2018-05-24 / Community

Retired school superintendent fills last commission seat

By Ben Muir


Dan Tighe was appointed to the Huron County Planning Commission on Tuesday. 
Photo by Ben Muir Dan Tighe was appointed to the Huron County Planning Commission on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Muir HURON COUNTY - The last vacant seat on the planning commission was filled on Tuesday.

Dan Tighe, a retired superintendent of Caseville Public Schools, with two degrees from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama, was appointed to a three-year term on the Huron County Planning Commission after a favorable 5-2 vote by the board of commissioners. Tighe replaces Dr. Robert Oakes, who resigned from the planning commission on April 4.

The board interviewed Tighe for about 16 minutes at the meeting on Tuesday, during which he spoke about being fiscally conservative, successful in building revenue with the school he led; why he’s eager for the future - with an interest in further examining county demographics - and how “of course” he would represent Huron County farmers adequately.

After the meeting, when asked his stance on wind and solar energy, Tighe said he simply supports an orderly-run county.

“The planning commission provides suggestions and ordinances to the board of commissioners to promote that orderliness,” he said. “Right now, call it on the front burner, happens to be solar, and there’s been discussion on reviewing current ordinances.”

And creating those ordinances is what might strengthen communication between the board of commissioners and planning commissioners, he said.

“Another thing that is moving forward,” Tighe said, “the county, we trust and hope, is creating some kind of long-range or medium-range plan that’s adopted and incrementally implemented.”

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