Here are highlights from recent board and committee meetings:
Calhoun County Public Safety Information Alliance Board
met Nov. 22, attended by public safety officials countywide including Sheriff Matt Saxton. At this meeting the County provided E-Citation and other system updates and the quarterly financial report for the financing and operation of this collaborative law enforcement records system.
met Nov. 25 and recommended for approval township planning and zoning items from Lee and Newton Townships, as well as Marengo Township's Master Plan draft. Marengo Township's Master Plan will be voted on by the township's trustees soon, and includes maps made by the County's GIS Department.
Department Heads and Elected Officials
met Tuesday, Nov. 26 and received updates on the 2020 budget, as well as the county's pension programs. In updates from each department, we learned
- The Land Bank is wrapping up a $4M grant that was executed over the last three years, and has funding to partner with the City of Albion to demolish the blighted former Union Steel Building
- Treasurer Brian Wensauer discussed recent interaction with the Fredonia Township officials, related to naming a trustee to the township board.
- The Juvenile Home has placed "Angel Tree" tags around the community, an annual donation of common items for youth in the home
- Sheriff Matt Saxton encouraged department leaders to contact state representatives about ongoing budget discussions that direct affect County operations, particularly in law enforcement
- Jen Bomba, who oversees the Community Development Office, reported that her office is working on multiple grants countywide, and the parks division recently completed the grant-funded purchase of a 65-acre piece of property in Albion to be used as a trailhead.
Calhoun County Parks and Recreation Commission
met on Thursday, Dec. 5. County Board Chair Steve Frisbie chairs the Commission, which recommended for Board of Commissioners approval the 2020-2024 master plan, subject to minor changes following the public input period. They also approved the 2020 meeting schedule, and heard updates from Parks Program Manager Doug Ferrall on various projects and grants. As a follow up to the County Board of Commissioners’ approval of language for a new parks millage to be voted on next year, the Commission chose the August 4, 2020 primary election as the best date.