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COUNTY GOVERNMENT
BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (BRA)
Contact: Trudy Galla Leelanau County Planning & Community Development 256-9812
Seven members with 3-year terms. This Authority will facilitate theimplementationofBrown eld plans; promote the revitalization, redevelopment and reuse of certain property including, but not limited to, tax reverted, blighted, or functionally obsolete property; and authorize and permit the use of certain tax increment  nancing. The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners appoints  ve at-large citizens. Brown eld Redevelopment board members are Chair Mark Walter, Vice-Chair Kathy Egan, Treasurer Carolyn (Peachy) Rentenbach, Chet Janik, Patricia Soutas-Little and Karen Zemaitis, with one open position. Director is Trudy Galla.
ELECTION CANVASSING BOARD
Contact: County Clerk’s Of ce
256-9824
Four members with 4-year terms. Board appointees are recommended by Republican and Democratic parties. Members are Democrats Donna Dodd and John Harbottle; and Republicans Eric Lind and Susan Quinlan.
LAND BANK FAST TRACK AUTHORITY (LBA)
Contact: John Gallagher III Leelanau County Treasurer 256-9838
Seven members serve for alternating 3-year terms. The Land Bank Authority is a public authority created to ef ciently acquire, hold, manage and develop tax-foreclosed property, as well as other vacant, blighted, obsolete and abandoned properties. Among its functions, a Land Bank can help facilitate use and development of property, establish “clear title” on properties it acquires, borrow money, and issue tax-exempt  nancing. Land Bank board members are Chairman John Gallagher III,
Treasurer Mark Walter, Secretary Trudy Galla, Patricia Soutas- Little, Chet Janik, Bud Welch and Karen Zemaitis.
PLANNING COMMISSION
Contact: Trudy Galla and Kristin Meredith
Leelanau County Planning & Community Development 256-9812
Eleven members serve for 3-year terms on the Leelanau County Planning Commission, whose primary duty is to oversee preparation and implementation of the County Plan. This includes solid waste management, economic development, growth management, and transportation issues. Commissioners include Chairman Victor Goldschmidt, Vice-Chairman Fred Cepela, Chair Pro-Tem Eric Winkelman, Dan Hubbell, Richard Kotetz, Jessica Lukomski, David McCulloch, Tom Nixon, Casey Noonan, Jerry Raymor and Steve Yoder.
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Contact:
Chair: Melinda Lautner Secretary: Steve Christensen 256-9783
The Parks and Recreation Commission consists of ten persons, including the Chair of the Road Commission or another road commissioner designated by the Board of County Road Commissioners; the County Drain Commissioner; the Chair of the Planning Commission or another member of the Planning
Commission designated by the Planning Commission; and seven (7) other members appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. The seven appointed members may include no less than one (1) and not more than three (3) County Commissioners. This commission oversees three county parks – Old Settler’s Picnic Grounds, Myles Kimmerly Park, including the 4-H Arena, and the Veronica Valley County Park, as well as proposing park rules and regulations to the County Executive Committee for adoption by the County Board. Chairman Melinda Lautner, Vice Chairman Steve Christensen, Clayton Ball, Dave Barrons, Bob Johnson, John Popa, Kyle Trevas, Ty Wessell and Todd Yaomans.
SOLID WASTE COUNCIL
Contact: Trudy Galla and Kristin Meredith - Leelanau County Planning & Community Development
256-9812
Fourteen members serve for 2-year terms on the Solid Waste Council, which is charged with updating and carrying out the requirements of the Solid Waste Management Plan. Members include: Chairman Bill Perkins, Vice-Chair Marcia Harris, Chair Pro-Tem Jim Palmer, Mark Bevelhymer, Tim Bolin, Andrew Gale, Melinda Lautner, Eric Lind, Tom MacDonald, David McCulloch, Carrie Sharp and Amanda Elliott with 2 vacant seats.
“It’s great to see a Trust Fund project that is being fully utilized, especially by the youth.”
— Keith Charters, who was a member of Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund when a state grant made possible the purchase of Veronica Valley County Park, re ecting on “Kids Fishing Day.” The park falls under the watchful eyes of the county Parks and Recreation Commission.
LEELANAU COUNTY ADVISORY BODIES
TIME TO GET INVOLVED
LeelanauCountygovernment is accepting applications for seats on county boards, commissions and councils. They are available from county executive assistant
to the administrator Laurel Evans. She may be reached at 256-9711, or by stopping by the county government building.
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