From the Administrator
Martin D. Marshall

Lenawee County
301 North Main Street
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 264-4508

The calendar is telling us that we are well into fall but the with the warm weather and the continued need to mow the grass we are definitely getting mixed signals from Mother Nature.  At least it makes for a nice night for trick or treating!

County government has been busy this fall.  This is the time of year when the budget is being prepared and all the planning and projecting for the next year comes to completion.  The Board of Commissioners held the public hearing on the 2017/2018 budget on October 12th.  There were no comments on the budget.  The Commission will adopt the budget, within the limits of the published totals, by the end of the year. 

The budget includes appropriations for capital improvements.  The rolling five year capital improvement plan was presented to the effected committees over the last couple months and the combined plan was presented to Personnel/Ways and Means on October 11th.  The plan lays out the projects that are planned for 2017 and into the future that are necessary to protect the County’s investment in buildings, equipment and infrastructure. 

Lenawee County Drain Commissioner, Jenny Escott, presented the 2016 Drain Assessment Roll to the Board of Commissioners at their October board meeting.  The total drain assessment for 2016 amounted to $1,158,475.  Drain Commissioner Escott explained how the assessments are developed and discussed the large amount of work that was performed by the Drain Commission staff over the last year.  While the benefits of good drainage to agriculture are well known, proper drainage is a necessity for all County residents.  Proper drainage prevents flooding, protects roads and benefits public health.  The good work of the Drain Commission is a benefit to the entire County.
The Board of Commissioners welcomed the AmeriCorps volunteers who were in Lenawee County working to clean up obstructions and debris in the Raisin River.  The team came into Lenawee County and was able to do extensive cleanup on the river but unfortunately was called away to work on a natural disaster elsewhere in the country before they completed their assignment.  None the less, their efforts are greatly appreciated and hopefully the work will continue in the future. 

The amended Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the commission and is now before each local municipality in the County for approval.  The amendment to the plan was necessary due to the closing of the Adrian landfill a couple of years ago.  Each county in the State of Michigan is required to have an approved plan to manage their solid waste. 

The board also held a public hearing on a draft Animal Control Ordinance to take the place of the current ordinance.  There were several comments from the public and by commissioners and the draft was returned to the working group to incorporate the comments and suggestions into the proposal.  The discussion will return at a later date through the normal process. 

The Commission passed a proclamation recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Domestic Violence Task Force in Lenawee County.  The proclamation noted the commitment and leadership of the task force in working to eliminate domestic violence in our community. 

Board of Commissioners

Board of Commissioners 

A public hearing was held on the 2017 General Fund Budget and will be brought back to the Board for adoption. 

A public hearing was also held on the proposed Animal Control Ordinance where many comments were received; the ordinance, along with the comments were referred back to the subcommittee.

The Board of Commissioners accepted the 2016 Solid Waste Management Plan amendment which is currently being considered for approval by Lenawee County municipalities -- a 2/3 majority vote is required.  It will then be submitted to the MDEQ for final approval.
The Lenawee Conference & Visitors Bureau will be speaking at the upcoming Board of Commissioners meeting and the 2017 Norma Dell Courage to Care recipient will be recognized.
Minutes from the meetings are available online: - look for the Meeting & Agenda icon

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Thank You Veterans

Veterans Day

Whereas, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice was signed ending the "war to end all wars" and the world rejoiced and celebrated.

November 11th is dedicated to remembering those individuals that have taken up arms and sworn an oath to support and defend the principles upon which our country was founded.  

There have been over 48 million Americans that have served in the military since 1776 and there are currently about 25 million living Veterans.

Veterans Day is a special day of remembrance for Americans to express gratitude to all those men and women who have served honorably in the military during both times of war and peace.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners, in recognition of Veterans Day, officially offers its eternal gratitude to all those who have served defending our great nation in the armed forces, and

Be It Further Resolved, that the many courageous men and women from Lenawee County that have donned the uniform of our Armed Forces be recognized, celebrated, and honored.

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Thank you Veterans
Homeless Awareness
Homeless Awareness

November is Homeless Awareness Month

Whereas, there are many paths that lead to homelessness, and it can happen to anyone - from a teenager escaping an abusive home, to a senior citizen on a fixed income that cannot cover rent or a tax increase, to a family who suddenly becomes unemployed.

The Board of Commissioners realize that homelessness continues to be a serious problem for many individuals and families in Lenawee County; and

We would like to recognize organizations committed to sheltering and providing supportive services to the homeless including: Lenawee County Continuum of Care and its members:

Capital Area Michigan Works! ~ Catholic Charities of Lenawee ~ Community Action Agency ~ Community Mental Health ~ Department of Health & Human Services ~ Do’Chas II ~ Family Counseling & Children’s Service ~ Goodwill Industries of SE MI Inc. ~ Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee ~ Homeless Education Program ~ Housing Help of Lenawee ~ KMG Prestige ~ Lenawee County Veterans Affairs ~ Veterans Affairs HUD/VASH Homeless Program ~ State of MI Veterans’ Services Division ~ Lenawee Housing Development Coalition ~ Lenawee United Way ~ McKinney LLC ~Re-Bicycle of Lenawee ~ Red Cross ~ Region II Area on Aging ~ The Salvation Army ~ Southeast Michigan Consortium

In 2007, the Lenawee Community Collaborative initiated the effort to develop Lenawee County’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and as a result, the Advisory Board to End Homelessness in Lenawee County was established; and

We would like to recognize the efforts of this special task force and their legacy of compassion plan to effectively address the path to permanently house everyone who desires housing by the year 2017.   The Lenawee County Continuum of Care, consisting of 23 member agencies, works through the Legacy of Compassion to end homelessness in Lenawee County.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that although these issues are incessant, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners proclaims November as Homeless Awareness Month; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Board of Commissioners hereby encourages all citizens to become aware of the homeless, be familiar with local nonprofit service entities, and understand the support that is essential.


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