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December 2, 2012

Three Rivers Lions learn about St. Joseph County Road Commission

What does the Road Commission do

Three Rivers Lions Club members learned about the St. Joseph County Road Commission during their meeting Tuesday evening (November 27).

Guest speakers for the evening were Christopher Bolt, who serves as engineer-manager/CEO of road commissions in both St. Joseph and Cass counties, and John Bippus, chairman of the St. Joseph County Road Commission.

Christopher Bolt (left), engineer-manager/CEO of road commissions in St. Joseph and Cass counties, and John Bippus, chairman of the St. Joseph County Road Commission, were the featured speakers for the November 27th meeting of the Three Rivers Lions Club. (Click on photo to enlarge)

The speakers provided a visual presentation of the operations of the Road Commission which included information dealing with:  The historical development of the Commission, noting that Michigan is the only State that has a Commission format, other states operate from a departmental perspective;  the operations of the Commission, i.e., snow and ice removal, road building and upgrade, chip sealing, road maintenance, bridge inspection, and right of way upkeep; staff (approximately 40); Commission finances and expenses; and current program trends.

Both speakers emphasized the developing program directed at establishing a partnership with the Cass County Road Commission.  Such a program allows the two counties to share equipment, services, and personnel and, in so doing, aiding each county to better maximize its expertise and minimize expenditures.   The presentation concluded with a question and answer period.

Following the presentation,  the meeting concluded with a discussion of the sale of nuts , the Christmas Party (12-4-12), the Christmas Food Box and Toy Project (12-22-12), the Christmas newspaper ad sale, and the restructuring of the Ox Roast to include “managers” for each section of the fund raiser.  Lion Steve Larink will establish this new structure at the next regular Club meeting.

The next Board of Directors’ meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17.  All members are welcome to attend.  The club’s Christmas Party (12-04-12 at the Carnegie Center) will serve as the organization’s only regular meeting in December.  The club’s first meeting for 2013 will be held at 7:00 p.m. on January 8, 2013.

The Three Rivers Lions Club is always seeking new members.  If you are interested, contact any Lions Club member.

Source:  Story by Lion Doug Gross, photos by Lion Bruce Snook


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