Law will bring transparency to drainage board, officials say

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 23, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — A new state law recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder is aimed at bringing further transparency and public accountability to the Macomb County Drainage Board by updating its structural arrangement.

Sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, Public Act 521 of 2016 will allow elected county executives in Wayne and Macomb counties to exercise a degree of oversight regarding the composition of the county Drainage Board.

The bill was proposed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Rick Jones.

“This new law will enhance oversight and transparency,” Hackel stated in a press release. “It’s important for everyone to work together to address infrastructure issues, as evidenced by the recent sinkhole on 15 Mile Road.”

Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said the new law means Macomb County communities will know a lot more about what’s going on.

“This ensures those communities that will be most impacted by decisions related to county drains have a say in those decisions,” Miller said in the press release. “Put simply, it adds a new level of accountability to the management of our drain districts.”

Hackel has appointed Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bryan Santo to serve on the board.

“Bryan has a background of project management from the design through the construction phases, so I have no doubt he will prove to be a valuable asset to the Drainage Board,” Hackel said.

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