ADOPTED - MAY 10, 2005

Agenda Item No. 7

Introduced by the Finance Committee of the:








WHEREAS, Ingham County government is committed to assuring the provision of services most important to its citizens; and


WHEREAS, Ingham County services are focused on these long term objectives:


*Enhancing access to county records

*Providing suitable roads and drains     

*Supporting recreational opportunities

*Fostering economic well being

*Promoting environmental protection

*Preventing and controlling disease

*Assuring accessible health care

*Assisting in meeting basic needs

*Fostering appropriate youth development

*Enhancing public safety

*Assuring judicial processing

*Providing appropriate sanctions for adult offenders

                        *Providing appropriate treatment and sanctions for at risk juveniles; and


WHEREAS, these services are to be delivered in a manner which emphasizes:


* An educated and participating citizenry

* An ongoing capacity for intergovernmental collaboration        

* A quality workforce

* Cost-effective delivery of county services

* Maximum use of technology; and


WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners has assessed information provided by county staff and departments, offices and the courts related to issues and concerns which are important for the County to consider addressing in 2006; and


WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners has identified certain areas of priority emphasis to guide the development of the 2006 budget and activities of county staff.





ADOPTED - MAY 10, 2005

Agenda Item No. 7




THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners adopts the following areas of priority emphasis to be utilized by the Controller’s Office and the county offices, departments, agencies, and courts in developing proposed activities and budgets for 2006:


1.  To the extent necessary and appropriate, services currently provided by county government in support of all its long term objectives should be continued in 2006, with ongoing evaluation to identify possible overlap and duplication of services and to identify more efficient uses of county funds.


2.  Priority consideration should be given to maintaining current efforts with respect to all of the following long term objectives; to considering proposals which enhance their achievement; and to implementing specific identified enhancements:


Assuring Accessible Health Care


Continue to maintain and wherever possible expand access to health care for the uninsured and under-insured, through the Ingham Health Plan and other health plan initiatives and programs.


Specific enhancement: Include a financing plan to enable the Ingham Health Plan Corporation, utilizing the Ingham Health Plan and the Ingham County Advantage Program, to provide access to health care for 100% of uninsured county residents no later than 2010.


Supporting Recreational Opportunities


            Enhance recreational opportunities throughout Ingham County through implementation of the County Parks Master Plan, focusing on connection of Ingham County Parks by a series of non-motorized pathways. 


            Specific enhancement: Include a financing plan which will enable the connection of the County’s major county parks (Lake Lansing, Hawk Island, Hope Soccer, and Burchfield) by means of non-motorized pathways no later than 2016.


Providing Appropriate Sanctions for Adult Offenders


            Encourage the use of appropriate sanctions for adults in order to foster appropriate behavior and reduce criminal recidivism, and to reduce incidents of jail overcrowding, using strategies such as supporting implementation of the Jail Overcrowding Subcommittee recommendations, develop and use a data tracking system focusing on system volume and trends, and supporting appropriate usage of existing probation residential services. 


            Specific enhancement: Support efforts to increase access to program alternatives available through Community Corrections, utilizing state funds. Consider county financial support to implement the recommendations of the Jail Utilization Coordinating Committee.

            ADOPTED - MAY 10, 2005

Agenda Item No. 7






Providing Appropriate Treatment and Sanctions for at Risk Juveniles


            Continue to implement recommendations resulting from the system‑wide evaluation of programs and placements for delinquent juveniles including the CCJR, and from the development of strategies by the Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, utilizing Child Care Funds and juvenile millage funds to expand the juvenile justice system in a manner that is most appropriate for Ingham County in order to foster appropriate behavior, apply appropriate sanctions, and reduce criminal recidivism. 


            Specific enhancement:   Use the 2002 Juvenile Justice Millage to create a plan for Ingham County to have model programs and facilities for at risk and adjudicated youth no later than 2006.


Promote Environmental Protection


            Discuss and implement strategies for fostering appropriate land use and protecting natural resources, such as adoption of a wetlands ordinance, creation of a Purchase of Development Rights program, and other strategies being recommended by the Tri‑County Growth Study Project.


Specific enhancement: Consider specific proposals which enhance this objective, such as supporting the activities of the Agricultural Preservation Board, Land Bank Authority, developing a wetlands ordinance, and implementing recommendations of the Tri–County Growth Study.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in the Community Agency application process for 2006, priority consideration is to be given to proposals which enhance county services in Meeting Basic Needs.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners encourages all departments, offices, and courts to consider these priorities in the development of their budgets and activities for 2006.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that efforts to explore alternative funding mechanisms and levels of service for county law enforcement shall continue.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that efforts to expand the governance and funding structure of the Capital Region Airport Authority shall continue.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County will work in cooperation with the cities of Lansing and East Lansing to evaluate the feasibility of consolidating the two Emergency Dispatch Centers.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County will continue to support the neighborhood network centers.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, consideration will be given to implementing the recommendations of the Ingham County Lead Task Force. 


FINANCE:  Yeas:  Dedden, Swope, Hertel, Schor, Thomas

          Nays: Dougan                        Absent:  None               Approved 5/4/05