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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.

March 4, 2021
March 8, 2021 Planning Commission Virtual Meeting Instructions

As required by MDHHS Epidemic Order, the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:30pm will take place electronically. 

The meeting will be broadcast live via YouTube feed at the following link:  https://youtu.be/1-KTRvKFtok

Members of the public wishing to participate in the electronic meeting may do so by joining the zoom meeting (requires app for a smart phone or client software for a computer) or by calling in using a telephone as follows: 

Using Zoom:

1.    Install the Zoom software to your computer or smart phone. 

2.    Click the link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82622903289

3.    If needed, enter this meeting number:  826 2290 3289

4.    There is NO meeting password

5.    During the meeting you will be muted until the Call to the Public.

6.    Please remember this meeting is open to all members of the public, as such, any use of profanities, improper language, or threats may result in being removed from the meeting. 

7.    During the call to the public please use the “raise hand” function in zoom to alert us that you wish to speak.  

8.    Participants will be called on one at a time, as would happen during an in-person meeting.   When it is your turn to speak, you will be recognized by your name and will need to unmute your audio.  Please state your name, spell your name, and give your address followed by your comments. 

Using Telephone:

1.    Call 312-626-6799

2.    Enter this meeting number: 826 2290 3289 # (don’t forget the # sign)

3.    For meeting participant number, just press #

4.    There is NO meeting password:  

5.    You will immediately be put on hold.

6.    Please remember this meeting is open to all members of the public, as such, any use of profanities, improper language, or threats may result in being removed from the meeting. 

7.    Once connected to the meeting, members of the public wishing to participate in the virtual public comment must alert us that they wish to speak by pressing star nine “ * 9 ” on their telephone keypad. Pressing star nine “ * 9 ” will activate the “raise hand” feature signaling to us that you wish to comment. 

8.    Participants will be called on one at a time, as would happen during an in-person meeting.   When it is your turn to speak, Make sure your computer audio is turned down so you don’t have feedback – and that you do not have any background noise.  You will be recognized by the last four digits of your phone number and you will hear “You are unmuted - please state your name, spell your name, and give your address followed by your comments”. 

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcJnoGFzvG

March 2, 2021
2020 Winter and Summer Property Tax Payment Information

Monday, March 1, 2021 was the last day to pay 2020 Summer & Winter Property Taxes. 

2020 Property Taxes become delinquent as of Tuesday, March 2, 2021.  All payments must now be made to the Livingston County Treasurer’s Office.

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

Thank You!

February 24, 2021
Dino Egg Hunt - Oceola Soccer Complex - Saturday March 20th

Saturday, March 20th
(sign up for your time slot in advance) 11:00am-2:00pm
Oceola Soccer Complex, 1661 N. Latson Rd.

We're going back in time for this spring's Dinosaur Egg Hunt! Join us as we explore archaeological digs, play dino-tastic games, wear super cool explorer hats, hunt for dino eggs, and more. We will have a walking life-sized dinosaur on site plus a cute baby dinosaur with explorer guides to help the kids learn about dinosaurs and let them get an up close look (and photo opp!). Participants will sign up in a 'flight' format so that there is a limited number of people on site at once. We will utilize our trail system to keep things safe and spread out.

Masks will be required and parents are expected to closely supervise their children. 

View More Information Online at: www.howellrecreation.org/events/dinoegghunt

January 11, 2021
Township Holiday Hours

The Township Offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

January 11, 2021
Holiday Refuse Collection

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday January 18, 2021

Trash/recycling collection will be picked up as scheduled Monday through Friday.

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.

January 4, 2021
Township Holiday Schedule 2021

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

December 29, 2020
Cardboard Recycling Closed

CARDBOARD RECYCLING CLOSED: The cardboard recycling bins at the Township Hall are being removed. The upper parking lot where the bins are currently located is closed until further notice.

Please see the attached picture as to why there will no longer be cardboard recycling at the Township Hall.

If you have excess cardboard, you will need to put it into your bi-weekly recycling containers, or contact Recycle Livingston for options: (517) 548-4439. You may also contact Advanced Disposal at (810) 201-5576 to inquire about renting additional recycling carts.

December 14, 2020
DTE Energy Tree Trimming

Trees are a beautiful and vital part of Michigan’s landscape. They’re also the leading cause of power outages and can pose a serious public safety hazard if they grow too near or into power lines.

That's why DTE Energy has a tree trimming program to promote healthy trees and keep the power flowing. Please see the attached map for the planned trimming program in Genoa Township.

Here’s what you can expect once the trimming begins:

• You may see DTE representatives in your yard or neighborhood inspecting the power lines and trees to determine where trimming is needed. Representatives will be wearing high-visibility vests and carrying DTE ID badges.

• If tree work is needed on your property, the representative will knock on your door. If you are not home, we will leave a “Tree Work Scheduled” door card. If you have questions about the work intended for your property, please call the number on the door card. You will have the opportunity to speak to a representative before tree work begins.

• If a tree poses a serious hazard to power lines or if trimming will put the tree’s health at risk, we may need to remove it. In this case, representatives will leave behind additional information and make considerable attempts to work directly with the property owner before removing any trees.

For more information, please visit dteenergy.com/treecare.

December 13, 2020
Recreation Plan Review and Public Comment

DRAFT RECREATION PLAN REVIEW PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE                                                             

 The Genoa Charter Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 to receive comments on the draft 2021-2025 Recreation Plan before its consideration and adoption by the Township Board.  This public hearing is planned to be held at the Township Hall located at 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, Michigan, as required under the provisions of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act.**

A complete draft of the 2021-2025 Genoa Charter Township Recreation Plan is available below for public review and comment from December 13th, 2020 – January 13th, 2021.  Copies of the draft plan are also available at the Township Hall during regular business hours.

Please address any written comments to the Township Board at the Genoa Township Hall, 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, MI 48116, or via email at kelly@genoa.org. Genoa Charter Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting/hearing upon seven (7) days' notice to the Township.

**  If necessary, this meeting may alternatively be held by electronic remote access in response to State of Michigan Epidemic Orders or Coronavirus social distancing requirements. If a virtual meeting is required, the public can watch the meeting by visiting https://www.genoa.org/government/boards/board and clicking on the streaming meeting link that will be posted on that page.  Participation in the meeting will be by calling in via phone to 810-227-5225 or by emailing questions to info@genoa.org.

For information and updates related to the format and/or location of the meeting please check the latest news section on the home page of the Township website located at https://www.genoa.org or call the hall directly at (810) 227-5225.


Draft Recreation Plan Draft Recreation Plan
Draft of the 2021-2025 Genoa Township Recreation Plan for public review and comment

November 13, 2020
Covid Guidelines for Township Hall Visitors

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we ask that all visitors to the Genoa Township Offices consider following the below safety protocols.  Our top priority is maintaining the health and safety of our residents, employees, and their families.

  • If possible we ask that you please utilize making payments by mail, online, or place in one of our drop boxes; either the drive up drop box in the front parking lot or the drop box located near the front entrance.  Any tax payments placed in our drop box will be mailed a paid receipt.
  • Please consider limiting the use of cash and please prepare your checks before you enter the building.  Contact the Township Treasurer’s office at (810)227-5225 if you have questions regarding an amount due.
  • If it is necessary for you to enter the building, we strongly recommend that all visitors wear a face mask and you will be required to follow the 6-foot distancing requirement, please follow the markings as to where to stand and walk through the township hall. If you have a medical reason that prevents you from wearing a mask please call (810)227-5225 to make an appointment.
  • We request that any business that does not need to be conducted in person be done by phone, email, drop box or mail.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!

November 13, 2020
Local Parks and Recreation Survey for Genoa Township Residents

Genoa Township is working on an updated recreation plan aimed at improving recreation opportunities for township residents.

Parks provide measurable health benefits, from encouraging direct contact with nature and a cleaner environment, to opportunities for physical activity and social interaction. Genoa Township recognizes that having local opportunities to enjoy parks and nature contribute to a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community. Planning for community recreation ensures that the township's resources are spent in a way that provides for current needs and anticipates the future. When our community comes together to plan and support recreation, the resulting action strategies are targeted to what the residents want and will support.

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on our Recreation Plan website: https://arcg.is/XmCTn1

April 13, 2020
Township Clerk releases statement regarding Honey Bees

Save the Bees

Township resident Jim DelCamp recently addressed the Genoa Township Board asking the board to develop policies to conserve the natural habitat of bees in the township.  He provided the following information for our residents:  There are 460 wild species of bees in the Michigan and 16,000 species worldwide.  Honey Bees have been declining at a rate of 40% each year according to Michigan State University and the loss will have devastating effects on life in general since bees pollinate our crops and flowers. 

Pesticides are a big problem since they damage bees and harm their ability to forage.  In recent tests 100% of ground-nesting bees were killed as a result of pesticides. Please limit the use of pesticides where bees are present even though they are a nuisance.  Bees help more than they hurt.

Planting wildflowers will support bees. Many wild bees are solitary as well as ground nesting and they need suitable habitat. Leaving small plots of ground in their natural state such as deadwood, brush piles or fungi will help where ground nesting bees can flourish.  Others could use bee hotels to safeguard them during the winter. Bees are important for pollination since 1/3 of all plants and flowers depend on them for life.

A bee feeder, using sugar water with a drop of mycelial extract, will enhance their health and allow them to live longer.  Mycelium has been called natures ‘world wide web’ under our feet.  Of an estimated 10 million multi-cell life forms, half are fungi and they have been evolving to combat viruses.  Bees don’t just pollinate they spread mycelium as they forage. They dig into the soil where mushrooms grow getting mycelium all over their fuzzy bodies and spread it every other place they touch.

Livingston County can become a refuge where bees, mycelium, birds, butterflies, helping all of nature to thrive. So save that natural site, feed those bees, plant wildflowers and minimize your use of pesticides. With proper understanding and education we can improve our health and enhance the ecosystems of this earth.

Polly Skolarus, Clerk
Genoa Charter Township

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.