Marquette County board holds annual organizational meeting


MARQUETTE — At its annual organizational meeting Tuesday, the Marquette County Board re-elected District 4 representative Gerald Corkin as chairman and elected District 2 representative Joe Derocha as vice chair.

“I’m happy to have the confidence of the board in doing the job, because it’s challenging and time-consuming,” said Corkin, who has served on the board for 31 years and as chairman for 27. “I really enjoy doing it.”

Derocha, who began his second two-year term Jan. 1, said he’s happy to serve in a larger capacity on the board.

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected by my colleagues to serve as vice chair,” said Derocha. “I’ll continue to do good work for the county of Marquette.”

At its meeting Tuesday, the six-member board also welcomed its newest member, Stephen Adamini, who replaced longtime commissioner Bruce Heikkila in the District 3 seat.


In other business, the board approved its meeting schedule for 2017. Meetings are to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays twice a month in Room 231 of the Henry A. Skewis Annex in the Marquette County Courthouse. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17.

An exception to the schedule includes July 5, which falls on a Wednesday. The panel’s equalization meeting is set for April 11, as mandated by the state, giving April three board sessions.

The annual meeting was scheduled for Oct. 17.

Derocha said the board also approved its Rules of Order, with minor clerical amendments.

“We cleaned up some of the language to allow a sitting board member to question a remark under public comment,” said Derocha.

In 2017, Derocha and Corkin said they’re both looking forward to seeing legislation aimed at ending the “dark store” issue.

“I hope to help facilitate with the board in our efforts with assisting (Michigan House) Rep. (David) Maturen to make this thing happen,” said Derocha. “We need to have a fair and equitable way to resolve this issue, and am looking forward to supporting it in any way the county can.”

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