Martin D. Marshall
Martin D. Marshall

From the Administrator

Lenawee County closed out a productive year in 2016.  At their December board meeting the Board of Commissioners approved labor agreements and set the non-union financial package to match up with the budget for 2017.  The commission also approved the 2017 general fund budget and the budgets of 39 other funds within County operations.  The overall general fund budget is set at $28,063,576. 
The Health Department requested approval of an upgrade to their medical records management system which will soon reach an unsupported status.  The system tracks medical information of Health Department clients and ensures proper reporting and security for those records.  The board approved the upgrade.  Also presented to the board and approved was the annual agreement with Michigan State Extension Service for the many programs and offerings run by the Extension office.  MSU Regional Extension Director, Matt Shane, attended the board meeting and presented the commission with a report on Extension activities over the last year.
The Board of Commissioners reviewed and approved the 2016 Apportionment Report which provides for and reports the levy of property taxes in the County.  The preparation of the Apportionment Report involves the tabulating of all millages levied in the County as well as the verification that the applicable millage rollback calculations have been performed.  The total levy of taxes and special assessment in the county for 2016 totaled $120,150,022. 
A special presentation by Heidi Cannon updated the commissioners on the success of the Sobriety Court program.  Lenawee County has seen the benefits of the program through the changes in participants’ lives and through the low recidivism rate of participants. 
The County commission also extended the tax exempt borrowing authority of the County to a Sienna Heights University project that will allow the University to issue tax exempt bonds for some major projects on campus. 
We are setting out on a new year with great expectations for another productive year for County government.  But I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of the County for their support and assistance to the Lenawee County team as we have tried to plan for and provide services at a level our community deserves.  
Happy New Year to all and a wish for a happy and productive 2017!

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Citizen Guide

The Citizen Guide provides a summary of County funds collected, spent, and managed.
The full report can be found on the Administrator's Page of the County website.  

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Strategic Vision Task Force

By working together, we can unify individual efforts and impacts, identify and deal with gaps and overlaps, develop a common vision for Lenawee that has long-term benefits, and encourage all groups to develop their own visions and action plans, bearing in mind how their own unique missions contribute to the good of the greater Lenawee community.

YOU are invited to participate in this most important effort!  And your input to these meeting would be highly valued. 

The kickoff meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Siena Heights University, in Dominican Hall Rueckert Auditorium at 7:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. 
If you are willing to participate in this very important event, please
RSVP to Diane Skeels at  or 517-815-5031

Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners approved the Medical Benefits Waver to waive Public Act 152 of 2011, they also approved the financial package for non-union employees, and the labor agreements with the POLC, MNA, GELC District Court, GELC Friend of the Court, GELC Probate Court, GELC Maurice Spear Campus, Steelworkers-Drain Commission, and Steelworkers-Maintenance.

A public hearing was held on the Siena Heights University Bond Project  and the Corporation was authorized to designate the Bonds as “qualified tax-exempt obligations” for purposes of deduction of interest expense by financial institutions pursuant to the Code.

Matt Shane presented the annual report from MSU Extension and the services provided including Health & Nutrition, Children & Youth, Agriculture & Agribusiness, and Greening Michigan.

Heidi Cannon presented an update on Sobriety Court.

Martin Marshall presented the 2016 Apportionment Report which is an in-depth analysis of Lenawee County millage rates as they relate to the County, Townships, Villages, Cities, as well as other agencies, districts, and authorities.

The Board of Commissioners also approved the 2017 General Appropriations Act for the 2017 General Fund Budget, comprised of revenues and expenditures in the amount of $28,063,576. 

The organization meeting was set for Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

The following appointments were confirmed:
Solid Waste Coordinating Committee: Shane Horn (City of Adrian), John Tuckerman, and Leo Oswald (Township Official) 
Homeland Security/Local Emergency Planning: Fire: Chief Scott Damon, Law Enforcement: Alt. Undersheriff Bevier,
Emergency  9-1-1 District Board:  Firefighter (statutory) Joe Tuckey, General Public Vincent Lysaght, Emergency Mngmnt Curtis Parsons,
Veterans Affairs Executive Committee: Gerald Cool 


2017 Mileage Rate

The County mileage reimbursement rate which is set at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rate will be 53.5 cents per business mile beginning January 1, 2017

The IRS announced the 2017 mileage rate on December 13, 2016 ( )

Radon Action Month

VITA Tax Filing Assistance

Trained and IRS certified volunteers are available to prepare your Federal, State and City (if applicable) tax returns. This service is provided by the Community Action Agency (CAA) who sponsors the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. FREE tax preparation is available for anyone with a household income of up to $54,000.
Beginning Monday, January 16th, 2016 you may call CAA at 517-263-7861 or dial 211 to schedule your free appointment.

Volunteers NEEDED

Did you know that last year volunteers in Lenawee county donated over 3,300 hours of their time to help 2.699 households file their tax returns? This effort resulted in over $1 million dollars in refunds and tax credits in 2016.
Would you like to learn more about joining this team of volunteers? If your answer is yes, then the Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is for you!
The VITA program is sponsored by the IRS and has been in existence since 1969. The program provides free tax preparation to families and individuals whose 2016 household income was $54,000 or less.
Volunteers receive free, IRS training materials and instruction each year in January.
Local volunteers are needed to:
- greet and register clients,
- telephone clients to schedule appointments,
- prepare returns and file for tax credits,
- perform office support tasks and
- translate for clients who do not speak English.
Each year we have new and returning volunteers joining our team. Volunteers are needed during the day, evenings and weekends and schedule their service based on their availability. When asked about their experience, VITA volunteers report “It was a very rewarding experience”, “Being able to assist those that really need the help is very satisfying,” and, “You can help get the refund without having to spend most of it just to get the paperwork done.”
Now is the time to sign up to be a VITA volunteer. Invite family and friends to join you and share the experience! If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, please contact your local CAA office or visit and click on “Volunteer” then “Income Tax Assistance” to view our 3-minute video. It will answer many of your questions and provide additional information about how to sign up to volunteer.
Thank you for considering this important volunteer opportunity!
Contact: Laura VanSickle at 517-263-7861 or
Leigh Heise 517-962-8642 or 517-748-8400 ext 271


Rail Car Response Training

The Lenawee County Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with the all-hazards training center at Findley University is offering a one day rail car response training program. The focus of this training is learning how to deal with rail incidents involving crude  oil,  Ethanol, and other flammable liquids . The class is FREE to attendees and will take place on Saturday, March 4th at Adrian Twp. Fire Department. The program will run from 8:00-5:00 PM. (Lunch will be on your own) This program will offer hands-on training on a rail car simulator and some of the class will take place out of doors so students are encouraged to dress accordingly. This program is designed for all first responders, police, fire and EMS providers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn what to do, and what not to do during a rail related incident.      Seating is limited  To register for the program contact;
Curtis A. Parsons M.A., P.E.M  Lenawee County Michigan
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
150 W. Maple Ave.  Adrian, Michigan 49221    

Children in Between

Friend of the Court is offering online parenting Children in Between classes.

The classes are for parents who are divorcing or separating and are designed to help with the difficult process for all parties involved.  
There is no cost to clients. 
Contact the FOC office for information or to register.  You will be provided with a password that is good for 30 days to allow time to complete the class and print your certificate of completion.
Friend of the Court



Home Delivered Meals

Meals are delivered to homebound persons 60 years or older, or adults with disabilities, who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. This can include persons who are ill, recently hospitalized or disabled.
One well-balanced meal is delivered daily, Monday through Friday. Although contributions toward this amount are encouraged, no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
For information on having Meals on Wheels delivered or volunteering for delivering meals, contact the Lenawee Department on Aging.
Delivery routes run between an hour to an hour and half and you can volunteer between one to 5 days a week in your LOCAL area. 

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