SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) -
(05/29/14) - A Michigan State Police investigation is the latest setback for the Saginaw County Road Commission.
The tough winter has caused budget problems, forcing the road commission to look at layoffs and delay projects.
Now, an employee is on leave due to an embezzlement investigation.
We have learned Michigan State Police investigators were at the Saginaw County Road Commission on Tuesday and at least one employee was questioned.
This comes as the road commission is hurting financially - and the roads prove it.
A portion of River Road between Frost and Dice in Thomas Township, west of Saginaw, is closed. It's one of a handful of roads in the county closed because of poor conditions.
In this case, the shoulder has washed out into the Tittabawassee River, making it hazardous to drive on.
The Saginaw County Road Commission has been hurting for money after the rough winter drove up spending on overtime, maintenance and other expenses.
Now we've learned the Michigan State Police have started an investigation into an embezzlement complaint. Road Commission Manager Dennis Borchard says at this time, he cannot comment on personnel matters.
There's also no word on the amount of money that might be involved or the status of the employee under investigation, but it comes at an already tough time for the road commission.
Officials have discussed the possibility of layoffs because of an expected budget deficit. The projections have also caused road projects to be delayed, and other townships have been told not to expect as much financing help from the Road Commission on local projects.
While the road commission will not discuss the embezzlement investigation, it does say it is working on the problem on River Road and is working with a consultant to come up with the best options to open the road again.