County seeks panel applicants

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Board is looking for applicants to fill positions on the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Pathways community mental health board.

There are two vacancies on each of the boards.

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has eight members who represent various categories including the Marquette County Economic Development Corporation, Marquette County Planning Commission, economic-property developer, local government, real estate, engineering-construction, county treasurer and county commissioner.

Members serve three-year staggered terms. The two current vacancies on the authority are to serve unexpired terms for those representing the county EDC and economic-property developer. The terms will expire July 31, 2015.

Applications are due Feb. 18. The county board plans to make appointments the to the authority at its meeting that same day.

According to a description provided by the county, the intent of the authority is to facilitate implementation of brownfield plans relative to designation and treatment of qualified brownfield redevelopment projects, educate the public and promote the benefits of the brownfield program throughout the county to encourage revitalization of environmentally distressed areas, determine the captured taxable value of each parcel of eligible property and pursue avenues to sustain, supplement, or enhance the program either through grants or other means.

The two vacancies on the Pathways board are for three-year terms ending March 31, 2017. The application deadline is March 17. The county board is set to make appointments at its March 18 meeting.

The panel governs the operations of the Mental Health Program in Alger, Delta, Luce and Marquette counties. According to county officials, the composition of the Pathways board includes representatives of providers of mental health recipients or consumers of mental health services, agencies and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services and the general public.

The 12-member body has up to six members who are public officials and the remainder are private citizens. A public official is defined as someone who works 20 hours or more per week for federal, state, or local government. Six of the appointments are made by the Marquette County Board, four made by the Delta County Board, one by the Alger County Board, and one by the Luce County Board.

Application forms for any of the vacancies are available in the county clerk’s office, located 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855, or on the county’s website at

For more information on the vacancies, contact the county clerk’s office at 225-8330.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.