I was in attendance at the May 1st BIRHC board meeting, and was
pleasantly surprised at how well it went. There was little rancor
among board members, and the board made the public feel that it
was a significant part of the meeting. Public comment was solicited
many times during the meeting and input from the public seemed
welcome. I hope this is the beginning of a new commitment by the
board to include the public in the decision-making process.
That said, I do need to chastise the person(s) who moved the
optometrist into the new building without a negotiated contract,
as was required for the dentist. After months of hand-wringing
over concerns that having a private practice in the 501(c)3 Health
Center might be illegal, the board determined there was an absolute
need for a signed contract before anyone moves in. For any board
member(s) to authorize or sanction such a move is unacceptable.
Equal treatment under the law is a fundamental right in this country.
I was pleased to see the board call for a special meeting to remedy
I also want to thank Jerry LaFreinere for his great service to
the public as the EMS representative on the BIRHC board, and hope
the now vacant EMS position will be filled rapidly. Best wishes,
Jerry, in your new position with BIEMS. I am confident the BIEMS
will continue to provide the excellent first response services
that Beaver Island citizens have been experiencing.
-Kenneth Jay Taylor
The contract was approved (calling for no rent) at a special
meeting on May 26th (and an NP preceptor from Saginaw Valley State
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