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Special Saturday Hours for Absentee Ballots Special Saturday Hours for Absentee Ballots

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The Genoa Township Clerk will hold special hours on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. so that residents may fill out absentee ballot applications and submit their absentee ballots for the Genoa Township Road Millage.

Township Clerk Polly Skolarus Announces Election Precinct Changes Township Clerk Polly Skolarus Announces Election Precinct Changes

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  • The Genoa Township Election Commission has added a new polling location. The 2/42 Community Church located at 7526 Grand River Avenue in Brighton will be used to accommodate the new Precinct 13 and also Hartland Schools Precinct 11. This facility will accommodate all Hartland Schools voters living in Genoa Township who previously voted at Community Bible Church. It will also become the new polling place for Precinct 13 voters who live near Grand Beach or the Sylvan Glen Mobile Home Park.
  • In addition, voters living in the North Shore Communities will now vote at Three Fires Middle School located at 4125 Crooked Lake Road in Howell. This will allow a more convenient facility for those who previously voted at Chilson Hills Baptist Church as it will closer to your homes.

Voters who do not receive new voter identification cards will remain in their respective polling places. If you are unsure of your voting location, you may call the Clerk's office at (810) 227-5225 or visit the Michigan Secretary of State website at https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/

Special Election - May 5, 2015 Special Election - May 5, 2015

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Special Election - May 5, 2015

The State of Michigan will hold a special election on May 5, 2015 for voters to consider a Constitutional amendment increasing the state sale tax from 6% to 7%. According to the resolution, funds will be used for Michigan roads. The last day to register for this election is April 6, 2015. Eligible voters may register with their local clerk, county clerk or the Secretary of State.

Applications for absent voter ballots will be mailed out in March to those who are on our standing list. Registered voters may also print the absent voter 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.

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.

Public Hearing - Northshore Road Improvement Project Special Assessment Public Hearing - Northshore Road Improvement Project Special Assessment

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The Township Board of Genoa Charter Township, Livingston County, Michigan, in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, will hold a Public Hearing on May 4, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Genoa Charter Township Offices, 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, Michigan, 48116 to review a proposed special assessment district for the North Shore Road Improvement Project

Please visit this link for more information on the proposed Special Assessment District.

Spring Yard Waste Drop off Spring Yard Waste Drop off

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Our Spring 2015 Yard Waste Collection program has been scheduled for the following dates at the Genoa Charter Township Hall from 9am to noon:

Saturday May 23, 2015

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.

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.

Tree seedlings available at the Township Hall Tree seedlings available at the Township Hall

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The Township is now offering tree seedlings, both conifer and deciduous. They are available at the Township Hall for residents for free. Please stop by the Township Hall to pick out a new tree for your yard today.

Township Employment Opportunity Township Employment Opportunity

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ASSOCIATE COLLECTIONS OPERATOR
(Full-Time, Non-Exempt)

Do you like working outdoors in any weather?
Do you have experience with electrical controls and components?
Do you have a high technical and mechanical aptitude?
Do you enjoy working independently as well as being part of a team?

Genoa Township Utility Department is excited to announce an opening for an Associate Collections Operator. We offer paid comprehensive training, use of a municipal truck, and an excellent benefit package. The Associate Collections Operator will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Wastewater Division and will learn skills for wastewater treatment and equipment maintenance

Please visit the Township Employment page for more information including how to apply.

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.

Michigan Lake Information for Interested Residents Michigan Lake Information for Interested Residents

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Residents interested in information regarding local lakes can check out the website from the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) found here.

MiCorps has records on many lakes including historical information on phosphorus and chlorophyll levels as well as many resources for monitoring and maintaining lake and stream health.

Please visit their website listed below for more information.

2014 Tax Payment Information 2014 Tax Payment Information

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Monday, March 2, 2015 was the last day to pay 2014 Summer & Winter Property Taxes at the Township

The 2014 Property Taxes are now delinquent. As of Tuesday, March 3rd all real property tax payments must be made to the Livingston County Treasurer's Office.

Please contact the County Treasurer's Office after March 15th for a current amount due.

Robinson Scholarship available for eligible Township residents Robinson Scholarship available for eligible Township residents

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The Genoa Township board is looking to assist college juniors and seniors in Michigan who are preparing for a career in public administration.

The Robert R. Robinson scholarship, administered by the Michigan Townships Association, will be awarded on a competitive basis, as determined by the applicant's academic achievement, community involvement and commitment to a career in local government administration.

Scholarship applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a Michigan college or university; pursuing a degree in public administration or similar degree (such as political science, public policy, public affairs & communication, parks & recreation, etc); and must be considering a
career in local government administration.

Eligible Genoa Township residents may contact Kathleen at the Township Hall at kathleen@genoa.org or (810) 227-5225 for more information.

More information can be found at the Michigan Township's website. The application can be found here.

Budget Information Budget Information

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The General Fund Budget for Genoa Charter Township for Fiscal Year 2015/16 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.

Reflective Address signs now available for purchase at the Township Hall Reflective Address signs now available for purchase at the Township Hall

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Reflective address signs courtesy of the Brighton Area Fire Department are now available for purchase from the Township Hall. The signs are dark green with white numbers. The signs are double-sided with your address number and there are holes to allow for either horizontal or vertical mounting. Each sign is $15.00.

All proceeds from signs sold go to help fund the Brighton Area Fire Fighters Association, a non profit organization.

You may also order these reflective address signs through the Brighton Area Fire Department using the form below.

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.

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.

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

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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