It’s been a month since I last posted, but my absence has not been for lack of anything to write about. I just haven’t been able to find the time.
Land Bank on track to have great 2013
Among the dozen or so county meetings that I attended last month was my first Land Bank Board meeting. The Ingham County Land Bank is already on track to close on its tenth sale of property in 2013! The Land Bank currently has 60 or so homes for sale. Most are renovated properties, but some are new construction.
The Land Bank recently received an $837 thousand grant from the State Land Bank to reduce blight in our county. That amount is earmarked for the former Michigan School for the Blind site. Land Bank Chair Eric Schertzing sought approximately three times as much from the State to address blight on 200 additional sites.
Grant funds are from the State’s $97 million settlement with mortgage lenders for fraudulent foreclosure practices. Approximately $25 million of this settlement was used to create a Blight Elimination Program.
In other Land Bank news, initial interviews for a new Executive Director are pending.
Central Dispatch update
The 911 Advisory Board recently shared its subcommittee’s findings with the Board of Commissioners’ Law & Courts Committee. Comprised of local police and fire personnel, the subcommittee examined three 911 calls that were the focus of a local television station’s news story in December. The three emergencies that prompted these calls all resulted in deaths. And all three involved a miscommunication of the emergency’s exact location. (It should be noted that the first of the three incidents took place before the County 911 Central Dispatch opened.)
The subcommittee recommended a public service campaign to emphasize the need for 911 callers to share their addresses or at least their locations with dispatchers. Current technology cannot precisely pinpoint a caller’s address. This is true whether the call comes from a “land line” or a cell phone. (By the way, 70% of 911 calls come from cell phones.)
Central Dispatch continues to work on filling vacancies at the center. And in the meantime, the human and technological components of the new Central Dispatch are functioning well.
Great biology teacher
In February, I presented Heather Peterson, a Holt High School teacher and fellow Michigan State alum, with a resolution from the county in honor of her national biology-teaching award. Congratulations to Mrs. Peterson, to Holt High School, and to the entire Holt Public Schools district. We are fortunate to have a dedicated teacher like Mrs. Peterson in our public schools.
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