Midland County News

Midland GIS is Mobile Friendly

  • May 1 2015
Midland GIS is Mobile Friendly

Midland County has made access to GIS and Land Records available from your phone or tablet.  Providing an interactive map and land information services on your mobile device, improves access to information any time you need it.  We are not always at our workstation, but with an increasing demand for mobile devices, more and more of us are always with our phone.  Now realtors, surveyors, and the public can benefit from having access to GIS and land records in the office and in the field. 

Midland’s mobile solution allows the user to view parcel, road and aerial imagery as well as look up ownership information about parcels.  Information about parcels includes who owns it, the assessment and taxes, sales history, and a legal description of the property.  The application also includes search engines allowing you to search by parcel number, owner name or address.

If you are on your phone tap Midland Mobile to begin using the application.

If you have questions about this application or GIS services call 989-837-7147.

FATAL CRASH

  • April 29 2015
FATAL CRASH

NEWS RELEASE

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 15 year Midland Township male.  The incident took place on North Seven Mile Road south of Wackerly Road in Midland County’s Lee Township.  The incident took place on April 29, 2015 at approximately 7:32 a.m.

Our investigation indicates Gabriel Wayne Kushmaul was operating a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta southbound on Seven Mile Road when he left the roadway and struck several trees.  As a result of the crash he was ejected from the vehicle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  It does not appear that he was wearing a seatbelt.  Toxicology reports will be obtained to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor.  This incident remains under investigation.  The driver was not licensed and had taken the vehicle without permission.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Jerome Township Fire Rescue, MidMichigan Health EMS, and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. J. Daniel Cline.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Rail Trail Closure

  • April 29 2015
Rail Trail Closure

The resurfacing project has started on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail at North Bradley.  The trail surface is being removed and replaced from Barden Road westerly to Alamando road.  the expected closure will last through the month of May.  The alternate route bypassing the construction is on Pere Marquette Road.

Michigan Historic Preservation Network to meet in Midland

  • April 20 2015
Michigan Historic Preservation Network to meet in Midland

From May 13th -16th Midland will be hosting the 35th annual statewide conference of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.  The group will be hosted by Northwood University, and tours of historic venues across Midland and surrounding areas will highlight the four day conference.  Their brochure includes many historic sites, including the Midland County Courthouse and the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio.

Primary sponsors for the event are the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office of MSHDA.  While the primary conference is reserved for registered participants, there are community events scheduled free of charge. 

Pinecrest Farms Annual Report

  • April 15 2015
Pinecrest Farms Annual Report

2014 and 2015 has been a time of continued positive growth in terms of census and financial status for Pinecrest Farms. There have also been improvements in the delivery of health services to residents, community involvement and outreach, life enrichment for residents and security of residents and improved employee communication.

The census (the number of resident’s occupying the facility) has increased from 36 in December 2013 to reach full capacity of 60 in November 2014. Through relationship building, marketing plans and positive word-of-mouth campaigns Pinecrest has managed to remain around 58 residents to capacity at any-given time. The increase in census has led to an increase in revenue from $49,322 a month in December 2013 to $74,031 a month in March 2015. Expenses have not increased greatly due to the streamlining process of ordering of supplies and finances being centralized by one division.

The new leadership administration structure consisting of an Administrator, Director of Nursing and Business Manager was implemented in the Spring of 2014 and has improved delivery of care, finances, community outreach and employee relations.

Safety and security measures have been increased to benefit the residents, staff and visitors of Pinecrest. Automatic door locking mechanisms have been installed that are enforced during nighttime hours to prevent intruders while keeping residents with cognitive impairments from leaving the facility. 

Staffing currently consists of thirty (30) total staff members. Pinecrest currently has six (6) LPN supervisors, Twenty-one (21) Universal Workers with fourteen (14) of the staff being full-time.

Pinecrest serves those 18 years and older who meet any of the criteria: frail and elderly (aged), developmentally delayed, mentally ill, Alzheimer’s/Dementia or are physically handicapped. Part of the admission requirements includes the need for assistance with at least two ADLs (Activity of Daily Living) and must not present a harm to themselves or other residents or staff. The Administrator and Director of Nursing oversee the admission process to ensure residents are properly placed.

Activity and life enrichment is an important part of what is offered at Pinecrest. Socialization, outings, events, music and more are important to bring joy to residents and maintain healthy living. We offer a variety of activities from music, arts & crafts, games to outings to local shopping centers, Dow Gardens and an annual summer trip to a Great Lakes Loons game.

Marketing and community outreach plans are implemented to not only assist with the recruiting of residents but to educate the community on the Midland County Millage. Marketing tools and tactics include relationship building with local health care centers, presenting at social clubs and organizations, appearances at networking events and attracting media coverage for events and updates.

2015 is a milestone year for Pinecrest. This year we celebrate our 150th year – or sesquicentennial – of caring for Midland residents. On July 22 we will host a sesquicentennial celebration on the grounds of Pinecrest that will include a small historical exhibit, pig roast and live music.

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