County News

Posted on: February 1, 2017

From the Administrator

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The Board of Commissioners held the organizational meeting of the board on January 5th.  David Stimpson was unanimously voted into a two year term as board chairperson.  Commissioner Terry Collins was elected as Vice-Chair of the commission.  At the January 11th meeting all of the standing committees were continued without change with the exception of the Physical Resources Committee which will now be chaired by Commissioner Knoblauch.  

The commissioners accepted a bid from Novogradac & Company LLP to perform a Housing Needs Assessment and Target Market Analysis encompassing all of Lenawee County.  Funding for the study will come from program income through the residential rehabilitation grants that the County has received for many years. Having the study available to the County and to other communities within the county make it possible to apply for grants and other funding through State and Federal programs.  

The board also approved an additional program with Honeywell to provide ongoing, real-time, monitoring and adjustment of the heating and cooling systems in the Judicial Building and the Human Services Building.  The Energy Management Setpoint Optimization Program has been in place for approximately one year and the performance to date indicates an annual savings to the County of over $22,000.  This service is possible because of the prior changes to County systems that have already saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility and maintenance costs.

A proclamation in recognition of local school board members was passed by the commission acknowledging the important role that the board members of our public school system play in providing educational opportunities to more than 15,500 students in Lenawee County.  The Board of Commissioners proclaimed January 2017 as Local School Board Member Recognition Month in the county.  

Several County officials, including five commissioners, took part in the Lenawee Visioning kick-off meeting held on January 26th at Siena Heights University.  The two sessions of the kick-off were well attended with a total of about 150 participants.  The next steps in this process are to hold civic forums to obtain information and recruit additional participants to work on a strategic vision that incorporates the entire Lenawee County community.  Priorities developed from the comments in the civic forums will be presented to focus groups to create an action plan to achieve the goals identified in the community.  

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