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Monday, 13 July 2020
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PRESS RELEASES 6/5/2020, updated 7/8/2020.

Courthouse and government center hours are now 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise posted.

For Immediate Release

Thanks to everyone’s vigilance throughout the County with the fight against COVID-19, the Manistee County Government Center/Courthouse will reopen to the public starting Monday, June 8, 2020.

The Government Center/Courthouse will open with limited hours to the public for a two-week period.  Our hours will be from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm.  Limited hours are expected to be temporary.

If you have an appointment or meeting with any office or court, please allow yourself some extra time as there will be an enhanced screening process upon entrance to our building.  Masks will be required to be worn at all times while in the building.

We ask that if you do not feel well, please stay home.

Any services that can be conducted alternatively (U.S. Mail, online, or by phone) should be handled in that manner.  There is also a drop box located at the entry of the building.


Manistee County has incorporated new processes to ensure the safety of our employees and the public.  To read about the new processes, please visit for a copy of Manistee County Preparedness and Response Plan and for any updates of Manistee County Operations.



Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, the 19th Circuit Court, 85th District Court, and the Manistee County Probate Court will begin their first steps toward returning to full capacity. The Manistee County Government Center will be open to the public from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00A.M and 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. These modified hours will be in effect until June 19, 2020. If the downward trend of COVID 19 continues, the Government Center will return to regular business hours on Monday, June 22, 2020 of 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

For members of the public entering the Government Center for court business, Local Administrative Order (#2020-02,03 and 04) outlines the protections in place for the public and employees including screening, masks, hand washing and 6’ social distancing. This Order may be viewed at

Courtroom capacity shall be limited to accommodate required social distancing. Members of the public are expected to wear a mask upon entering the courtroom unless it cannot be medically tolerated. Alternative methods of viewing courtroom proceedings may be available if capacity has been reached. Please contact the court at the number below for further information:

19th Circuit—231-723-6664

Friend of the Court –231-723-7242

Family Division-Juvenile--

85th District—231-723-5010

Manistee County Probate—231-723-3261


May 26, 2020, updated June 2, 2020

Manistee County Preparedness Plan

In preparing everyone for our reopening, I have attached the newly adopted icon 2020 Preparedness Plan which was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on May 19, 2020.  This plan is required to help ensure a safe opening for all employees and for the general public that will be coming in our building.

Please take time to read the plan thoroughly.  It contains a lot of important information from screening at the door to what will happen if someone in your office is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Our tentative plan is to reopen the Manistee County Government Center and Courthouse on Monday, June 8, 2020 with limited hours for the first two weeks.  The purpose of this is to get everyone acclimated to what our “new normal” will be like.  We will be posting hours as soon as we get the ok to open.

Lisa Sagala
Interim Controller/Administrator
Manistee County

April 9, 2020

Coronavirus information from Friend of the Court:

icon Michigan Supreme Court News release regarding Children and Child Support

icon District #10 – PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY regarding TRAVEL

icon US Senator Gary Peters/ Information regarding STIMULUS CHECKS

icon FAQ’s about Custody and Parenting Time During COVID 19



March 30, 2020

Pursuant to 1963 Const, Art VI, §4, which provides for the Supreme Court’s general superintending control over all state courts, trial courts are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions.

icon Updated Administrative Order 2020-05



March 17, 2020

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Manistee County and Court operations will remain available, however, the Courthouse will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. through April 5, 2020.  Anyone needing county services or who have a previously scheduled appointment with a court or county office should call the respective office before traveling to a county building.

The public health and safety is our number one concern here in Manistee County and in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the recent orders by Governor Whitmer and recommendations from our Public Health Officers, it is clear that our objective must be to promote social distancing to limit the spread of this virus.  This change in operations represents our commitment to protecting our residents and employees to the extent possible, while maintaining essential county services.

All services that can be conducted alternatively (U.S. Mail, online or by phone) or delayed should be handled in that manner.  The public should contact the office or court in which they have business in order to determine whether such business can be delayed, conducted over the phone or online.

Please contine to visit our website for information regarding department services and for updates on the status of Manistee County operations.

Those with scheduled appointments will be screened upon entering the building.

Questions may be directed to the County Controller/Administrator Office at 231-398-3504


ImageManistee County, state designated "Community of Economic Excellence," is located on Lake Michigan, a part of northwestern Michigan. Historic Manistee, the Victorian port city, is the county seat, with the downtown on the state and national Historic registers, and a riverwalk running through downtown to Lake Michigan. Coastline villages include Onekama, Arcadia, Bear Lake, Copemish, Kaleva, Brethren, and Wellston. The county is a paradise for water and sports enthusiasts and is known as the "Fishing Capitol of the Midwest." Lakes within the county include Portage, Bear Lake, and Manistee Lake.

There are also many rivers and streams. The diverse economy includes Morton Salt "When it rains, it pours" Co., a large paper products co., and many smaller industries. Manistee County has a vast natural beauty and a "hometown" feeling, and cultural arts include the historic Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee Symphony Orchestra, Manistee Art Institute, three dance studios, and three art galleries.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2020 14:19


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Manistee County ORV Road Usage

Where one is allowed to ride ORV's on road shoulders in Manistee County is determined by each individual local unit of government. This guide outlines which local units of government allow ORV use and specifically which roads are open to use. ORV's may be driven on the far right shoulder of SOME roadways. Please follow the link below to view the entire document.

ORV Road Usage Manual (Updated 5/25/18)


Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes 

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.


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Manistee County Administrator
415 Third Street
Manistee, Michigan 49660