Results of the first County Commissioners meeting

First regular meeting of the year for the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners Thursday night and the Fort Gratiot County Park was on their agenda. The park, which is a popular summer destination, has seen severe erosion over the past few years, creating a hazard to swimmers and endangering structures at the park. Director of the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Mark Brochu asked the board for $28,000 for TetraTech; an engineering firm, to advise the county moving forward. Before anything goes forward though, state and federal agencies will have to give the green light. Commissioners also recognized Deputy Controller/Finance Director Karry Hepting, on receiving a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Commissioner Bill Gratopp says he's amazed by her abilities. Commissioner Gratopp also discussed during the meeting the possibility of a bridge being built to Harsens Island. The Detroit Bridge Company, which owns the Ambassador Bridge, is in the process of applying for permits. The idea has been brought up before, but this time it might go forward. Gratopp notes that some on the island may support the bridge, so that more development could take place, but others may want to keep their solitude. The project would cost millions of dollars, with residents of the Island covering the cost. A public hearing on the matter will be held in March.