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This virtual community center is being created by citizens throughout the county of Hillsdale Michigan who are participating in a grant project entitled Information Technology for Community and Intergovernmental Cooperation (ITCIC). The ITCIC project is being developed with oversight from a broad Community and Intergovernmental Coordination Committee, comprised of representatives from the community, local units of governments, and key agency and business leaders.

Clicking on Community Information will provide links to information by category.

Clicking on Local Government provides links to information about the local jurisdictions in Hillsdale County. In addition to information about the offices, officials, office hours, etc, this is also where you can search for properties, find permit application forms, meeting agendas & minutes, ordinances, notices, and similar information.

 

Please remember to scroll down on this page too, as there may be more information below.

Be an Informed Voter

The next election date in Hillsdale County will be May 5, 2015. This will be a statewide ballot with proposal 1 for road funding, as well as several local issues for schools and other lotal units. For a complete list, please go to www.michigan.gov/vote.  

 

If you have questions you may call the Hillsdale County Clerk's office at 517-437-3391, or visit www.michigan.gov/sos and click on Elections on the left side menu.

 

Hillsdale County Courthouse Clock

Hillsdale Michigan (March 2, 2015) -- It has come to the attention of the Hillsdale County Courthouse staff that the four faces of the courthouse tower clock are not all keeping the same time.  As it turns out, this is a mechanical problem for which there is no easy fix.

 

The clock faces, clockworks, and bells were installed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company of Thomaston, Connecticut. The entire system was a gift to the citizens of Hillsdale County by William W. Mitchell of Cadillac, Michigan; and was dedicated on June 22, 1910. The clock and the chimes (bells) had to have the weights that ran them wound every few days. Then in the late 1940s or early 1950s (we are not sure of the specific date), the clock weights were removed and a pair of electric motors replaced the weights to drive the clock system. Very little has been done to maintain the courthouse tower clock since that transfer to electricity.

 

After several transfers of ownership, the Seth Thomas Clock Company went out of business about 2009 as part of its parent company's bankruptcy. Therefore, many of the original records for Seth Thomas tower clocks have been lost. There are a few records that have been found, and of those many are posted on the internet. While the Hillsdale County Courthouse Clock serial number shows up in a few of those records, none of the diagrams depicting the original design of our tower clock exist. This makes it  more difficult to understand how the clock originally worked or how it should be maintained.

 

In 2013, a company which specializes in tower clock repairs estimated it will take about $25,000 to bring the clockworks back to what they should be. Unfortunately, the County of Hillsdale government budget does not have the funding currently available for such repairs.  In the meantime, the four sides of the Hillsdale County Courthouse clock will not be in synchronization with each other.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience to the public.

 

 

Don't Move Firewood
Many people do not know that Hillsdale County is under a quarantine related to moving wood out of the county. In 2004, the Emerald Ash Borer was found in Hillsdale County, especially along the southern boarder. Many thousands of ash trees in the county are in the process of being cut down and destroyed in an effort to prevent the spread of this insect. But, many people take their wood from home to their campsite or cottage in other counties or even other states. This is prohibited by the quarantine. You must leave the wood on your property. For more information, contact the Michigan State University Extension office for Hillsdale County at 517-439-9301 or one of the following web pages


www.emeraldashborer.info

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/alb/
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