Administrator Update for Feb. 20, 2020

Today, I attended a session of Veterans Treatment Court, a valuable problem-solving court for veterans who have faced the judiciary system. Judge Frank Line and his team of professionals saw 11 participants today, 10 of which were successful in continuing without sanctions.
Also today, the Board of Commissioners approved more than $108k from the state in a grant to the Calhoun County Veteran Affairs Office. VA Office Director Aaron Edlefson and his staff, with input from our Veterans Affairs Committee, will use these funds to help participants in the Veterans Court with required supplies, replace windows on the Haven of Rest’s veterans’ residential floor, and sponsor veterans baseball events with the Battle Creek Bombers, among other projects. The grant will also provide for a substantial increase in our local veterans relief fund for one-time emergency needs throughout this year.
The way that we impact citizens lives is very different from one part of the county to another, and that's clear by how different offices serve certain populations. I am proud of the work we're doing because, while there's always room for improvement, our priorities and values speak in the work we do every day.

Here is what else is going on in Calhoun County: 

At the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Chaired by County Commissioner Kathy-Sue Vette, the Board approved our new 5-Year Strategic Destination Plan. The Board also discussed McCamly Hotel and its importance to tourism, the city of Battle Creek’s proposed new Hotel Ordinance, and legislative issues such as Pure Michigan funding.

The Calhoun County Veterans Affairs Committee meeting took place Wednesday, Feb. 12, and the committee heard from Director Aaron Edlefson about how state grant dollars will be used the remainder of this year, as a prelude to the Board of Commissioners Meeting where the grant was approved. The Board took action on several Veterans Relief Fund Applications and received a financial report for January.

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