Bessemer Township seeks new auditor
By CHARITY SMITH
RAMSAY – Bessemer Township is seeking a new auditor. The board approved having township clerk Debbie Janczak search for someone during its regular meeting on Monday.
The township had been working with an auditor through Rukkila, Negro and Associates, of
Houghton, but she passed away over the summer, according to township supervisor Jeff Randall.
“We’ll approach the same company, but also entertain offers from other companies,” said Randall. He
said they hope to have a new auditor by late January.
The board addressed an issue the Gogebic Range Water Authority has with township treasurer Hope
Tarnaski refusing to cash a $50,000 check from the authority. The check was given to the township
on July 3 to cover expenses associated with the Blackjack water system, which the town- ship has
taken over, according to Randall.
Tarnaski told the board Monday she would set up an account designated to the Blackjack Water
System and deposit the check into the account by today.
The board approved updates to the township’s information guide. The guide offers information for
those new to the township such as who provides electric and gas services, who is on the township
board, when the board meetings are, when garbage day is and many other facts about the township.
“It’s just got all kinds of stuff,” said Randall. “Anything that would help a person new to the township is in that information guide.”
He said the board made a few corrections and authorized Janczak to put the information on the township website and print physical copies for residents to pick up.
The board also:
–Adopted an employee handbook and policies. The book covers a myriad of things from disability accommodations to sexual harassment, according to Randall.
–Approved the Department of Public Works holiday hours. The DPW and township offices will be closed on Dec. 24-27 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The DPW and township offices will also be closed on Dec. 31 in celebration of the New Year.
The next meeting of the township board will be Jan. 10, 2022 at 5 p.m.