The Woofer Walk is a fundraiser for the Ingham County Animal Shelter fund. Read more about it below.
Last month, a possible economic-development millage garnered some media attention. While the coverage was generally accurate, it bears repeating this millage is still very much in the discussion phase.
In Ingham County, one possible use for millage revenue would be to support the Ingham County Economic Development Corporation, which currently receives some of its funding from the county’s general fund. Other revenue could be used to support business development, the MSU Extension, cultural economic development, and the Ingham County Land Bank.
This type of millage (created by Public Act 88) is allowed without a vote of the electorate, which means that it could be enacted by a vote of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. Washtenaw and Gratiot counties currently levy this millage.
If you would like to weigh in on this issue, contact your commissioner.
Local Champion for Health
At the Ingham County Board of Commissioners’ last meeting, I had the honor of presenting Holt resident David Hornak with a resolution congratulating him for an honor from the governor. He was recently recognized as a Champion for Health by Gov. Snyder for Mr. Hornak’s efforts to make healthy living a part of the lives of the students and staff at Holt Public Schools' Horizon Elementary, where he serves as principal. Read more about Mr. Hornak’s great work here.
The Ingham County Board of Commissioners hired a new controller who will begin work in July. Tim Dolehanty is a certified city planner. He most recently worked as Isabella County Administrator. He has also served as administrator or controller for Chippewa and Wexford counties as well as planner and manager for Caledonia Township in Kent County.
In other “new hire” news, the Ingham County Land Bank welcomed Jeff Burdick, its new executive director, last month. Mr. Burdick brings with him experience as a city planner. He previously worked for the Genesee County Land Bank, Michigan’s first land bank. Among the Land Bank’s many current projects is demolition of some structures on the former Michigan School for the Blind property. Read more about Jeff Burdick and the future of the Ingham County Land Bank here.
Last month, my rescue dog and I participated in the Ingham County Animal Shelter’s Woofer Walk. The weather was great, and the turnout was even better: I have never seen so many dogs in one place before! We walked one mile – with our canine companions – along the Red Cedar River on MSU’s campus to raise money for the animal shelter fund. Congratulations to Animal Control Director Jamie McAloon-Lampman and the many volunteers who made the event a success.
Health Department Celebration
On June 12, the Ingham County Health Department will celebrate 75 years of service with an Open House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 5303 South Cedar Street, Lansing. I hope to see you there!
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