I’m excited that this week,
County parks are open
to the public for the season! Restrooms are unlocked and maintenance will continue through August. County parks include Historic Bridge Park, Kimball Pines and the Ott Biological Preserve.
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This week, we congratulate
Commissioner Jake Smith
for his appointment by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, which
advises the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections in developing goals, criteria and guidelines for local governments in establishing community corrections programs and in determining grant guidelines for Comprehensive Corrections Plans.
Read the press release
At the County
Board of Public Health
meeting on Monday, April 15, staff presented an overview of HIV Awareness initiatives. Health Officer Eric Pessell’s report included an update on recent isolated mumps cases within the county jail and information about a new opioid response grant from the state. Also, deputy county controller Megan Banning presented the Health Department's financial reports. Through March 31, both revenues and expenditures were lower than the prior year’s amounts, mainly due to staffing vacancies and timing of receipts and expenditures within certain programs. Starting in June, county finance will be working with the Health Board’s budget committee and its managers to develop the budget for the department’s fiscal year starting October 1.
On Tuesday, April 16, Calhoun County employees had an opportunity to attend
customer service training
by Emily Bongard. This presentation was put on by the County's Human Resources and was well attended by employees from departments across the County.
I was honored to attend on the 14
graduation ceremony for the
Mental Health Treatment Court
, which took place on
Wednesday, April 24
. Led by Chief Judge Mike Jaconette and the Mental Health Treatment Court Review Team, individuals in the Mental Health Treatment Court program work very hard to better themselves in order to lead a healthy, productive lifestyle outside of the criminal justice system.
In community involvement,
Michigan Municipal Services Authority
Executive Committee meeting took place on Thursday, April 11, at which we discussed the CEO Transition Plan because the executive director is taking a new job as assistant city manager of Troy, Michigan. I will convene the executive committee again on Thursday, May 9 to continue with future plans, including a consideration of continuing the MMSA's agreement with the Local Community Stabilization Authority that includes disbursing reimbursements to local governments for personal property tax losses.
FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board
met on Friday, April 12 to consider applications for specific actual costs increased during 2018 that were attributable to the FireKeepers Casino or the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Tribal Reservation. Commissioner Derek King continues to serve on the Board as the County’s representative. This year all amounts submitted were approved, including $910 to the County Sheriff’s Office for inmate housing and nearly $163,000 to Emmett Township for public safety response, sewer project expenses and the third year’s payment toward partial reimbursement of the township’s fire apparatus purchased in 2017. The FLRSB meets again on Friday, May 3 to continue the 2019 disbursement process, with expected approval of approximately $4.5 million and $1 million for tier 3 (payment in lieu of taxes) and tier 4 (20% remaining discretionary amount), respectively. At the end of the tiered disbursement process, the Board will also decide whether to offer a local governmental grant program with unspent discretionary funds.
On April 16, I attended the
Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance
Board meeting. At that meeting, we discussed communications for the MDOT/Michigan Avenue Project in downtown Marshall, and approved additional funding for a planned new tourism trolley.
On April 23, I gave remarks at the opening of the new location of our
CareHere Health & Wellness Center
for our employees and families, as well as those from our partners from three private Battle Creek companies. A ribbon cutting and open house gave employees a chance to meet providers and see the new space.