EMMET COUNTY LAND BANK AUTHORITY
The mission of the Emmet County Land Bank Authority is to efficiently return distressed properties to productive use for the maximum benefit of the community.
4th Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Board of Commissioners’ meeting room, in the County Building downtown Petoskey, 200 Division St.
Please note that it is occasionally necessary to cancel or reschedule a meeting, which will be listed on the county calendar.
Marilyn May, Emmet County Treasurer
Mary Mitchell, Emmet County Interim Administrator
Jonathan Scheel, Emmet County Commissioner, District 5
Tammy Doernenburg. Emmet County Planning and Zoning Director
STAFF: Brooke Milbrandt
An analogy for Land Banks …
Growing Good Corn
There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.
So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.