1/8/14 SP

Barry County Board of Commissioners

Committee of the Whole – Strategic Planning

January 8, 2014; 1:30 p.m., Community Room


Members present: Commissioners James DeYoung, James Dull, Ben Geiger, Howard Gibson, Jon Smelker, Joyce Snow and Craig Stolsonburg. Absent: James Dull. Clerk Pam Jarvis was also present.

Others present or who arrived after the meeting started: Michael Brown, Luella Dennison, Rick Moore, Tammy Berdecia, Aaron Staines, Jim Carry, Judge Doherty and various department officials.

Chair Snow called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.

Public Comment: None.

Consultant Nancy Ohle commented.

State of the Department Presentations:

Diane Newman, Animal Shelter Tammy Petit, Adult Probation (DOC)

(Commissioner Dull arrived at 1:43 p.m.)

Marilyn Smith, CDBG w/Cindy Preston Dan Patton, Charlton Park

Phyllis Fuller, Central Dispatch Tammy Pennington, Commission on Aging

Pam Jarvis, County Clerk Russ Yarger, Drain Commissioner

Valerie Byrnes, Economic Development Collette Scrimger, Barry Eaton Health Dept.

(Break 2:40 p.m. to 2:48 p.m. – all members present)

Jan McLean, Mental Health/Substance Abuse Ginger Hentz/Don Lehman, MSU Cooperative Extension

Michelle Skedgell, Parks & Recreation Jim McManus, Planning & Zoning

Julie Nakfoor Pratt, Prosecutor Brad Lambert, Road Commission

Dar Leaf, Sheriff’s Department Joanne Barnard, Soil Conservation

Don Haney, Thornapple Manor Joe Bleam, Transit

Ines Straube/Tim McMahon, Trial Court Lani Forbes, Veterans

It was suggested that regular Department Head meetings occur.

The meeting adjourned at 4:52 p.m. to the Commission Chambers in the Courthouse. At 5:12 p.m. the meeting resumed. All members present. Others: Clerk Jarvis, Luella Dennison, Michael Brown, Nancy Ohle, and Diane Newman.

There was some discussion relative to hours of employees, collections and scanning. A review of the common themes of the presentations occurred. The members worked on drafting a mission statement, determining core values.

(Dull and Smelker left at 6:30 p.m.)

The Focus Group was discussed as well as moving the Town Hall and meetings after that date. Changing dates extends the process.

(DeYoung left at 7:10 p.m.)

The members adjourned at 7:17 p.m.

Pamela A. Jarvis

Barry County Clerk

Approved: _____________________________________

Date and initial after approval