News From
County Executive Tom Hickner 
In This Issue
Board of Commission Info
Memorial Day Info
Heat Awareness Day
Shared Services Update
Judges Honored
Scrap Tire Drive
Recreation Update
Thunder in the Valley
Senior Olympic Games
Quick Links

Upcoming Board of Commission Meetings 

County Building pic

Ways & Means Committee Meeting

June 7th


Board of Commissioners Meetings

 June 14th


Personnel Judicial


Human Services Committee Meetings

June 21st

Please note: You can find Board Calendars,
 Agendas and Meeting results on the Board of Commissioners webpage. You also can find links to view the videos of each board meeting, filmed by Bay3TV, on our video webpage.

*All meetings are held at 4:00 PM in the chambers on the 4th floor of the Bay County Building.

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Bay County Government Offices Closed on Memorial Day & 

Veterans Council Hosts Events

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Bay County Government offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

All 24-hour operations, such as 9-1-1 and the Sheriff's Office will remain open.

Bay County would like to take this opportunity to thank all the military men and women who have fought for our county and our freedom. Their service will be remembered this Memorial Day and always. 
The annual ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Bay County Building will
 take place at 9:15AM.
The Bay County Veterans Council is hosting many events on Memorial Day. The full schedule can be found here

May 25th Is Heat Awareness Day!

Last summer saw the return of more typical Michigan heat.  This spring, however, has been colder than average. When the first extreme heat wave hits our community, area residents may be more susceptible to the heat due to the colder spring. 


Lets join the National Weather Service in spreading information about heat related illness in honor of Heat Awareness Day on May 25th!


Learn how to keep yourself and family members safe with the Heat Awareness Info Sheet


If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit the National Weather Service webpage or call the Emergency Manager at 989-895-4112.

Information on Shared Services Between Local Municipalities

It is our intent to keep you informed of the progress on our efforts to share services provided to the public by Bay County, Bay City, and the other local municipalities by this newsletter.  Shared Services Logo


On May 5th, leadership from Bay County and Bay City met to discuss various possibilities for sharing services. In addition, workgroups were formed at this meeting to lead the effort in areas that were identified as shared possibilities, such as: Information Technology, Human Resources, Law Enforcement, Buildings & Grounds, Recreation, Equalization, Assessors, G.I.S. and Transportation Planning. At this preliminary stage, we are merely exploring possibilities.


We will continue to work tirelessly to bring the residents of Bay County a streamlined, more efficient local government. Expect more information as we move forward in this effort to find effective and cost-saving methods in these difficult financial times.


To see a list of services that are currently shared between local municipalities and local non-profit agencies, please click here.   


As always, your ideas and recommendations are welcomed by replying to this email.

Judges Klida & Tighe Recognized in Honor of National Drug Court Commencement Week

Judge Tighe (Left)


Judge Klida (Right)


During the May 10th Board of Commissioners meeting, Judge Dawn Klida and Judge Karen Tighe were recognized and honored for their involvement with the Drug Treatment Court program in the Bay County District and Probate Courts.


The Drug Treatment Courts have proven to be the most effective tool in the criminal justice system in saving money, cutting crime and serving veterans. Those enrolled in the drug treatment program must follow a strict and regimented set of tasks to keep their status, such as multiple drug tests every week, mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings and counseling sessions. If a defendant fails to comply with the requirements, he or she will be sentenced to serve the jail time they avoided by entering the program. By giving these people the tools to become and stay sober, our whole community benefits by that individual finding the strength to rise out of the vicious circle of drugs and crime.


Judge Tighe thanked retired Judge Craig Alston for instituting the program in the Bay County Courts during his tenure on the bench. It has been a very successful and rewarding program. Since its inception in 2005, 105 people have graduated.


May 16-20th marks National Drug Court Commencement Week, which celebrates the promise of recovery and restored hope to Drug Court graduates and their families. In honor of this and the Judges who administer the program, the Board of Commissioners named May Drug Court Month in Bay County.


Here is a link to the Bay City Times Article on the Drug Treatment Court.

Mosquito Control Scrap Tire Drive ~ May 21st


The Annual Mosquito Control Scrap Tire Drive will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  This drive is designed to collect old or unused tires from individuals who may be harboring a few in their backyard. Tires are a notorious breeding ground for mosquitoes.


A limit of up-to-10 rimless, regular car and/or pick-up truck tires from each Bay County residence will be accepted. Residents may drop off tires on the collection date only, not before. Tractor or semi tires will not be accepted. 

Please - no commercial businesses! 


There will be 2 drop-off locations:

  • Bay County Mosquito Control, located within the Bay County Fairgrounds at 810 Livingston Avenue, Bay City, Michigan 48708
  • Bay County Pinconning Park, 3041 East Pinconning Road, Pinconning, Michigan 48650

Help eliminate mosquito breeding sites in your neighborhood and clean up the environment at the same time!  For more information, call (989) 894-4555 or visit the Scrap Tire Drive webpage.

Bay County Recreation Update 


~Swim Lessons~

Swim Lessons for your children are available at the Bay County Community Center Pool! Swim Lessons are held in the morning OR early evening during each session. Session 1 runs from June 13th through July 7th and Session 2 is from July 11th through August 4th. Each session contains 8 lessons for the low price of $31.00! Find the registration form and payment details on the Community Center webpage or call Bob at 989-894-0671 for more information.


~Summer Recreation Program~ 

The Bay County Summer Recreation Program is currently accepting applications for the 2011 season. The program will take place on Mondays - Thursdays from June 13th to August 4th. The cost is $100.00 per child and includes activities such as swimming, field trips, educational activities, sports clinics, etc. More information and the registration form can be found on the Community Center's webpage.


~Bay County Spring Scramble Rescheduled~

Due to the awful weather this past Sunday, the Bay County Spring Scramble has been rescheduled for June 12th.  You can still sign up to participate by calling 989-892-2161 or visit the Golf Course website for the Spring Scramble flyer.


~Bay County Pinconning Park~

Interested in a great get-a-way not too far from home? Bay County Pinconning Park has something for everyone with over 50 modern campsites and 6 log cabins available for rent. For parties and larger gatherings, the Pavilion and the Gazebo can also be rented out for day use. Don't forget about the walking trails, children's play area, bird-watching from the observation towers, fishing and so much more! Call the park at 989-879-5050 or visit the Pinconning Park website for more information!   

Thunder in the Valley Games ~ June 2nd - 5th


The Bay County Recreation Department is co-sponsoring the Cycling4th Annual Thunder in the Valley Games, presented by Michigan Sports Unlimited. These games offer an amazing opportunity to bring people with disabilities together to compete in various sporting activities, such as track and field, archery, air rifle, handcycling, table tennis, powerlifting and swimming, in a very similar model to the Paralympics. It will take place at SVSU on June 2nd - 5th!


The Games are open to all athletes, regardless of age or ability. 


For more information and pictures of last year's event, please visit the Thunder in the Valley newspage or view the brochure!

24th Annual Bay County Senior Olympic Games ~ Friendship, Fitness & Fun!   

The Bay County Division on Aging is proudly sponsoring the 24th Annual Senior Olympic Games starting May 25th and running though June 10th. These games are designed to promote fellowship, physical and mental health through activities for adults 55 years plus. The Bay County Senior Olympic Games Daily events include: 

  • May 25th - Kick-Off Breakfast, Single Deck Pinochle
  • May 26th - Co-Ed Volleyball, Shuffleboard
  • May 27th - 3-Mile Walk, Bid Euchre Tournament
  • May 31st - Scenic Cycling Ride, Cribbage
  • June 1st - Fishing, Euchre Tournament, Hot Dog Roast
  • June 2nd - Mel Arnold Memorial Cycling Ride, Horseshoes
  • June 3rd - Mixed Golf Tournament
  • June 6th - Men's Tennis Tournament, Smear Tournament, BBQ Chix Dinner
  • June 7th - Casual Historical Walk, Double Deck Pinochle
  • June 8th - Putt Putt Golf
  • June 9th - 9 Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament
  • June 10th - Awards Ceremony and Banquet

More detailed descriptions about the events, times and locations can be found in the Senior Olympic Event & Registration Packet. Early registration is due by Monday, May 23rd.


For more information, please call Sandy or Debbie at 989-893-7070, or the Main Office at 989-895-4100 or Toll-Free at 1-877-229-9960.


Other Upcoming Senior Events 

The Bay County Division on Aging will be hosting other events in the near future, including:

  • Acrylic Landscaping Painting Classes, 4 dates available
  • Movie and Lunch Series - June 15th - Secretariat
  • Flag Day Celebration - June 15th
  • Intro to Computer Classes - Held monthly

You will find more information on these events on the Division on Aging Special Events webpage or by calling 989-893-7070.


Please pass this information on to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or others you think would enjoy these events. 



Tom Hickner
Bay County