Antrim County has chosen a contractor for the demolition of the former First Merit Bank and adjoining Professional Building on the corner of Cayuga Street and Depot Street in Bellaire. Dore and Associates, Inc. has been given the green light to begin the demolition process starting in September, 2019.
In a forward thinking move, the County purchased the property on which the building is located in May of 2017 for possible future expansion of facilities and parking. “It is really the only parcel of property adjacent to the current facilities to come on the market over the last number of years. The Board of Commissioners believed the purchase was a good idea for future planning,” said Ed Boettcher, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.
The building currently houses a law office on the west side of the building, while the east side of the building was the former home of First Merit Bank which later merged with, and took the name of Huntington Bank in late 2016. Because Huntington Bank already had a location in Bellaire, south of town, they decided to sell the building on Depot Street. The County purchased the property knowing they would later remove the building to accommodate future plans.
Fast forward to the winter of 2018-2019, and the plans for removal were accelerated due to water damage caused by late winter freezing and thawing that cycled over and over again, and eventually broke internal drain pipes and breached the roof.
The damage was extensive enough that the County’s insurance company allowed the County Board to choose between restoration and demolition. The Board chose to accelerate their original plan to remove the building, which will be paid for by the insurance company. The demolition should be completed by the end of October. The Board of Commissioners have not reached consensus regarding future plans at this time.
**Posted August 15, 2019**
The Antrim County Building and Courthouse will be closed on the following:
Monday, September 2, 2019 - Labor Day
Monday, November 11, 2019 - Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 28, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29, 2019 - Day after Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - New Year's Eve
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day
Information on clean-up dates will be updated. For more information, please contact your township office.
September 21, 2019 (Fall Clean-up)
August 24, 2019 (Fall Clean-up)
*All smaller, loose items must be tied or rolled up for easy drop off. Any loads that are left loose will have to wait until the end of the day and be unloaded by the owner.
Items not accepted:
Oil, flammable materials, batteries, any liquid paints or solvents, chemicals, pesticides or yard clippings, brush or branches. Refrigerators will be accepted for a disposal fee of $30.00 and passenger tires only at $6.00 each.
Once again, Antrim County will be hosting Household Hazardous Waste collection days throughout the County. Thanks to the Department of Environmental Quality Scrap Tire Clean Up Grant, an additional date has been added to the event that will be specifically dedicated to scrap tire disposal.
The first one hundred (100) pounds of household hazardous wastes are free, but there is a $1.00 charge for every pound thereafter. All pesticides and herbicides are free through the Michigan Clean Sweep Program. All scrap tires are free (up to ten (10) tires per household) through the DEQ Scrap Tire Clean Up Grant.
Latex based paints will be accepted at a charge of $1 per gallon-sized container (a container of 1 gallon will be charge $1; a container of 5 gallons will be charged $5). Charges are based on the size of the container, not the amount of paint in the container. Disposal for containers smaller than 1 gallon will be free.
Fore more information on items that are accepted at these events, please contact the Antrim Conservation District at (231)533-8363, or head over to their website.
The Antrim Conservation District will be hosting weekly guided hikes every Tuesday at Cedar River Natural Area. For more information on the events, or for a Cedar River Natural Area Trail map, please contact the Antrim Conservation District at (231)533-8363.
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Click here for 12 fact sheets about the TCE plume. These fact sheets have been provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Hard copies are available on the 1st floor of the County Building.
See a minute and a half of Antrim County's natural beauty as it changes through the seasons. A brochure illustrating what Antrim County offers is available at the MDOT welcome centers.
Click for a link to the annual reports presented to the Board of Commissioners. Click here for a link to the approved Antrim County budgets from 2019 back to 2013. Also available on that page are the audits for 2011 through 2017.