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Travel Alert for Township Residents:  Brighton and Bauer Roads Intersection Travel Alert for Township Residents: Brighton and Bauer Roads Intersection

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The Livingston County Road Commission has issued a construction advisory for the intersection of Brighton and Bauer roads.

Crews will be removing pavement at intersection between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2014) and putting in new pavement between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Crews will use flag control to direct traffic. There will be delays due to the volume of traffic and alternate routes are encouraged.

Any questions or concerns regarding the project should be directed to the Livingston County Road Commission at (517) 546 - 4250.

Proposed Noxious Weed Ordinance Proposed Noxious Weed Ordinance

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The Genoa Township Board will be reviewing the proposed Township Noxious Weed Ordinance #141103 at the November 3rd, 2014 Regular Board Meeting at 6:30 pm. The ordinance will read as follows:

CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF GENOA
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MICHIGAN
ORDINANCE NO. 141103
NOXIOUS WEEDS ORDINANCE

The Charter Township of Genoa ordains:

SECTION 1: Short title
(1) This ordinance shall be known and may be cited as Genoa Charter Township's Noxious Weeds Ordinance.

SECTION 2: Intent and Purpose
(1) The Genoa Township Board of Trustees hereby determines that, under certain circumstances as set forth herein, the presence of tall grass and noxious weeds creates blight and constitutes a nuisance. It is recognized that such blight lowers property values, leads to deteriorating housing conditions, undermines the quality of neighborhood life, adversely affects the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the community. This ordinance provides for the cutting and/or removal of grass, noxious weeds and miscellaneous debris, and to provide for the administration and enforcement of this ordinance.

SECTION 3: Definitions
(1) For the purposes of this Ordinance, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
(a) Noxious Weeds - For the purpose of this article, weeds shall include, but may not be limited to Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), dodders (any species of Cuscuta), mustards (charlock, black mustard and Indian mustard; species of Brassica or Sinapis), wild carrot (Daucus carota), bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis), hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), ragweed (Ambrosia elatior 1), poison ivy (Rhus toxicodendron) and poison sumac (Toxicodendron vernix).
(b) Tall Grass means weeds, grasses and undergrowth higher than ten inches (10") from ground level.
(c) "Owner" and "occupant" means any person or entity with any ownership or possessor right or interest, including deed holders and land contact vendees (whether recorded or unrecorded), mortgagees, lessees, tenants, residents and any agent of any of the foregoing.

SECTION 4: Regulations
(1) Destruction required. The owner and occupant of land on which noxious weeds are found growing shall destroy such weeds before they reach a seed bearing stage, or a height of ten inches (10"), whichever occurs first, and shall prevent their re-growth; provided that this requirement shall not apply to any incidental noxious weeds in fields devoted to growing any small grain or vegetable crop.
(2) Height restrictions. The owner and occupant of the following described lands shall keep tall grass thereon cut to a height of not more than ten inches (10"):
(a) Urban Residential zoning district
(b) Suburban Residential zoning district located in a platted subdivision or site condominium
(c) Lake Resort Residential zoning district
(d) Manufactured Housing Park district (excluding Mobile Home Parks)
(e) Developed Commercial and Industrial parcels along Grand River

SECTION 5: Exceptions
(1) This ordinance shall not apply to the following:
(a) Agricultural Crops.
(b) Vegetation in woodlands or wetlands.
(c) Areas within the required twenty-five (25) foot undisturbed natural setback from MDEQ determined/regulated wetlands, as specified in section 13.02.04 of the Genoa Township Zoning Ordinance.
(d) Weeds in fields devoted to growing any small grain crop such as wheat, oats, barley, or rye.
(e) Parcels owned by public utilities.
(f) Publicly owned lands.
(g) Flower or vegetable gardens

SECTION 6: Notice
(1) The Township shall attempt to notify the owner, agent and/or occupant of any parcel or lot subject to this ordinance, on which either noxious weeds or tall grass are found growing by certified mail with return receipt requested. The notice shall describe methods of treating and eradicating the noxious weeds, if applicable, and shall contain a summary of the provisions of this Ordinance. Failure of such owner, agent and/or occupant to receive such notice shall not constitute a defense to any action to enforce the payment of any penalty provided for or debt created under this ordinance.
(2) In addition to or in the alternative to the notice described above, the township may publish a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county during the month of March providing that either noxious weeds and/or weeds, grasses and undergrowth higher than ten inches (10") from ground level ("tall grass"), not cut by May 1 of that year may be cut by the township and the owner of the property may be charged with the cost thereof as provided in this ordinance.

SECTION 7: Enforcement & Cost Recovery
(1) If, within ten (10) days after notice, as provided in section 8.1, or after publication of the notice as provided in section 8.2, the owner, agent or occupant of any land upon which noxious weeds or tall grass are growing, has failed to destroy the noxious weeds, cause such noxious weeds to be destroyed or has failed to cause such weeds, grass or brush to be cut down, destroyed or removed, the township may enter upon the land and destroy the noxious weeds, cause them to be destroyed or cut and/or cut down the tall grass. Mechanical equipment which will not damage the property or any adjacent sidewalk may be used to destroy and/or cut the noxious weeds and to cut the tall grass.
(2) Any expense by the Township incurred in such destruction or cutting shall be paid by the owner or owners of such parcel, and the Township shall have a lien against such parcel for such expense, which lien shall be enforced in the manner prescribed by the general laws of this State providing for the enforcement of Tax Liens.

SECTION 8: Penalties
(1) In addition to the assessment of cost as provided in section 9.2, any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $100.00.
(2) Each day that a violation exists, or continues to exist, shall constitute a separate offense.

SECTION 9: Severability
(1) This ordinance and various parts, sections and clauses thereof are hereby declared severable. If any part, section, paragraph or clause is adjudged invalid, it is hereby provided that the remainder of the ordinance shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 10. Effective Date
(1) This ordinance was adopted by the Genoa Charter Township Board of Trustees at the regular meeting held on ____________ and ordered to be given publication in the manner required by law. This ordinance shall be effective upon publication.
Copies of the Ordinance may be obtained from the Genoa Township Hall, located at 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, Michigan 48116.

General Election - November 4, 2014 General Election - November 4, 2014

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General Midterm Elections

The General Election for Genoa Township has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Residents living in Genoa Township may vote in person on election day at their assigned precinct. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Applications for absent voter ballots were mailed out to those who are on our standing list. Other registered voters may print the application included here and fax (810) 227-3420 or mail it to:

Polly Skolarus
2911 Dorr Road
Brighton, MI 48116

Those voters who want to know where they go to vote can consult the Genoa Township election map found here.

An application for an absentee voter ballot can be found here.

Picture Identification is required to receive a ballot. An affidavit of identity may be signed in the absence of same.

Please visit the Township Elections page for more information or you may contact the Clerk's Department at (810)227-5225.

Fall Yard Waste Dropoff Fall Yard Waste Dropoff

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Our Fall 2014 Yard Waste Collection program has been scheduled for the following date at the Genoa Charter Township Hall from 9am to noon:

Saturday November 22nd, 2014

Residents may bring their yard waste to the Township Hall on these dates. Branches and similar materials must be in 3 foot long bundles.

Please no plastic bags

More information can be found on our Refuse & Recycling page.

Michigan Virtual Career Fair - November 12, 2014 from 10am-4pm Michigan Virtual Career Fair - November 12, 2014 from 10am-4pm

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The MiVirtualCareerFair is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 10AM - 4PM. The MiVirtualCareerFair is an opportunity for job seekers to engage with employers from around the state without the need to travel. For more information and registration (which opens October 15th), please visit http://www.michiganvirtualcareerfair.com/.

Michigan Veterans Cobo Conference Center Expo - November 7th and 8th Michigan Veterans Cobo Conference Center Expo - November 7th and 8th

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The upcoming Michigan Veterans Expo will connect Michigan Veterans with resources for employment, education, healthcare, and quality of life. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is working with the US Chamber of Commerce, other state agencies, and community partners to bring together employers, healthcare providers, educational institutions, counselors, and other community resources and associations that provide the following services for Veterans and their families.

Some of the resources which are being represented at these expos are:

  • Job seeker counseling and assistance such as resume writing and interview preparation
  • Employment opportunities and interviews
  • Meetings with accredited service officers
  • Educational programs
  • Enrollment in state and federal veteran benefit programs
  • Health screening
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Signing up for a veterans' designation on the driver's license

The expo hours are Friday November 7th from 11am to 8 pm and Saturday November 8th from 9am to 3pm.

To register for this event, please call 517-324-8330 or visit www.events.mphi.org/vetexpo.

Traffic alert from MDOT:  Latson Road over I-96 Traffic alert from MDOT: Latson Road over I-96

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On Monday, September 29, 2014, construction is expected to begin on the Latson Road Interchange bridge over I-96 in Genoa Township. The contractor will be removing and replacing the concrete approaches on each side of the bridge.

One lane will be maintained in each direction on Latson Road with traffic shifted to either the east or west side of the bridge.

The work is expected to wrap up in early November, 2014.

Tax Payment Information Tax Payment Information

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Monday, September 15, 2014 was the last day to pay 2014 Summer Property Taxes at the Township without penalty.

2014 Summer Property Taxes became delinquent as of Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Summer Property taxes can still be made at the Township, however payments made after the deadline will now be charged a 1% interest, per month fee.

Please contact the Township Treasurer's office at (810) 227 5225 or online here to get an updated tax amount if you are paying after September 15, 2014.

Information regarding Drilling in the Chilson Road area Information regarding Drilling in the Chilson Road area

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Southwest Gas is currently working in the Chilson Road area of Genoa Township. Horizontal wells are being drilled at the storage field along Chilson Road north and south of Interstate 96 in Genoa Township. The current project does not involve fracking or drilling for new natural gas sources and is being conducted far below groundwater sources.

More information can be found here in the Livingston County Press and Argus article.

Fraud warning:  Calls from scammers claiming to be the IRS Fraud warning: Calls from scammers claiming to be the IRS

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Residents are being warned about a new widespread phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service says people are calling claiming to be IRS agents and demanding payment for fake tax liens.

The callers are using a number with a Washington DC area code, 202. If you get a call that you believe to be a part of this scam, the IRS urges you call 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident. Visit the IRS' website for much more information on this scam.

The IRS says that there a some typical signs of this scam. They include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security number.
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it's the IRS calling.
  • Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

Standard and Poor's releases favorable Genoa Township rating Standard and Poor's releases favorable Genoa Township rating

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Standard and Poor's Ratings Services has assigned its 'AA+' long-term rating to Genoa Charter Township's limited-tax general obligation capital improvement bonds (Oak Pointe Sewer System Project.) Standard and Poors also affirmed its 'AA+' long term and underlying (SPUR) rating on Genoa Township's existing limited-tax general obligation (GO) bonds.

Standard and Poor's cited Genoa Township's very strong budgetary flexibility, very strong reserve levels and the very strong local economy for the AA+ rating.

Brighton Area Fire Department looking for Paid-on-call Firefighters Brighton Area Fire Department looking for Paid-on-call Firefighters

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The Brighton Area Fire Authority is accepting applications for the position of paid-on-call Firefighter at all five of our stations. The department is looking for community minded residents that are interested in helping serve the community in which they live.

No training is required to apply, although applicants must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid Michigan Driver's license and live within Brighton Township, Genoa Township or the City of Brighton.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are available at Station 31 at 615 W. Grand River avenue or can be downloaded at www.brightonareafire.com. The Brighton Area Fire Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information call Anne Campbell at Brighton Area Fire Department at 810 229-6640 ext 24.

Consumer Protection Warning regarding Utility Payments and Prepaid Debit Cards Consumer Protection Warning regarding Utility Payments and Prepaid Debit Cards

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Communities across the US are reporting scammers who are exploiting preloaded debit cards to steal money. The scam typically involves preloaded debit cards (the Green Dot prepaid card is a popular choice) where the scammers pose as utility company employees and threaten disconnection of service unless an immediate payment is made using a prepaid card.

MHOG/GO Utilities customers are advised not to respond to these types of phone calls.

MHOG and GO staff will not use phone calls to require customers to make a payment to avoid a cutoff of service. Water and sewer payments are accepted through the mail, online or in person.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette recommends that anyone who believes they have been a victim of a scam can contact the Consumer Protection Division. To file a complaint online, you can click on the following link

Michigan Attorney General Consumer Complaint Form

Brighton Area Fire Department offering free smoke detectors to hearing impaired residents Brighton Area Fire Department offering free smoke detectors to hearing impaired residents

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The Brighton Area Fire Authority is working with local residents to ensure proper smoke alarms for people with hearing impairments. The Fire Authority was a recipient of a 2013 grant in which 200 units were purchased for people who are deaf or have hearing impairments.

The Authority worked with Brighton Area Schools and Livingston Educational Service Agency to help determine the need of the area specifically children who meet the criteria. The device is a Life Tone unit which is paired to a smoke alarm in the home and activates when the smoke alarm senses smoke. The life tone unit looks like an alarm clock and re-transmits the alarm in a different tone and includes a device to physically shake the bed.

"The units will be installed by our firefighters who will also check the home's smoke alarms, conduct a brief fire safety check" commented Fire Chief Michael O'Brian. "This is part of our program to make sure all our residents have working smoke alarms."

To request a unit the resident should contact Lt. Lauren Brookins via email at lbrookins@brightonareafire.com to setup an installation time. Based on the number of requests, the Authority may have to prioritize the installations.

The Authority has plenty of regular smoke alarms as well. Those who live in Brighton Township, Genoa Township or the City of Brighton who would like their smoke alarms checked or need an installation can contact Brighton Area Fire Headquarters at 810-229-6640

Budget Information Budget Information

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The General Fund Budget for Genoa Charter Township for Fiscal Year 2014/15 is now available for review.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact the Township Clerk Polly Skolarus at (810) 227 5225 or by email at polly@genoa.org

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group for Livingston County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group for Livingston County

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The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will be meeting every third Saturday from March through November at 11:00 am in the Brighton Library.

Contact: 248-446-9592 or 517-545-0422 for more information.

Township Holiday Schedule 2014 Township Holiday Schedule 2014

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Click here for a list of days the Genoa Charter Township offices will be closed.

Oak Wilt Resolution Oak Wilt Resolution

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Genoa Charter Township is concerned a deadly disease known as oak wilt caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum is a threat to the Township's oak population. Improper tree trimming/removal practices may result in the establishment of oak wilt disease epicenters, which may lead to increased disease activity with devastating aesthetic and economic losses. It is therefore both advisable and prudent to attempt to prevent and control oak wilt.

The entire resolution can be found here

Information on Invasive Plants:  Purple loosestrife and Russian olive. Information on Invasive Plants: Purple loosestrife and Russian olive.

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Invasive plants are posing a real threat to Michigan's natural habitats. Purple loosestrife and Russian olive are two of the more aggressive plants that are crowding out native species. According to information from Michigan State University's Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/invasive-species/factsheets.cfm), "Early detection and eradication of these species is critical in preventing further damage to Michigan's natural areas."

Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a beautiful plant with purple, pink or white flowers blooming in July through October. It will spread quickly in moist soil conditions, crowding out native plants such as cattails, which are needed for nesting and food sources. Some experts (http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/downloads/ais/fs-97-501_purple_loosestrife.pdf) blame purple loosestrife for declining waterfowl populations. While deer forage on new purple loosestrife shoots in the spring, other animals avoid it. Experts on the MSU site recommend hand pulling seedlings; and removing all flowers seed heads.

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) is a thorny shrub or small tree that grows up to 30 feet high. The leaves are light green and covered with silvery hairs. It blooms in June and July with yellowish flowers, eventually bearing hard yellow-red olive-shaped fruits. Russian olive grows in such a way that it fills in open areas, crowding out native plants. Experts on the MSU site recommend hand pulling seedlings. They caution that "burning, mowing, cutting, and girding can stimulate resprouting in larger plants without herbicide treatment; treat cut stumps with an herbicide."

For more information about purple loosestrife, Russian olive and other invasive plants threatening the state's natural habitats, visit http://www.misin.msu.edu/.

Deed Solicitation Warning Deed Solicitation Warning

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There has been a recent increase in deed processing solicitations being sent to homeowners in Genoa Township. These deed solicitations are not required by Genoa Township nor are these companies associated with Genoa Township in any way. Any such solicitation should be treated with extreme care and due diligence.

Genoa Township strongly encourages anyone seeking a copy of their deed to contact the Livingston County Register of Deeds directly at (517) 546 0270.

External Links

The FEMA National Flood Insurance Program The FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/

Duncan Disposal Duncan Disposal

http://www.mygarbageguy.com/
Trash disposal contractor for Township Residents

View or Pay Your Water or Sewer Bill View or Pay Your Water or Sewer Bill

https://genoa.merchanttransact.com/

Brighton District Library Brighton District Library

http://brightonlibrary.info/

Livingston Area Council Against Spouse Abuse (LACASA) Livingston Area Council Against Spouse Abuse (LACASA)

http://www.lacasacenter.org/
LACASA provides a wide range of programs and services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. LACASA offers free and confidential comprehensive services and is funded through federal, state and local foundation grants along with private contributions. LACASA 24- Hour Toll-Free Crisis Line 866- 522-2725

Earl Lake Riparian's Association Earl Lake Riparian's Association

http://elhoa.mail.home.comcast.net/~elhoa.mail/main.htm

2010 Census Data 2010 Census Data

http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0600000US2609331860

Michigan Department of Environment Quality - Floodplain information Michigan Department of Environment Quality - Floodplain information

http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3313_3684_3725---,00.html

Citizens' Guide to Voting Systems Citizens' Guide to Voting Systems

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_8716_45458---,00.html
This new Department of State web site, uses video, audio, photographs and text to instruct voters on the different voting systems in use throughout Michigan. Just follow the instructions and find out where you are registered and where you vote.

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