Treasurer to disperse $81k from Tribe throughout county building
ARENAC COUNTY — The county’s government intends to spend its most recent allocation of gaming funds from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe on several different county projects.
At the Dec. 22 meeting of the Arenac County Board of Commissioners, the board authorized Treasurer Dennis Stawowy to distribute a total of $81,618.81 received from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe during its two-percent class three gaming distribution Nov. 19, a day the Tribe allocated $710,353 to several different government and school entities.
Gail Seder, secretary for the Board of Commissioners, said $50,000 of the money granted to the county would be used for the county’s Housing Department. She added that $23,000 would be earmarked for the Arenac County Planning Commission to put together a master plan for the county (including a survey), while $6,870 would be used to renovate the Youth Exhibit Building at the Arenac County Agricultural Society and $5,000 for park maintenance and equipment replacement.
Board Chairman Raymond Daniels said the $50,000 earmarked for the Housing Department would be used for installing handicap ramps and weather-proofing houses. He said he did not know where the homes would be located, as citizens have to apply to the Housing Department to make those additions to their homes.
Daniels said the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe first began allocating two-percent class three gaming funds about two years ago, when the Saganing Eagle’s Landing Casino first opened. He said their first allocation took place in May 2008, and added that the tribe allocates those funds to various government and school entities about twice per year.
In May or 2009, the county accepted a check worth $36,614 in two-percent class-three gaming revenue from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe for improvements to the county’s central dispatch center and a mobile command trailer requested by Arenac County Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Rohn.