is under construction. The establishment will have 50 assisted living units. The agreement increases the daily capacity of the sewer line from 30,000 gallons to 40,000 gallons, Brown said.

Currently, Thornapple Manor uses approximately 12,000 gallons per day. Brown told commissioners that while Thornapple Manor follows through on a possible future plan to build a 100-unit independent living center on its campus in addition to Harvest Pointe, the increased capacity will be more than enough to meet needs.

Hastings City Council previously approved the amendment, and the document will soon be presented to City Council for approval, Brown said.

In other business on Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole of Commissioners:

• Recommended that Dr Joyce DeJong be reappointed as County Forensic Pathologist for the next four years, and appointed Dr Patrick Hansma and Dr Jared Brooks as Deputy Forensic Pathologists. All three are affiliated with the Homer Stryker School of Medicine at Western Michigan University. Previous assistant reviewers Dr Theodore Brown and Dr Brandy Shattuck have held positions in other states, Brown said.

• Recommended that the Board of Directors accept two grants totaling $ 25,000 to the Two Seven Oh County Animal Shelter Inc. The shelter receive $ 15,000 for the purchase of office, kennel and cattery equipment, as well as the purchase of dog beds, a veterinary scale, a vacuum cleaner, a cat enrichment equipment and buckets of water for dogs.

Another grant of $ 10,000 will be used for the county TNR [trap, neuter and return] program, in which residents can trap feral cats and barn cats, and have them taken to the shelter to be spayed and neutered in order to control the cat population, said shelter director Ken Kirsch Jr.

• Recommended that the full council approve the re-authorization of funds of $ 41,500 for a new truck for the emergency management service.

The board authorized the funding in the county’s capital budget last year, but due to manufacturing delays, the department was unable to take delivery of the truck, the chief management officer said. emergencies, Jim Yarger. The Chevrolet Silverado will replace a 2008 Ford Expedition. Funding also includes equipping the truck with mobile radio equipment and antennas, as well as a cargo box and cap.

• Recommended approval of land survey agreements with nine local companies for county-wide remonumentation work.

• Recommended to approve the appointment of Steven Koerber, Michael Pratt, Cameron Lear, Randall Jonker, Rodney Bredeweg, Cynthia Koster and Ryan Miller to the Nomination Peer Review Board.

Under a grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the county is required to have a peer review committee to review remonumentation work done by surveyors who are not on the board. .

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