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by Laurel Evans
Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will be Live-Streaming its August 11, 2020, Executive Board Session on YouTube; more information can be found within the meeting agenda -

https://www.leelanau.gov/meetingdetails.asp?MAId=1953

If you encounter any problems with streaming this meeting, you may need to try a different browser.

by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Field Data Collection for the 2020 Census will end on September 30, 2020.

Please click on the following link for the full press release - https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/press-releases/delivering-complete-accurate-count.html

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The 2019 Northwest Michigan Target Market Analysis studied the demand for housing through 2025.  The study found that the market could support 668 additional housing units through 2025 in Leelanau County.

Click here for a 2-page summary.

Link to the full study for Leelanau County.

by Michelle Crocker
Monday, August 3, 2020

Unofficial Results of the August 4, 2020, Primary Election for all precincts with Leelanau County will be available at the following link - https://www.leelanau.gov/electionresults.asp

by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Leelanau County Treasurer's Office has an opening for a full-time Deputy Treasurer/PRE Auditor - more information is available on the Employment Opportunities page:

https://www.leelanau.gov/adminemployment.asp

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Leelanau County Parks & Recreation Commission will be Live-Streaming its August 19, 2020, Regular Session on YouTube; more information can be found within the meeting agenda -

https://www.leelanau.cc/meetingdetails.asp?MAId=1952

If you encounter any problems with streaming this meeting, you may need to try a different browser.

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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A Wildflower Meadow Garden, featuring native plant species, has been established at Old Settlers Park, through the collaborative efforts of the Glen Lake Garden Club, the Leelanau County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Community Supporters.

The flier in its entirety is available at the following link - https://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/oldsettlersposter6.pdf

Information on the the garden is available at - https://www.leelanau.cc/oldsettlers.asp

by Michelle Crocker
Monday, July 20, 2020
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To view the August 4, 2020, Primary Election Notice in its entirety, please visit the County Clerk Elections, Voter Information Pagehttps://www.leelanau.cc/elections.asp

by Molly Steck
Thursday, July 16, 2020

There will be a household hazardous waste & electronics collection on September 12, 2020 in the parking lot across from the casino in Peshawbestown. This event is for Leelanau County residents only. 

*This collection will also offer document shredding*

As always, APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED and we encourage you to call soon for an appointment as SPACE IS LIMITED!

Appointments can be made by calling the Planning & Community Development office: 231-256-9812 or toll free at 866-256-9711. 

More information about the collection can be found HERE

by Molly Steck
Thursday, July 16, 2020

There will be a scrap tire collection on September 19, 2020 in the Government Center parking lot. This event is for Leelanau County residents only, with a limit of 10 tires per Leelanau County address. Passenger vehicle and truck tires only. 

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED as SPACE IS LIMITED. 

Cost is $1.00 per tire and needs to be made prior to the event. We will NOT be accepting payments the day of the event.

**No over-sized tires - (tire dimensions over 4' tall or wider than 12") or commercial business ("farm" or "farm operation" as defined in Section 2 of the Michigan Right to Farm Act, is a commercial business)**

Appointments can be made by calling the Planning & Community Development office: 231-256-9812

or toll free at 866-256-9711, x 812

More information about the collection can be found HERE

by Laurel Evans
Monday, June 29, 2020

On behalf of the 11 townships and 3 incorporated villages within Leelanau County, the County seeks suitable candidates for the contracted position of County Designated Assessor.

More information, including the job description, is available on the following page - https://www.leelanau.cc/bids.asp

Applications for this contracted position will be accepted until the position is filled.

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 Laurel Evans
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The US Census office for this area has reopened beginning May 27.

For more information, please visit the following page - https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/operational-adjustments-covid-19.html

by Annette Kleinschmit
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Hosted by Leelanau 4-H, this free, 4-week 4-H Public Speaking course is for youth in grades 6-12 and offered on the following Mondays from 6-6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The topics that are covered include:

  • Week 1 (May 11): From Fear to Fantastic: how to manage stage fright
  • Week 2 (May 18): Impromptu Speaking:  speaking "off the cuff" to celebrate/commemorate 
  • Week 3 (May 25): Informative Speaking: telling, teaching, talking about useful topics
  • Week 4 (June 1): Persuasive Speaking: influencing positive changes through your ideas and words

Building confidence in public speaking is an important life skill with many important real-life applications.  Join 4-H Leader Dr. Mark Howell to sharpen your public speaking skills!  You will receive an email with a Zoom invite and password to join.  For more info, contact Rosali Collier at 231-256-9888 or collierr@msu.edu.  Click on the link to register:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/SpeakOutStandOut/

by Annette Kleinschmit
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Every Wednesday throughout the growing season, MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be available live via Zoom to answer your lawn and garden questions. They will help you with diagnosing lawn and garden problems, vegetable garden advice, and insect and plant identification.  To ask your questions, all you have to do is join the Zoom meeting between the hours of 11am and 1pm on any Wednesday. You will be taken to a virtual waiting room momentarily before meeting with the MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.  The Zoom meeting link to join is https://msu.zoom.us/j/210151959?pwd=elMwbWp5cDdjMkJHNG03Z0h6ZW84dz09  or you can join by phone, by calling (312) 626 6799 and entering the Zoom meeting ID 210-151-959 and the password 1914.   For more information, please contact Nate Walton, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor at 231-256-9888 x 323 or waltonn2@msu.edu


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

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
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 Trudy Galla
Monday, March 9, 2020
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AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE:  547 S. St. Joseph Street in Lake Leelanau.

3 Bedroom, 2 baths, 1,575 square feet, 1 car attached garage, appliances and washer/dryer included.  $108,900. 

Homeowner Association (HOA) fee of $105/month.

Call 231-947-6001 for an application or more information (Homestretch).

Must occupy the home as your principal residence. 

Must qualify for a conventional mortgage.

Maximum combined household income allowed for income qualified applications:

1 person - $42,240

Two - $48,320

Three - $54,320

Four - $60,320

 

by Molly Steck
Friday, February 7, 2020

Vincer West is a new neighborhood at the edge of Northport Village intended for individuals and families employed locally who want to live closer to where they work. Click here for more information.   Two units left at $169,900 each.

by Michelle Crocker
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents will need to present a REAL ID-compliant document to fly within the United States and enter certain federal facilities under federal law.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State's website - 

https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1627_81569---,00.html

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Leelanau County Planning Commission met to consider action to adopt the amended Leelanau County General Plan at its December 17, 2019 meeting.  The Commission passed a Resolution to adopt the Plan, and send it to the County Board for consideration.  

Leelanau County General Plan - November 2019.  Follow this link and then click on "Final Draft of General Plan – November 2019"

For more information contact the Planning & Community Development office at 256-9812 or planning@co.leelanau.mi.us

by Trudy Galla (Edited by Molly Steck)
Thursday, November 7, 2019

The dates for 2020 have been confirmed, and reservations are now being accepted.

Saturday, June 20, 2020  – household hazardous waste & electronics collection at Glen Lake School

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - household hazardous waste & electronics collection Peshawbestown (across from the Casino)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - household hazardous waste & electronics collection in Elmwood Township (Cherry Bend Park, off Avondale Lane)

Saturday, June 27, 2020  – Tire recycling collection (tires ONLY) at Glen Lake School ($1.00 per tire, 10 tires per residence).

Appointments required for ALL events. Tires must be paid for prior to the collection event.  Call 256-9812 or email planning@co.leelanau.mi.us for more information or to sign up.

by Trudy Galla
Thursday, August 22, 2019

 

Contact:  Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Burning Your Household Trash Does Not Make it Go Away

The temptation to throw unwanted items from the house, garage and garden into a pile or barrel and light it may be strong.  But wait! Don’t light that match!

Not only is backyard burning harmful to your health and the environment, it is also against the law.   Public Act 102 of 2012 prohibits trash burning of household waste that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals, hazardous materials.

Backyard burning of household trash releases toxins into the air. The harmful dioxins and furans that are produced in the burning process don’t simply go up in smoke. They settle on plants and waterways and are in the ash that is produced. From the air, the toxins and ash can find their way into the dirt of your vegetable garden and into the food that you eat. Kids playing in the area may be exposed to them as well. They can cause serious health concerns such as rashes, nausea, dizziness and headaches, burning or itching eyes and nose, coughing, aggravation of respiratory ailments, and an increase of heart disease.

The longer a fire burns and smolders more toxins are produced.  And there is always a risk of the burn pile getting out of control and creating a damaging, accidental fire.

Don’t light that match!  Reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and then dispose the rest with a commercial waste hauler or your local transfer station.

by Trudy Galla (Edited by Molly Steck)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

LATEX PAINT

Latex paint is not considered a 'hazardous material', but it is accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronics collections for Leelanau HOUSEHOLDS ONLY (No more than 10, 1-gallon cans per vehicle at each Leelanau County collection). 

However, there are ways to get rid of the latex paint and not have to bring it to a collection.  Citizens are encouraged to use one of the methods listed on our flyer, which also eliminates non-hazardous materials from taking up space in the HHW collections.  

DRUGS

Drugs (Controlled substance medications, medication samples, vitamins, etc) are NOT to be put down the drain, on the ground, or in the garbage.

There is a drug disposal drop-off box located in the lobby of the Leelanau County Sheriff's office - for PILLS only.  The box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bring in your unused and unwanted drugs and place in the secure box.  ANONYMOUS.  NO COST.  NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Click here for the flyer with information on proper disposal of latex paints, as well as proper disposal of drugs, including liquids like syrups.  

Items that need to be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection require an appointment.  Call 256-9812 or email planning@co.leelanau.mi.us to get an appointment slot.  Appointments are LIMITED for all collections.

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/

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Leelanau County Flags are now available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Bay Supply Marketing

by Ron Plamondon
Friday, May 30, 2014

We are in the process of implementing the Leelanau County Web Site.  We will be continuing to improve the content on the new site and hope to have as much historical data as possible. Additional features are currently underway and will be announced as they are rolled out.  Thank you for your patience as we add these new features.

In order to insure that the web site displays information properly, you should clear the history in your internet browser.  In Internet Explorer you clear the history in Internet Options under Tools.  In Firefox you clear the history in the Privacy tab under Options, and in Google Chrome you clear the history in History under Options.

The Search option will not function correctly until the Google Search Engine has finished indexing our new web site.  The search option right now will still display our old site information and will not find the proper page due to the conversion.  I will post an update once the search has been reindexed to the new data.