CADILLAC — If things go as expected Wednesday, Wexford County Administrator Janet Koch said crews should break ground on the new central dispatch building in July.

For that to happen, however, Koch said the Wexford County Board of Commissioners needs to approve three items at its upcoming meeting Wednesday regarding the dispatch construction project. These three items include an engagement letter with Baker Tilly Municipal Advisory, a bond resolution and a construction contract with the preferred contractor.

“Basically, the board is agreeing to go $1.2 million in debt,‘ Koch said of the action items on Wednesday’s agenda.

For the bonds, Koch said the county will be looking at going through Chase Bank at a 2.54% interest rate over 22 years. Considering it was originally believed that rate would be roughly 1% higher, Koch said they are pleased with what has happened.

Assuming the board of commissioners opts to go with the recommendations being presented Wednesday, Koch said the next step would be to have a closing date on the bonds which is tentatively scheduled to occur sometime between June 28-July 2. Once that closing happens, Koch said the contractor would be able to break ground the next day if so inclined.

That said, Koch was not sure of when a groundbreaking would occur but assumed it would happen sometime in July.

Also during the meeting, the commissioners are scheduled to vote on the fiscal year 2020 budget calendar.

If the recommendation from the county’s finance committee is approved Wednesday, the first step will be for Koch to distribute budget target information and blank 2020 budget worksheets to department heads and elected officials offices next week.

By the end of July, those same offices will submit completed budget requests and narratives back to Koch’s office. By the end of August, Koch will then provide recommended budgets to department heads and provide copies of the proposed and requested budgets to the finance committee, according to the proposed budget calendar.

In September, the finance committee would review the budgets at its first meeting of the month and at its second would consider appeals from department heads before forwarding the proposed budgets to the full board of commissioners, according to the proposed budget calendar.

In October, the proposed budget schedule shows Koch would present the budget to the full board on Oct. 16. By Nov. 20, the full board would schedule a public hearing on the budget and then consider adoption.

The Wexford County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the commissioners’ room on the third floor of the Wexford County Courthouse, 437 E. Division St.

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