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Marshmallow Drop and Moonglow Night time Easter Egg Hunt - Thursday April 2, 2015
(Rain date: Thursday April 9, 2015)
Check-in Begins at 6:00pm
First Drop Begins at 7:15pm
The Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority invites you to the most unique night-time Easter Egg Hunt and spring time celebration in Livingston County for children ages 0-8. For those of you unfamiliar with this one-of-a-kind outdoor event, it all begins with a fly-over by helicopter and a massive drop of thousands of soft, white marshmallows and a few special ones that can be turned in for age-specific prizes. After the marshmallow drop, we will wait for the sun to set and move directly into a night-time Easter Egg Hunt - the Moon Glow - so make sure everyone who is registered brings a working flashlight.
For both events, children will be grouped together by age and have their own special time to hunt (parents are allowed to hunt with children ages 0-3 only). Three special prizes will be raffled off between events - a family get-away from Baymont Inn & Suites, Rollerama Party Pack, and a Red Wagon full of toys.
Please dress warmly and appropriately for the weather and bring your picnic dinner to enjoy before the event! The Easter Bunny will be on hand for informal photos (so bring your camera) and all children will receive an Easter bag to collect marshmallows and eggs.
This event is limited to the first 1000 children registered. parking is limited at Genoa Township Hall, free shuttle service available from Three Fires Middle School. Concessions will be available for an extra charge.
All registrations must be received by Tuesday, March 31.
Fees: $10 per child
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 April 25, 2015
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.
Utility Line Locator - Damage Prevention Technician
Do you like working outdoors in any weather?
Does a busy fast-paced work day appeal to you?
Are you detail-oriented and organized?
Do you enjoy working independently as well as being part of a team?
Want to learn plan sheet interpretation and use of Geographic Information System Software?
Genoa Township Utility Department is excited to announce an opening for a Utility Line Locator. We offer paid comprehensive training, use of a municipal truck, and an excellent benefit package. The Utility Line Locator will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Water Division and will also learn skills for water distribution and collection.
Please visit the Township Employment page for more information including how to apply.
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.
- Phone at 517-546-7010
- Online at Livingston County Treasurer's web page. Use of the online database for the County Treasurer's office requires payment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (810) 227-5225 for more information.
The Proposed 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 email@example.com
- 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.
- Voters who will be affected by this change will receive new voter identification cards within the next ten days.
- 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.
- New voter identification cards will be mailed to all those affected by this change who live in or near the North Shore Communities.
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
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:
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.
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 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.
Click here for a list of days the Genoa Charter Township offices will be closed.
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 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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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/.
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.
New "Rewards for Recycling Program"
Duncan Disposal, the waste hauler for Genoa Township, has initiated a new Recycling Program for Genoa Township residents. Rewards for Recycling is an expanded recycling program. For $3.00 per month, residents will receive a 95 gallon recycling cart to handle more recycling.
For more information and registration, please click here
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