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The visioning process that was kicked off at the end of January at Siena Heights University has taken the show on the road to hold civic forums in several communities and forums for college students and high school students are also planned. There has been good turnout and interested discussion at each of the four forums with approximately 180 people participating in the forums to date. The last community forum will be held next week, March 8th, in the City of Tecumseh at the AJ Smith Recreation Center at 6:30 pm.
As the community forums wrap-up the effort will shift to presenting the information obtained from program participants to focus group participants so that ideas can be developed into an action plan. While the community interest and suggestions have been great, the real objective is to create goals and objectives and a course of action that will enable all of the communities, agencies, organizations and clubs to incorporate the plan into their own operations in the future. There is more to come and we are excited about the progress made so far.
The Housing Needs Assessment approved by the Board of Commissioners at their February board meeting is moving forward and Novogradac has prepared a questionnaire for the communities in the county that will be the target of the study. Contacts in the individual communities have been identified and the study is progressing.
Also at their February meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved the addition of a staff position for the Department on Aging in their daybreak program. The additional staff will permit the program to better serve the different levels need in their clientele. The program provides adult daycare to assist caregivers with daily supervision and to keep seniors in their homes.
The Health Department is adding hours to administer a Maternal Child Health grant and is also receiving grant funds for mosquito tracking and suppression to combat the spread of the Zika virus. The department has plans for programs in the area of Alcohol and Tobacco prevention and enforcement.
The County has also been approached to partner with four other local governments to submit a grant application to extend the Kiwanis Trail from the current end point at the southwest corner of Ives Road and Green Highway into the City of Tecumseh at Cal Zorn Park. Completion of the trail into the City of Tecumseh has long been a desire of those who use the trail and recently the Connecting Lenawee subgroup of One Lenawee has made it a priority. The proposal is for the County to serve as the grant applicant and the other local units will provide the matching funding. It would be a great addition to recreation in the county to connect these two cities.
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