Search for a new Ingham County Animal Control director continues
An interview committee comprised of Ingham County commissioners will meet this week with another batch of applicants who are vying to lead Ingham County Animal Control. The process of finding and screening qualified, high-quality applicants has taken longer than the Board had hoped. In fact, the upcoming interviews are our second attempt this year at finding the right person for the job. I am confident that this patient persistence will pay off and that we'll be able to find someone to pick up where Jamie McAloon Lampman left off.
Millages to appear on November ballot
The Board of Commissioners approved putting the question of funding parks and trails on the November ballot. The language that the Board approved calls for 0.5 mills to be levied over the next six years, generating approximately $3.5 million yearly. These funds can be used for parks and trails that belong to Ingham County as well as for parks and trails that belong to other jurisdictions. The ballot language specifically mentions the Lansing River Trail and allows for maintenance and expansion of existing trails to create a countywide trails system. Read some of the news coverage of the ballot proposal here.
November's ballot will also include a renewal request for Ingham County's health services millage, which was first passed in 2012. If renewed, 0.52 mills would be levied through 2019 for basic health care for adults.
New leader at the Health Department
This spring, we welcomed our new Ingham County Health Officer, Linda Vail. Ms. Vail came to Ingham County after leading the Kalamazoo County Health Department since 2007. Ms. Vail grew up in Atlanta, but she has lived in Michigan since 1986. Before going to work for Kalamazoo County, she worked as a a research scientist for Upjohn. Ms. Vail holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia and a masters of public administration from Western Michigan University.
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