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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Macomb County 2018 accomplishments

2018 was a great year for Macomb County. Below is a list of all the accomplishments the departments under the Executive Office achieved last year.

Animal Control

  • Was the first government entity in Michigan to replace traditional metal dog license tags with a new cutting-edge digital version that provides additional support and resources for tracking pets and reuniting lost animals with owners.
  • Took in 1,624 stray animals, returned 530 animals to their owners, transferred 222 animals to rescue organizations and facilitated 1,019 adoptions of healthy, non-aggressive animals.
  • Helped maintain proper identification of domestic animals throughout the county with 13,362 dogs licensed and 903 microchips implanted in pets.

 

Community Corrections

  • Increased pretrial screening and monitoring services in an effort to provide Macomb County courts with pretrial prioritization insights, resulting in 1,624 screenings conducted, 817 individuals effectively supervised in the community and 810 individuals placed in residential substance abuse treatments.
  • Partnered with CARE of Southeastern Michigan through a SAMSHA grant to provide peer recovery coaching for individuals with substance abuse issues while they are still incarcerated as well as services to assist with the transition back into the community including resource coordination, socialization activities and employment support.
  • Worked with the Office of the County Executive, 16th Circuit Court and 42nd District Courts to plan for and implement standards put forth by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission intended to improve the delivery of indigent defense in Macomb County, including education and training for defense counsel, development of confidential space for attorney/client interviews, availability of experts and investigations, and access to counsel at first appearance.

 

Facilities and Operations

  • Increased efficiency and provided a safer working environment for employees and the public utilizing county services by adding security cameras and card reader access points, creating a secured corridor for the transport of inmates to the courtroom and instituted a comfortable and secure environment for individuals reporting to the County Court Building for jury duty.
  • Led renovation of the Court Building to accommodate growth amongst Circuit Court Judges, the consolidation of Juvenile Court and the relocation of the Probate Court - Wills and Estates and Mental Division to the Court Building.
  • Enhanced the Clerk’s office by renovating a portion of the Talmer Building to accommodate Register of Deeds and Vital Records as well as relocated the Vital Records section to provide additional space for the Court Records section.
  • Increased energy savings with a transition to LED lighting and eco-friendly equipment where possible.

 

Finance / Treasurer's Office

  • Under the Keep Macomb Your Home program, homeowners in the county were provided with payment plans which resulted in 775 properties being saved from foreclosure.
  • Utilized a strategic investment program that yielded more than $2.7 million in returns, further enhancing the financial success of the county

 

Health & Community Services

  • Installed kiosks in the Macomb County and Max Thompson Resource Centers that enable families to receive information on available agencies and services after receiving a grant from the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
  • The Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener program established community gardens at the Macomb County Family Resource Center and the Max Thompson Family Resource Center as a way to educate children about gardening and get them involved in a number of horticulturally-focused activities, from planting seeds to harvesting flowers and produce.

 

Health Department

  • Implemented web-based Move More Macomb initiative to encourage and increase physical activity among Macomb County residents.
  • The Office of the Medical Examiner was re-accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners for continuing to meet national accreditation standards.
  • Hosted two free Infant Safety Expos and 15 smaller Infant Sleep and Safety trainings that provided information on sleep practices, safe car seat installations and available resources and attracted 624 attendees, including many new and expectant parents.
  • During the current statewide hepatitis A outbreak, the Health Department’s Immunization Program collaborated with a variety of community partners to provide hepatitis A vaccines and education to populations most at risk for the disease and the county as a whole.  This resulted in 358 outreach clinics and 11,627 hepatitis A vaccines administered to community members.
  • The WIC program partnered with the Baby Carriers organization to educate staff on best practices for infant carrier usage in an effort to provide enhanced educational offerings for infant carrier equipment provided to 150 program participants.
  • Continued to serve as a host site for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) that offers a competitive, two-year, paid training program in which early-career public health professionals who have a recent bachelor’s or master’s degree and an interest in public health service are placed with local, state or non-governmental agencies for work assignments. 
  • The disease control program implemented the use of video technology for case management of tuberculosis to increase efficiencies in clinical care by reducing travel time and improving medication adherence during the long treatment process as well as designed strategies to promote best practices for STD/HIV management.
  • The environmental health program continued to protect Macomb County’s environment by helping 1,976 households safely dispose of almost 145,000 pounds of hazardous wastes.
  • Public health emergency preparedness program volunteers educated 1,350 students across 65 classrooms on understanding and responding to a household and/or community emergency.

 

Human Resources

  • Created partnerships with Central Michigan University and Davenport University to provide discounts to Macomb County staff and select family members as well as began development of a partnership with Oakland University.
  • Hosted interns across the county and offered a robust Macomb County Leadership training program.
  • Conducted a study focused on classification and compensation and began implementation of alterations according to findings.

 

Information Technology

  • Enhanced efforts around cybersecurity, risk and compliance including the development of an internal IT security policy and implemented cyber security awareness trainings that include courses focused on creating a cyber secure home and protecting kids online.
  • Strengthened and improved community resource sharing by providing technology infrastructure support for fire dispatch services within the Mount Clemens, Harrison Township, Washington Township and Clinton Township communities, connecting Clay Township to the state’s Law Enforcement Information Network, and integrating the Department of Roads into the greater Macomb County network.
  • Educated community members on best practices and career pathing for information technology through efforts that included presenting on the topic of cyber security tips for parents and kids at the Macomb Community College and participating in the first MiCareerQuest Southeast career exploration event.
  • Provided IT support for various departments’ efforts to better serve partners and the public through multiple projects including the “text to 911” initiative, the implementation of body cameras on law enforcement equipment, the launch of the multilingual digital questionnaire utilized by the MATRIX resource, the development of a 200th Anniversary Torch Relay tracking page and the creation of the Macomb 200 website to provide history and activities associated with the bicentennial milestone.   

 

Juvenile Justice Center

  • Provided an array of short-term detention and long-term rehabilitative services to more than 800 at-risk youth that helped many successfully transition back into the community without experiencing continuing difficulties.
  • Enhanced talent development efforts by working with various local colleges and universities to establish an internship program as well as provided current employees with targeted trainings and internal coaching.
  • Integrated an overall trauma-informed service system for youth, a cutting-edge approach to human services that provides comprehensive assistance by utilizing traditional methods as well as creative programming such as expressive art therapy and community peer mentoring.

 

Macomb Community Action

  • Collaborated with ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, and the Green Macomb Urban Forest Partnership to plant 29 trees at the Macomb County Family Resource Center, 20 of which produce a variety of apples that will create an orchard near the center’s existing community garden.
  • For the first time in the 28-year existence of Senior Services, a Senior Fun Festival was held at the Jimmy John’s Field in Utica that featured over 50 vendors and attracted 1,100 seniors and their families, making it the largest of its kind in Macomb County.
  • Senior Services hosted an inaugural Volunteer Recruitment Fair in honor of the National Day of Service to bring together approximately 30 local organizations and non-profits with nearly 100 individuals, groups and businesses who are looking to give back to the community.
  • The GoldenBerry Adult Day Caring Center held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize facility renovations and improvements made possible by funding from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and the Macomb County government.
  • Launched the Accessibility Program to provide seniors and severely disabled county residents with grant-funded services to make their homes safer and/or more accessible, including permanent ramp installations as well as kitchen and bedroom modifications.
  • Partnered with the Macomb County Homeless Coalition and the Macomb County Continuum of Care (CoC) to host a LGBTQ+ Sensitivity, Fair Housing and Homelessness focused training led by Affirmations that covered topics such as working with LGBTQ+ clients, youth homelessness, affirmative language and discrimination in housing.
  • Children & Family Services held a Health and Resource Fair at the Macomb County Family Resource Center where 25 County partners and organizations offered resources and services to 250 individuals and their families, including wellness screenings for Head Start students.
  • The Macomb Food Program distributed a total of 2,887,163 pounds of food to 244,429, expanded the Fresh To You Mobile Food Pantry which resulted in 2,569,666 pounds of food distributed to 1,963 individuals and partnered with more than 60 pantries and hunger organizations to assist households experiencing food security challenges.
  • The Community Action Centers serviced more than 3,700 households throughout the County - 1,846 at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 1,769 at the Macomb County Family Resource Center and 121 at the New Haven Resource Center.

 

Macomb County Emergency Management & Communications

  • Received a two-year, $316,860 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS School Violence Prevention Program to provide resources for the Macomb Intermediate School District to assist schools in conducting risk assessments, updating emergency response plans and implementing training and exercise programs.
  • Partnered with local first responder agencies on the creation of an Active Assailant and Rescue Task Force committee focused on response guidance in the county to ensure fire, EMS and law enforcement share a basic understanding of the critical elements needed to provide care and increase potential survival for victims of active shooters.
  • Enhanced and expanded Macomb County Public Safety 800 MHz Radio Communications System used by 4,500 fire, EMS, law enforcement and public works agencies throughout the county.
  • Continued to utilize and promote the COMTEC facility with 25 tours and presentations hosted, as well as two county-level trainings focused on educating individuals about the facility's capabilities and services.  

 

Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!

  • Designated as the Community Ventures service provider for Macomb and St. Clair counties
  • Supported talent development for structurally unemployed individuals through Community Ventures by utilizing success coaches who collaborate with employers, community partners, support service providers and participants to ensure a positive program experience for all involved.
  • Submitted applications on behalf of 43 partnering employers for Going PRO Talent Fund awards and received $1,013,072 for 20 companies.
  • Launched its 56th monthly Veterans Employability Boot Camp, which to date has served 454 veterans, to help them create job materials including resumes, cover letters and thank you messages as well as build an online presence and develop interview skills.
  • Worked with the Michigan Department of Corrections in providing employment and retention assistance to those in the Michigan Offender Success Program including vocational assessments, job readiness preparation, temporary work experience, try-out employment, on-the-job training, work supplies and access to a job development specialists - which resulted in 31 individuals obtaining steady employment throughout the year.

 

Michigan State University Extension

  • Received the National Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for a positive conclusion of the 15 Mile Road Sewer Interceptor Repair
  • Developed and began implementation of a plan to eliminate more than 70 percent of combined sewer overflows at the Chapaton Retention Basin in St. Clair Shores, greatly improving Lake St. Clair water quality.
  • Utilized $75,000 in funding from the Board of Commissioners to provide a 50-50 match grant to any city, village or township that wanted drain updates and, as a result, nearly 25 drains in 10 communities were serviced.
  • Mitigated a sanitary sewer issue connected to the Schoenherr Relief storm drain and contracted a firm that utilizes E.Coli-sniffing dogs to help locate additional illicit connections.
  • Awarded support for various projects including the $4.4 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant to increase habitat restoration and shoreline stabilization on the Clinton River Spillway; $1.8 million for improvements to the Sterling Relief Drain; $150,000 for a study that improved joint operations between the department and the South East Macomb Sewer District; and $900,000 for inspections of the Schoenherr Relief and Lake Boulevard Drains in Warren and Roseville/St. Clair Shores.

 

Operation Rx

  • Formed sector-based committees to provide population-specific approaches to the opioid epidemic, inclusive of the faith-based community, school system, prescribing community, legal community, behavioral health system, public health system, and business and nonprofit entities within the county.
  • Hosted trainings and conferences aimed at informing professionals about safe prescribing practices and educating the community about the risks associated with taking opiates.

 

Planning and Economic Development

  • Developed and launched two interactive maps - one that highlights public art across the county and another that helps the public understand county roads in terms of conditions and costs.
  • Assisted the City of Richmond in creating a new Master Plan.
  • Completed the Mobilize Macomb plan with great input from communities and residents about enhancing Macomb County's non-motorized transportation network.
  • Elevated Lake St. Clair as a prominent bass fishery by collaborating with the Detroit Sports Commission, the Metroparks, and SHRCC, to host the FLW Tour for bass fishing. 
  • Worked with SEMCOG to capture the Clinton River and Coastal Lake St. Clair along with the Macomb Orchard Trail using Terrain 360 imagery in efforts to provide the public with a tool for planning outings along trails and water routes.
  • Partnered with Six Rivers Land Conservancy to identify and acquire several large tracts of wooded wetlands in areas near Lake St. Clair that will help sustain the fish and wildlife populations in the lake.
  • Received Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to plant an additional 1,400 larger trees in targeted public areas of communities which increased the tree canopy cover and helped improve the general health of the citizens, reduce utility costs, improve home values and local aesthetics.
  • Partnered with the Blue Water Conservation District to host two Macomb County-based tree sales for local residents and businesses which resulted in the sale and planting of more than 40,000 trees and shrubs throughout the county.
  • Received grants from USEPA and Sustain Our Great Lakes that will be used transform the Sterling Relief Drain area by reworking systems to allow stormwater to recharge into the groundwater as well as planting trees, shrubs, and flowers that will enhance the urban tree canopy in a meaningful way.

 

Public Works

  • Received the National Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for a positive conclusion of the 15 Mile Road Sewer Interceptor Repair
  • Developed and began implementation of a plan to eliminate more than 70 percent of combined sewer overflows at the Chapaton Retention Basin in St. Clair Shores, greatly improving Lake St. Clair water quality.
  • Utilized $75,000 in funding from the Board of Commissioners to provide a 50-50 match grant to any city, village or township that wanted drain updates and, as a result, nearly 25 drains in 10 communities were serviced.
  • Mitigated a sanitary sewer issue connected to the Schoenherr Relief storm drain and contracted a firm that utilizes E.Coli-sniffing dogs to help locate additional illicit connections.
  • Awarded support for various projects including the $4.4 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant to increase habitat restoration and shoreline stabilization on the Clinton River Spillway; $1.8 million for improvements to the Sterling Relief Drain; $150,000 for a study that improved joint operations between the department and the South East Macomb Sewer District; and $900,000 for inspections of the Schoenherr Relief and Lake Boulevard Drains in Warren and Roseville/St. Clair Shores.

 

Roads

  • Completed various construction projects to elevate roads throughout the county from poor to good condition.
  • Planned a mid-range fix to allow business and public commuters using Mound Road to travel safely and on smooth surface from I-696 to 18 Mile.
  • Continued to maintain, clean, and repair 1,285 Miles of county-wide local mileage.
  • Began the design phase of a new mechanics building that will provide enhancements including more space for vehicle repairs, equipment needed for future conversion to natural gas vehicles, and on-site storm storage to allow sediment to be removed before being discharged into county drains.
  • Purchased 10 new slow plow vehicles in an effort to better serve communities during the 2018-2019 winter seasons.
  • Collaborated with Motorcity Electric to outfit 300 Macomb County traffic signal locations with Connected Vehicle Roadside Units that provide wireless communications from the roadside infrastructure to vehicles outfitted with receivers.
  • Installed mumble strips on 50 miles of rural roadways throughout the county to mitigate traffic traffic incidents by alerting drivers of potential issues using noise and vibrations.
  • Increased incident alerts via GovDelivery by 164 percent from 2017 by utilizing partnerships with Waze and the Connected Citizens Program.
  • Reduced fatal traffic accidents in the county by 33.3 percent through various enhancements and initiatives. 

 

Sheriff’s Office

  • Added four K-9 partners trained in tracking as well as bomb and drug detection to the road patrol force, further enhancing the Sheriff’s Office ability to serve the community and keep them safe.
  • Implemented a computerized system that can document crime scenes and crash scenes in 3-D, allowing the department to give juries better information.
  • Installed a state-of-the-art scanner used to inspect all mail sent through the Macomb County Jail, thus reducing the entry of contraband.
  • Launched an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unit in 2018 which utilizes drones to enhance investigative techniques and assist personnel when searching for a missing person, performing a rescue, encountering a barricaded gunman or hostage situation, and conducting traffic crash and crime scene investigations.
  • Partnered with the Macomb County Planning and Economic Department to launch a new Crime Incident Web Map that shares Sheriff’s Office activity and crime incidents in a user-friendly interface with the public.
  • Participated in the Hope Not Handcuffs program, sponsored by the Macomb County Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, which allows people who are addicted to narcotics to reach out to local police agencies for assistance in finding placement into a treatment program.
  • Received Silver Status recognition from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for commitment to hiring veterans, including the 61 currently employed by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Veteran Service Department

  • Partnered with various departments and organizations throughout the county to launch the MATRIX (Macomb’s Answer To Resource Information Xpress) system that helps connect people with health and human services by utilizing a questionnaire that can be accessed online and at designated kiosks inside family resource centers.
  • Partnered with Macomb Community Action to provide transportation services for veterans, including those in wheelchairs, to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit five days a week. 
  • Expanded servicing bandwidth by hiring and accrediting four Veterans Service Officers who will provide support and outreach for veterans in the community as well as collaborate with the Veterans’ Treatment Court and the Michigan Works! Bootcamps.