Arenac board approves power usage for holiday decorations



STANDISH — The Arenac County Board of Commissioners has given the green light to use county power to light up winter holiday decorations outside the county building.

At its Dec. 7 regular meeting, the board approved power usage for those type of decorations at the county building, which is located at 120 N. Grove St. in Standish. As a result, holiday decorations will be lit up from 5-10 p.m. each evening up until Jan. 2, 2011.

According to Board of Commissioners Chairman Raymond Daniels, Commissioner Joseph Sancimino reported to him that there was only one group who asked if they could have the lights displayed at the county building.

“Obviously, if we get a bunch of complaints, we’ll turn them off. I don’t think it’s going to be a big issue.”

Daniels added that the cost to the county for the display should be “very limited,” and added that the charges would be applied to the county’s Consumers Energy bill, which is paid from the county’s general fund.

In another development at the meeting, the board agreed to revise a motion made at the Oct. 21 board meeting, regarding the county picking up an additional 5 percent of the increases for county employees’ health insurance, starting with the January 2011 premium.

Commissioner Mike Snyder said that the revised motion should state that the 5 percent increase would start in January 2011, as opposed to December 2010.


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