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June was a big month for infrastructure improvements for the County. The Board of Commissioners approved and published a Notice of Intent to sell bonds for a series of improvements to buildings aimed at rebuilding the Sheriff’s Office building. This bonding will cover some of the construction that is already wrapping up as well as the primary goal of the project; the demolition of part of the existing building and rebuilding the rest into an office that will house law enforcement operations for many years to come.The commission also received the annual audit report from Nate Balderman from the accounting firm of Rehmann Robson. The report indicated that the County’s accounting practices are sound and has reserves to meet our current needs. This reinforces the AA2 bond rating from Moody’s last month and together are indicative of sound financial management by the Board of Commissioners. The Veterans Affairs office released information last week showing Lenawee County veterans received over 51 million dollars in pensions, benefits and services in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017. Over half of that funding was paid directly to veterans and their families. Not only does this funding benefit those who have served our country, it stimulates the economy of the county as a whole. As we move into July, it is hot and muggy with an occasional thunderstorm. In other words, fair week is approaching! Lenawee County will be active at the fair. We will have a booth in the Ag Building to provide information about recycling, the Health Department and other County programs. As in past years, we share the booth with Habitat for Humanity who will also provide information on their programs. Stop by and see what information and treasures Diana has in store for you!The Sheriff’s Office and the Health Department will also be active at the fair; ensuring a safe and healthy experience for all. Both offices do double duty that week as the opening weekend for the fair is also the weekend that the country music festival, Faster Horses, comes to the Michigan International Speedway event grounds. We wish everyone a safe and fun filled week at whichever event you are attending!On a somewhat less exciting but no less important note, July also kicks off the budget process there at the County. All County offices are working to develop their revenue and expenditure estimates for 2019 and 2020. The budget will be distributed to the commissioners next month so they have time to make adjustments and approve a budget this fall. That budget will include all of the programs, services and improvements necessary to serve the residents of the county.
Martin D. MarshallLenawee County Administratorwww.lenawee.mi.us
The July NEWSLETTER (pdf)