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Commissioners move third COA candidate forward

Barry County commissioners agreed at their committee of the whole meeting Tuesday to recommend approval of Nelly Shephard to serve on the county Commission on Aging board for a three-year term.

The COA board has two vacant seats that expire Dec. 31, 2021, and one vacant position that expires Dec. 31 of this year. These vacancies were advertised, and three applicants were interviewed – Gerald Schmiedicke, Catherine Gramze and Nelly Shephard, all of Hastings.

But the board postponed filling the seats and re-advertised for more candidates with an application deadline of May 20.

Action on the vacancies is now expected at the May 28 board meeting.

“The reason I moved to table this is because the Barry County Commission on Aging is a very important board, and we had made a commitment to seeking out the most qualified individuals to serve,” Commissioner Ben Geiger said in a statement at the time, “and right now we don’t have a full slate, so we can’t make a good decision.”

The county board is running behind on making these appointments – a process that was further delayed when Geiger made his motion to postpone filling the openings.

In other business, the board:

• Will be seeking bids on a plan to upgrade the courthouse parking lot for up to $100,000. Commissioners agreed to discuss the project in more detail at their next meeting, when additional drawings and canopy options will be provided.

• Members were reminded that Charlton Park Day will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, the Charlton Park Steam Engine Show is scheduled again for July.

• Heard from Sharon Zebrowski, who asked the commissioners to discuss the purpose of specific county boards and committees and their expectations of committee members.

• Rescheduled Tuesday's meeting with Tim Vandermark on equalization taxable value reports to June 4.

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