ONTONAGON — Whereas the actors have modified through the years, the film is similar. The Ontonagon Village Council has had completely different council presidents, and trustees since Aspirus took over the administration of Ontonagon Memorial Hospital.
Nonetheless when Aspirus turned the proprietor of the hospital, the duty of the Municipal Employment Retirement System (MERS) monetary obligation to previous and a few present workers remained the duty of the village of Ontonagon.
The quantity of the MERS debt modifications with whomever one talks too, however it’s secure to say the debt is round $1,000,000. The full debt isn’t the one concern that’s challenged from assembly to assembly, month after month. The opposite concern is whether or not it’s solely the MERS duty for the village’s monetary downside, or as one village taxpayer questioned, “is whether or not the village council and village supervisor spending greater than the village has?’
“Trying on the new audit, you at the moment are $2,503,643.00 within the purple,” stated Sue Lockhart. “Which is nearly $700,000.00 over final 12 months within the purple. Going again to 2014 to 2020, that isn’t the MERS fault that wasn’t corrected.”
She additionally talked in regards to the Villages Capital Property.
“Capital belongings that could be lacking with out the village’s data,” she continued.
Lockhart additionally introduced up a 2016 auditor proposal regarding “important journal entries,” of which Lockhart acknowledged that the auditor concern handled the village being uncovered to “elevated danger of miss-statements or miss-appropriation that will happen.”
In his president’s report, Tony Smydra talked about how the MERS monetary duty is the principle downside that the village has financially. But, Smydra acknowledged in each his report and on the finish of the assembly that the village will all the time defend the village’s monetary duty to these receiving MERS funds.
“The village’s dedication to the workers that served the folks of Ontonagon County, whereas working at Ontonagon Memorial Hospital (OMH),” Village Supervisor Joe Erickson stated.
Erickson went on to say, “since OMH closed in 2007, the village has offered the extra funds wanted by MERS for the pension obligation of these workers. The village continues to diligently work to make sure the commitments to the previous OMH workers are met.”
“I’ve heard ‘scuttlebut’ on the road that the village is abandoning its dedication to MERS. This isn’t true,” Smydra stated. “This may turn into a daily agenda merchandise any more, so we are able to keep on high of this.”
Will probably be a subject at each assembly beneath “outdated enterprise.”
The village has gone to the county board looking for monetary assist with the MERS debt from county residents. The Finance Committee met Thursday to organize for the Jan. 19 county board assembly.
The council handed resolutions to show the Fireplace Division Advert Hoc Committee solely into a proper committee, give the village supervisor the authority to be on all committees when a trustee can’t attend a committee assembly, and to specify who might be on the Greenland Highway Faculty Committee. Village resident Nancy Walker was appointed to the “at massive” place on the Greenland Highway Faculty Committee.
The vouncil will maintain a public listening to on the zoning modification modifications at first of the Jan. 25 assembly. The Planning Fee handed on the zoning modifications to the council. Dan Szymanski resigned his place on each the Planning Fee and the Blight Committee.
The council agreed to buy an advert for the opening in these committee’s and the trustee place that was held by Jessica Huntzinger. Huntzinger by no means attended any council conferences since she was elected and to take the seat in November.