County Board Makes 2 Appointments

Appointments to the Washtenaw County parks & recreation commission and the Area Agency on Aging 1B were confirmed at the Feb. 20, 2013 meeting of the county board of commissioners.

Dan Smith, a Republican county commissioner representing District 2, was appointed to the county parks & recreation commission for the remainder of a three-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2014. He had previously served two years on that commission, through Dec. 31, 2012. He was not reappointed in the initial round of appointments to WCPARC that were made earlier this year. Other commissioners appointed to WCPARC at the county board’s Jan. 16, 2013 meeting were Conan Smith of Ann Arbor (D-District 9) and Rolland Sizemore Jr. (D-District 5).

The slot that Dan Smith is filling is designated for the general public. That concerned commissioner Ronnie Peterson (D-District 6), who spoke at length about the importance of involving citizens on the parks & recreation commission. Yousef Rabhi, who as board chair made the nomination, said that he and Smith had discussed this issue – because Smith had the same concerns as Peterson. Rabhi assured Peterson that the commission will continue to provide opportunities for citizens to serve.

In a separate resolution at the Feb. 20 meeting, the county board appointed Thomas Miree to the Area Agency on Aging 1B for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

This brief was filed from the boardroom of the county administration building at 220 N. Main. A more detailed report will follow: [link]