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Township News Bulletins

There's always something new going on in Genoa Township! Check this space frequently for updated news and announcements.

April 2, 2020
April 25th Red Barrel Event Cancelled

The Red Barrel Drug Collection Event scheduled for Saturday April 25th, 2020 at the Genoa Township Hall has been cancelled.  The July 25th Event is still scheduled to be held at this time.

April 2, 2020
Spring Yard Waste Collection cancelled for April 25th

Our Spring Yard Waste Collection program at the Township Hall for Saturday April 25th has been cancelled.  Future dates will be announced when they are scheduled.

April 1, 2020
Advanced Disposal announces postponement of contracted yard waste pickup service

Advanced Disposal has announced that they are tentatively postponing yard waste pickup service until May 1, 2020.  More information will be posted when it becomes available.  If you have additional questions regarding this service, please contact Advanced Disposal at 810-201-5576.

April 1, 2020
2020 Census Information

The 2020 Census Is More Than A Head Count!

  • Your response to the census helps shape many different aspects of Livingston County.
  • From hospitals, schools, even roads and highways, your response helps shape our future.  Your response is critical!

When & How Can You Respond?

  • In March 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail.
  • Census Day is April 1, 2020. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you'll note where you and your family are living on April 1.

The 2020 Census directly impacts how much federal funding the State of Michigan will receive over the next decade. Failure to obtain a complete and accurate census count may lead to Michigan losing millions of dollars in federal funding that supports programs that benefit Livingston County residents.

  • Every year, the federal government allocates more than $675 Billion in funding based on census data.
  • Every Michigander not counted costs the state approximately $18,250 over 10 years (based on historical U.S. Census undercount).
  • Census data is used to plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
  • Census data is used to determine federal funding for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (SNAP/WIC), Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and highway and transportation projects.

For more information, you can visit the Livingston County 2020 census page or the US Government's Census 2020 website.

March 31, 2020
Upcoming Township Meeting Cancellations

As a result of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), the following Township meetings have been CANCELLED:

April 6, 2020        Board of Trustees Meeting

April 13, 2020     Planning Commission Meeting

April 21, 2020     Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

The April 20, 2020 Board of Trustees meeting is to be determined.

Please contact Township Offices at 810-227-5225 if you have any questions.

March 31, 2020
Township Holiday Hours

The Township Offices will be closed Friday, April 10 for the Good Friday Holiday.

March 31, 2020
Holiday Refuse Collection

Good Friday - Friday April 10, 2020

No delays.

Please consult the Trash Collection App (Android users can click HERE, Apple/iOS users HERE) or our online widget at https://genoa.org/departments/utilities/refuse to confirm your day of pickup.

March 30, 2020
Township Offices Closed to Public

Genoa Township is committed to keeping community members safe, healthy and informed. The Township is not taking the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) risk lightly and is focused on our residents' and staff’s well being.

To avoid exposure and potential spread of the disease, the Township has implemented community mitigation strategies. As a result, the Township office will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

Residents attempting to make a utility bill payment can do so online, by phone or via the drop box located just outside of the front doors or at the curb in the parking lot. Common applications and forms can be found at our website at https://www.genoa.org/government/forms

Those with questions or needing to conduct other Township business, including obtaining permits are asked to call (810) 227-5225 or email info@genoa.org between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and staff will direct you to the appropriate department.

March 27, 2020
Open Burn Ban issued by the Brighton Area Fire Department

The Brighton Area Fire Authority has issued a open burn ban effectively immediately in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21. 

In response to the statewide shelter-in-place order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, open burning is being banned until further notice. Governor Whitmer issued the “stay home, stay safe” Executive Order 2020-21 Monday, aimed at further protecting public health and safety.

The Brighton Area Fire Authority must ensure that essential emergency response resources are available when needed. Banning open burning eliminates the potential for fires to get out of control, and reduces calls for nuisance or unauthorized burning. This allows our staff to be available for other critical incident needs.

Firefighters work closely together on-scene and when traveling to and from incident locations. The suspension of open burning will help protect our firefighters from infection by the novel coronavirus by limiting their exposure to persons who may be infected.  This preventative approach to limiting open burning is important so that firefighters can continue making medical calls during this health crisis.

Residents are encouraged to frequently check the website to see when restrictions are lifted, www.brightonareafire.com . Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

March 27, 2020
May 5 Hartland Schools Bond Election Cancelled

The Hartland Board of Education has cancelled the May 5, 2020 School Bond Election.  The Hartland School Board plans to hold the Bond Election at a later date this year.

For additional details and information, please visit http://www.hartlandschools.us/2020-Bond/

March 23, 2020
Announcement regarding Township Waste Collection

 In order to assist our refuse hauler in keeping their personnel safe and functioning during the Covid-19 pandemic, consistent with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, bulk item pick-ups are suspended until at least April 13, 2020. 

It is important that refuse materials in curb carts be bagged.  Loose garbage in curb carts and bulk items require direct contact.  Keeping Advanced Disposal personnel in their trucks utilizing automated collection limits their contact with potentially infectious materials.  Cooperation is appreciated and necessary to maintain refuse collection service.  

Questions regarding this information can be directed to Advanced Disposal at 810.201.5576 or the Township Manager, Mike Archinal at 810.227.5225 or email:  mike@genoa.org.

March 23, 2020
Governor Whitmer issues Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive order

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

For at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances. 

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. 

This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am, and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

For more information, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus.  A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

March 18, 2020
COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for Township Residents and Businesses from the CDC

To ensure the safety of our residents and community, Genoa Township encourages residents to keep informed with the latest and most accurate information from public agencies on the Covid-19 outbreak.

Livingston County Health Department is actively preparing for local cases and the spread of illness in Livingston County. This includes sharing information about the situation locally and where to get reliable state, national, and international updates. It also includes working closely with health care providers, other first responders, and community members to prepare for any disease control measures, such as social distancing or limiting public gatherings, that may be needed if the situation changes.  For more information, please visit the Livingston County Health Department Health website.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers information regarding Covid-19 and how it affects Michigan.  The MDHHS is coordinating the state's response to Covid-19 through the deployment of resources to those jurisdictions affected by the outbreak.  For more information, please visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control has a website up which has detailed information on the Covid-19 virus.  This information includes the latest information on Covid-19 cases, what kind of symptoms to look for and what to do to prepare your family.  The website can be found here: http://cdc.gov/covid19

March 18, 2020
Township Pavilion and Playground are Closed

Pursuant to the Michigan Governor's Executive Order 2020-09, the Genoa Township Pavilion and Playground are hereby closed to the public indefinitely.  The closure is to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. 

The park trails and other amenities may continue to be used by residents and patrons who are encouraged to use social distancing and other protective measures.

March 13, 2020
Livingston County Health Department - Coronavirus/COVID 19 Information

Coronavirus Case Information

Livingston County Health Department is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand globally.

Livingston County Health Department is working closely with state and federal health officials to appropriately monitor or test any individuals meeting current Person Under Investigation (PUI) guidelines. Several countries, in addition to China, are now seeing sustained transmission of COVID-19. Additional travel alerts have been added through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Livingston County Health Department is actively preparing for local cases and the spread of illness in Livingston County. This includes sharing information about the situation locally and where to get reliable state, national, and international updates. It also includes working closely with health care providers, other first responders, and community members to prepare for any disease control measures, such as social distancing or limiting public gatherings, that may be needed if the situation changes.

Good handwashing, staying away from others if sick, and covering your cough are always recommended.

For more information, please visit the Livingston County Health Department Health website.

March 2, 2020
2019 Winter and Summer Property Tax Payment Information

Monday, March 2, 2020 was the last day to pay 2019 Summer & Winter Property Taxes. 

2019 Property Taxes become delinquent as of Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  All payments must now be made to the Livingston County Treasurer’s Office.

Tax payments cannot be accepted at the County between March 3rd and March 15th 

Please contact the County Treasurer’s Office at 517-546-7010 after March 15th for a total amount due.

March 2, 2020
2019 Brighton Area Fire Authority Report

The Brighton Area Fire Authority has released its 2019 Annual Report.

The BAFD is responsible for responding to emergency incidents here in Genoa Township as well as the City of Brighton and Brighton Township.

The report is attached below.

February 18, 2020


 Residents of Genoa Charter Township are invited to attend a Public Hearing to be held at the Genoa Township Hall, 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, MI 48116, on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

At this meeting, in addition to other regular business and in accordance with the law, a twelve-month budget for the proposed expenditures and estimated revenues of the Township for the 2020/2021 fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020 and ending March 31, 2021 shall be presented for review.  The General Fund Budget may be viewed here. The budget will include salaries for the elected officials as well as Future Road projects and Park improvements. Hard copies of the proposed budget are available at the Genoa Township Hall.

February 18, 2020
Budget and Audit Information for Fiscal Year 2020/21

The Township Budgets for the next fiscal year beginning April 1, 2020 and ending March 31, 2021 are available for review.  If you should have any comment or suggestion with regard to Township revenue or appropriations, please contact the clerk at polly@genoa.org

January 2, 2020
Township Holiday Schedule 2020

Click here for a list of days the Genoa Charter Township offices will be closed.

October 25, 2019
Important Notice for Residents regarding waste collection billing

Currently, the Township contracts residential waste removal services through Advanced Disposal.  This contract has been in effect since October of 2018.  If you are receiving invoices from past Township waste contractors such as GFL, please do not pay them.  Please contact the company directly to have them remove you from their billing.

June 13, 2018
Step Forward Michigan Mortgage Assistance Program

Michigan homeowners struggling with unemployment or another hardship may once again be eligible for assistance through the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation, acting through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Thanks to $18.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury under its Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program, the state’s most successful program for reducing foreclosure, Step Forward Michigan reopened its online application portal on Sunday, May 1 2018.

MSHDA Homeownership Director Mary Townley said if she had one piece of advice for homeowners it would be that they contact Step Forward Michigan sooner rather than later.  “Don’t wait until you receive a notice of foreclosure,” she advised. “Contact our office at the first sign of delinquency. This gives the homeowner the best opportunity for success.”

Since the program’s inception, more than 31,102 households have been helped with over $278 million in mortgage, property tax, and condominium assistance.

Michigan has until December 31, 2020 to use all funds.

Learn more at www.stepforwardmichigan.org or call 866-946-7432.

October 23, 2017
2017 Video Tour of Livingston County

Livingston County government is pleased to present the 2017 Video Tour of Livingston County that showcases the advantages of living, working and playing in our County Community!

The 2017 video tour includes comments by community leaders as well as a well-rounded visual depiction of our County, presented in nine (9) chapters:

  • Welcome
  • Education
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Healthcare – NEW
  • Real Estate and Relocation
  • Downtown, Business & Industry
  • Quality of Life
  • Economic Development – NEW
  • Community Organizations - NEW

Select any chapter of this product to view the Livingston County video on that subject. You can also view the
videos of various local businesses that participated in this promotional program by clicking on their logo in the
frame surrounding each chapter of the Video Tour.

Please visit the Livingston County home page at: https://www.livgov.com/ to view the new Video Tour of Livingston County

November 22, 2016
Genoa Township Board adopts Principles of Governance

At the November 21, 2016 Township Board meeting, the Board approved the adoption of the following Principles of Governance:

To maintain the high standards and traditions of Michigan Townships, we embrace these principles of governance to guide our stewardship, deliberations, constituent services and commitment to safeguard our community’s health, safety and general welfare.

We pledge to: 

•       Insist on the highest standards of ethical conduct by all who act on behalf of this township; 

•       Bring credit, honor and dignity to our public offices through collegial board deliberations and through diligent,    appropriate responses to constituent concerns; 

•       Actively pursue education and knowledge, and to embrace best practices;

•       Treat all persons with dignity, respect and impartiality; without prejudice or discrimination;

•       Practice openness and transparency in our decisions and actions;

•        Cooperate in all reasonable ways with other government entities and to consider the impact our decisions may have outside our Township’s borders;

•       Communicate to the public Township issues, challenges and successes, and welcome the active involvement of stakeholders to further the Township’s well-being;

•       Strive for compliance with state and federal statutory requirements;

•       Recuse a board member from participating in any decision where there was personal financial gain either expected or implied;

•       Further the understanding of the obligations and responsibilities of American citizenship, democratic government and freedom.

These principles we pledge to our citizens, our state, and to our country.

December 17, 2015
New video showing Genoa Township Hall and facilities

Recently a high definition video was taken by drone over the Township Hall and surrounding area.

You can find the video here: https://youtu.be/w1JaFnu5KvU

Thanks and credit go to Brian Jonckheere, the Livingston County Drain commissioner.

July 21, 2015
Oak Wilt Information

Michigan has lost millions of trees due to Dutch Elm disease and the Emerald Ash Borer. Now our oak trees are in jeopardy. Red oak wilt is identified by the rapid wilting of an infected tree that is dead in two to six weeks. White oaks die slowly one branch at a time over the course of several years. Oak wilt is caused by the fungus that is spread by improper tree trimming and removal practices. It is spread in two ways - from tree to tree through connected roots and/or from spores being moved by insects.

To prevent the spread of oak wilt diseases please consider the following:

  • Oak trees should not be pruned or trimmed between April 1 and October 15.
  • Oak trees that are inadvertently injured or pruned between April 1 and October 15 should be promptly sealed with a tree pruning sealer or latex paint. The repair should take place within hours of the injury.
  • Any developer, contractor and/or owner(s) of property preparing a site for construction during April 1st through October 15th should adhere to the above oak wilt prevention practices.
  • Members of the white oak family diseased with oak wilt may be saved with tree injections of the fungicide Alamo by a registered company.
  • Dead oak trees should be removed along with the stump and properly disposed of by chipping to less than 3 inches or removed to a disposal site for debarking, burning or burial.
  • Oak wood retained as firewood should be sealed with a tarp.

January 21, 2015
Reflective Address signs now available for purchase at the Township Hall

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.

August 7, 2013
Information on Invasive Plants: Purple loosestrife and Russian olive.

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/.

August 2, 2009
Livingston County Pet Adoption

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

January 16, 2009
Ash Tree Information

Detroit Edison has released an important announcement regarding ash trees.