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by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will be live-streaming its April 14, 2020, Executive Board and Special Sessions.

More information on how to comment publicly, along with a link to each live video is available at the top of the agenda for each of these meetings:

April 14, 2020, Executive Board Session

April 14, 2020, Special Session

by Michelle Crocker
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Close of Registration Notice for the 2020 May Special Election is available on the County Clerk's Elections Page -

For more information on this election, please contact Michelle L. Crocker, Leelanau County Clerk, 231-256-9824 or

by Matt Ansorge
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Information on how to find news, help, and any other documents or links relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the following page:

by Armanda Krantz
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The 24-Hour Crisis Help Line is 1-833-295-0616

Call if an individual is -

  • Experiencing out of control behaviors that place him/herself at risk of harming themselves or others;
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide;
  • Experiencing severe stress that is resulting in a significant decline in daily and/or family functioning, or
  • You just don't know what else to do.

United Way of Northwest Michigan has a 24/7 Information and Referral service for our area. Dial 211 to get connected or text your zip code to 898211.

Coronavirus Preparedness

by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Video Recording of Tuesday night's Regular Session of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners is now available for viewing -

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday Office Hours for Veterans Affairs Services have been suspended until further notice, due to COVID-19.

Please contact the Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs Office directly for any questions or concerns -

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020


Para los clientes del Tribunal de Distrito 86, las áreas de Criminal / Traffic / Civil y Probation Clerk estarán cerradas al tráfico peatonal pero estarán disponibles por teléfono.

Para obtener información más detallada, consulte lo siguiente:

by Laurel Evans
Monday, March 16, 2020


For clients of the 86th District Court, the Criminal/Traffic/Civil and Probation Clerk areas will be closed to foot traffic but will be available by phone.

For more detailed information, please visit the following page -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Leelanau Conservation District HAS CANCELLED the previously scheduled Shoreline Stabilization Workshop for Wednesday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m.

by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The next scheduled blood drive is set for Thursday, April 9 - please refer to the flier at right for information on registering for this event.

by Trudy Galla
Monday, March 9, 2020

AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE:  547 S. St. Joseph Street in Lake Leelanau.

3 Bedroom, 2 baths, 1,575 square feet, 1 car attached garage, appliances and washer/dryer included.  $108,900. 

Homeowner Association (HOA) fee of $105/month.

Call 231-947-6001 for an application or more information (Homestretch).

Must occupy the home as your principal residence. 

Must qualify for a conventional mortgage.

Maximum combined household income allowed for income qualified applications:

1 person - $42,240

Two - $48,320

Three - $54,320

Four - $60,320


by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Leelanau County Maintenance Department has an opening for a part-time (up to 20 hours per week) seasonal maintenance worker, approximately May 1, 2020, through October 1, 2020.

For more information, please visit the Employment Opportunities page -

by Trudy Galla
Friday, February 28, 2020

The Leelanau County Planning Commission will host a training session on Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8 pm in the lower level of the Government Center.

TOPIC:  Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Training

This Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) training will benefit new members that want to better understand ZBA fundamentals and more experienced members that would benefit from a refresher.  This training will include interactive scenarios that encourage members to discuss and deliberate in small groups.  Newer members will enjoy the ability to ask questions and deliberate among peers in a low-pressure environment.  The most seasoned of ZBA members can find value in hearing perspectives from ZBA’s outside of their jurisdiction. Come join us for an enjoyable evening!   

PRESENTERMary Reilly, MSU Extension Educator

TIME:  6-8 PM

COST:  $20 (includes refreshments and light snacks)


TO REGISTER:  231-256-9812

by Molly Steck
Friday, February 7, 2020

Vincer West is a new neighborhood at the edge of Northport Village intended for individuals and families employed locally who want to live closer to where they work. Click here for more information.   Two units left at $169,900 each.

by Michelle Crocker
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents will need to present a REAL ID-compliant document to fly within the United States and enter certain federal facilities under federal law.

For more information, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State's website -,4670,7-127-1627_81569---,00.html

by Trudy Galla
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Leelanau County Planning Commission met to consider action to adopt the amended Leelanau County General Plan at its December 17, 2019 meeting.  The Commission passed a Resolution to adopt the Plan, and send it to the County Board for consideration.  

Leelanau County General Plan - November 2019.  Follow this link and then click on "Final Draft of General Plan – November 2019"

For more information contact the Planning & Community Development office at 256-9812 or

by Trudy Galla
Thursday, November 7, 2019

The first few collection dates for 2020 have been confirmed, and reservations are now being accepted.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 – household hazardous waste & electronics collection at the Leelanau County Government Center

Saturday, June 20, 2020  – household hazardous waste & electronics collection at the Glen Lake School

Saturday, June 27, 2020  – Tire recycling collection at Glen Lake School ($1.00 per tire, 10 tires per residence).

Appointments required for ALL events. Tires must be paid for prior to the collection event.  Call 256-9812 or email for more information or to sign up.

by Trudy Galla
Thursday, August 22, 2019


Contact:  Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Burning Your Household Trash Does Not Make it Go Away

The temptation to throw unwanted items from the house, garage and garden into a pile or barrel and light it may be strong.  But wait! Don’t light that match!

Not only is backyard burning harmful to your health and the environment, it is also against the law.   Public Act 102 of 2012 prohibits trash burning of household waste that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals, hazardous materials.

Backyard burning of household trash releases toxins into the air. The harmful dioxins and furans that are produced in the burning process don’t simply go up in smoke. They settle on plants and waterways and are in the ash that is produced. From the air, the toxins and ash can find their way into the dirt of your vegetable garden and into the food that you eat. Kids playing in the area may be exposed to them as well. They can cause serious health concerns such as rashes, nausea, dizziness and headaches, burning or itching eyes and nose, coughing, aggravation of respiratory ailments, and an increase of heart disease.

The longer a fire burns and smolders more toxins are produced.  And there is always a risk of the burn pile getting out of control and creating a damaging, accidental fire.

Don’t light that match!  Reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and then dispose the rest with a commercial waste hauler or your local transfer station.

by Trudy Galla (Edited by Molly Steck)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Latex paint is not considered a 'hazardous material', but it is accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronics collections for Leelanau HOUSEHOLDS ONLY (No more than 10, 1-gallon cans per vehicle at each Leelanau County collection). 

However, there are ways to get rid of the latex paint and not have to bring it to a collection.  Citizens are encouraged to use one of the methods listed on our flyer, which also eliminates non-hazardous materials from taking up space in the HHW collections.  


Drugs (Controlled substance medications, medication samples, vitamins, etc) are NOT to be put down the drain, on the ground, or in the garbage.

There is a drug disposal drop-off box located in the lobby of the Leelanau County Sheriff's office - for PILLS only.  The box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bring in your unused and unwanted drugs and place in the secure box.  ANONYMOUS.  NO COST.  NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Click here for the flyer with information on proper disposal of latex paints, as well as proper disposal of drugs, including liquids like syrups.  

Items that need to be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection require an appointment.  Call 256-9812 or email to get an appointment slot.  Appointments are LIMITED for all collections.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Approved a Resolution in Appreciation of First Responders

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Veterans Affairs Office has announced a new, free program available for eligible Veterans who are experiencing hearing loss issues; more information on the Heroes With Hearing Loss Program can be obtained by visiting the Veterans Affairs page -

by John Gallagher III
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leelanau County Treasurer: Keeping families in their homes is my top priority

As Leelanau County Treasurer, keeping families in their homes is one of my top priorities. Over the past several years, we have worked hard to prevent tax foreclosures with 2017 remarkably having none.

Help is available for Leelanau County homeowners struggling to pay delinquent property taxes. At the Treasurer’s office, we’re here to help the residents of Leelanau County navigate and qualify for different assistance programs.

If you or someone you know has delinquent taxes from 2015 or earlier, I urge you to reach out to us so that we can help you stay in your home and set up a payment plan to get your back taxes paid.

Hardship extension

For qualifying homeowners with two or more years of delinquent property taxes, we offer hardship extensions in order to prevent foreclosure. This gives families the option to work with us to come up with a monthly payment plan to become current and prevent property tax foreclosure.

In addition, we offer multi-year payment plans. These new plans, together with a hardship extension, gives families that are struggling financially an opportunity to escape the cycle of barely avoiding foreclosure year-after-year, and give them peace of mind knowing that their home is safe.


For 100 percent disabled veterans, an exemption from property taxes on a primary residence is available and can save disabled veterans thousands of dollars on current and future years property taxes. Please contact the Leelanau County Veteran’s Affairs Office at 231-256-9711 for more information.

Credit card payments

To make it easier and more convenient to pay delinquent property taxes, we offer online and phone payment via credit card. You can also come into the office and pay with your credit card. Go to the Treasurer’s website at  and click on “Pay Delinquent Taxes Online.”


If you have delinquent property taxes and fear you may lose your home, please contact my office. Whether it’s applying for assistance, working on hardship extensions to help pay off delinquent property taxes, or navigating available resources, my team is on hand to help homeowners in any way we can.

Our mission is to serve you and we will continue to fight and work hard to help Leelanau County families stay in their homes.

Step Forward Michigan still has millions of dollars for qualified homeowners who are struggling with back taxes and back mortgages.  Please visit: for more information.

Getting help

Residents can call the Treasurer’s office at 231-256-9838, email us at, or go to our website at  to get more information or set up an appointment.

Key Words: Delinquent Taxes
by Laurel Evans
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners recently held a Committee of the Whole Session to hear presentations from other agencies relative to septic systems and water quality.

A "Guide for Leelanau County Homeowners" is available for review on the Clean Water homepage -

by Trudy Galla
Monday, January 29, 2018

Leelanau County Aerials flown in spring of 2017 are now available online at  (Under 'Maps", follow the Tab - "Tutorial - How do I use these maps?" for directions.  The color 2017 aerials can be added when you are viewing Land Ownership Maps.  Click on Base Maps on the right hand side to add the color 2017 aerials to a map.  

Aerial imagery was previously flown in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2012 and is used by various county offices, businesses, and the general public.   The 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2017 imagery is available online.  The 2017 imagery was obtained in partnership with the State of Michigan. 

Questions regarding the 2017 aerial imagery, or requests for mapping projects & costs can be directed to the Equalization Department (256-256-9823) or the Planning Department (256-9812).

by Laurel Evans
Friday, January 26, 2018

Effective January, 2018, The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office has designated R.E. Risk & Associates to conduct all property foreclosure sales within Leelanau County.

More information is available on the LCSO page -

by Laura Lassaline
Monday, January 22, 2018

We are now taking appointments for the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Collections for 2018.

The first collection will take place on May 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center. To make an appointment please call the Planning & Community Development Office at 231-256-9812.

Collections will be held:

Saturday, May 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center.

Saturday, June 30 at Glen Lake School.

Saturday, August 25 at Peshawbestown.

Saturday, October 6 in Elmwood Township.

For a list of all acceptable items please click on the link below.

by Matt Ansorge
Monday, January 22, 2018

Did you know there is currently an outbreak of HEPATITIS A?  Food handlers can pass this infection to others when preparing and serving food.  You can protect yourself and others by getting the HEPATITIS A Vaccine.

Call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department at 231-256-0200 to schedule an appointment to get your vaccine.

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners during its September 19, 2017, Regular Session, approved County Resolution #2017-012, "A Resolution to Recognize the First Day of October as Indigenous Peoples Day."

A PowerPoint presentation by County resident Robin Carden is available for viewing -

A signed copy of the Resolution is available on the Resolutions and Ordinances Page -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The NEW 2017 Leelanau County Plat Books are in - you can make purchase arrangements through the Conservation District, 231-256-9783, or by visiting -

by Laurel Evans
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Leelanau County Flags are now available for purchase.

For more information, please contact Bay Supply Marketing

by Ron Plamondon
Friday, May 30, 2014

We are in the process of implementing the Leelanau County Web Site.  We will be continuing to improve the content on the new site and hope to have as much historical data as possible. Additional features are currently underway and will be announced as they are rolled out.  Thank you for your patience as we add these new features.

In order to insure that the web site displays information properly, you should clear the history in your internet browser.  In Internet Explorer you clear the history in Internet Options under Tools.  In Firefox you clear the history in the Privacy tab under Options, and in Google Chrome you clear the history in History under Options.

The Search option will not function correctly until the Google Search Engine has finished indexing our new web site.  The search option right now will still display our old site information and will not find the proper page due to the conversion.  I will post an update once the search has been reindexed to the new data.