EMMET COUNTY NEWS

 

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MESSAGE FROM COUNTY CLERK ON ABSENTEE VOTING

    In an effort to alleviate confusion, the Emmet County Clerk’s Office would like to remind voters that state election law does not allow for “early voting.” Though Michigan is not an “early voting” state, it does accommodate ABSENTEE VOTING. Voters can request an absentee ballot either by mail or in person from their local clerk. Then fill out your absentee ballot and return it to your local clerk before November 3. PLEASE NOTE THAT ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE NOT COUNTED UNTIL ELECTION DAY. For further questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (231) 348-1744 or go to the Michigan Secretary of State's website for answers to all your election-related questions.

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FREE DRIVE-THRU FLU VACCINATION NOV. 4

    The Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) has offered to do a “drive-thru” flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2-4 p.m., at the Eppler Road EMS station. This drive-thru method was used at the Boyne City Fire Station recently and was very successful. Health Department staff, all of whom are screened daily, will provide the testing and the general public will not be entering the EMS facility. The vaccination is free and will take place with the persons seated in their vehicles, therefore reducing the possibility of any COVID-19 exposures.
    To reduce congestion and wait times, the HDNW requests that those wishing to get a flu vaccination at the drive-thru clinic to pre-register by calling 1-800-432-4121.

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PELLSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE:  Emmet County, sponsor of Pellston Regional Airport (PLN), is planning to file an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to impose and use a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) to fund capital improvement projects at PLN. Click here to read the full public notice with details on the county's intent for filing the application.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Emmet County has the following positions open:

    • PROBATE COURT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
    • ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY I/II
    • PARAMEDIC
    • MECHANICAL INSPECTOR

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INVITATION FOR POTENTIAL COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS

meeting iconCURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: County Road Commission; Historical Committee; Blissfest Music Festival Committee; and Construction Resource Committee
    Emmet County is committed to excellence in its delivery of services to its residents and visitors. To help us maintain and improve upon this mission, we reach out to leaders in business and industry, to community leaders, and to county residents by inviting you to consider serving on one of the various Committees or Boards that have been established in Emmet County.
    Positions become available periodically and the Board of Commissioners appoints Committee and Board members from a pool of applicants. If you are interested in applying, a complete list of the Committees and Boards along with the necessary application can be located by clicking here. All applications will be kept on file for two years.
    Inquiries should be directed to Emmet County Clerk's Office at (231) 348-1744 or 200 Division St., Petoskey, MI 49770.

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COUNTY BUILDING / COURTHOUSE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    After more than a two-month-long building shutdown, Emmet County officials reopened the County Building and Courthouse in downtown Petoskey on Tuesday, May 26, though with some pre-entrance procedures required from visitors, including a mandatory health screening questionnaire and temperature check.
    All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times inside the county buildings and to adhere to physical distancing guidelines to allow at least six feet between you and all other persons (outside of your household). Building security personnel will also restrict the number of people admitted to each department. We strongly encourage citizens to first check our website to see if some or all of your business can be handled using resources available online or over the phone before making a visit. A list of all county departments is available for easy reference.
    County Clerk Suzanne Kanine provides an overview in this short video of what to expect when visiting the county building after it opens to the public. Kanine notes some additional information on the clerk's website concerning certain services in her office.
    For detailed information on the county's reopening, please refer to the full Emmet County COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (last revised/updated June 2).

EMMET COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES

Please visit our COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE for recent news releases from Emmet County officials in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The page also includes quick links to all county departments, their contact information during the county building closure and any notices regarding their department's current operational status. As this situation evolves, please refer to the COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE for the latest news and specific information related to Emmet County government operations and any changes to county services.

Note that the county is now using Zoom to conduct necessary public meetings remotely. Check the meeting's entry in the county meeting calendar for instructions on how to join that Zoom meeting. County officials also remind citizens that established rules of conduct in place for in-person meetings will apply to the virtual meetings.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a STATE OF EMERGENCY on March 10 after confirmation of positive cases of Michiganders infected with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. All residents are encouraged to take preventative measures to limit exposure to the virus. For residents seeking more information about the virus and the state's efforts to limit the potential spread of the virus, go to Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

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INFORMATION ON PELLSTON PFAS ISSUE

pfas-iconUpdates on the investigation by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) following the detection in early 2020 of PFAS in a water sample of a private residence in Pellston can be found at here. Water sampling and installation of point-of-use water filters resumed in early June, following the temporary suspension of those activities during the recent COVID-19 outbreak. More information about PFAS can be found on the state attorney general website and also on the website of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

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SALE/DISPOSAL OF COUNTY OWNED PROPERTY

Emmet County government frequently has vehicles, lawn and miscellaneous power equipment, tools, furniture and other items which are no longer in use by county departments, but may still have value. Those items are now being put up for sale and listed at Biddergy.com, a worldwide online auction company based in Michigan. Click here to view items listed by Emmet County.

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Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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