PI begins talking about HUNT

ROGERS CITY — The discussion to bring the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team back to Presque Isle County has started.

The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners discussed the relationship between HUNT and the country at the its meeting Wednesday.

“I got a call from one of the Alpena commissioners about a meeting held in Alpena on Oct. 31. I didn’t want to go and hear what they had to say by myself so I called (Commissioner Stephen Lang) and he went with me. It was a budget meeting and they were looking at what it would take if we had full participation by all the entities: City of Alpena, Alpena County, Alcona County. They were going to look at Rogers City who in the past used to contribute,” Chairman Carl Altman said.

Altman said the board is trying to come up with a budget and asked if Presque Isle would be interested in a contribution.

Lang said HUNT wants to start on a blank slate with the county. He said it wants to forget previous arguments and fights with the board.

To be part of the team the county would have to contribute $8,000.

Commissioner Bob Schell said maybe the board can look into future budgets, but this year it has to focus on security issues within the county building.

“We haven’t budgeted the security part of this building. We talked about metal detectors. We haven’t seen a plan with any costs,” Lang said.

Commissioner Michael Darga said he would like to see this partnership go forward.

Schell said before anything is done he would like to see some changes.

“We did have problems with HUNT. I want to see how they’ve changed and what they plan to do differently,” Schell said.

The board decided not to make any decisions on the matter. But, it would like to have HUNT at the next board meeting to discuss everything further.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.