By Whitney Bunn
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
With this season’s whale of a winter, county commissioners have had to deal with the county’s roads on top of their regular responsibilities.
Last year, Ingham County eliminated its independent road commission, opting to absorb the county’s road duties into its own agenda.
In February of 2012, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation allowing a county’s government to absorb their county road commissions with the hope that this plan would bring efficiency and accountability to local governments.
At the time the bill was signed, Michigan had 81 county road commissions – nearly half were not accountable to the county government.
Ingham County became one of the first counties in the state to absorb its previously independent road commission.
A very mild winter greeted the bill in its first year of adoption. Now in its second year, the severity of winter has struck without relent, and the Ingham County Board of Commissioners is facing the reality of winter and its side effects on county roads. Continue reading