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Washtenaw County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 322,895. Its county seat is Ann Arbor. The United States Office of Management and Budget defines the county as part of the Detroit–Warren–Flint Combined Statistical Area.

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 723 square miles (1,871 km²), of which, 710 square miles (1,839 km²) of it is land and 13 square miles (33 km²) or 1.74% of it is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit

Cities, villages, and townshipsEdit

Cities Villages Charter Townships Townships

There are also a number of unincorporated communities, such as Bridgewater, Dixboro, Delhi Mills, Geddes, Mooreville, Salem, Stoney Creek, Whittaker, Whitmore Lake, and Willis.

Also see: Official Washtenaw County website page listing localities

GovernmentEdit

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Washtenaw County elected officials Edit

The Board of Commissioners has eleven members, elected from single member districts, on a partisan ballot, in November of even-numbered years. The term is two years. Information as of January 2007

District Commissioner Party Positions
1 Mark Ouimet Republican Working Session Vice-Chair
2 Ken Schwartz Democrat
3 Jessica Ping Republican
4 Karen Lovejoy Roe Democrat
5 Rolland Sizemore Jr. Democrat Working Session Chair
6 Ronnie Peterson Democrat
7 Mandy Grewal Democrat Board Vice-Chair
8 Barbara Levin Bergman Democrat Ways & Means Chair
9 Leah Gunn Democrat
10 Conan Smith Democrat Ways & Means Vice-Chair
11 Jeff Irwin Democrat Board Chair

Parks and RecreationEdit

Washtenaw county operates 10 parks, and 1 recreation center (gymnasium). These parks include one with a water sprinkler area for children to splash through, one park with a substantial water park component, and one golf course. The recreation center has a swimming pool, indoor track, basketball courts, complete set of resistance machines, a weight room, and several multipurpose rooms.

Washtenaw county is in the process of acquiring land for natural preservation. The program started in 2001 and will end in 2011. Eight parcels of land had been purchased as of July 2007. These parcels are of special ecological, recreational, and educational benefits. They are preserved in a natural unimproved state and are open to the public during daylight hours.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

External linksEdit

Washtenaw County
County seat: Ann Arbor — Founded: 1822; Organized: 1826 — Population: 350,003 (2007 est.)
Cities
Ann Arbor · Chelsea · Milan (partial) · Saline · Ypsilanti
Villages
Barton Hills · Dexter · Manchester
Charter townships
Ann Arbor · Augusta · Pittsfield · Superior · York · Ypsilanti
Civil Townships
Bridgewater · Dexter · Freedom · Lima · Lodi · Lyndon · Manchester
Northfield · Salem · Saline · Scio · Sharon · Sylvan · Webster
Census-designated places
Whitmore Lake
Other communities
Bridgewater · Dixboro · Delhi Mills · Geddes · Mooreville · Salem · Stoney Creek · Whittaker · Willis
Neighboring counties
Ingham County (northwest), Jackson County (west), Lenawee County (southwest), Livingston County (north)
Monroe County (southeast), Oakland County (northeast), Wayne County (east)
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