- To Michele Howard, who is poised to become Traverse Area District Library’s next director. TADL board members unanimously picked Howard, of Traverse City, said Caroline Gersch, board president. Howard is currently head of adult educational programming for TADL.
Howard, a city commissioner, has been with TADL since January 2018 and has worked in various library systems for more than 20 years, including 12 years at Northwestern Michigan College’s library, according to her resume.
- To Andrea Gerring, who proposed that the Grand Traverse County Department of Health and Human Services videotape Grand Traverse Pavilions board meetings and upload them to the internet through Traverse Area Community Media. TACM broadcasts public governmental meetings on the internet and select television channels.
Gerring pays the $50 monthly fee for an independent videographer to broadcast the meetings because the DHHS board voted down a proposal in the March 21 meeting to pay it themselves.
“I was curious why issues that were long standing (among family members) were not being addressed or taken seriously by the board,” she said. “We know that there are enormous challenges with this country’s health care system but I felt that there wasn’t enough being done. I wanted the community to get involved and have a voice.”
- To Traverse City Light & Power board members for giving the go-ahead on a gigabit-speed data network. Board members on Tuesday voted to approve a $3,309,426.90 contract with Fujitsu Network Communications to build out the network past the same roughly 2,200 homes and businesses connected to the utility’s Hall Street substation.
- To Traverse City Area Public Schools leaders. Board of education trustees approved last Monday a bid to install a new lockdown lighting system at three high schools, two middle schools, 11 elementary schools, the administration center and additional installations at four support buildings and Oak Park. The system includes blue lights on the exterior of the buildings that flash when a lockdown is initiated to alert people outside that they should not enter.
The project is completely funded through a safety grant from the Michigan State Police, which was awarded to TCAPS in November 2018.