May 28, 2002 Metal shop managerRonChandler andworkshop apprentice Malcolm Sutherland are working on the railingoutside Paolo’s apartment. [Photo: T & text: RL] All metal work onsite is custom made. This swooping curve railing took a tremendousamount of energy to manufacture and install. [Photo: T & text: RL]
16Jan Rep. Lower to chair House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, has been tapped to lead the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee for the 2019-20 legislative term.Lower is entering his second term in the Michigan House and served as the House Local Government Committee chair for his first term.The new committee will blend together elements of House committees from the previous legislative term and aims to address municipal government issues related to budgeting, financial liabilities, zoning, local authority, public safety and planning.“Looking at issues that impact the viability of communities throughout our state has been a priority for me in my work on this committee,” Lower said. “I will continue to review meaningful reforms that protect the health of communities, reduce property tax burdens on residents and ensure growth in the future. Strong communities going forward will mean a stronger Michigan economy and a more prosperous place for individuals to live, work and raise a family.”Lower will also serve as the vice chair on the House Tax Policy Committee and sit on committees for Energy and for Health Policy in the new term.
UK regulator Ofcom has named three new members to its advisory committee for Northern Ireland.Fiona Boyle, Paul Wilson and Sharon O’Connor will take up their positions on September 1.Boyle runs her own consultancy, specialising in social research and evaluations, and development of policy issues. She is a former board member of Consumer Focus Post (NI) and Consumer Futures Post (NI). Previously, she was a member of Postwatch Northern Ireland.Wilson is project director for the Strategic Investment Board for NI Public Sector Shared Data Centre. In his 25 years working in telecommunications and IT, he held the positions of BT Ireland’s head of business operations and head of managed services. Prior to his career with BT, he worked for ICL.O’Connor is town clerk and chief executive of Derry City Council. She is a former non-executive director of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and a former member of the BBC NI Broadcasting Council.