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In Memoriam:  Karen Saari In Memoriam: Karen Saari

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The Genoa Township family regrets to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Karen Saari, Friday morning after an illness. She was 77.

Karen was the long-time receptionist for the Township, having joined the staff in 2000. She was familiar to many residents as the first person they saw as they entered the Township Hall. Always smiling, Karen was helpful and kind to everyone. That was the real Karen, the one that her co-workers and friends saw each and every day.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her three sons, grandchildren and family members.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Township Holiday Hours Township Holiday Hours

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The Township Offices will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 for the Memorial Holiday.

Holiday Refuse Collection reminder Holiday Refuse Collection reminder

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Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2015 - Monday - No Collection. Collection will be one day behind all week with Friday's collection being completed on Saturday.

Gearing up for Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget about Genoa Township's Large Item Sticker program Gearing up for Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget about Genoa Township's 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.

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.

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

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/.

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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