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Winter Sledding at the Township Park Winter Sledding at the Township Park

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Come enjoy the fresh snowfall at the Genoa Township sled hill!

The sled hill has a vertical drop of approximately 40-feet and a run length of over 200 feet and is fun for all ages.

Benches have been installed at the top for parents and those waiting to sled. There are heated bathrooms and a warming area at the Township Park Pavilion. There is a parking lot across the Township driveway from the sled hill where parents can sit and watch their sledders in the comfort of their vehicles. Last but not least, a light pole has been installed at the hill allows night time sledding until 9 pm.

All are welcome to enjoy the winter fun for free at the Township sledding hill.

Presidential Primary Election - March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary Election - March 8, 2016

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The deadline to register is this Monday, February 8, 2016.

The State of Michigan has scheduled a Presidential Primary election for Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Please click here to view and print a copy of an absent voter application and FAX the completed application to (810) 227-3420 or mail it to Paulette A. Skolarus, Clerk Genoa Charter Township 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, MI 48116. Ballots will be mailed in late January to those persons choosing to vote Absent Voter Ballot. Ballots are also available at the Township office to registered voters with a valid ID.

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.

DTE Tree Maintenance Program notice DTE Tree Maintenance Program notice

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As Spring approaches, Detroit Edison will be doing tree trimming in Genoa Township over the next several weeks.

Below is a map showing the areas where tree trimming is planned this year in Genoa Township as well as information on the program.

DTE will inform residents about trimming/removals on their property before work begins. Property owners along the proposed trim route will be notified using letters, phone calls, knocking on doors, and leaving door hangers if no one is at home.

For more information, please visit http://dteenergy.com/treecare.

2015 Brighton Area Fire Authority Report 2015 Brighton Area Fire Authority Report

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The Brighton Area Fire Authority has released its 2015 Annual Report.

The BAFD is responsible for responding to emergency incidents here in Genoa Township as well as the City of Brighton and Brighton Township.

The report is attached below.

March Board of Review March Board of Review

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The Genoa Charter Township Board of Review will meet Tuesday March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for their Organizational Meeting.

They will meet the following days to hear appeals for Assessed Value, Tentative Taxable Value and/or Classification of property:

  • Monday, March 14, 2016, 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 1:00pm - 5:00pm & 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Personal appearances will be by appointment only. Written appeals will also be received by mail through March 11, 2016. POST MARKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please call (810) 227-5225 to schedule an appointment.

The Board of Review will meet at Genoa Township Hall, 2911 Dorr Rd, Brighton, MI 48116.

The tentative ratios and factors are as follows:

Classification Ratio Factor
Agricultural: 50.00 1.00000
Commercial: 50.00 1.00000
Industrial: 50.00 1.00000
Residential: 50.00 1.00000
Personal: 50.00 1.00000

The Assessing Department has compiled a guide for residents who are interested in information regarding petitioning the Board of Review to appeal their assessments. A link to this guide is listed below along with the petition form and other pertinent information.

Tax Payment Information Tax Payment Information

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2015 Summer & Winter Taxes

All Genoa Township property owners were mailed a 2015 Summer & Winter Tax Bill. The 2015 Summer Taxes were due 9-14-15. If you are unsure if your Summer Tax Bill has been paid please contact the Genoa Township Treasurer's Office at 810-227-5225 or check our website at www.genoa.org. Your Summer Tax Bill, plus penalty, is payable to Genoa Township until 2-29-16. If you need to pay a delinquent summer bill, please contact our office for a current amount due.

2015 Winter Taxes are payable, without penalty thru 2-29-16. Tax payments can be made at the Township Office by cash or check, Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm or by mail to 2911 Dorr Rd., Brighton, MI 48116. If paying by mail please allow extra time for delivery as postmarks are not accepted. For your convenience there are two drop boxes located at the Township for after-hours payments. All tax payments left in the drop boxes will be mailed a receipt. Payments left in the drop box on 2-29-16 will be applied as paid on time.

You also have the option to pay your taxes with a credit card or by electronic check online at ww.genoa.org or by calling 1-800-272-9829. Official payments Corporation is providing this service for the Township. The jurisdiction code for Genoa Township is 7028. They will charge an additional convenience fee of 3% for credit card payments or a flat fee of $3.00 for an electronic check payment. Credit card payments cannot be made at the Township.

2015 Taxes will become delinquent Tuesday, March 1, 2016. They are payable with an additional 1% interest per month plus a 4% administration fee, to the Livingston County Treasurer, 200 E. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843, (517)546-7010. Between March 1st and March 20th tax payments cannot be accepted by the Township or County due to tax reconciliation. The interest and administration fee will remain the same if paid between March 21, 2016 and March 31, 2016 to the Livingston County Treasurer.

Budget Information Budget Information

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The General Fund Budget for Genoa Charter Township for Fiscal Year 2016/17 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

Township Holiday Schedule 2015 Township Holiday Schedule 2015

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

New video showing Genoa Township Hall and facilities New video showing Genoa Township Hall and facilities

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Recently a high definition video was taken by drone over the Township Hall and surrounding area.

You can find the video here: https://youtu.be/w1JaFnu5KvU

Thanks and credit go to Brian Jonckheere, the Livingston County Drain commissioner.

Election Results Election Results

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Results for the November 3, 2015 Election can be found on the Livingston County Clerk's Election Results section.

New MHOG website and Twitter New MHOG website and Twitter

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We would like to announce the new website for the MHOG Utility Department: mhog.org.

The MHOG Utility Department oversees the day to day operations, planning, and operation of the municipal water systems in MHOG (Marion, Howell, Oceola, and Genoa Townships) and the sanitary sewer systems for Genoa and Oceola Townships.

Information for residents and customers can be found on the new site including Frequently Asked Questions and Active Projects in the MHOG Utility service area.

You can also follow MHOG on Twitter at @MHOGWater

Resident scam warning: unauthorized contractors Resident scam warning: unauthorized contractors

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Residents have recently reported receiving offers to seal driveways or similar work from people representing themselves as contractors. These types of solicitations are not permitted in the Township without a license from the Clerk's office.

Any solicitor who is unable to produce proof of approval from the Township AND a state contractor's license should be treated with extreme caution.

Reminder for Residents regarding Garbage pickup services Reminder for Residents regarding Garbage pickup services

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Recently, township residents have reported receiving solicitations for garbage pickup services for their residences. Please remember that Genoa Township residents already receive township-wide garbage pickup and recycling services which is paid for through the winter tax bill.

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.

2015 Summer Tax Information 2015 Summer Tax Information

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The 2015 Summer Tax Bills were mailed on June 30, 2015.

Summer taxes were payable, without penalty, through Monday, September 14, 2015.

All payments must now pay a 1% per month penalty. Please contact the Township Treasurer's office for an updated amount.

Tax amounts are available on our website and payments can be made online with a credit card or electronic check, at the township offices by cash or check or by mail to Genoa Township, 2911 Dorr Rd., Brighton, MI 48116.

Genoa Township Large Item Sticker program Genoa Township Large Item Sticker program

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Residents of Genoa Township looking to get rid of unwanted items too large for normal trash pickup can take advantage of the Large Item Sticker program.

Large item stickers can be purchased by check or cash from the Treasurers Department at the Township Hall. Each resident may pick up 1 Free Sticker per year for large item disposal. Any additional large item stickers are $10.00 each.

It can be difficult to determine how many stickers to purchase and how to put out your large items. Click here for a list of items that our staff often receives questions on as well as some helpful hints.

Once you have your sticker, place the item or items out with your garbage on your regular scheduled garbage day with the sticker where the garbage collector can see it and they will take it away. Please allow some time if your item requires a special truck for collection.

County Bank Scam Warning County Bank Scam Warning

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WHMI is reporting on a scam affecting Livingston County residents.

Local bank and law enforcement officials are warning the public about a widespread phone phishing scam currently underway. Phishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

According to Ron Long, President & CEO of First National Bank in Howell, individuals are receiving a prerecorded phone message informing them that their bank debit card has been frozen or compromised. The message instructs customers to enter their debit card number to re-activate it. Multiple banks have received calls from individuals who have experienced the scam, and while the prerecorded messages vary, they usually ask the person to push 1 to talk to a representative and reactivate their card. After doing so, they receive a message welcoming them to a 24 hour help desk and are then asked to enter their 16 digit card number to re-activate it.

Long, along with Livingston County Undersheriff Mike Murphy, remind residents that they should never provide personal data or financial information to someone unknown who is inquiring over the phone or the internet. If you have provided financial information in response to a phishing call or email, they say it is very important that you contact your financial institution immediately.

Oak Wilt Information Oak Wilt Information

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Michigan has lost millions of trees due to Dutch Elm disease and the Emerald Ash Borer. Now our oak trees are in jeopardy. Red oak wilt is identified by the rapid wilting of an infected tree that is dead in two to six weeks. White oaks die slowly one branch at a time over the course of several years. Oak wilt is caused by the fungus that is spread by improper tree trimming and removal practices. It is spread in two ways - from tree to tree through connected roots and/or from spores being moved by insects.

To prevent the spread of oak wilt diseases please consider the following:

  • Oak trees should not be pruned or trimmed between April 1 and October 15.
  • Oak trees that are inadvertently injured or pruned between April 1 and October 15 should be promptly sealed with a tree pruning sealer or latex paint. The repair should take place within hours of the injury.
  • Any developer, contractor and/or owner(s) of property preparing a site for construction during April 1st through October 15th should adhere to the above oak wilt prevention practices.
  • Members of the white oak family diseased with oak wilt may be saved with tree injections of the fungicide Alamo by a registered company.
  • Dead oak trees should be removed along with the stump and properly disposed of by chipping to less than 3 inches or removed to a disposal site for debarking, burning or burial.
  • Oak wood retained as firewood should be sealed with a tarp.

Thanks to Arborist Julie Stachecki of Site Specific, Inc. for bringing this important information to the attention of the Genoa Township Board and residents.

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 or experience is required to apply. All required training is provided and compensated. Academy classes are held on evenings/weekends.

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 contact the HR Director Anne Campbell at Brighton Area Fire Department at 810 229-6640 or acampbell@brightonareafire.com.

MDOT releases more information regarding I-96/US-23 Interchange project MDOT releases more information regarding I-96/US-23 Interchange project

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The Michigan Department of Transportation has begun construction on the major safety and operational improvements to the existing interchange at I-96 and US-23 in Brighton Township in Livingston County.

Recently, MDOT released informational videos on the project. Part 1 of the videos has been published on Youtube and can be found here.

More information on the project can be found on MDOT's website here.

External Links

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

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

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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Genoa Charter Township · 2911 Dorr Road · Brighton, MI 48116 · (810) 227-5225
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