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Township Holiday Hours Township Holiday Hours

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The Township Offices will be closed Friday April 18th 2014 for Good Friday Holiday.

Spring Yard Waste Pickup Spring Yard Waste Pickup

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

Saturday April 26, 2014
Saturday May 24, 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.

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, May 3, 2014 (Howell Location)
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, May 3, 2014 (Howell Location)
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

School Election School Election

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School Election Scheduled for Tuesday May 6, 2014

The School Election has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Residents living in Genoa Township in the Hartland or Pinckney School districts may vote in person on Election Day at the Genoa Township Hall. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Picture Identification is required to receive a ballot. An affidavit of identity may be signed in lieu of same.

Absentee voter applications have been mailed to all eligible voters. Please remember to read the directions enclosed with the ballot to ensure your vote is tabulated. Voters who will be away for the May 6, 2014 election should note the mailing address when filling out the absentee application or contact the clerk's department to update the mailing.

Residents wishing to view the proposed school ballots can find them here:

Hartland

Pinckney

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

2013 Winter Tax Information 2013 Winter Tax Information

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Friday, February 28, 2014 was the last day to pay 2013 property taxes at the Township.

Taxes became delinquent as of March 1st and are payable, with additional 1% per month
and 4% administration fee, to the Livingston County Treasurer's Office.

Absolutely, NO 2013 Residential Property Tax payments can be made at the Township.

Public Administration Scholarship available for eligible Township residents Public Administration 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; 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.

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.

New Employment Opportunities New Employment Opportunities

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Paid-on-call Firefighter

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.

Please see the employment page or the Brighton Area Fire Authority Career page 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.

Latson Road Interchange at I-96 is now open Latson Road Interchange at I-96 is now open

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The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced that the expressway interchange on I-96 at Latson Road is now open to the public.

The new overpass connects Latson and Nixon Road with five lanes connecting Grand River Avenue to Nixon Road (to be renamed South Latson Road) and two paved lanes continuing south to Chilson Road.

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.

School District Information School District Information

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A map showing the school district boundaries in Genoa Township is now available.

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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