Update from Kelli Scott for March 21
From the Board of Commissioners

A public hearing was held at the March 21 Board of Commissioners meeting on a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant application for the development of an Albion trailhead. The acquisition of this land, adjacent to Albion College’s Equestrian Center, was also grant funded The Development grant application was later approved in new business. 

In new business, the Board:

  • Approved appointments and reappointments to the Senior Millage Allocation Committee and Community Mental Health Authority (Summit Pointe)
  • Approved submission of a state DNR recreation passport grant for Kimball Pines Park Redevelopment
  • Approved MDOT Contract #19-5068 for reimbursement of completed road improvements on F Drive North in Emmett Township
  • Approved revisions to Policy #340 Employee Benefits, to comply with Michigan’s new Paid Medical Leave Act taking effect March 29.
  • Approved the 2019 County administrative services agreement with the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board for a fee of $30,000
  • Approved four Road Department bids for necessary materials including Sodium Chloride, Emulsion, Hot Mix Asphalt and culverts. 
Road Department Update

The Road Department continues to prepare for the 2019 construction season. A list of federally funded 2019 road projects will be released via a press release in the coming weeks. In operations, tree removal in Athens Township is wrapping up, boom mowing is taking place in Athens and Clarence Townships, and crews are patching potholes countywide.
Last week, Calhoun County Road Department leadership attended the County Road Association’s annual conference and learned about new technology and cost-saving measures. It was also an opportunity for staff to network with other road departments and commissions
Technology Keeping Us Safe

The Sheriff's Office recently acquired a drone, which will assist with accident reconstruction and outdoor crime-scene mapping, locating individuals who run from crime scenes, locating missing juveniles or vulnerable individuals, and security during critical incidents. This is paid for out of the County's Capital Improvement Plan.

Sheriff Matt Saxton said, "This is an important addition to our agency. We will reduce the time of road closures and reduce time searching for lost subjects by quickly covering a large area. This is technology that will benefit the entire community.”
In The News

The Battle Creek Enquirer ran a front-page article about transportation options in Calhoun County, inspired by the countywide transit study that is led by Doug Ferrall, Program Manager in Community Development.

Read the article:
Don't Forget! April Events

10th Annual Calhoun County Senior Fair
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4
Marshall Middle School Gymnasium

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 6
Bailey Park in Battle Creek
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