2011-01-05 / Front Page

New BOC organizes, Wruble named Board Chairman

By Dave Fredrick Editor


The 2011 Board of Commissioners met to organize for the new year on Monday, naming a new chairman and vice-chairman. Seated at the board table from left to right are; Clark Elftman, John Nugent, Steve Vaughan, Board Chairman Ron Wruble, Board Vice-Chairman David Peruski, John Bodis and John Horny. Nugent and Bodis are new to the board. Wruble said he is looking forward to serving as Chairman and feels the county is in good financial shape. 
Photo by DAVE FREDRICK The 2011 Board of Commissioners met to organize for the new year on Monday, naming a new chairman and vice-chairman. Seated at the board table from left to right are; Clark Elftman, John Nugent, Steve Vaughan, Board Chairman Ron Wruble, Board Vice-Chairman David Peruski, John Bodis and John Horny. Nugent and Bodis are new to the board. Wruble said he is looking forward to serving as Chairman and feels the county is in good financial shape. Photo by DAVE FREDRICK HURON COUNTY - He might be the new Board of Commissioners Chairman for 2011, but Ron Wruble is no stranger to leading the BOC. Wruble, who is beginning his ninth year of serving on the board, was elected by fellow board members to lead the top county government agency during the organizational meeting Monday morning. He was recently re-elected in November to serve his constituents in District 6 for another term.

“I am looking forward to serving as chair and think the county has a lot going for it,” he said after the meeting. “We are in pretty good shape financially, although that can change at any time, depending on what the state does with revenue sharing. We think we are okay for this year (with a balanced budget), but in 2012, no one knows for sure what is going to happen. We need to plan and be ready for the worst case - losing the $700,000 we currently get from the state. That would be a huge hit for us, if it happens. With the new administration in place now in Lansing, we don’t know what is going to happen with Revenue Sharing. We have to be prepared for anything.”


Pictured (l-r) are Huron County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ron Wruble and Vice-Chairman David Peruski. Pictured (l-r) are Huron County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ron Wruble and Vice-Chairman David Peruski. After being nominated for chairman by former chairman David Peruski, Wruble returned the favor and nominated Peruski to be vice-chairman. Both votes were a unanimous decision by the board.

“Along with working to keep the county financially strong, the wind issue is another big topic again this year,” Wruble explained. “We need to be sure to handle that issue correctly and make sure we get all the information we can before we make whatever decision this board needs to make.”

Wruble also listed economic development as among the challenges facing the board this year. “We need to be able to do what we can, and work alongside of other agencies to bring as many new jobs and facilities to Huron County as we can. A lot of that is driven by the private sector, but we as a county, and our EDC, have a role to play too. There are some things happening behind the scenes to bring manufacturing to the county and we are hoping it works out. Obviously, with the economy the way it is, if we can help bring some new jobs to the area, that would be great. We are still pretty solid, not in dire condition or anything, but we know we have to tighten our belts more in the coming months too.”

In looking back on accomplishments the board was involved in for 2010, Wruble pointed out, “the VA Clinic was a big one. That is great for the veterans of this county and region - to be able to come to Bad Axe and receive the services that are available. The county played a major role in that working out and the former board was key in that happening.”

The new board chairman thanked former commissioners James Leonard and Kurt Damrow for their service to the county and wished them well. “Jim brought a lot to the table. He is a knowledgeable man and a veteran of this board. I worked with him for six years on the board. He was great to work with. Kurt was on for two years before going on to bigger and better things in Lansing (State Representative) and we wish him well too, and hope that he keeps Huron County in mind when it comes to new economic development or funding. We hope he can help funnel some of that (money) our way.”

Wruble said new board members John Nugent and John Bodis bring, “a great deal of knowledge to the table in many areas and will be an asset to the board. They have both worked in Bad Axe and know the county and bring with them a new perspective on things.”

In addition to the chairman and vice-chairman being selected, Wruble made the following appointments to serve on the board’s six committees: Finance - David Peruski (chairman), John Nugent and John Bodis; Properties - Steve Vaughan (chairman), John Bodis and John Horny; Legislative - John Bodis (chairman), Steve Vaughan and David Peruski; Agencies - John Horny (chairman), Clark Elftman and Steve Vaughan; Safety - Clark Elftman (chairman), John Horny and John Nugent; Personnel - John Nugent (chairman), David Peruski and Clark Elftman.

Nugent inquired about the possibility of having evening meetings, a topic that came up when he was on the campaign trail last fall. “It was something that was brought up at a meeting and I told them I would find out for them,” Nugent told the board.

Wruble explained to him, “we tried that a couple of times (two different years) and it was a failure. We had a few people at one of the meetings and no one at the other. We felt at the time it was more to our advantage to conduct the meetings in the daytime when staff is working and more easily available to us if we need them for anything.”

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