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County gets solid news about its finances Administrator says Marinette County may not have to borrow to finance its capital improvement program

The Associated Press

By TIM GREENWOOD EagleHerald staff writer

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speak Wednesday during the third and final presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas.

Trump, Clinton clash again stepping aside for the victor, have been the underpinning of American democracy since its founding 240 years ago. Wednesday’s contest quickly shifted from a calm, policy-focused faceoff into a bitter and deeply personal confrontation. Trump called Clinton a “nasty woman,” while the Democrat panned him as “unfit” to be commander in chief. Clinton, who began the debate with a lead in nearly all battleground states, forcefully accused Trump of favoring Russia’s leader over American military and intelligence experts after the Republican nominee pointedly refused to accept the U.S. government’s assertion that Moscow has sought to meddle in the U.S. election. She charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was backing Trump because “he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” Trump denied any relationship with Putin and said he would condemn any foreign interference in the election. But he notably declined to back the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was involved in the hacking of Democratic organizations. The Clinton

By JULIE PACE and LISA LERER Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday night that he will accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump’s resistance “horrifying.” Trump had spent the days leading up to the third and final presidential debate warning voters that the election would be “rigged.” Asked whether he would accept the outcome if Clinton emerges victorious, he said, “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.” The Republican National Committee immediately disavowed Trump’s statement. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and election officials across the country have denied and denounced Trump’s charges. Trump’s assertions raise the prospect that millions of his supporters may not accept the results on Nov. 8 if he loses, thrusting the nation into uncharted territory. Free and fair elections, with the vanquished peacefully

MARINETTE — Marinette County might not have to do any borrowing to finance its 2017 Capital Improvements Program (CIP), County Administrator Shawn Henessee told the county board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday. “There might not be any borrowing if we utilize the savings from health insurance changes and the unassigned fund balance,” he said. “If we took $1.5 million roughly from the unassigned in conjunction with $1.3 million in savings from the health insurance that would cover it.” That statement was made by the administrator after he presented a revised CIP to the committee that calls for less than half of the $5.91 million in bonding proposed in the 2017 plan that was approved earlier this year by the county board. Henessee said the 2017 CIP was cut to a total $4,463,300 with $2,626,000 in proposed borrowing after reductions were made by four department heads —

campaign has said the FBI also is investigating Russia’s involvement in the hacking of a top adviser’s emails. The 90-minute contest in Las Vegas came just under three weeks before Election Day and with early voting underway in more than 30 states. Trump has struggled to expand his support beyond his most loyal backers and must reshape the race in its closing days if he hopes to defeat Clinton. The candidates clashed repeatedly over their drastically different visions for the nation’s future. Trump backed Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling, while Clinton vowed to appoint justices that would uphold the decision legalizing abortion, saying, “We have come too far to have that turned back now.” The businessman entered the final debate facing a string of sexual assault accusations from women who came forward after he denied in the previous contest that he had kissed or groped women without their consent. That Trump denial followed the release of a video of in which he’s heard bragging See DEBATE, A3

MMS students embrace tech ed ■ Open house takes place at Marinette Middle School By CHELSEA EWALDT EagleHerald staff writer

MARINETTE — Students and staff from the Marinette Middle School welcomed community members during its tech ed open house Wednesday night. “What we wanted to do tonight was to formally introduce the technical education program back to our middle school communi-

ty,” said Principal Mike Whisler. “We’ve invited all of our partners from the community, businesses and individuals who have donated to celebrate all of the hard work everyone has done.” Tom Karban, tech ed teacher, emphasized the importance of the partnership aspect of the project. “It’s not just the instructors — it’s the community, parents, kids, staff, administration and everybody who has bought into this,” he said. “I’m having a ball. I didn’t expect it to be this way. It’s so much fun working with these younger kids because they have so much excitement — you can see that. They are all here well

before the bell rings.” Whisler said over the last few weeks, the tech ed program has been really embraced by the school community and students. “Everybody has put so much into bringing this program back to life and it’s a big deal for the kids,” he said. “The neat thing I’ve seen over the last few weeks is how much this has been embraced by our school community and especially the kids. We have kids who are absolutely ecstatic about coming to Mr. Karban’s room and learning this stuff. “This is that moment when you

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“There might not be any borrowing if we utilize the savings from health insurance changes and the unassigned fund balance.” Shawn Henessee Marinette County administrator Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen, Facilities Director Marty Keyport, Information Services Director Kevin Solway and Emergency Management Director Eric Burmeister. “I went to the consumers of debt in the CIP and asked them what the minimal amount are they they feel comfortable with borrowing for,” said Henessee. “Those are the four departments that borrow for CIP projects. “The original facilities borrowing was over $1 milSee COUNTY, A5

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From left, Jonny Bieber, Jake Sommerfeldt (both in seventh grade), Lizzy Whisler (sixth grade) and Aaron Tickler (eighth grade) put together a rocking chair they made with a CNC Router Wednesday at the Marinette Middle School Fab Lab open house.

Menominee leaders have yet to meet with assessor

By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director

MENOMINEE — The city of Menominee’s Finance Committee did not meet with city assessor Mari Negro Wednesday, as she was unavailable for family reasons, according to Rob Jamo, interim manager/city attorney.


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Instead, a meeting is in the works for some time next week, but possibly not until after the deadline has passed for the city to respond to a letter from Kelli Sobel of the Michigan Department of Treasury regarding problems with the 2015 tax roll corrections. In an Oct. 4 letter to Jamo, Sobel said a follow-up review to the AMAR (Audit of Minimum

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established in her letter to the city. Jamo said the response will be formulated with Negro’s assistance, but he has not yet met with her on the issue. Negro, who works as a contracted employee with the city, tendered her resignation in September and gave Oct. 31 as her last day of employment.




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review, a recommendation will be made to the State Tax Commission to assume jurisdiction of the assessment roll for your unit in order to ensure corrective actions are completed and the assessment roll for the 2016 year is correct.” Jamo said Wednesday he intends to respond to Sobel’s letter before Tuesday, which is the date of the 21-day deadline she

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Assessing Requirements) review of the city’s 2015 tax roll had indicated that land adjustments values listed without reasons were removed rather than being documented, “potentially causing significant assessment roll problems.” The letter went on the state, “Because of the serious nature of the issues found in the follow up








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