Montmorency County gets mental health update

ATLANTA The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners heard from Ed LaFramboise, the area’s Community Mental Health director, at its meeting on Wednesday for the annual mental health update. LaFramboise said there have been some changes taking place in the area, including the reorganization of regions within the state.

“We’ve been working hard to establish a new agency, the Northeast Michigan Regional Entity,” he said. “It is preparing to become the administrative agent for the area.”

This change will be effective Jan. 1, 2014, and will be a combination of Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health areas across the counties.

The board also opened bids on the items discussed at its last meeting, including an old freezer with the freeon removed, a 1985 Chevy Blazer, and three old patrol cars.

The freezer sold for a bid of $20. The ’85 Chevy Blazer sold for a bid of $559, and there were no bids received for the three patrol cars.

“There was a minimum bid for the cars of $400, because that’s what their worth in scrap is,” board Chairman Gene Thornton said. “Let’s go ahead and scrap them then. We failed to receive any bids at a minimum of $400.”

The board passed a motion to scrap the vehicles and will have them hauled to a scrap yard as soon as possible.

In other business:

* the board will be putting bids out for auditors for a two-year period

* the board approved Thornton to attend one day of the MAC conference

* the next regular board meeting will be on Aug. 28

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