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No. Since 2015, county public health officials have been working with these property owners to reach a compromise that meets the objectives of the environmental health code while allowing them to live in a manner that does not infringe upon their way of life. The property owners have been unwilling to comply with the rules and regulations that have been in place in Lenawee County for decades and that all other citizens must comply with. County public health officials have been and are still willing to discuss options for gaining compliance. The sole objective of the County in this matter is to fulfill its duty to protect the public health of county residents
Lenawee County is not persecuting any citizens because of their religious beliefs. Lenawee County requires that all property owners, regardless of religion, obtain the proper permits and meet inspection requirements for wells and septic systems. Similar requirements are in place throughout communities all across the State of Michigan.
The property owners have been offered options that would accomplish the objectives of the environmental health code and that do not require the installation of modern plumbing or electricity in the home. Options have been presented to the property owners that are used across the state of Michigan and throughout the United States. As of this date, the property owners have refused to implement any of these options.
A safe option for an outhouse is a permitted and approved concrete vault privy, such as you might find at a roadside rest area. This option is used across Michigan and throughout the United States. This option requires periodic pumping by a licensed septage hauler and the waste is properly disposed of at a licensed facility.
There are actually two issues we are attempting to resolve. The first is that the water supply must be permitted and constructed to meet the state well construction code requirements.
The second is that human waste cannot be disposed of in an unsanitary manner. The current system being utilized by the property owners is to collect waste in a bucket underneath the outhouse which is then emptied directly onto the ground. This untreated human feces is then spread on fields, which is a violation of state law. It is widely considered that using human waste as fertilizer for human food poses serious health risks due to the potential for contamination and spread of disease.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a safe sanitation system is designed to avoid and prevent human contact with human waste.
From the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Contamination of a private well can impact not only the household served by the well, but also nearby households using the same aquifer.”
“Wastewater management and adequate sewer systems play important roles in sanitation and disease prevention. Wastewater can contaminate the local environment and drinking water supply, thereby increasing the risk of disease transmission.”
Improperly used or operated septic systems can be a significant source of ground water contamination that can lead to waterborne disease outbreaks and other adverse health effects.
The presence of contaminants in water can lead to health issues including gastrointestinal illness resulting from campylobacter, cryptosporidium, E. coli, giardia, hepatitis A, norovirus, salmonella and shigella. Cardiac and respiratory problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, myocarditis and pericarditis can also occur. Other symptoms that can occur are weight loss, joint pain and other allergic conditions.
The property owners are spreading untreated human waste onto their fields, which poses a risk to public health. The bio-solids that are spread onto local Lenawee County farms are treated and meet stringent standards as mandated in state and federal regulations.
Yes, this is their personal property. In the United States, you do have certain personal property rights, as long as they do not put yourself or others at risk. The Lenawee County Environmental Health code is in place to minimize risk and protect public health.
Almost all counties in the state of Michigan require property owners with similar beliefs to install septic tanks and drainfields to properly dispose of sewage generated by their homes. Additionally, these property owners are required to have a safe water supply that meets the requirements of the state well construction code. There are various options to meet these requirements, including those that do not require the use of electricity.
Most campers are equipped with separate holding tanks for both fresh water and sewage. The sewage holding tank must be properly emptied at a sanitary dump station. If you have concerns regarding violations of the Environmental Health Code, please send a written complaint to the Lenawee County Health Department at 1040 S Winter Street, Suite 2328, Adrian, MI 49221 and the complaint will be investigated.
RENEWAL OF SEPARATE TAX LIMITATION PROPOSAL
As provided in MCL 211.2015c, by petition from the tax allocation board, shall the separate tax limitations, first established in 1968, be renewed and established for a period of four (4) years, 2018 through 2021, inclusive, or until altered by the voters of the County, for the County of Lenawee, the Townships therein, and for the Lenawee Intermediate School District, the aggregate of which shall not exceed 7.05 mills, as follows:
County of Lenawee 5.75
Lenawee Intermediate School District 0.30
The Countywide impact expected 2018 additional levy on $100,000 home:
If the renewal passes Lenawee County will be able to continue services that the residents of Lenawee County expect. At the same time, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners will continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. It is not expected that the maximum levy rate will be applied any time soon. The determination of the millage rate in any given year will be subject to the requirements of the Uniform Budgeting Act which requires the Board of Commissioners to hold a public hearing on the budget including the millage rate.
The Michigan Constitution and state laws require that counties perform certain functions. These are often referred to as mandated functions. Other services have evolved over time in Lenawee County because they met the needs of our citizens. Some of these services are:
The table below lists most of the mandated and non-mandated services. There are also county departments that exist in support of both mandated and non-mandated functions such as the Maintenance Department, Information Technology and Administration.
2018 Budget A & B Summary
Lenawee County has struggled to provide adequate funding for services since the start of the 2008 Great Recession. After eight years of cuts, adjustments and transfers the commission has run out of options to keep the current service levels and keep up with facility demands within the existing revenue structure.
The Tax Allocation Board reviewed financial information from all of the local units of government that levy allocated millage. Presentations were made to the board by representatives of all types of local units.
No, the Tax Allocation Board had several options and gave consideration to all. They reviewed doing nothing, which would have left local units with no change in their revenue options. They reviewed setting new millage limitations, which could have reallocated millages. Finally, they reviewed renewal of the previous limitation which they determined would provide local units options and not create the confusion of setting new limitations.
The Tax Allocation Board petitioned the County Board of Commissioners to place renewal of the 1968 tax limitations on the first available ballot. The renewal will last four years, 2018 through 2021 inclusive, or until changed by the voters of the county.
The authority of the Tax Allocation Board is limited to the levy rate for the County of Lenawee, all of the general law townships in the county and the allocated portion of the Lenawee Intermediate School District levy. Those governmental bodies whose millages are not affected by the renewal are cities, villages, charter townships and the charter millage portion of the LISD.
The Lenawee County Board of Commissioners, on a unanimous vote, received the petition from the Tax Allocation Board and placed the renewal on the first available ballot. Given the time frames involved that is the November 7, 2017 election.
Michigan counties are limited in their revenue options by state statute. Like all counties in Michigan, the majority of Lenawee County’s general revenue, that funds operations, comes from the property tax. This dependence on the property tax has been a struggle for the County due to several factors:
Lenawee County did have reserves however, it has been necessary to use general fund reserves and transfers from non-general funds to maintain services for the last eight years. With the rising costs of doing business money management is no longer enough to keep moving forward.
Lenawee County has taken several steps over the last eight years to reduce costs and contain expenses. For example:
The Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order required most businesses to close to the public on March 24, 2020. Essential critical infrastructure businesses were allowed to remain open with strict guidance and limitations.
Workers in garden stores, nurseries, and lawn care, pest control, landscaping operations, moving or storage operations, construction and buildingtrades, real-estate, manufacturing, and retail were allowed to resume work activities subject to social distancing guidelines with various effective dates in May.
Offices, pet groomers, bars, and in-person dining establishments were allowed to resume activities with various effective dates in June. Remote work is still encouraged to the fullest extent possible. Social distancing and strict guidance are in place to keep worksites safe.
Our local economic development organization, Lenawee Now, is here to help all Lenawee County businesses during this crisis. You can contact them online, via social media, or 517-265-5141.
On Sunday, April 26, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-60. As part of the order, the expiration date of all food service establishment licenses has been extended until 60 days after the end of the declared states of emergency and disaster. More on this here.
Employers are required to provide masks for all employees. Employees should wear masks when in enclosed public spaces since social distancing guidelines cannot always be maintained. It is important to understand that individuals can spread the virus without showing symptoms or knowing they are sick. This includes both co-workers and customers.
It is required that you screen all employees at this time. The Lenawee County Health department has created this checklist for you to use for screening your employees prior to starting their work shift. You may use this checklist or you may create your own.
As a business owner, you have the right to refuse service to anyone except protected classes. You may refuse service to someone if they choose not to wear a mask. You may ask them to leave your business. If they refuse to leave your business, you may call law enforcement and ask that they be removed for trespass. Please keep in mind that there are individuals, who for medical reasons are unable to wear a mask. Those individuals should not be denied service.
Not always, each situation is different and the action needed to control the spread of the virus depends on that unique situation. If you have an employee that tests positive for the virus, please contact the Lenawee County Health Department immediately. We will work with you to determine the necessary next steps, including facility cleaning and contact tracing for any exposed staff.
Yes. Resources for ordering PPE supplies are available on our website here, here, and here. If you are still having difficulty sourcing supplies, you can place orders through our printing and purchasing department at 517-264-4562.
Executive Order 2020-115 allows for non-essential personal care services, such as hair, nails, tanning, massage & spa services throughout the State of Michigan to open on June 15, 2020. In large part, the remaining changes found in Executive Order 2020-115 pertain to Region 6 and 8 as these regions move to phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan. Lenawee County is in Region 7 as defined in the MI Safe Start Plan.
Yes, Lenawee County has COVID-19 tests.
Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their primary care physician who will assess them over the phone and order testing if indicated. If you do not have a primary care physician, you may contact the Lenawee County Health Department at (517) 264-5226, Option 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse. Urgent care facilities can also assess you and order testing if indicated. Please call them beforehand as they will likely assess you over the phone instead of having you visit the facility if COVID-19 is suspected.
Testing is done by appointment only and must be ordered by a health care provider. If you do not have a primary care physician, you may contact the Lenawee County Health Department at (517) 264-5226, Option 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse. Lenawee County residents are being tested by ProMedica Health System at Herrick Hospital. Adrian Urgent Care also provides testing. Please call them beforehand as they will likely assess you over the phone instead of having you visit the facility if COVID-19 is suspected.
ProMedica Health System is performing tests daily as ordered by health care providers by appointment at outpatient facilities.
No. The cases reported for Lenawee are only residents of Lenawee County. The patients that may be brought in from other areas are counted by their home county according to the State’s reporting guidelines.
Michigan Department of Corrections prisoner numbers are reported separately. Staff numbers are included in the Lenawee County numbers if the staff member is a Lenawee County resident.
In Lenawee County, you need orders from a healthcare provider to get testing at any of the outpatient facilities through Promedica. There are other testing facilities outside of the county and a the State of Michigan has a test finder here. Please contact these facilities first before you go to determine their requirements and your testing eligibility prior to travel.
The Center for Family Health in Jackson is seeing new patients and will see you even if you don’t have insurance. They have a sliding scale for payment and will not refuse treatment if you do not have the ability to pay. They also have tests available on site.
To break the chain of infection, the Health Department will contact residents who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of the COVID positive person for more than 10 minutes during the two days before symptoms appeared. The Health Department will contact those residents who may be at risk of infection and give them information to help them understand how to keep others safe. They will be asked to stay home, monitor themselves for illness, and seek help if they are ill.
No names are released and everyone’s identities are protected. The Health Department will never ask for personal identification, like your social security number, driver’s license, or credit card information.
All long term care facilities in Lenawee County have tested residents if they exhibited any symptoms associated with COVID-19. These facilities have the option to test all residents and staff through an effort led by the National Guard. While the testing is valuable in the sense that asymptomatic positive individuals can be identified, it only gives a snapshot of a moment in time. Precautions must continue and, if patients or staff become symptomatic, it will be crucial to test, isolate, and trace quickly to prevent outbreaks at these facilities.
The Michigan Department of Corrections conducted statewide testing of all prisoners during May. Staff were offered testing on a volunteer basis.
The Lenawee County Health Department has been working in conjunction with the Migrant Resource Council during this pandemic to make sure workers have access to screening and preventative supplies, as well as providing information regarding testing if necessary.
Our website is translatable into Spanish and we have been posting information in Spanish throughout this crisis.
If you have been in close contact with your co-worker: You should self-quarantine away from others for 14 days since the last day you had contact with that person. Your employer might contact you with further instructions. We will call you to discuss your risk and provide quarantine information. If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness, and are concerned about your health, please call your healthcare provider.
If you have not been in close contact with your co-worker: You should monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness and remember to practice good physical distancing, but quarantine may not required. It is possible that your employer or the Health Department will contact you. You should follow any instructions from your employer and the Health Department carefully. If you develop any symptoms, you should self-isolate at home and contact a healthcare provider if you are concerned about your health. Remember to follow appropriate precautions for cleaning your work area, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
We encourage people to limit their exposure to other people. If you can utilize a grocery pick-up or delivery service, please do so. There are several in Lenawee County.
CDC guidelines now recommend you wear a mask when leaving your residence. Our stores are working hard to keep their areas clean and disinfect regularly. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds once done, and please don’t touch your face.
The Lenawee Essential Needs Council is here to help during this difficult time. Contact them on their Facebook page and they can connect you with the right Human Service agency here in Lenawee County.
Yes. The National Guard has been deployed to help the State of Michigan with distribution of essential supplies and to help facilitate testing. They are not engaging in any law enforcement activities.
Unfortunately, there is no timeline for this crisis we find ourselves in. What is really important is that everyone does their part. Continue to stay home as much as possible, wash your hands, practice social distancing, cover your coughs and sneezes, and monitor your health. Take this seriously. Your actions today affect the future of not only you, but also your friends and family. We are a strong community and working together, we can stay safe.
Like all other municipalities locally, statewide, and federally, many emergency supplies are in high demand and difficult to get at this time. We are, however, through the Emergency Operations Center able to procure the necessary supplies for our county.
The most important thing you can do to help your friends, family, and neighbors in this crisis is to continue to stay home as much as possible. When in public or in group settings, wear a cloth face covering. Practice social distancing. Continue to wash your hands frequently. Monitor your health and if you start to experience symptoms, contact your health care provider.
The Court issued a memo regarding this issue. The Michigan Bar Association put together this helpful document to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding parenting time during COVID-19. For further clarification, please contact your legal representation.
Yes. We have developed this guide for faith-based organizations to consider as they prepare to reopen.
Garage sales and yard sales should not take place at this time.
For mental health or substance abuse crisis you can still call the Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority any time at 517-263-8905 or 800-664-5005.
They are also offering Coping with Stress and Anxiety groups to the public to assist with mental health symptoms during this difficult time. These groups are led by a Master’s Degree Clinician and are free for anyone to join. Find more information about these groups at www.lcmha.org.
If you do not have a primary care physician, you may contact the Lenawee County Health Department at (517) 264-5226, Option 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse. Urgent care facilities can also assess you and order testing if indicated. Please call them beforehand as they will likely assess you over the phone instead of having you visit the facility if COVID-19 is suspected.
If you have symptoms, please self-isolate at home and contact your medical care provider. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
For more information on how to self-isolate at home, please click here.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.What we do know is that the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.
In general, symptoms appear 2 – 14 days after exposure.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to follow these steps: wash hands frequently, wear a cloth face covering when in enclosed public spaces and outdoors when unable to consistently maintain 6 feet of distance from those not of your household and avoid crowds.
There are no medications specifically approved for this novel coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some people have developed pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has put together this infographic to help you as you determine if you need to self-monitor, self-isolate, quarantine, or contact your health provider.
Pay attention for COVID-19 symptoms – fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If you are concerned about your health, contact your primary health care provider. If your doctor decides you should be tested for COVID-19, they can order testing for you.
We do not know yet if people who recover from COVID-19 can get infected again. Health experts are investigating to determine if a person can get sick with COVID-19 more than once. Until we know more, continue to take steps to protect yourself and others. It is unclear if the antibodies from COVID-19 are protective, what level of protection they provide or how long the antibodies last. People who have recovered from COVID-19 should still social distance, wear a face covering when in public to protect others, and follow any additional guidance from the health department.
Yes. For guidelines on how to make a mask at home, visit their website here.
It varies by individual but in general an individual can return to normal activities if it has been at least 10 days since the symptoms started, symptoms have improved, and the individual has been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
If you have tested positive, but have experienced no symptoms, you can return to activities 10 days following the date of your test.
More information here.
At this time, CDC has no data to suggest that this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. The main way COVID-19 spreads is through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. How Coronavirus Spreads
However, mosquitoes and ticks can spread other diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. LEARN MORE
You do not need a N-95 or surgical mask to wear in public. You can wear a cloth face covering – many are available for purchase on Facebook, Etsy, or Amazon. You can also make one yourself at home. There are sew and non-sew instructions here.
Any indoor space in public where you cannot maintain a six-foot separation between yourself and those outside your household, including a work site, grocery store, convenience store, gas station, and pharmacy.
Yes, there are needs for cloth face coverings. If you can provide them, please contact the Lenawee County Health Department at 517-264-5226 option 5 or email@example.com.
We recommend calling older family members on the phone or video chatting with them to stay connected. Make sure their needs are being met. You can drop groceries, meals, or supplies off on their front porch or doorstep.
You can visit with them outside as long as you maintain social distancing guidelines. Please do not hug them as you normally would.
While outside exercise is encouraged, please keep in mind social distancing guidelines. You should keep a six-foot separation between you and others. You should not share sports equipment.
Yes. Golf courses in Michigan are now permitted to be open. There are strict conditions that they must follow in order to operate.
Tee times must be scheduled and payments must be made in advance, online or by phone. Tee times must be spaced to avoid multiple foursomes from clustering or gathering at any stage of the course, and players must remain six feet from one another at all times.
There is NO reporting on the 5th Wednesday of the month
This office also issues and enforces soil erosion permits, inspects preliminary plats and maintains the court-ordered lake levels on eight (8) lakes in the county.
If you currently receive a monthly water/sewer usage bill from the Lenawee County Drain Commission you can now pay online here.
Register for all weather and emergency alerts at www.LenaweeAlerts.com
Due to renovations of the Old County courthouse our offices are currently located in the Annex Building, located just south of the Old courthouse.
The hours for the Annex building are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Offices are CLOSED from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM for lunch.
A Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) exempts a residence from the tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes up to 18 mills. Section 211.7cc and 211.7dd of the General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended, addresses PRE claims. To qualify for a PRE, a person must be a Michigan resident who owns and occupies the property as a principal residence.
Due to renovations of the Old County courthouse our offices are currently located on the first floor of the Annex Building, located just south of the Old courthouse.
The hours for the Annex building are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Offices are CLOSED from 12:00PM to 1:00PM for lunch.
We maintain parcel layers for all of Lenawee County except for the City of Adrian, which maintains their own dataset. We have aerial photography, reference topography, road centerlines and several other datasets on a countywide basis.
There are roughly 44,600 linked tax parcels in the Lenawee County parcel layer as of 2019.
It is $30.00 per document, no matter how many pages. For additional information try
You can come into the office and get a copy. It is $1.00 per page for copies of documents. You can also obtain a copy from our software's website at
An Escrow Account will allow you to view and print documents. We require $100.00 and your information to set up an escrow account. Then we will supply you with a username and password to access the documents. Please contact our office, at 517-264-4538, for further instructions.
Ink prints can be done by appointment only. Please call 517-264-5368 for appointment.
By going to the Lenawee County Sheriff's Office's
Friends and family may participate in a pre-payment plan that is provided for by the telephone service. Any information on these phone services, questions on blocks, or billings, can be answered by calling (800)483-8314.
You can contact our telephone service provider at (800)483-8314 to have a block placed on your telephone.
With options 1 and 2, you will need to know the Facility number and the inmate number. The Facility number is 249201 and the inmate will notify you of their inmate number.iCare is another service provided by our commissary supplier. A variety of packages are offered to be purchased on the internet and distributed to inmates. iCare packages are delivered on Mondays and Thursdays. Orders received on those delivery dates may not be delivered until the next date. The website for purchasing these packages is www.icarearamark.com. You will need the inmate number and a credit card to make purchases Inmate Deposits
FOIA Request Form
Our office is open 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please refer to the calendar for the County holiday schedule.
Adrian Township, Deerfield, Dover, Hudson, Macon, Madison, Medina, Ogden, Palmyra, Ridgeway, Rome, Seneca, Tecumseh Township. All others are collected by the local treasurers.
The Treasurers Office accepts cash, check, cashiers check, money order, and credit cards. ***Please note there will be an enhanced access fee to use a credit or debit card.***
A current rabies certificate, not a receipt or invoice and proof of spay/neuter if not noted on the rabies certificate.