WASHTENAW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
$24.7M in federal stimulus funds could help Washtenaw County with broadband, child care, more
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Washtenaw County is one step closer to allocating the first $24.7 million of its federal American Rescue Plan dollars toward projects and initiatives for broadband infrastructure and internet access, child care access and a countywide children’s savings account program. Washtenaw County received the first half of its funding - $35.7 million - in May 2021, with the second half expected to be received in May 2022. The Ways and Means Committee approved a total of $30.5 million toward the projects, dubbed the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan, by a 9-0 vote on Wednesday. A 2020 task force study showed that 64% of households participating in the study don’t have a minimal level of broadband service in Washtenaw County. READ MORE:Child care among 7 programs Washtenaw County is targeting with $71M from fedsCity, county look to provide assistance as Ann Arbor schools update before- and after-school care progress2 in 3 rural Washtenaw County communities don’t have broadband internet, survey saysmlive.com
Increased enforcement part of changes to Washtenaw County responsible contractor policy
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI-- The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners have unanimously passed amendments to give more teeth to it responsible contractor policy. Originally passed in 2020, the policy applies to all construction projects greater than $50,000 to ensure high quality, safe and highly trained personnel complete county work. The policy also prohibits contractors from discriminating against employees or misclassifying workers as independent contractors. “These steps will help ensure that workers who report a violation of the (policy) are protected against workplace retaliation,” Minton said. The unanimous vote also changed the policy’s definition of a false claim to include payment for work done in violation of the policy.mlive.com
Washtenaw County board approves spending $11M on child care, youth intervention services
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved $11.5 million for a variety of child care and youth intervention services for the next fiscal year. Read more: Child care among 7 programs Washtenaw County is targeting with $71M from fedsWednesday’s budget approval outlined $11,553,787 in overall funding for child intervention and care services starting Oct. 1. The funds will support programs through the Washtenaw County Children’s Services department, the county health department, the juvenile center and the county trial court’s family division. These expenditures are separate from pushes last week to reinstate before- and after-school programming to more families across Washtenaw County. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Washtenaw County plans to increase health department funding with $71M from fedsGrowing group seeks solutions to school-aged child care shortage in Ann ArborAs demand grows, Washtenaw County child care providers seek more staffmlive.com
Humane Society applauds Washtenaw County for opposing wildlife killing contests
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution opposing wildlife killing contests in Michigan, earning applause and recognition by the Humane Society of Huron Valley Friday. “We are deeply grateful to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners for their forward thinking, and we hope the state will take note,” Humane Society of Huron Valley President and CEO Tanya Hilgendorf said. The resolution was introduced by the Humane Society which to the board who unanimously approved it during the July 7 meeting. There have been no wildlife killing contests in Washtenaw County that the board was aware of at the time of the resolution’s passing, said Washtenaw County Commissioner Sue Shink. “Wildlife killing contests are nothing but a blood sport, much like dog fighting and trophy hunting where people kill for fun and prizes.mlive.com
Washtenaw County plans to increase health department funding with $71M from feds
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is committed to more public health funding. Wednesday’s vote amended a potential ballot proposal for a millage that would have raised $5.7 million strictly for the Washtenaw County Health Department budget. This plan makes it so the health experts can tell the county board exactly how much they need. Funding from the county general fund would push the total investment into the community to about $100 million, according to a county release. The county board is requesting public engagement to gather feedback from residents.mlive.com
Washtenaw County commissioners oppose new wastewater treatment plant
LODI TWP., MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously urged the state environmental agency in a Wednesday vote to block the building of a wastewater treatment plant near Ann Arbor. The county board approved the resolution in a special meeting called to address the proposed development. “Residents of Lodi Township and the surrounding area have made it clear that this wastewater treatment facility would negatively impact their community,” said Shannon Beeman, the District 3 commissioner, in a statement. “Washtenaw County has participated in more than $30 million of water quality improvements in the past 15 years. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Sewage overflows contained in 2 Washtenaw County communitiesRaw wastewater discharge reported in Washtenaw CountyPetition to recall Ann Arbor City Council Member Jeff Hayner headed for court rulingmlive.com
All full-time Washtenaw County employees will now earn at least $15 per hour
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Full-time Washtenaw County employees will now earn at least $15 per hour. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution at its April 7 meeting establishing the minimum wage for all regular, full-time county government employees. “People who work at least 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty,” Commissioner Jason Morgan, District 8, said. Under this resolution, some seasonal employees and a few other non-regular job classifications will continue to make less than $15 per hour. “Giving the assurance to our current and future employees that they will be paid at least $15 an hour is an important first step, " said Sue Shink, county board chairwoman and commissioner for District 2.mlive.com
Special revenue fund will support Washtenaw County trails
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a special revenue fund to support the long-term maintenance of non-motorized trails. The resolution, brought by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission in partnership with Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary, passed unanimously at the board’s regular meeting March 3. In 2018, Washtenaw County approved a similar special revenue fund to cover costs for the ongoing stewardship of Washtenaw County nature preserves. The organization has been working in partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission to complete the Border-to-Border Trail, a 40-mile pathway that connects cities and parks throughout Washtenaw County. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Tens of millions of dollars in stimulus money expected to pour into Washtenaw County9,000 newly eligible Washtenaw County residents waiting for COVID vaccination appointmentsToo early to link vaccines to drop in Washtenaw County COVID cases, health officials saymlive.com
Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners create new positions for Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – Washtenaw County is looking to fill three new positions in the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. “As a Board, we are committed to supporting efforts to increase the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Washtenaw County,” said Sue Shink, Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Commissioner for District 2, in a release. “The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will build on the racial equity work already being done by the county,” said Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton in a release. Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion / Deflection ProsecutorWithin the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, this role will oversee all cases that have been diverted through the LEADD program, track program participant progress and ensure participant needs are addressed. Program CoordinatorWorking in the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, the program coordinator is responsible for daily operations of the LEADD program, including coordinating with community partners to design, implement, and sustain program activities.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office forgives over $500,000 in jail debt
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has forgiven $509,888 of outstanding debt incurred by 31,614 individuals while at Washtenaw County Jail. The decision, made by Sheriff Jerry Clayton and supported by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, affects community members incarcerated between January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2020. “Our decision to eliminate this debt reflects our understanding of the stress and financial burden of incarceration,” said Clayton through a release. AdThe sum of $509,888 was identified after a review of the jail debt owed since 2013. In 2019, it increased the amount of money an indigent incarcerated individual was allowed from $3 per week to $5 per week and expanded what items that money could buy.
Washtenaw County requests EPA intervention in Gelman plume cleanup
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Dec. 2 approved a resolution to request a federal Superfund cleanup of the Gelman dioxane plume. The county board joins the city of Ann Arbor in asking for federal intervention. For decades, the county and local municipalities have attempted to require Gelman to clean up dioxane contamination that originated at Gelman Sciences’ Wagner Road facility. Last month, the city voted in favor of petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a Superfund cleanup and soliciting Gov. Officials at the county and city both argued that the proposed plan for more monitoring and cleanup of the decades-old pollution wasn’t enough for an effective cleanup.mlive.com
Washtenaw County joins Ann Arbor in rejecting pollution cleanup deal with unanimous vote
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Washtenaw County has decided against a negotiated legal settlement pertaining to the cleanup of the Gelman dioxane plume. Some officials would like to join city of Ann Arbor officials in seeking Gov. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners was the final local body tasked with voting on the settlement. Ann Arbor is considering seeking the federal Superfund cleanup instead, as Scio and Ann Arbor townships tried doing several years ago. Expert explains cleanup plan for Ann Arbor dioxane plume in 7 new videosAnn Arbor officials oppose deal to let polluter discharge dioxane into ‘pristine lake’In drama-filled meeting lasting past 2 a.m., Ann Arbor council rejects deal with pollutermlive.com
Ann Arbor pollution cleanup deal finds more support, but county may reject it
ANN ARBOR, MI — The Huron River Watershed Council is in favor of a legal settlement with polluter Gelman Sciences, but Washtenaw County may reject it. Expert explains cleanup plan for Ann Arbor dioxane plume in 7 new videosThe Watershed Council joins Scio Township in accepting the new cleanup deal with conditions, though Ann Arbor last month rejected it, arguing it’s not enough. Ann Arbor is now considering seeking a federal Superfund cleanup instead, as Scio and Ann Arbor townships tried doing several years ago. The county is a co-plaintiff in the legal case with Ann Arbor, Scio Township, the Watershed Council and state of Michigan. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor officials oppose deal to let polluter discharge dioxane into ‘pristine lake’In drama-filled meeting lasting past 2 a.m., Ann Arbor council rejects deal with polluterMaps show how Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County voted in 2020 electionHigher turnout benefited Biden, but Trump still gained votes across Washtenaw CountyDemocrats win all 9 Washtenaw County board races, but some were closemlive.com
Michigan General Election Results for Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 3, 2020
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Submit questions, participate in public Q&A session on Gelman 1,4-Dioxane litigation
ANN ARBOR – Local and federal officials will hold a joint public session via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions residents have about the Gelman dioxane plume and ongoing litigation. Trustees of Scio and Ann Arbor townships and heads of the Huron River Watershed Council have been invited to take part in the session. The plume is a toxic pollution by chemical plant Gelman Sciences in Scio Township that’s been seeping into the area’s soil and groundwater since the late 1960s. Trace levels of the chemical have been detected in the city Ann Arbor’s drinking water supply from Barton Pond starting in Feb. 2019. Questions for the Sept. 24 event should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.For more information on the case and cleanup efforts, visit the city of Ann Arbor’s Gelman 1,4-Dioxane Litigation website.
Washtenaw County declares end of COVID-19 state-of-emergency
ANN ARBOR< Mich. – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has announced an end to the county-wide state-of-emergency. In a special meeting Friday morning, county commissioners voted on a resolution to end the state-of-emergency, which was declared on March 18 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision comes 10 days after the statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order was lifted. In a statement, chairman of the Washtenaw County Commissioners Board Jason Morgan stated that actions taken over the course of the pandemic helped to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. Related: Washtenaw County courts remain closed amid reopenings
Service industry workers petition to extend closures in Washtenaw County over public health concerns
Everyone was feeling very nervous about reopening and afraid for their safety, said Van Wassehnova. As a result, the group launched a petition on Friday to present to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners calling for the closure of dine-in service until the pandemic no longer presents a threat to public health. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had 700 signatures and the group is confident the petition will reach its goal of 1,000 signatures soon. However, for other service workers in the area, this is not the case. There are essential businesses out there that should stay open but people definitely dont need to sit down and have a beer or dinner during a pandemic, said Van Wassehnova.
Washtenaw County declares state of emergency over coronavirus
ANN ARBOR – Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, Jason Morgan, declared a countywide state of emergency on Wednesday morning. See Morgan’s full statement below:“For the health and safety of all residents of Washtenaw County and for the long-term stability of our local economy, public safety and criminal justice system and community social safety net, I am declaring a state of emergency. "Many of our community members look to the county for their safety net services, and now more than ever, we must be there to assist.”For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation locally, check the Washtenaw County Health Department’s site www.washtenaw.org/covid19. United Way of Washtenaw County is a close community partner of the Washtenaw County Government. Read: United Way of Washtenaw County launches COVID-19 Community Relief Fund