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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.
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.
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
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.
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.