Lenawee County Commissioners recognized National Police Week at their May 8th board meeting and county officials participated in Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 at Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian. The ceremony recognizes fallen officers from the county who served in both local and state law enforcement agencies. This year there was also recognition for former County Commissioner Jim Driskill, who led an effort to have segments of roads within the county renamed in honor of our fallen officers.
The eRace the Stigma 5K for Mental Health Awareness was held on May 19th with about one thousand participants supporting mental health efforts in Lenawee County. The County had over 70 employees running and walking this year, our second time taking part in the race.
The June race at Michigan International Speedway is a little early this year with the race taking place this weekend, June 8th. The race is a big event in many ways and places demands on County services to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for attendees. Sheriff’s deputies patrol the area and the track, and the mobile command unit is stationed at the track for the weekend. Emergency Management works with track officials on emergency guidelines and the Health Department is involved to make sure that public health is protected during this large gathering of people.
The first legislative dinner of the year was held on May 30th with a panel presentation on water quality and general water concerns in the county. Discussions about public water sources and measuring their safety, surface water controls and quality, and the stability of ground water supply were all topics of discussion.
The Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to the Clean Air Ordinance that extends the current smoking ban campus-wide for office buildings and includes e-cigarettes and vaping in the ban. The ban does not include County owned parks except around park buildings and during organized athletic events. The amended ordinance is currently in effect and new signage will be posted on all County property.