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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.

• Emmet County Land Bank is seeking bids for a survey of a tax-foreclosed home. Surveyor must be licensed. Deadline for bid submission is September 13, 2019, at noon.
Please see bid form for details.

• Emmet County Land Bank is seeking bids for clean-up of a tax-foreclosed home. Deadline for bid submission is September 13, 2019, at noon.
Please see bid form for details.


Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10 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.

Mary Mitchell, Emmet County Treasurer
John Calabrese, Emmet County Administrator
Neil Ahrens, Emmet County Commissioner, District 2
Tammy Doernenburg, Emmet County Planning and Zoning Director
Scott Smith
Phil Duran
Mark Ashley
STAFF: Marsha Stahmer

WANTED: Real Estate Brokers The Emmet County Land Bank Authority is establishing a Real Estate Broker Group which we will utilize to obtain broker price opinions and to sell Land Bank inventory. If you are a Broker or Associate Broker that meets the minimum requirements listed below and wish to be considered in our Realtor Group, please submit your letter with qualifications:
Emmet County Land Bank Authority
200 Division Street, Suite 170
Petoskey, MI 49770

Minimum requirements include: • Broker or Associate Broker • Licensed in the State of Michigan • Over 5 years’ experience in the Real Estate profession • Minimum prior year sales production of $2.5 million • Minimum of 10 transactions in Emmet County during the prior year.

Please send any questions to Marsha Stahmer

An analogy for Land Banks …

Growing Good Corn

Author Unknown

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.

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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