The board of county road commissioners is a unit of local government responsible for maintenance and construction of most roads within a county. Michigan is the only state in the country to utilize a county road commission structure. The three or five-member boards have six-year staggered terms and are, in most cases, appointed by the county board of commissioners.
Public Acts 14 and 15 of 2012 allows a county board of commissioners to assume the duties of the county road commission. We continue to support a system of local control selection.
We encourage local governments to continue to look for increased efficiencies in government by prioritizing services, reforming where possible, eliminating duplicative services, and utilizing private partners.
We believe each county overseen by a road commission should have the option to decide if it needs a three or five-member county road commission. These should be by district, regardless of population, and representative of all areas of the county. Commission members should serve four-year staggered terms.
We encourage the local road agency to work in coordination with all pertinent county agencies (e.g., drain commission), townships, local planning, zoning boards, county Farm Bureaus, and affected property owners in order to minimize road construction costs and gather public input.
We believe the local road agency must dedicate themselves to using the most economical means possible to establish and maintain an efficient transportation system.
We believe the local road agency should utilize Michigan Department of Transportation’s Asset Management Program, or a similar program, to annually evaluate conditions of all roads and dispersal of funds under their jurisdiction and report such findings to the public.