GRATIOT COUNTY — Gratiot County is set to lay off two
government janitors and a fair coordinator effective Jan. 1, 2006 to help
balance its 2006 budget. The janitorial work will now be performed by the local
firm "MMI," according to the Sept. 8 edition of the Gratiot County Herald.
Looming on the horizon, however, are additional layoffs as county commissioners
examine privatization of kitchen services at the jail. The county will also
consider cuts to, or privatization of, its animal shelter and county permitting