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CalCo Admin UpdateBY KELLI SCOTT, Co. Admn./ControllerIn County Gov- ernment, we’re pre- paring for the summer months and, too, celebrating ac- complishments from the past year.The Road De- partment is planning dozens of 2019 road improvement projects, and the Public Health Department continues to edu- cate the public about the importance of vaccinations, hoping to avoid a measles outbreak in Calhoun County. We’re also wrapping up the 2018 fiscal year audit and beginning the County’s 2020 budget process. We prepare multi-year operat- ing and capital needs forecasts, and work with both internal and Board of Commis- sioners budget committees to get input on assumptions and strategies. Our 2019 Equalization Report indicates a 2.9% increase in county-wide taxable values, mainly due to a healthy real estate mar- ket. Since we rely on property taxes for nearly half of the county’s General Fund budget, this slow but sure improvement in the economy will help us have the ca- pacity to provide mandated and neededHistoric Bridge Park, Kimball Pines, and Ott Biological Preserve. For all updates about the parks this summer, visit Cal- houn County Parks on Facebook.federally-funded resurfacing projects, as well as primary road paving projects and those agreed upon with townships for local roads. There are also a handful of projects funded by safety grants to mod- ernize traffic signals and assist with tree removal. Tree removal helps reduce the number of potholes because there is less water pooling on roadways. The Road Department’s website is a helpful re- source for understanding the extent of its summer operations and planning ahead to avoid construction zones.In May, we celebrate the variety of services the Sheriff’s Office provides for the community. Established by President Ronald Reagan, the week of May 5 is considered National Correctional Officers Week. Later, the week of May 15, is Na- tional Police Week, established by Pres- ident John F. Kennedy, which includes the Peace Officers’ Memorial Service recognizing officers who were killed in the line of duty. Between the two weeks, Sheriff Matt Saxton holds a banquet for all Sheriff’s Office staff members, recog- nizing the sacrifices and achievements of law enforcement and corrections officials in Calhoun County. Sheriff Saxton is pas- sionate about this opportunity to thank the men and women who keep Calhoun County citizens safe, as well as the jail population. Photos from this event will be posted on the Sheriff Office’s Facebook page after the event on Thursday, May 9.At the end of May, County offic- es will switch to summer hours. Most offices within the County Building in Marshall will be open 8am-5pm. Mon- day-Thursday, and 8am-noon on Fridays. The Equalization and Water Resourc- es offices will keep their regular hours, open Monday-Thursday and closed on Friday. Additionally, the Road Depart- ment office will be closed on Fridays, and open 6am-4pm during the week. We employ a live answering service 24/7 and are always available to respond to pub- lic safety concerns on the roads. For all summer updates, please sign up for the Administrator/Controller Update which is sent out after every Board of Com- missioners meeting. A link to sign up is under “News” on the County homepage, Up For Season Activitiesservices to the public.Starting May 1, the Calhoun CountySheriff Matt Saxton is hosting the annual 6S for Students golf outing on Friday, August 9 at Binder Park Golf Course. Funds from this event go to youth programs, such as the TEAM program and school deputy position. Register on Facebook at iffSaxtons6S or contact Rick Redman at opened to the public. This means that restrooms were unlocked for the season and maintenance operations have begun. Trail signage was improved throughout the parks last year and contin- ual improvements are always on the table, with potential funding through numerous grant applications submitted in March. The County manages three main parks:A list of 2019 road improvement proj- ects is posted to the Calhoun County Road Department website, calhouncoun- This list includes numerousRegistration has begun for two sum- mer golf outings. These golf outings make ancillary programs and events pos- sible.The Juvenile Home’s June 14 golf out- ing which exclusively benefits the youth detained there. Teams should register as soon as possible by contacting Project Leader Mic Grigg via email, mgrigg@ This outing fills up fast! Dollars from this event go to the Juvenile Home’s token system, which re- wards kids who behave while there. Ju- venile Home director Tori Benden said, “The token economy system is the back- bone of our behavior management pro- gram. Providing youth with immediate consequences is important for changing the thought pattern that influences behav- ior. We use positive consequences in the form of coupons issues by staff through- out the day to reinforce youth to display appropriate and desirable behaviors.”MICHAEL E. DOWNING REALTOR• ASSOCIATE BROKER • HALL OF FAME AWARD WINNER• 43 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE • OVER 3,000 CLOSED TRANSACTIONS • RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD• MEMBER OF THE RE/MAX 100% CLUB FROM 1983 thru 2008, 2010-2018Main Office: 269-968-6101 269-441-5564 • Fax 269-441-5235 H 269-963-2433 • C e-mail: DowningMik@aol.comRE/MAX Perrett Assoc.Inc.,317 E. Columbia Ave., Battle Creek, MI 490158 TIME PLATINUM AWARD WINNER24 SCENE 4405 I CELEBRATING SENIORS

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