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by Laurel Evans
Friday, December 2, 2022

The County Board of Commissioners will be hosting a "Meet & Greet" for incoming Administrator Deborah Allen and outgoing Administrator Chet Janik, at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a break of the Executive Board Session on Tuesday, December 6, in the Commissioner Meeting Room of the Leelanau County Government Center.

Light refreshments will be served.

by Laurel Evans
Monday, November 28, 2022

A Notice of Letting Drain Contract for the Lake Bluffs Drain was released; all physical bids are due by Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Please review the notice for further instructions and specifications, which are located on the Drain Commissioner page specific to the Lake Bluffs Drain - https://www.leelanau.gov/meetingdetails.asp?MAId=2424

Any questions may be directed to Leelanau County Drain Commissioner Steve Christensen, 231-256-9783, or by email to schristensen@leelanau.gov 

For copies of the Plan and Specifications, please contact - 

Brian J. Cenci, P.E., Senior Project Manager - Drain & Water Resources
GEI Consultants - Lansing
(517) 449-3478
bcenci@geiconsultants.com

by Trudy Galla
Monday, November 28, 2022

Residents in Northwest Lower Michigan are being asked to provide their input on recycling access and infrastructure. This online survey will help to identify gaps and improvements residents would like to see in the future.

The survey is funded through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to help counties understand current material management deficiencies and highlight opportunities for improvement. Networks Northwest, a non-government organization facilitating various programs to build stronger communities in Northwest Michigan, is managing the survey effort.

Survey only takes about 5-8 minutes to complete.  It can be done anonymously. 

TAKE SURVEY

 

by Trudy Galla
Monday, November 21, 2022

The State Land Bank Authority has funds available for Blight Elimination programs, through the Leelanau County Land Bank Authority (LC-LBA).  The Leelanau County Land Bank Authority passed a motion to apply for funds by the deadline of 1/31/2023.  In order to apply for these funds, information on proposed projects has to be gathered. 

Please see this Notice  - the information requested can be found on the link in the Notice, under Blight Elimination RFP, pages 6-8, Section 11, Items B1 thru B4.  All information for a proposed site where these funds might be used needs to be submitted to the LC-LBA by 4 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.  

by Trudy Galla
Monday, November 21, 2022

Leelanau County seeks Qualifications & Proposals from qualified environmental firms interested in providing service to Leelanau County and the Leelanau County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

Please visit the Michigan Intergovernmental Trade Network (MITN)

Environmental Consulting Services RFQP FILE # LCBRA 2022-01

More information is available on the Bids/Vendor info page - https://www.leelanau.gov/bids.asp

by Trudy Galla
Monday, November 21, 2022

Have shrink wrap you need to dispose of?  

Check out this article for information and costs to dispose of shrink wrap through Bay Area Recycling for Charities.  

Or contact: 

Bay Area Recycling for Charities,
14407 Industrial Dr. Kaleva, MI 49645
(231) 883-4360
Hours: M – F, 9am to 4pm

Bay Area Recycling for Charities
466 US 31 South, Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 632-2272
Hours: M – F, 9 am – 4 pm

by Alison Middleton
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Click here to view the November 8, 2022 Official General Election Results.

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The GIS Map detailing the upcoming Leelanau County Broadband project is now LIVE!

Please visit the following link for more information on the upcoming broadband coverage projects in your area - 

https://leelanau.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/basic/index.html?appid=2135e72e11b942d5bcf000a2c2957013

by Jenny Romo
Saturday, October 1, 2022
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Let's continue to keep our Earth clean by recycling properly. Hazardous waste such as batteries, oil, electronics, etc. do not belong in the garbage or your local recycling site. To properly dispose such items and more, contact the Planning Department for an appointment for 2022 collections. Collections are for Leelanau County Households only and by appointment. Costs for these collections are covered under P.A. 69 of 2005 - a charge placed on Winter Tax Bills. 

For more information, questions and/or to schedule an appointment for a future Household Hazardous Waste, Electronic and Document Shredding collection call (231) 256-9812 or email planning@leelanau.gov 

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 21, 2022, Regular Session, approved Leelanau County Resolution #2022-010, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

The full text of the resolution can be viewed on the Ordinances and Resolutions page at this specific link - https://www.leelanau.gov/downloads/leelanau_co_resolution_2022_010_ipd.pdf

by Alison Middleton
Monday, August 1, 2022

Commissioner District maps effective January 1, 2023.

The Commissioner for each District is nominated in the August 2022 Primary and elected in the November 2022 General Election.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, April 14, 2022

For more information regarding the South Bar Lake Drainage District's proposed options and results of the scope meeting, please visit the following link - https://www.leelanau.gov/lcdcddsbl.asp

Please forward your comments to levans@leelanau.gov for review by the Drain Commissioner

by Rachel Richardson
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

In partnership with Tyler Technologies, the Leelanau County Register of Deeds Office is offering a free service - Fraud Guard.

Fraud Guard is a tool that helps protect you or your business from being the victim of
property fraud. It can simply alert you to any property, mortgage or real estate activity in
Leelanau County associated with a name(s) that you select. Once you register for the
free service, you will receive an email notice whenever the name you are monitoring is
on a document that has been recorded in this county.

Please click on this link - https://www.leelanau.gov/howdoia.asp?rid=194 to sign up.

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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The Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission has received a grant from the Child Care  Innovation Fund to help establish more infant & toddler child care businesses in Leelanau County.

More information is listed on the poster at right -  or call 231-942-4537, or visit www.leelanauearlychildhood.org

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Drain Commissioner has released preliminary conceptual designs for the Lake Bluffs Drainage District, which can be found at the following link: https://www.leelanau.gov/lcdcddlb.asp

by Lyn Drzewiecki
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Please click here to see the latest on the Official results, as reported for the November 2, 2021 Special Election and City General Election in Leelanau County.

by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Leelanau County Government Center has a "retired US Flag" receptacle within the double doors of the front entrance.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, March 11, 2021

For more information on how to get vaccinated for COVID-19, please visit the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department's homepage - https://www.bldhd.org/

by Matt Ansorge
Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Benzie/Leelanau District Health Department is currently scheduling COVID Vaccination appointments for those included in Phase 1B (including, but not limited to):

  • First Responders
  • Corrections Staff
  • School Employees
  • Child Care Workers
  • Citizens 65 years old+

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up Form linkhttps://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OU8ELMhU3kuPzesR6ujfWimrahLx0sFFlkZCnSlZgJVUQjFPRVBWT084Mk1BMkdHTFFXMUFWRlpCWC4u

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a formal acknowledgment email or phone call confirming you have signed up for the vaccination.

COVID-19 Questions Form link:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OU8ELMhU3kuPzesR6ujfWimrahLx0sFFlkZCnSlZgJVUOVlWODVYQVYySUJYTEpNOTRTSEdCVVVMRi4u

Volunteer Information:

  • Greeters & Runners – assist with general functions at the clinics; greeting patients, assisting with paperwork, directing foot traffic, stocking supplies, etc.
  • Vaccinators – qualified individuals licensed to administer vaccines
  • Vaccine Assistants – monitoring patients post vaccine, assist with scheduling booster appointments

Steps to Enroll as Volunteer:

  1. Register with Michigan Volunteer Registry - https://www.mivolunteerregistry.org/
  2. Complete Volunteer Form for BLDHD - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OU8ELMhU3kuPzesR6ujfWimrahLx0sFFlkZCnSlZgJVUQVgwMTg2WFdEMUdCSVk0VFpOMTRDUURHNS4u

Aging Hotline (where seniors can obtain information on where vaccines are currently available): (231) 715-5557

Local Public Health Information Hotline:  (231) 882-2197

State Public Health Information Hotline:  1-888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov

Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline:  (231) 935-0951

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its August 18, 2020, Regular Session, Approved Leelanau County Resolution #2020-014, "A Resolution to Condemn Racism in Leelanau County."

The full text of the resolution can be viewed on the September 15, 2020, Regular Session Meeting Page: https://www.leelanau.gov/meetingdetails.asp?MAId=1976

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 15, 2020, Regular Session, Approved Leelanau County Resolution #2020-015, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

The full text of the resolution can be viewed on the September 15, 2020, Regular Session Meeting Page: https://www.leelanau.gov/meetingdetails.asp?MAId=1986

by Laurel Evans
Monday, November 16, 2020
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Due to the recent rise in COVID-related illnesses, the Leelanau County Government Center will be open by appointment only beginning Wednesday, November 18.

by Michelle Crocker
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Not sure where to vote? The County's GIS department has created a map of all polling locations, including Commissioner Districts. Please visit the following page - https://www.leelanau.gov/howdoia.asp?rid=199

by Laurel Evans
Monday, June 1, 2020
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Following the directives of the Michigan Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office, the Hon. Marian Kromkowski has issued a "Phase One Plan", which focuses on the obligations to protect the health of litigants, judicial branch employees, and the public, while still providing essential services.

A complete copy of the plan can be found on the following page: https://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/probate_family_ct_phase_one_06012020.pdf

by Amber Weber
Monday, April 20, 2020

The Building Safety Department has posted important information relating to COVID-19 on its webpage - https://www.leelanau.cc/concodes.asp

by Armanda Krantz
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The 24-Hour Crisis Help Line is 1-833-295-0616

Call if an individual is -

  • Experiencing out of control behaviors that place him/herself at risk of harming themselves or others;
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide;
  • Experiencing severe stress that is resulting in a significant decline in daily and/or family functioning, or
  • You just don't know what else to do.

United Way of Northwest Michigan has a 24/7 Information and Referral service for our area. Dial 211 to get connected or text your zip code to 898211.

Coronavirus Preparedness

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday Office Hours for Veterans Affairs Services have been suspended until further notice, due to COVID-19.

Please contact the Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs Office directly for any questions or concerns - http://www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us/995/Veterans-Affairs

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020

HASTA NUEVO AVISO

Para los clientes del Tribunal de Distrito 86, las áreas de Criminal / Traffic / Civil y Probation Clerk estarán cerradas al tráfico peatonal pero estarán disponibles por teléfono.

Para obtener información más detallada, consulte lo siguiente:

https://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/lettersized_covid_poster_spanish_1.pdf

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

For clients of the 86th District Court, the Criminal/Traffic/Civil and Probation Clerk areas will be closed to foot traffic but will be available by phone.

For more detailed information, please visit the following page - https://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/covid_poster_03162020.pdf

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Approved a Resolution in Appreciation of First Responders

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Office has announced a new, free program available for eligible Veterans who are experiencing hearing loss issues; more information on the Heroes With Hearing Loss Program can be obtained by visiting the Veterans Affairs page - https://www.leelanau.cc/veterans.asp

by John Gallagher III
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leelanau County Treasurer: Keeping families in their homes is my top priority

As Leelanau County Treasurer, keeping families in their homes is one of my top priorities. Over the past several years, we have worked hard to prevent tax foreclosures with 2017 remarkably having none.

Help is available for Leelanau County homeowners struggling to pay delinquent property taxes. At the Treasurer’s office, we’re here to help the residents of Leelanau County navigate and qualify for different assistance programs.

If you or someone you know has delinquent taxes from 2015 or earlier, I urge you to reach out to us so that we can help you stay in your home and set up a payment plan to get your back taxes paid.

Hardship extension

For qualifying homeowners with two or more years of delinquent property taxes, we offer hardship extensions in order to prevent foreclosure. This gives families the option to work with us to come up with a monthly payment plan to become current and prevent property tax foreclosure.

In addition, we offer multi-year payment plans. These new plans, together with a hardship extension, gives families that are struggling financially an opportunity to escape the cycle of barely avoiding foreclosure year-after-year, and give them peace of mind knowing that their home is safe.

Veterans

For 100 percent disabled veterans, an exemption from property taxes on a primary residence is available and can save disabled veterans thousands of dollars on current and future years property taxes. Please contact the Leelanau County Veteran’s Affairs Office at 231-256-9711 for more information.

Credit card payments

To make it easier and more convenient to pay delinquent property taxes, we offer online and phone payment via credit card. You can also come into the office and pay with your credit card. Go to the Treasurer’s website at www.leelanau.cc/treasurer  and click on “Pay Delinquent Taxes Online.”

 

If you have delinquent property taxes and fear you may lose your home, please contact my office. Whether it’s applying for assistance, working on hardship extensions to help pay off delinquent property taxes, or navigating available resources, my team is on hand to help homeowners in any way we can.

Our mission is to serve you and we will continue to fight and work hard to help Leelanau County families stay in their homes.

StepForwardMichigan.org

Step Forward Michigan still has millions of dollars for qualified homeowners who are struggling with back taxes and back mortgages.  Please visit:  stepforwardmichigan.org for more information.

Getting help

Residents can call the Treasurer’s office at 231-256-9838, email us at treasurer@co.leelanau.mi.us, or go to our website at www.leelanau.cc/treasurer  to get more information or set up an appointment.

Key Words: Delinquent Taxes
by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners recently held a Committee of the Whole Session to hear presentations from other agencies relative to septic systems and water quality.

A "Guide for Leelanau County Homeowners" is available for review on the Clean Water homepage - https://www.leelanau.cc/lcw.asp

by Laurel Evans
Friday, January 26, 2018

Effective January, 2018, The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office has designated R.E. Risk & Associates to conduct all property foreclosure sales within Leelanau County.

More information is available on the LCSO page - https://www.leelanau.cc/foreclosuresales.asp

by Matt Ansorge
Monday, January 22, 2018
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Did you know there is currently an outbreak of HEPATITIS A?  Food handlers can pass this infection to others when preparing and serving food.  You can protect yourself and others by getting the HEPATITIS A Vaccine.

Call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department at 231-256-0200 to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 19, 2017, Regular Session, approved County Resolution #2017-012, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

A PowerPoint presentation by County resident Robin Carden is available for viewing - http://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/indigenous_peoples_day_rev_09272017_r_carden.pdf

A signed copy of the Resolution is available on the Resolutions and Ordinances Page - http://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/indigenous_peoples_day_cr_2017_012.pdf

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The NEW 2017 Leelanau County Plat Books are in - you can make purchase arrangements through the Conservation District, 231-256-9783, or by visiting - http://www.leelanaucd.org/2017-plat-books/