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Dec 13

Lenawee County Recommended for $300,000 Kiwanis Trail Grant

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 11:24 AM by Jennifer Ambrose

ADRIAN, MI December 12, 2017 - Lenawee County has been recommended for $300,000 in funding for the Kiwanis Trail Expansion and Improvement Project. The grant recommendation was part of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Board’s $40.3 million dollar recommendations for a variety of land acquisition projects and outdoor recreation improvements.

The MNRTF Board considered a total of 166 applications seeking $76.1 million in funding. All eligible applications were evaluated on a highly competitive scoring criteria developed by the board. Lenawee County was among the highest recommended for funding with a $300,000 recommendation.

Kiwanis TrailDevelopment of the Kiwanis Trail Expansion and Improvement Project will connect the two largest cities in Lenawee County—Adrian and Tecumseh—with 7.7 miles of paved, dedicated trail. This improvement will provide over 10 contiguous miles of paved trail to its users. Completing the connection is the number one priority in the 2015 Connecting Lenawee Plan—a Non-Motorized Trails Vision. The existing trail and proposed connection is ADA-accessible and will use Universal Design principles. The trail parallels the River Raisin and intersects at many points, providing a variety of recreation opportunities in addition to use of the trail by walkers, runners, bicyclists, in-line skaters, skateboarders, and snow-shoe and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

“We are very excited to see that this collaborative project is being recommended for funding,” said Lenawee County Administrator, Martin Marshall. "This is another great example of the leaders in our community working together. There was great cooperation in communicating the need for this project."

One Lenawee, Kiwanis, Visit Lenawee, River Raisin Watershed Council, City of Adrian, Adrian Charter Township, Raisin Charter Township, City of Tecumseh, Lenawee County Road Commission, and the County of Lenawee all worked together on the grant application.

Kiwanis Trail

“Through the county wide strategic visioning process, one thing we heard continuously from our citizens is that quality of life resources like our Kiwanis Trail is something we should continue to invest in,” further explained Marshall. “I’m very happy that as a group, these organizations and governing bodies could work together to seek grant funding for this project that is going to further enhance our community.”

The MNRTF Board's recommendations will go to the State Legislature for review as part of the appropriations process. Upon approval, the Legislature will forward a bill to the governor for his signature.
Nov 16

Voters of Lenawee County – Thank You!

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 9:02 AM by Jennifer Ambrose

I want to thank the voters who took the time to cast their vote on the tax limitation proposal on the November 7th ballot.  In an election where for many of you the only thing on the ballot was this proposal I know that it took an extra effort to go to the polls and provide direction and support to your county officials.  Whether your vote was in favor of the proposal or in opposition your interest in your local government and local community is appreciated. 

We will use this direction given and the resources provided to serve the citizens of Lenawee County.  We will continue to be good stewards of County funds and facilities to ensure that the programs and services that you expect and enjoy are available for years to come.  Enhancing quality of life is a community project; it is a partnership that we will build on in the coming months and years and we invite your suggestions and assistance in creating a vision for our future. 

Please feel free to reach out to your elected officials or county administration with ideas or concerns and we will work together to make this the best county in Michigan.

Martin M
Marty Marshall,
Lenawee County Administrator

Nov 08

Lenawee County Approves Ballot Proposal

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 3:10 PM by Jennifer Ambrose

Yesterday, the voters of Lenawee County passed the ballot proposal to renew the separate tax limitation set in 1968.  The renewal sets that maximum authorized rate for certain county, township and intermediate school district levies. 

“I’m very pleased that the voters of Lenawee County have shown their support for our programs and services.  I think folks in the county recognize that the State or Federal government isn’t going to come in and fix our problems.  It is up to us to roll up our sleeves and get the job done ourselves,” stated County Administrator Martin Marshall.

Even though the passage of the proposal authorizes the County to levy up to 5.75 mills, the 2018 budget will utilize no more than 5.40 mills.

“We will continue to remain fiscally conservative,” states David Stimpson, Chair of the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners.  “The Commission and the County Administration have done extensive work since the recession to contain costs, and that will not change going forward.”

The renewal of the separate tax limitation resets the authorized millage rates to what Lenawee County voters approved in 1968, restoring limits that have been eroded based on State legislation. 

The renewal is set to expire in 2021, and Lenawee County anticipates putting it on the ballot again in 2020 during the next general election.