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The month of October has been a busy one for Lenawee County offices. At their October board meeting the commission set the public hearing for the 2020 Budget for November 13, 2019, the next Board of Commissioners meeting. At that meeting, the commission will receive public comment on the proposed budget, which is available on the county website and at the Administrator’s Office. The board also received the annual report of the Drain Commissioner covering the activities of the Drain Commission over the last year and the related charges to agencies and property owners. Commissioner Jennifer Escott reported that the total levy for work on 238 drains and three lake levels amounted to $1,485,715.14.
The Board of Commissioners recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a proclamation presented to representatives from the Catherine Cobb Safe House. The proclamation included details on the number of reported domestic violence incidents in the county as well as the programs offered and the number of individuals served. Domestic Violence affects not only the individuals involved but also the community as a whole and all are encouraged to seek solutions to end this abuse.
On October 18th and 19th, the Sheriff’s Office held an open house to welcome county residents to their new building. Sheriff’s Office deputies and office staff were on hand to provide information and guide the many visitors through their office. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 18th and the office officially opened for business on October 21st. The deputies, the dispatchers, the detectives, the records staff and Sheriff’s administration now have a facility that is more efficient and meets the needs of a modern law enforcement operation.
Also, on October 18th, Lenawee County hosted, in partnership and cooperation with the Lenawee County Bar Association, Michigan Works! Southeast, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan, its first coordinated expungement program. Advertised as a 2nd Chance Fair, the event provided individuals who have previous criminal offenses to complete applications and file required documents to have their records expunged. In addition, it provided participants with the ability to clean up child support arrearage issues, get assistance with housing needs, and obtain information about job opportunities that may be available. The event was well attended and it is expected that Lenawee County, like many other counties in Michigan, will continue to offer this program.
On October 19th, the Solid Waste Coordinating Committee coordinated an electronics collection event. This is the first collection event for electronics in several years and there was a great turnout. Cars began lining up before 7:00 am and the line continued until just after noon. The collected materials exceeded the available trailer capacity and Goodwill was generous enough to take the overflow electronics to their facility on Division Street for later pick up.
With the Sheriff’s Office rebuild complete, the next project has started and work on the Annex building to accommodate the Old Courthouse employees began this week. Renovation of this 135-year-old building is a major improvement that is both a recognition of our history and, at the same time, a nod to generations yet to come; preserving an iconic local building and preparing it to meet our needs for many years.
Martin Marshall, Administrator