Governor Granholm Makes Appointments to Ski Area Safety Board

Contact: Heidi Hansen 517-335-6397

February 17, 2005

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced the following appointments to the Ski Area Safety Board: 

Vernon S. Barber of Marquette, general manager of Marquette Mountain Ski Resort.  Mr. Barber is appointed to represent Upper Peninsula ski area managers for a term expiring June 8, 2008.  He succeeds Nicholas S. Sirdenis whose term has expired.

Richard D. Starkey of Sanford, retired president and CEO of Community Hospital Services in Saginaw.  Mr. Starkey is appointed as a person with skiing experience from the Lower Peninsula representing the general public for a term expiring June 8, 2006.  He succeeds David G. Mengebier who has resigned. 

The Ski Area Safety Board is responsible for protecting the public by promulgating rules for the safe construction, installation, repair, use, operation, maintenance, and inspection of all ski areas and ski lifts.

These appointments are subject to Article V, Section 6 of the Michigan State Constitution of 1963.  They stand confirmed unless disapproved by the Senate within 60 days.