Snyder announced Monday that East Lansing native, Michael Nystrom will replace Mike Zimmer, of Dimondale, on the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Board. Nystrom, a Republican, is the executive vice president and secretary for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA).
Mike Zimmer's resignation came after a possible legal conflict arose concerning his appointment. The law that created the tunnel authority states that no person "shall serve as a member of the corridor authority board during his or her term as a member of the Mackinac Bridge Authority board (MBA)." Zimmer was announced as having resigned from the Bridge Authority Board at 3:36 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Zimmer was appointed to the tunnel authority earlier in the day at 10:28 a.m., according to the press releases sent by the Snyder administration. To avoid any conflict, Zimmer stepped down from the position.
"I see it as a nice opportunity to be a part of what is going to be a legacy project for the state of Michigan," Nystrom said. "I'm looking forward to being involved."
Last week, Governor Snyder appointed James (J.R.) Richardson to the Board, replacing the Geno Alessandrini who stepped down citing personal reasons. J.R. currently serves as vice chair of the state's Natural Resources Commission through the end of the year.
Tony England, who is dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and who had been serving on the Governor's Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) will remain on the Board.
The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, December 19 in St. Ignace.