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We have a great start to the holiday season with the tree lighting on November 28th. This is the fourth year that the City of Adrian and Lenawee County have worked together on this project and a large crowd braved the cold weather to gather on the courthouse lawn and celebrate the lighting of the tree. Many people and businesses have supported this project with time, resources and money over the last four years and we are very grateful for that support. A specific thank you is due Jim Berryman for continuing to organize and support this program for four years.
At their November 14th meeting, the county commission approved the 2019 General Appropriation Act which includes the 2019 General Fund Budget. Along with the other funds that support county programs and services, the adoption of the appropriations act sets program and spending priorities for 2019 and beyond. The commission also approved the 2018 Apportionment Report, which authorizes the levy of taxes to fund local governments throughout the county. Shelly DeLong, Equalization Director, presented the report which contains all of the property tax levy information for municipal and school taxing authorities.
The Board of Commissioners also approved a change to the dog license fee schedule but deferred the effective date until December 1, 2019. Dog licenses purchased from December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 for the 2019 license year will be $10 for all dogs. Late licenses for 2019 will be $20. Beginning December 1, 2019 for the 2020 license year, spayed or neutered dogs will be $10 and intact dogs will be $15. Those fees will be doubled for licenses purchased after the February 28, 2020 due date.
At the December 12th board meeting the commission will consider changes to the Clean Air Ordinance to extend the ordinance to vaping products and to extend the prohibited zone to include all County property rather than just buildings. Anyone interested in commenting on the proposed ordinance change is welcome to attend the public hearing at 1:35 pm on December 12, 2018.
At the November 29th legislative dinner, Dave Maxwell presented an update on the One Lenawee visioning process and spoke about the progress being made in various priority areas. He focused specifically on Lifestyle Choices, Communication, Entrepreneurship and Education. Scott Merillat, Managing Director of the Road Commission, gave an overview of the major projects for the next three years. Scott also explained the challenges the Road Commission faces with replacing equipment and just providing plowing and maintenance on the 1,500+ miles of road they serve in Lenawee County.
Attendees of the legislative dinner also received an update on the various county projects that are ongoing such as the 911 dispatch program, the rebuild of the Sheriff’s Office and a look at future projects at the old courthouse and the annex building.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Whether you are staying home or traveling, spending time with family or getting away for a break, we wish you all the best for the close of 2018 and a fresh and happy start to the new year!
Check out this month's newsletter for more information:
DECEMBER NEWSLETTER (pdf)