• Foote Cemetery on Sherwood Rd. was organized in 1858.
  • The Columbarium at Summit Cemetery was dedicated in October 2010.
  • Rededicated on October 2nd, 2010, the Historical Committee has recreated a 1920s classroom.  The school is located at 985 E. Sherwood.
  • Township Park River Trail

From the Desk of Supervisor Bloomquist

Coronavirus updates

With this time of uncertainty, I wanted to inform you of the measures we are taking to protect residents and staff based on today's executive order from the Governor's office due to the covid-19 virus.

For up to date information, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

The office will be open periodically to receive phone calls.  Necessary permits and payments may be left in either the box next to the front door or in the white box along the north drive.  The Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer will be rotating time in the office to handle essential services.  We ask for your patience as permits and applications will be delayed due to our office procedures.   If the phone is not answered, please leave a message and you will receive a return call.

Hall rentals have been cancelled through the end of April.  Please be prepared as rentals past April may also have to be cancelled.  

The pavilion, rest rooms, playground equipment,  soccer and baseball fields will be closed for use at both the Township Park and Hall.  Use of the trails will continue to be permitted, we ask that you honor social distancing when encountering others at the Park.

Recycling for April has been cancelled.  The May spring clean-up has been postponed, however a date has not been set at this time.  We are looking at September and I will keep you informed when a firm date has been set.

The annual May Art Tour is postponed to a date to be announced.

You may wish to consider being put on the permanent absentee ballot list to insure voting for the upcoming elections.  You may do this by either emailing Deputy Clerk, Robin Cleveland at [email protected] or calling the office.

If you know of a resident who is in need of help, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Township.  If the service needed is beyond what we can handle, we will help get the message to the appropriate organization.

And beyond all else, please stay safe!

 

~ Wanda Bloomquist,
Township Supervisor

 

In The Spotlight

Beeman Road Activity

The Township has received many calls on the earth moving activity taking place on Beeman Rd.  A site plan was approved by the Township to create a flood plain compensating cut adjacent to the Red Cedar River as part of the Red Cedar Renaissance project taking place on Michigan Ave. near Frandor. The removed fill will remain on site and some will be placed in the Summit Cemetery expansion area to expand use of the Cemetery for a green burial area.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of May to resume planting of crops.  Plans are available at the Township Hall for review during regular business hours.  Please refrain from walking the site as this is private property.

Featured News

Burn Ban

Burn permits suspended across Michigan due to COVID-19

In response to the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the order Monday, aimed at further protecting public health and safety.

“We need to make sure our emergency response resources are available where they are needed at this time,” said Dan Laux, fire supervisor for the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires, and that means staff can deal with other, more critical needs.”

Because firefighters often work closely together on scene and when traveling to and from incident locations, the suspension of burn permits also will help protect first responders and fire fighters from infection by the novel coronavirus.

“It’s out of an abundance of caution that we want to support the statewide effort to fight COVID-19,” Laux said. “Suspending burn permits in much of the state means fewer people will be burning debris – the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Michigan.”

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer agreed, adding: “This preventative approach to limiting wildland fires is important so that first responders can continue making medical calls during this health crisis.”

Voting & Election Information

For the unofficial results of the March 10th Presidential Primary, click here. If you'd like the results by precinct, click here.

To check whether you're registered to vote, to find your precinct, and learn about upcoming elections, go to michigan.gov/vote.

Click here for the most up-to-date voting information.

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