County News

Posted on: January 30, 2018

Board of Commissioners

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The Board of Commissioners confirmed the following board appointments in January:

  1. Agricultural Advisory Land Use & Economic Development Committee -  Randy  Rice, Larry Gould, and Ralph Tillotson
  2. Building Authority - Dan Bruggeman
  3. County Planning Commission - Bruce Nickel and Dale Witt
  4. GIS Policy Committee - Dereck Wilt
  5. Health Board - Lee Ann Minton
  6. Land Bank Authority - Jim Palmer
  7. Veterans’ Affairs Executive Committee - Aaron Ricketts

We depend on our citizens to carry out the process of governing through community leadership. 

We appreciate all those that have expressed an interest in serving on a board. 


School Board Member Appreciation month


Lenawee County has 82 local board members that contribute hundreds of hours each year leading their districts; whether it is by deliberating important decisions about curriculum; adopting policies; hiring top notch personnel and administrators; listening to staff, parent, and student concerns; or recognizing outstanding programs- board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement.


Local school board members are exceptional people who tackle the enormous job of governing school districts, and demonstrate, to the over 15,400 K-12 students in Lenawee County, the high character of civic duty and responsibility that all citizens should engage.


The Board of Commissioners recognize the contributions of the local boards of education to the academic success of public school students, and express its sincerest appreciation for their focus on the well-being and achievement of children throughout the county.

Support of House Bill 400

Amending the Emergency Telephone Services Enabling Act.

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 400  has been introduced in the Michigan Senate, which would amend Public Act 32 of 1986 entitled the “Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act”;   and
WHEREAS, this bill would amend the funding system for 9-1-1 so that all communication devices that have access to 9-1-1, including prepaid wireless devices, contribute equally to the funding of 9-1-1 operations; and
WHEREAS, this bill provides a stable funding source for the counties to support their migration to Next Generation 9-1-1 and ongoing operational levels of service for 9-1-1 to its residents; and
WHEREAS, this bill affords the State and Counties collecting 9-1-1 fees a mechanism for court action should any service providers fail to collect and remit the fees; and
WHEREAS, this bill has a mechanism that provides the necessary checks and balances to ensure revenues generated are used for authorized expenditures for 9-1-1 services; and
WHEREAS, these authorized expenditures are limited to those directly related to receiving and processing 9-1-1 calls and the subsequent dispatching of responders via a public safety radio; and
WHEREAS,  such limitation of expenditures has historically met the criteria established through the courts to define 9-1-1 surcharge as a fee for service directly related to telephone services; and
WHEREAS,  any attempt to amend Senate Bill 400  for other State of Michigan general fund purposes not directly related to 9-1-1 may not meet the criteria of a fee for service and could be viewed as a tax increase for the residents of Lenawee County,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners does hereby offer our support of Senate Bill 400 as approved by the Michigan Senate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners opposes amending Senate Bill 400 to require regionalization when such regionalization does not benefit the citizens of the service area; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners opposes replacing surcharge funding with a general fund appropriation without guarantee of future funding

Approved January 25, 2018

  


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