EMMET COUNTY NEWS
Sheriff's Department Donates $900 to Big Brothers Big Sisters
MEDC Grants Available for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is offering $500,000 in grants to small businesses in this region. The process for small businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020. According to the MEDC website, grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $15,000 per eligible business on a "first-in" basis. Small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for the grant funds to meet urgent working capital needs including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, and utility expenses in the following industries:
• Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers
• Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers and hospitality businesses
• Live event venues and movie theaters
• Conference and meeting facilities
• Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks and bowling centers
• Gyms, fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities
Go to the MEDC website to learn more
INVITATION FOR POTENTIAL COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Planning Commission, Blissfest Music Festival Committee; Construction Resource Committee; and Sanitary Code Board of Appeals 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.
JUDGE JOHNSON RETIRING AT THE END OF 2020
Judge Charles W. Johnson, Chief Judge of the 57th Circuit Court, has announced his intention to retire effective January 1, 2021. He was first elected by the voters in Emmet County in November of 1994, taking office January 1, 1995. Judge Johnson was re-elected in 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2018. At retirement, he will have served for 26 years as the first judge of the 57th Circuit, a new circuit created by the division of 33rd Circuit which formerly served both Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. ........ click here to read the full story.
EMMET COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES
Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information about the coronavirus outbreak in Emmet County. The page also includes quick links to all county departments, their contact information and any notices regarding their department's current operational status. As the 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. Also note that the county is now using Zoom to conduct scheduled 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 for in-person meetings will also apply to the virtual meetings. Residents are encouraged to take preventative measures and follow guidelines for our state and local health departments 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.
INFORMATION ON PELLSTON PFAS ISSUE
Updates 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.
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.