Osceola County commissioners look into establishing Veterans Affairs offices in Reed City
REED CITY — Osceola County commissioners are looking into the possibility of funding a grant that would support establishing Veterans Affairs offices in the Osceola County courthouse building in Reed City.
At the Dec. 16 meeting, Paul MacKersie of the Mecosta County Veterans Affairs Committee and Joanne Lemieus presented information to the commissioners about grant funding for veteran offices and asked to be on the agenda for the next county commission meeting.
On Tuesday, MacKersie formally presented the idea of establishing offices in the Oscelola County building, located at 301 W. Upton in Reed City.
Commissioner Larry Emig supported the idea of the county working with Mecosta and Wexford counties, and was in favor of establishing an office in Reed City, so veterans wouldn’t have to go Big Rapids or Cadillac for programs.
“The Veterans Affairs Office asked to be placed on the agenda today to present some information about either applying for some funds to help with vets in the county or establish an office in the county applying for some funds to help with veterans and establish an office,” said Susan Vander Pol, Osceola County coordinator.
“It is up to the board to discuss what options we might have, but we have some veteran’s services already in the county.”
During the meeting Emig noted veterans can contact the county about programs that help with heating, housing and employment.
Earlier in the day, the commission held its organizational meeting, electing Larry Emig as chair and Alan Tiedt as vice chair of the board of commissioners. Mark Gregory was named the 911 representative from the board of commissioners, and the commission will fill the other board vacancies as its next meeting.
EMS Director Jeremy Beebe updated the commissioners on the county purchasing property from the Village of Tustin for the purposes of an EMS building. The commissioners elected to accept a quit-claim deed from the village for the one-acre parcel of land sought by the county for the station.
The commissioners also accepted a $5,000 grant from Trans Canada to purchase radios for the EMS department. The department needs two ambulance radios, each valued at $5,000.
In other action, the commissioners:
- Approved the 2014 budget amendments and cash transfers.
- Approved the Medicaid Improvements for Patients and Provides Act Medicaid/Medicare Assistance Agreement for 2015. The program is now in its third year.
- Approved the annual Health and Human Services Medicaid Waiver Contract for 2015.