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Posted on: January 30, 2018

From the Administrator



From the Administrator

As I touched on in the January newsletter, the County has a full plate of projects ahead in 2018.  In fact, there will be projects that extend out through 2020 that we will be laying the foundation for over the next few months.  After several years of discussion and planning and waiting for the retirement of existing debt obligations, the County is now prepared to finance and start the rebuild of the Sheriff’s office building.  All offices contained within the current Sheriff’s office will be relocated during construction and will move back into the rebuilt office upon completion.  

At the January meeting of the Physical Resources Committee,  a study of the Old Courthouse was approved.  The exterior of the Old Courthouse has been largely preserved and with the restoration of the slate roof and replacement of the sandstone steps, is in pretty good shape.   However, the interior has experienced what the architect described as “some brutal modifications over the years” and the purpose of the study is to determine if any restoration of the building interior is feasible.  We are very fortunate that this historic building survived the “urban renewal” fad of the 60’s and 70’s and still serves as a connection to our past.  The study has already commenced and any such restoration would add to the list of projects.

The County continues its support of the visioning process coordinated by One Lenawee and we will be furthering that partnership with outreach to municipalities and other organizations in the coming months.  The focus groups have identified their goals and objectives from local citizen input and are now prepared to put planning into action.  Information about the process and where volunteers can help is on the County website; (

At the January meeting of the Board of Commissioners the Managing Director of the Lenawee County Road Commission, Scott Merillat, gave a presentation on the process that the Road Commission uses to determine how to improve intersection safety.  Mr. Merillat provided information about intersection crashes and the various levels of response that are considered in each situation.  

At a special meeting on January 25th, the board approved the use of special legal counsel to file a lawsuit addressing the costs to County agencies resulting from the rising incidence of opioid addiction in the county. Many municipalities across the state and nation are filing similar lawsuits.  The ultimate goal is to reduce practices and behaviors that lead to opioid addiction.  
Ending on a healthy note; Lenawee County employees are encouraged to participate in the ERace Stigma 5K run/walk for mental health on May 20th.  More information will be made available soon.  

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