In a May 27, 2021 letter from Roger Bergman, the chair of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, to Governor Whitmer, Mr. Bergman implored the governor to clarify “that county commissioners cannot control local health departments regarding the mask mandate…” and play only a “limited role” [...]
The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners can direct the County Administrator to notify department heads that no funds or resources are to be expended for enforcement or pressured compliance to any orders that infringe the rights of the people in Ottawa County. Constitutional freedoms are not to be suspended in times of crisis.
Younger members of our County are not at significant risk from the Covid-19 virus, with zero deaths age 0-19, and a recovery rate of over 99% through age 59—which represents over 80% of our County population. Mandated measures of masking children as young as 2 years of age, coerced testing of teen athletes, and quarantining students—with negligible illness surfacing, have negatively affected socio-emotional development and education, and deprived children of positive activities and once-in-a-lifetime events.
Constitutional freedoms are not suspended in times of crisis. The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners swore an oath to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Michigan, which protect the People's rights to Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness, and further preserve the right of parents to determine and direct the care of their children.