New leadership, new assignments
With each new year, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners chooses new leaders. At our organizational meeting on Jan. 2, 2014, the board unanimously elected Commissioner Victor Celentino (District 1) to serve as its chairperson. Commissioner Brian McGrain (District 10) will serve as Vice Chairperson, and Commissioner Randy Maiville (District 6) will continue to serve as Vice Chairperson Pro Tem.
My standing committee assignments are the same for 2014. I will continue as a member of the Human Services Committee and as Vice Chairperson of the Law and Courts Committee. I will continue to serve on the Tri-County Office on Aging's Administrative Board, the Ingham County Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association, and the Ingham County Land Bank. I will have a new responsibility in 2014 as a member of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.
Location, situation, information
You might have seen Ingham County 911's new public service announcement on television over the past several weeks. This video is part of a campaign aimed at educating the public about how to help emergency dispatchers help them quickly and effectively. The campaign focuses on the three things that a caller needs to remember when calling 911: location, situation, and information. First, the caller needs to share the location of the emergency because dispatchers are not always able to identify the location of the call. This is true whether the call originates from a cell phone or a "land line." Second, the caller needs to describe the situation as quickly and clearly as possible. (For instance, tell the dispatcher if someone is injured or if there is a weapon involved.) And third, the caller should stay on the line and wait for the dispatcher to give them potentially life-saving information. Watch the video for yourself. You might just learn something.
I want to thank everyone who helped someone else during the terrible Dec. 22 ice storm and the ensuing power outage. Many churches and other organizations opened their doors to those without a warm place to sleep. Others helped neighbors clean up downed branches. However you helped -- whether you helped a friend or a stranger -- thanks. You made a difference, and your actions helped make a difficult time a little more bearable.
I would also like to thank the many line workers from near and far who worked through the holidays in dangerous conditions to restore power.
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