Thank you for taking the time to look at our website. I offer the following biographical information on myself since this is an elected office and Antrim voters may be interested in knowing something about my background.

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Political Experience

Antrim County Drain Commissioner, 1997-Present
First appointed to office of County Drain Commissioner in 1997, subsequently elected to the position in 1998, and reelected in 2000. I believe my most important contribution to this position was to bring professional management to a somewhat neglected part of the County operation.

Antrim County Commissioner, 1993-1994
Elected to office as County Commissioner of District 1 in 1992 and served as Chair of the Administrative Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. During this tenure, I initiated the County's acquisition of the Antrim Creek Natural Area on Lake Michigan (at the time, it was the largest grant for park acquisition ever granted by the State of Michigan, over $6 million). I also played a role in the restructuring of the County Board of Commissioners' committees to better handle County business.

Founding Trustee, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 1990-95
An original member of the Steering Committee and later the Board of Trustees of the GTRLC during its startup and first several years of operation. During this time, I participated directly in the creation of the Bauer Preserve in Echo Township and the St.Clair-Six Mile Lake Natural Area straddling the boundary of Banks Township and Charlevoix County.

Antrim County 1905 Courthouse Campaign, 1990-1991
I am proud to have been one of the leaders of the effort to pass a county millage in order to save the historic 1905 Antrim County Courthouse from demolition and see it renovated to its current fine condition. It's hard to believe now that the building was vacant and ready to be torn down before our last ditch effort to save it. In the end, it proved to be more economical to renovate the 1905 Courthouse, than demolish it and build a new structure to house the courts.

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Business Experience

Antrim County Operator of Dams, 1990-Present
Supervise and operate the two County-owned dams.

Publisher, Michigan Maps, Fen's Rim Publications, 1990-Present
Published the Lake Country Gazette from 1990-2000. Wrote and edited numerous articles and books. Published and edited of a variety of paper maps and posters. Invented and developed the Topohuna digital mapping system and

Licensed Builder, 1989-Present


B.A., Catholic University of America, Washington DC

Gabriel Richard High School, Riverview, Michigan

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Personal Information

Born in Detroit, Michigan, 1957. Raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Resident of Antrim County since 1988. The father of five wonderful children, ages 11 to 24.

How to Contact the Drain Commissioner/Operator of Dams, Mark Stone:
The Antrim County Drain Commissioner is a part-time position and most of the work is done outside of normal business hours. To contact me, it's best to email or call me during normal business hours at my regular job as publisher of Michigan Maps in Elk Rapids. You may also drop by the office at 104 Dexter Street, in the historic downtown.

Mark Stone, 231-264-6800 (Feel free to leave a message, if you get the machine.)


Please direct official or legal correspondence to: Antrim County Drain Commissioner, P.O. Box 217, Bellaire, MI 49615 (231) 533-6265

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