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Primary and General Elections Primary and General Elections

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Primary and General Midterm Elections

The Primary Elections for Genoa Township has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The General Election 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 the first week of June 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

Please remember to complete the application for both the Primary and the General Elections when submitting your request. Voters who will be away for the winter months should note the mailing address for November on your application.

The ballot proposal for the August 5, 2014 primary can be found here.

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.

Standard and Poor's Ratings Report for Genoa Township Standard and Poor's Ratings Report for Genoa Township

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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.

Livingston County United Way Day of Caring - August 20, 2014 Livingston County United Way Day of Caring - August 20, 2014

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The Livingston County United Way Day of Caring is a one-day community service blitz assisting residents and nonprofit organizations in need throughout Livingston County.

Over 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout Livingston County to pitch in and make a huge impact! Volunteers can choose to work all day, a.m., or p.m. Great opportunity for team building -- recruit a team!

When registering you can designate your shift choice, any special skills and a preferred location (i.e., indoor, outdoor, yard work, construction, food drive, etc.). Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, volunteers will receive a Day of Caring t-shirt, water bottle and a snack.

Individuals, groups, clubs, churches, companies and organizations can volunteer at Day of Caring. Registration and more information is available at http://www.lcdayofcaring.org/volunteers/.

Please register by Wednesday, July 30.

Livingson County United Way is also looking for potential work sites for the Day of Caring. Anyone can recommend a project. Perhaps you have a neighbor or friend who needs extra help at home. Nonprofits love Day of Caring for getting special jobs done. Proposed projects will be reviewed and qualified by the Day of Caring Committee.

Many projects are at the homes of local residents who just can't get the work done for one reason or another, whether it be their physical limitations or lack of resources to get the job done. Past projects have included installing hand and safety rails at homes, yard cleanup, trimming hedges, interior and exterior painting, and much more. Day of Caring helps these individuals stay in their houses, take pride and be happy in their homes and their lives.
Please note: Day of Caring work sites are geared toward minor repairs and projects that can be done in a day. We cannot do roofs, furnaces or large construction projects.

For more information on suggesting worksites please visit http://www.lcdayofcaring.org/work-sites/

Work site requests must be received by July 18.

SEMCOG Invites Public Comment on Transportation Amendment SEMCOG Invites Public Comment on Transportation Amendment

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SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces the public comment period for an amendment to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). TIP projects meet the goals and objectives of the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan. Details are available at http://www.semcog.org/July2014Amendment.aspx

Summer Tax Payment Information Summer Tax Payment Information

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The 2014 Summer Tax Bills were mailed to all Genoa Township property owners on Monday, June 30, 2014. Summer taxes are payable, without penalty, through September 14, 2014.

Payments will be accepted starting July 1, 2014 and 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.

Please contact the Treasurer's Office at (810) 227-5225 if you do not receive your bill.

2014 Summer Tax Bill information is now available online here.

Thompson Lake Park Passes available at Howell Parks and Recreation Thompson Lake Park Passes available at Howell Parks and Recreation

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As full members of the Howell Parks and Recreation Authority, Genoa Township residents can receive a free Thompson Lake Park Season Pass. Passes are now available at Bennett Recreation Center located at 925 W. Grand River in Howell.

For more information please contact Howell Parks and Recreation at 517 546 0693.

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 October 25th, 2014
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.

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.

Livingston County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Days Livingston County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Days

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The Livingston County Solid Waste Program has announced the 2014 schedule for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. The events will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, August 9, 2014 (Green Oak Location)
Saturday, October 11, 2014 (Howell Location)

The event will run from 9:00 am to 12:00pm noon at the Howell and Green Oak locations. YOU MUST CALL AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO PARTICIPATE. These events provide a perfect opportunity to safely eliminate unwanted hazardous materials from your home, workshop and garage.

For a complete list of acceptable materials please check the flyer here, go to the website at www.livgov.com/dpw or call 517-545-9609.

The events are made possible through the Livingston County Drain Commissioner, Brian Jonckheere, and the Livingston County Board of Commissioners.

Electronic Waste Collection Event

The Livingston County Solid Waste Program is pleased to announce that it will again be hosting two TV & Computer Collection events. The collection will be held on the follwing dates:

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (Green Oak Location)

The event runs from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm and will be held at 2300 E. Grand River Avenue in Howell at the Livingston County East Complex parking lot. This is a FREE "Rain or Shine" event that accepts most TV and computer components at NO CHARGE to anyone and to small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The materials collected are all sizes and types of TVs, monitors, towers, laptops, printers, scanners, VCRs, cameras, copiers and telephones.

For a complete list and a flyer with additional event details, please click here.

This is a great opportunity to conveniently recycle your unwanted TVs and electronic items. These events are made possible through the Livingston County Drain Commissioner and the Livingston County Board of Commissioners.

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.

New Upgraded Recycling Program from Duncan New Upgraded Recycling Program from Duncan

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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

Livingston County Pet Adoption Livingston County Pet Adoption

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Livingston County Animal Control

Pets available for adoption at the County Animal control can be found here

Livingston County Humane Society

Pets available for adoption at the Humane Society can be found here

Last Chance Rescue of Howell

Pets available for adoption at Last Chance Rescue can be found here

Ash Tree Information Ash Tree Information

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Detroit Edison has released an important announcement regarding ash trees.

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.

2000 Census Data 2000 Census Data

http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=&_geoContext=&_street=&_county=genoa+township&_cityTown=genoa+township&_state=04000US26&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&pctxt=fph&pgsl=010&show_2003_tab=&redirect=Y

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