County commissioners hear update on COA renovation


REED CITY — Renovation work at the future senior meal and activity site in Marion is winding down.

Osceola County Commissioners heard an update from Commission on Aging Director Scott Schryer during their second Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday at the Osceola County Courthouse.

Schryer told officials he made a couple trips to Marion last week, as crews continue to also work with the ever-changing weather.

"The weather is still kind of a bugger to us," he said, noting the cover over the ramp has been installed and will make it easier to complete work.

Schryer explained outside work on the one visible side of the building is complete, while the contractor continues to wait to work on the parapet, a low protective wall built on the roof. In March, Schryer and Joe Bentley, president of Steve Jones Construction, told commissioners workers found water leakage on a small scale happening and traced its origin to the roof. The COA building is connected to a neighboring building at the roof and Schryer said the owners were contacted.

"(The neighbors) gave us the verbal OK, but we haven't received a written OK for the parapet," he said.

The inside, Schryer said, looks beautiful.

"They are putting on the second coat of paint, and the ceiling tiles are all in. The lights are all in," he said. "They are doing some small tweaks and putting in the grout for the kitchen and bathrooms. It will be interesting to see how much farther they are later (Tuesday)."

Schryer said May 1 remains the target date to open the site.

"There's not really room for errors," he said. "We're not renewing our license at the current site. If something comes up, then we will have to shut down Marion for a week or so rather than pay the almost $7000 to renew a license for two weeks."

County Coordinator Sue Vander Pol said along with the license from the Central Michigan District Health Department for the kitchen, the COA will need to receive the occupancy permit to open. The permit is issued by the building official after all the other trades have signed off.

Commission Chair Larry Emig suggested checking on a possible extension for the health department license. Schryer said he expected to have a solid answer later Tuesday.

Under action items, commissioners approved:

  • The collection of $2.25 per device, as permitted by voters, based on the 2017 Meceola Central Dispatch budget for 911 services.
  • The U.S. Hole in One application for the seventh annual Osceola County COA Open, set for Wednesday, June 21.
  • A community space agreement between the COA and the Osceola County 4-H/FFA Fair for a small section of COA property used by campers during different events at the fairgrounds.

Action items from the Committee of the Whole meeting were approved at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

Additionally, commissioners approved the 2017 Equalization Report, presented by Equalization Director Rosie McKinstry, during their board meeting.

"This year, our assessed value increased by about 3.6 percent," she explained. "Last year, it increased .5 percent."

The next Osceola County Committee of the Whole meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at the Osceola County Courthouse.