2017-01-26 / Life in Leelanau

More County Bd. decisions

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners last week voted unanimously to approve a series of recommendations made during the board’s executive meeting the week before.

In 7-0 votes, the County Board on Jan. 17 approved:

• A 90-day interim medical examiner agreement with the Western Michigan University School of Medicine while Leelanau County and four other counties work on a permanent answer to providing autopsies and other medical examinations sought by law enforcement and other agencies. Longtime medical examiner Dr. Matthew Houghton died in 2013, and officials have been working with temporary appointees since then.

• Renewal of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan for county employees for 2017 which is projected to cost $1.6 million, up from $1.5 million last year. County employees will also gain access this year to a new 24/7 online health care program.

• An out-of-state trip for Planning Director Trudy Galla to attend the American Planning Association National Conference in New York City in May. Galla will co-present a briefing called “Bridging the Generational Divide in Rural Retirement Destinations.” The trip will cost $3,190.

• Acceptance of a $28,546 “Remonumentation Grant” from the State of Michigan to help pay for updated land surveys around the county, on the recommendation of the Register of Deeds Dorothy Miller.

• Renewal of two $9,000 contracts between Leelanau County Senior Services, the Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency and Northwest Michigan Health Services to provide dental services for qualified senior citizens residing in Leelanau County.

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