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  CalCo Admin Update
Calhoun County Administrator/Controller
    rate per 100,000 people on our website at Due to high rates, Chief Judge Michael Jaconette has announced that jury trials will be paused until mid-February, at the earliest. This
er people participating. To rebuild programs and serve more older adults, the Senior Millage Allocation Com- mittee approved raising income limits to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level
decision was made after consulting with Calhoun County Health Officer Eric Pessell and looking at similar COVID situations in the re- gion, and ultimately looking out for the safety of employees and court partic- ipants. Remote hearings are on- going anytime it’s appropriate.
for the 2022 calendar year. For one person, this would be an income of $2,831 a month or $33,975 a year. For two people, their monthly income limit would
Here is what’s happening with Calhoun County Government.
County’s ARPA allocation was new technology for the Water Resources Commissioner. This investment will benefit residents as well as county oper- ations. On the Water Resources website, there is information about the Goguac Lake Level Remote Monitoring System. This solution allows anyone to see live data related to the lake’s elevation, temperature, and more. There’s login information listed for where to find this information. Visit https://calhouncoun- index.php.
COVID-19 transmission rates remain high in Calhoun as of
this writing. You can find Calhoun County’s test percent positivity rate and incidence
And finally, there’s more good news from the County’s Senior Services Offices. For 2022, income limits for some of the Senior Millage-funded programs is increasing, which will make more people age 60 and over eligible for these programs. Since the start of the pandemic, many Senior Millage programs have seen few-
 On January 21,
I participated in the
State of the Com-
munity presenta-
tion, virtual this
year for the second
time due mainly to the pandemic. This was one dedicated time for city and county leaders in Calhoun County to share successes from 2021 and what’s to come in 2022, and the virtual format made it more accessible to the public. Key themes from all who participated were, investment of local govern- ment allocations of one-time federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, progressing on broadband and countywide public transit initiatives, and celebrating economic development opportunities. The presentation can
be found on the City of Battle Creek’s YouTube channel, jLkH33vB2Dc.
a specific program directly. You can find
a list of Senior Mill- age-funded programs on the Department website, departments/senior_ser- vices/index.php.
Speaking of ARPA funds, one of the projects that was funded from the
Please thank a first responder
when you see one, and invite anyone considering new employment to check out job opportunities on the County website!
Another project to receive ARPA funds for work that benefits the entire community is the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority. Recently the Land Bank partnered with the EPA and Michigan EGLE to remove five underground storage tanks from a property on Upton Avenue in Battle Creek. This vacant land is owned by the Land Bank, and these storage tanks prevented the property from being sold until they were taken care of. On Facebook in late January, the Land Bank shared photos of the removal process for these underground tanks. You might never consider that such a seem- ingly simple thing make a big difference within our county, but it’s the important sort of work the Land Bank does to get properties back on the tax roll quickly.
Our leadership within county government are hopeful about
be $3,815 or $45,775 annually. To see if
they qualify, interest- ed individuals should call Calhoun County Senior Services at (269) 781-0846, or contact
the possibilities for 2022 to be more transformational than 2021 turned out to be. Stronger local partnerships, lessons we’ve learned about the impor- tance of streamlined and flexible cus- tomer service, coupled with the one- time opportunities ARPA funds offer, set us up well for even more successes this year. County employees are small- er in number right now, but they are amazingly dedicated and hard-working to deliver the services most needed by our residents and visitors.

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