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Posted on: August 30, 2019

September News


Message from the Administrator, Martin Marshall

With schools starting up, summer is almost over and it has flown by.  With events like the Lenawee County fair and the races at MIS behind us, the County departments that work those events can return to more routine operations.  For the Sheriff’s Office that return to routine will include a move into their new office building at their old location.  The rebuild of that building into a modern Sheriff’s Office will be complete the first part of September and the move back will begin later in the month.

At their August board meeting, the Lenawee County Commissioners received the 2018 audit report presented by Nathan Baldermann of Rehmann Robson.  The finances of the County are sound and the fund balance of the General Fund, the source of most general government operations in the county, grew by over $900,000.  This is good news as the commission starts through the budget process again this fall for the 2020 budget.  The commission will receive the recommended 2020 budget at their September board meeting and adopt a budget by the end of the year.

Also at their meeting, the commissioners approved joining with other counties in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to form a regional council of governments to address concerns over diversion of water from the MichIndOh Aquifer.  The MichIndOh Aquifer is an underground body of water located under the area where Michigan, Indiana and Ohio come together and provides water to municipalities, businesses, and individual residences across nine counties in the area.  The aquifer extends to about 30% of land area of Lenawee County and provides water to the cities of Hudson and Morenci as well as private wells in the south and west parts of the county.

The purpose of the council of governments is to coordinate research and other activities on topics that affect the region such as the diversion of water from the area.  The creation of the council is in response to a proposal to pump several million gallons of water a day from the aquifer and pipe it to communities surrounding Toledo.  The Toledo water system has experienced problems in recent years with algae blooms in Lake Erie that affect water quality.

On September 13th there will be a training exercise at the Lenawee County Judicial Building to train county employees, local emergency responders and Emergency Operations Center personnel in dealing with an active assailant situation.  The building, including all the courts, will be closed at 11:00 am for the remainder of the day to conduct the exercise.  In addition to Lenawee County employees, college student volunteers will play parts in the exercise to create a realistic scenario.  Winter Street north of Maple Street will be closed to the public as will the Maple Street entrance to the Judicial Building lot.  There will be a lot of activity but please keep in mind it is a drill!

Two upcoming events to keep in mind and plan for in October are an electronics waste collection event on October 19th and an expungement event on October 18th.   The electronics waste collection will be held at the Adrian Mall on the east side off Winter Street.  Residents will be able to bring their electronic devices and televisions to be recycled or disposed of.  There will be a charge for CRT type televisions and the large projection type televisions will not be accepted at all.  Please see the county website for more information on this event.

The expungement event, being called a Second Chance Fair, is an opportunity for individuals with certain types of criminal offenses to have their record expunged.  In addition to the actual event on the 18th, there will be prescreening opportunities on October 2nd and October 9th.  The purpose of the prescreening sessions are to ensure that an applicant has the necessary documents on the day of the Second Chance Fair so that the process goes smoothly.  On the day of the event, in addition to the expungement program, there will be representatives from the Friend of the Court to assist with State arrearage forgiveness, payment plans, and resolution of outstanding warrants; attorneys from legal services to help with housing matters; and representatives from Michigan Works Southeast to assist applicants with employment needs.  Again, please see the county website for more information.

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