Musser replaces Bodis as District 5 commissioner

Musser replaces Bodis as District 5 commissioner

After the retirement of Commissioner John Bodis, Donald Musser has been elected to fill the open place.

Musser ran unopposed in the course of the November election. Whereas sitting within the Peppermill Restaurant not too long ago, he talked about how he hopes to comply with Bodis’ instance to be a great voice for the neighborhood.

“John and I’ve gotten to know one another, and we have now a mutual respect for one another,” Musser stated. “I simply hope I can do half the job that he did. You will need to me to honor his service and to honor my dedication to the neighborhood.”

He stated that he tried to be energetic locally in regard to attending conferences to get to study what’s going on within the county. Musser usually attended each the county conferences in addition to the Unhealthy Axe Metropolis Council conferences to the perfect of his means to gauge the goings on within the space. 

Musser will characterize residents in District 5, which incorporates Sigel Township, Verona Township and town of Unhealthy Axe.

“I’ve by no means had any political aspirations, even in my desires,” Musser stated. “I did obtain some encouragement from (Unhealthy Axe Metropolis) Councilman Dan Glaza. He tried to push me into a number of various things, and I made a decision I might wish to be a commissioner. That’s the reason I attempt to attend as many conferences as I can to try to get a grasp on what’s going on in Huron County.”

Musser is an Military veteran who served from 1970 till 1973, after which enlisted within the reserves till 1976. He labored for the Faculty for the Deaf and after his retirement, he and his spouse moved to Unhealthy Axe in July 2021 from Indianapolis.

“My largest concern is the truth that the price of authorities retains going up yearly, however the tax income will not be assembly the demand of presidency,” Musser stated. “So, we as a neighborhood need to discover a option to develop our taxes and a giant a part of that’s bringing enterprise into the realm. I need much less burden on the owners. The one option to reduce the burden on the house owner is to extend enterprise alternatives within the space.”

Whereas this place is new to Musser, he hopes that it’s going to create alternatives to assist him enhance not solely the neighborhood however himself as effectively. 

“It’ll assist me overcome my reluctance to work together with folks,” Musser stated. “It’ll push me to develop in additional elements of my very own life. I’ve by no means been a fan of crowds and a part of being a commissioner is being concerned within the festivities in Huron County, so I’m going to need to push myself to be extra proactive in that space.”

“It’s a very large duty, and it is very important have a look at the entire image,” Musser stated. “I simply hope I can do what’s greatest for the neighborhood.”

Although he has solely been a resident of the realm for simply over a 12 months, Musser appears like it’s a pure match for him and his spouse. 

“After shifting right here I walked out within the driveway, I’ve by no means felt a connection, I’ve by no means felt a way of dwelling till that day after I walked out my of driveway right here,” Musser stated. “For the primary time in my life on the age of 71, I felt like I belong.”

Musser enjoys a number of what the Thumb has to supply. He’s an avid fisher. He hopes to get out on his canoe subsequent 12 months and fish alongside the Harbor Seaside break wall and different areas of the Thumb. Along with that, he has a wild aspect, as he’s into motorbike drag racing. Although he hasn’t raced in nearly 20 years, he took his Harley Davidson out to Ubly this 12 months and hopes to have yet one more 12 months of racing in earlier than calling it quits. Lastly, he loves steel detecting, which he added that may very well be an asset to regulation enforcement and the neighborhood, whether or not it’s discovering proof and even simply misplaced gadgets to be returned to their house owners if requested to assist.

Ultimately, Musser is trying to work for the neighborhood and takes the duty of being one of many voices of the county significantly. 

“All people has free will in order that they have totally different ideas on what works and what does not work, and I’m simply going to do my greatest to do what’s greatest for Huron county as a result of it issues to me,” Musser stated. “I have been a caretaker of 1 form or one other my entire life, from serving to out my deaf dad and mom as an interpreter to being a caretaker to my spouse who has a number of well being points, and now in a way, I’ve the duty to maintain my neighborhood.”

The primary county assembly of 2023 will happen on Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. on the Huron County Constructing in Unhealthy Axe in Room 305.