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Sheriff, Administrators Square Off Over Patrol Cars

Sheriff, Administrators Square Off Over Patrol Cars

By Beth Milligan

A request for two new patrol vehicles for the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office has rekindled long-simmering tensions between Sheriff’s Office officials and the county administrator.

Sheriff Tom Bensley is seeking approval to purchase two new patrol vehicles at a cost of $25,000 each. Bensley says the department initially identified 11 vehicles that needed to be replaced in 2017 as part of last fall’s budget preparations, but asked for seven in his proposed budget. That request was denied by administrators “as part of the need to put forward a balanced recommended budget for 2017,” according to County Finance Director Jody Lundquist, with all seven vehicles cut from the budget.

An unexpected Sheriff’s Office budget surplus of $330,000 for 2016 allowed Bensley and administrators to reach an agreement this month to purchase five patrol cars for $125,000. But while Bensley is pressing for his last two needed vehicles, noting funds are available to purchase them, Lundquist says the Sheriff’s Office has offered no justification for the cars and that administrators can’t “make it a practice to keep spending money just because we have it.” more

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81st National Trout Festival

12:00am Fun events for children, adults, and seniors. Kalkaska more

SPARK! Call for Submissions

12:00am SPARK! is a juried exhibition of artists age 18-39, presented by the Northport Arts Association. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2017. The exhibition will run June 16 - 25, 2017 at the Northport Village Arts Building. $10 submission fee. more

Hagerty Showroom Display

8:00am Hagerty will be displaying a 1974 BMW 2002 tii, 1972 BMW 2002 ti and a 1974 Austin Mini Cooper in their showroom.  141 Rivers Edge Dr., TC

April Artist of the Month, Beth Bynum

9:00am An opening reception will be held on Thurs., April 13 from 5-7pm with mixed media artist Beth Bynum. Art will be on display through April. The Botanic Garden at HIstoric Barns Park, TC more

Michigan Water Color Society 70th Annual Exhibition

9:00am An opening reception will be held on Sat., April 8 from 1-4pm. Featuring a talk by exhibition juror Judi Betts & live music. The exhibition runs through May 26. Crooked Tree Arts Center, TC more

"Grand Views & Nature's Splendors"

10:00am Featuring the April Artists of the Month - Janet Wilson Oliver & Dorothy McGrath Grossman. Nature’s Splendors illuminates the natural beauty of Michigan’s water, greenery, and wildlife against the arid views of the desert and mountain ranges of the west. Runs April 3-28. An opening reception will be held on Weds., April 5 from 5-7pm. City Opera House, TC more

Parkinson's Network North Day Support Group

10:00am Questions: 231-947-7389 or 231-947-1946. Traverse City Senior Center more

Administrative Professionals Luncheon

11:00am Recognize the accomplishments of your administrative professional. Tickets: $30 per person or $200 for a table of 8. Hagerty Center, TC more
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