County Executive Hickner Addresses Rotary
September 23, 2014
By: Stephen Kent
Bay County Executive Tom Hickner
County Executive Tom Hickner
spoke to Rotary, which met at the Bay City Country Club last week. Hickner, a member of this club, described some of the characteristics of his position and talked about county government in general.
Hickner talked about the new water treatment plant that is currently under construction. He talked about the benefits of that project and the cooperation that it represented. He talked about the good relationship with the new Bay City Manager, Rick Finn
, another Rotarian. The two seem to agree on the positive quality of life found in the City and County.
During the question and answer part of the talk, Hickner was asked about the fees being charged for on-line access to public records. "We go the work, find the material, use our own paper and ink to print the documents. It seems odd that we have to pay for that." Hickner didn't have a definitive answer but promised to look into it.
When asked about how to make different groups in government cooperate, Hickner said that three things are needed: trust, common ground, and communications. He said "Bay County has done pretty well".
Another Rotarian asked for comment on the dysfunction exhibited by Congress. Hickner agreed that we're living with one of the worst Congresses in history. He said suggested that open primaries would be helpful. He also said that reapportionment must be addressed. The gerrymandering that happens now just perpetuates a broken system by insuring the outcome of elections regardless of the majority will of the people.
Hickner also noted that one party seems to worship at the alter of "no tax increase". He pointed out that the lack of tax money has a major influence, and used the "terrible road system" as example. On the same topic he talked about cuts to revenue sharing and the resulting underfunding of services and schools.
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CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome erturning member Jim Hollerbach
. Jim was inducted by Andreas Teich who dispensed with the usual new member littany saying he was going to shorten it to "Welcome back Jim"!
"The change in your pocket could change a life
." That challenge from District Governor Brock is being met by our club with the pocket change containers at the front table and a second one being passed around. Keep that change in your pocket until you get to Rotary so you can help fill these containers.
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is our annual Rotary Homecoming
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DATES TO REMEMBER
International Night Committee
- Monday, September 16, 2014
- 11:00 pm
- at the Pere Marquette Depot.
International Night 2014
- October 23, 2014
- 5:30 to 9
- Bay City Country Club
Rotary Homecoming 2014
- November 11, 2014
- Regular meeting time
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September 30, 2014: Chinese Visitors.
Five principals from China and eight students will be visiting. They will be attending this meeting along with their interpreter.
Judy Cox, Principal WHS, and Amy Bailey, Principal at WMS
will talk about their visit and the exchange program they have in place.
October 14, 2014: Update on Global Status of Polio.
Our own Chuck Cusick will provide us with an update about the global battle to totally eliminate polio.
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