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Baraga County ends COVID-19 emergency

Baraga County will add a half-time employee to the Equalization office. Commissioners approved the move at last night’s meeting, after Equalization Director Patrick Osterman explained that the recent real estate boom has created a significant workload increase. To cover the cost, Osterman said some existing fees will be raised.

We’re going to implement an hourly rate for doing research at $100/hr.

Commissioners deferred a decision on adding part-time staff for the Probate Court until more information could be provided.

The board also voted to end the state of emergency that had been established in April, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move will have little effect on current county policies regarding COVID-19. If necessary, the state of emergency could be reestablished.

Steve Fair of L’Anse was appointed to serve as a Republican member of the County Board of Canvassers. He was one of three nominees submitted by the county Republican Party. With commissioner Brad Dakota absent from the meeting, the board deadlocked 2-2 on a Democratic canvasser. Rather than re-vote, they decided to delay a decision until the county budget meeting, which will be held September 28th.

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