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  CalCo Admin Update
BY KELLI SCOTT
Calhoun County Administrator/Controller
    reports show that Calhoun County’s COVID-19 numbers remain steady and at this point the virus has affected so many areas of our lives. Staffed by the City
of Battle Creek, we are now briefing at least once weekly with all workgroups and over 50 Calhoun County elected and appointment officials, leaders of non-prof- its, and business liaisons. The emergency response continues, with focus on vulner- able populations, and on ways to support the reopening of our economy and schools in the safest way. Learn more about this work at calhouncountymi.gov/covid19.
Calhoun County voters approved
two countywide millages at the August
4 Primary Election. One, a renewal, will continue to benefit seniors who live in
this county with over 22 millage-funded services. The second approval is for a
new millage that will benefit countywide parks. Half of the millage dollars will
go to the County parks system, which previously lacked sufficient dedicated revenue and thus existed with just basic maintenance. The other half of the millage dollars is allocated to townships by pop- ulation to ensure resources for parks and recreation countywide. We are so grateful that county residents value the tremendous park assets within our community, and that they understand how powerful our senior millage is in improving the lives of older adults.
out their census form do so before the end-of-September deadline. What differ- ence does it make? The county committee has put together a video and story map for the community, which describe which familiar, and local, programs benefit from an accurate decennial Census count. Visit calhouncountymi.gov/census to see those resources, as well as social media assets that anyone can share on their accounts to encourage their friends to complete their 2020 Census.
Some county services remain modi- fied due to the pandemic. Jury trials are still on hold, and in the meantime we are literally taking down walls at the court- house to expand physical spaces for juries to convene safely. According to the State Supreme Court Administrative Office’s plans to resume full judicial operations, hearings have been happening virtually for months. Many other County offices continue to encourage appointments to conduct business, in order to prevent large
Calhoun County’s Census Commit- tee is making its final push to encourage households in Calhoun to complete their 2020 Census forms. A complete and accu- rate Census count is critical to maintain- ing vital services in our communities. As of the start of September 2020, residents within the cities of Battle Creek and Albion are still behind in comparison to
As we reach the final quarter of the year, road projects are another major fo- cus for the County. The Emmett Township Local Road project continues at a steady clip, with Phase 1 nearly complete. There are still two more years of this voter-ap- proved project, which will improve all 75 local road miles within the Township. To view weekly progress on this project, as well as all county road construction for this year, visit calhouncountyroads.com.
The Census and a COVID-19 Update
Many County officials continue to focus on the health of our community through our ongoing engagement with the COVID-19 Joint Operations Center. Our Public Health
gatherings indoors. We are very much committed to providing necessary services to our residents, and have greatly expand- ed our ability to do so remotely. Contact information for each office can be found at calhouncountymi.gov/safestart.
response rates for the last Census in 2010. Especially for the City of Battle Creek which teeters on the edge of 50,000 resi- dents – a benchmark population number for access to certain grants – it’s import- ant that anyone who has not yet filled
For Your Health
As always, keep up with what’s hap- pening in Calhoun County by signing up for County press releases and biweekly updates after Board of Commissioners meetings. Sign up on our homepage, calhouncountymi.gov. And stay healthy!
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