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CalCo Admin UpdateBY KELLI SCOTTCalhoun County Administrator/ControllerParks and Recreation Department is conducting its public input survey during August and September, to help the County update our 5-Year Master Plan this year.You can keep up with other Calhoun County Government news by signing up for the Administrator/Controller Update, which is sent after every Board of Com- missioners meeting. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/327ylBS.We encourage citizens to make their voice heard through this online sur-vey. Questions address opportunities to redevelop Kimball Pines, accessibility in all parks, and the level of support for a possible new parks millage. The surveyis available online at b.link/calhounparks. For a printed version, call the Community Development Office at (269) 781-0782.As we get ready for football andfall colors, the Calhoun County Road Department’s construction season is winding down. Federal aid projects, as well as primary and local road paving, were near completion by the end of August. County crews are still working on shoulder maintenance and primary road bridge work, and the department’s chip seal operation is nearly complete, as well. For a list of all summer projects, visit calhouncountyroads.com.We offer a variety of options for the most appropriate service, the most fitting farewell.In the very first scene of the show Parks and Recre- ation, Leslie Knope asks a young girl playing in a public park to rate her lev- el of fun. Similarly, the Calhoun Countymeters of grassland with nets to collect ticks. Over 260 tickets were collected, and of those 181 were blacklegged ticks. The remaining 79 were dog ticks. This year, there are 11 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Calhoun County. Data collected is helpful in identifying what types of ticks are in Michigan, which allows state and local agencies to better prepare for illnesses that may occur.Participate in The County Parks SurveyThe Public Health Department spent the summer focusing on a few new projects designed to improve safety for County residents. For example, with grant dollars from the Michigan Depart- ment of Health and Human Services, en- vironmental health staff dragged 15,000In September, Calhoun County em- ployees will participate in a United Way campaign to raise money for the three local chapters of United Way: Albion/ Homer, Marshall, and Battle Creek/ Kalamazoo. The County is one of the only organizations locally that makes it easy for its employees to donate to any of the United Way campaigns in Calhoun County. Last year’s campaign donated $22,559 and 152 employees participated. This inspires conversations throughout our organization about how giving ben- efits the whole community, whether it’s to United Way or simply donating a can of food within County Buildings for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, which is an extra giving opportunity for our employees this year. We appreciate that some County programs, particularly within the Public Health Department, directly benefit from United Way funds.• Make your wishes known to your family• Prepayment is not necessary.• If you decide to prepay you will lock into certain costs.• •Your prepaid funds can be made irrevocable in order to become Medicaid eligible.Your existing life insurance may be able to be protected if Medicaid becomes necessary.269-962-5527 • www.farleyestesdowdle.com • 105 Capital Ave., NE BATTLE CREEK | AUGUSTA | RICHLANDHEALTH ISSUE I SCENE 4409 27


































































































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