2017-01-12 / Columns

Looking Back…

5 YEARS AGO
January 12, 2012

The county’s second-longest serving sheriff in history plans to step down at the end of his fourth term on Dec. 31.

Sheriff Michael Oltersdorf, who moved from deputy to sheriff in a heated election held in 1996 and was re-elected three more times — each against challengers — has announced that he will not seek a fifth term. Only former Sheriff Bob White, who served from 1939-1964, has held the post longer.

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A discussion held Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners provided a preview of the types of conflicts that could derail the tenure of a new county administrator — whoever he or she may be.

The County Board, meeting as a “committee of the whole,” narrowed a field of 17 candidates for the county administrator post down to five. Of the four known candidates — one chose to remain anonymous until being interviewed at a public meeting — three reside in Leelanau County. The fourth candidate is David Mackie, who presently serves as executive director of the Department of Public Service for the City of Taylor.

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The Northport Village Council has set a special public meeting today at 7 p.m. with its attorney to determine the future of Clerk Joni I. Scott’s tenure with the village. Scott’s residency issue was challenged prior to her election to the office in November 2010. After the vote, a formal complaint was filed by a resident with the Leelanau County sheriff’s department calling “residency” under Michigan Compliance Laws into question.

10 YEARS AGO
January 11, 2007

The financial picture for one county school could soon be brighter, pending a state Department of Education determination. The Glen Lake School district, with the county’s second-largest enrollment, is on the threshold of joining Northport in relying strictly on nonhomestead property tax revenue to fund its $6.7 million annual budget.

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A third prospective buyer for the Harleysville Lake States Insurance building has emerged, and this one plans to move quickly. David Mathia, who has owned and sold two highly successful businesses in the Traverse City area, has signed a purchase agreement for the 65,783-square-foot building under the corporate name of Centerpointe Unlimited, L.L.C.

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Keith Parker and his sons, Wes and Dave, grow corn to feed their cattle and sell the rest as feed to other farmers. Technology to produce ethanol, a fuel produced from crops like corn, barley and wheat, is attractive because it produces fewer tailpipe emissions than gasoline. The cost of producing ethanol has come down, providing corn growers like the Parkers new markets to sell corn.

35 YEARS AGO
January 14, 1982

Tax assessments showing an average countywide assessment increase of 8.73 percent for residential property have been turned into local county and state officials by the County Equalization Department. The figures, prepared in a yearlong equalization sales study including more than 1,500 individual property appraisals, are far above local assessors’ estimates of property value in almost every township.

* * * The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Tuesday directed County Planner Gene A. (Toni) Perfect to revise and update a 1977 study of possible county building expansion plans. Perfect requested board permission to update the plan, which details several proposals for adding space onto the present courthouse building in Leland.

* * * A member of Sugar Loaf Mountain Resort Corporation’s Board of Directors has been named as the resort’s general manager, Enterprise learned this week. Ivan P. (Ike) Egeler has replaced Brian Cairns as general manager of the giant, fiscally-troubled resort for a temporary period, Sugar Loaf President James Ganter said Tuesday.

60 YEARS AGO
January 10, 1957

James Reed, superintendent of the Glen Lake Community Schools, announced after Monday evening’s board meeting that final plans for construction of the new school are nearly complete and that the district will be ready within about a week to seek bids. Building of the new school, which will serve the consolidated areas of Empire, Glen Arbor, Maple City and Cedar, is expected to begin in late March or early April, Mr. Reed said.

* * * Leelanau will be asked to provide two men to fill this county’s draft quota for February, according to an announcement from Col. Arthur A. Holmes, state selective service director. The state’s quota for February will be 777.

* * * Martin Egeler of Glen Arbor, member of the Leelanau County Road Commission for the past four years, was elected chairman of that organization Wednesday at its annual meeting. He succeeds Fred Baumberger of Northport who held the chairmanship for two years and was a member of the commission for 12 years.

120 YEARS AGO
January 7, 1897

Suttons Bay School opened Monday with a full attendance. Mrs. J. O. Duncan teaches the intermediate department. Dr. Frailick reports cases of Diptheria near Omena. E. A. Voice of Empire spent a few days in town taking account of stock in E. R. Dailey’s store.

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The Maple City Mirror has been reduced to four pages of four columns each.

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The roads are again in a very poor condition as a result of the mild weather during the last week.

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Those wishing to buy goods cheap had better call on Kollenburg soon.

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