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GENOA TOWNSHIP is a charter township located in the heart of Livingston County, Michigan. Lakes and wetlands, rolling hills and meadows, state parks and wildlife all abound in this beautiful community of country living.
Latest Township News
October 28, 2014 Township Employment Opportunity
Associate Plant Operator
We are excited to announce the opening of a position within our Water Division. The Associate Plant Operator will work under the supervision of the Deputy Director of the Water Division, and will work closely with the Distribution Operator-In-Charge.
Please visit the Township Employment page for more information including how to apply.
October 24, 2014 Travel Alert for Township Residents: Brighton and Bauer Roads Intersection
The Livingston County Road Commission has issued a construction advisory for the intersection of Brighton and Bauer roads.
Crews will be removing pavement at intersection between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2014) and putting in new pavement between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Crews will use flag control to direct traffic. There will be delays due to the volume of traffic and alternate routes are encouraged.
Any questions or concerns regarding the project should be directed to the Livingston County Road Commission at (517) 546 - 4250.
October 24, 2014 Proposed Noxious Weed Ordinance
The Genoa Township Board will be reviewing the proposed Township Noxious Weed Ordinance #141103 at the November 3rd, 2014 Regular Board Meeting at 6:30 pm. The ordinance will read as follows:
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF GENOA
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MICHIGAN
ORDINANCE NO. 141103
NOXIOUS WEEDS ORDINANCE
The Charter Township of Genoa ordains:
SECTION 1: Short title
(1) This ordinance shall be known and may be cited as Genoa Charter Township's Noxious Weeds Ordinance.
SECTION 2: Intent and Purpose
(1) The Genoa Township Board of Trustees hereby determines that, under certain circumstances as set forth herein, the presence of tall grass and noxious weeds creates blight and constitutes a nuisance. It is recognized that such blight lowers property values, leads to deteriorating housing conditions, undermines the quality of neighborhood life, adversely affects the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the community. This ordinance provides for the cutting and/or removal of grass, noxious weeds and miscellaneous debris, and to provide for the administration and enforcement of this ordinance.
SECTION 3: Definitions
(1) For the purposes of this Ordinance, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
(a) Noxious Weeds - For the purpose of this article, weeds shall include, but may not be limited to Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), dodders (any species of Cuscuta), mustards (charlock, black mustard and Indian mustard; species of Brassica or Sinapis), wild carrot (Daucus carota), bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis), hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana), giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), ragweed (Ambrosia elatior 1), poison ivy (Rhus toxicodendron) and poison sumac (Toxicodendron vernix).
(b) Tall Grass means weeds, grasses and undergrowth higher than ten inches (10") from ground level.
(c) "Owner" and "occupant" means any person or entity with any ownership or possessor right or interest, including deed holders and land contact vendees (whether recorded or unrecorded), mortgagees, lessees, tenants, residents and any agent of any of the foregoing.
SECTION 4: Regulations
(1) Destruction required. The owner and occupant of land on which noxious weeds are found growing shall destroy such weeds before they reach a seed bearing stage, or a height of ten inches (10"), whichever occurs first, and shall prevent their re-growth; provided that this requirement shall not apply to any incidental noxious weeds in fields devoted to growing any small grain or vegetable crop.
(2) Height restrictions. The owner and occupant of the following described lands shall keep tall grass thereon cut to a height of not more than ten inches (10"):
(a) Urban Residential zoning district
(b) Suburban Residential zoning district located in a platted subdivision or site condominium
(c) Lake Resort Residential zoning district
(d) Manufactured Housing Park district (excluding Mobile Home Parks)
(e) Developed Commercial and Industrial parcels along Grand River
SECTION 5: Exceptions
(1) This ordinance shall not apply to the following:
(a) Agricultural Crops.
(b) Vegetation in woodlands or wetlands.
(c) Areas within the required twenty-five (25) foot undisturbed natural setback from MDEQ determined/regulated wetlands, as specified in section 13.02.04 of the Genoa Township Zoning Ordinance.
(d) Weeds in fields devoted to growing any small grain crop such as wheat, oats, barley, or rye.
(e) Parcels owned by public utilities.
(f) Publicly owned lands.
(g) Flower or vegetable gardens
SECTION 6: Notice
(1) The Township shall attempt to notify the owner, agent and/or occupant of any parcel or lot subject to this ordinance, on which either noxious weeds or tall grass are found growing by certified mail with return receipt requested. The notice shall describe methods of treating and eradicating the noxious weeds, if applicable, and shall contain a summary of the provisions of this Ordinance. Failure of such owner, agent and/or occupant to receive such notice shall not constitute a defense to any action to enforce the payment of any penalty provided for or debt created under this ordinance.
(2) In addition to or in the alternative to the notice described above, the township may publish a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the county during the month of March providing that either noxious weeds and/or weeds, grasses and undergrowth higher than ten inches (10") from ground level ("tall grass"), not cut by May 1 of that year may be cut by the township and the owner of the property may be charged with the cost thereof as provided in this ordinance.
SECTION 7: Enforcement & Cost Recovery
(1) If, within ten (10) days after notice, as provided in section 8.1, or after publication of the notice as provided in section 8.2, the owner, agent or occupant of any land upon which noxious weeds or tall grass are growing, has failed to destroy the noxious weeds, cause such noxious weeds to be destroyed or has failed to cause such weeds, grass or brush to be cut down, destroyed or removed, the township may enter upon the land and destroy the noxious weeds, cause them to be destroyed or cut and/or cut down the tall grass. Mechanical equipment which will not damage the property or any adjacent sidewalk may be used to destroy and/or cut the noxious weeds and to cut the tall grass.
(2) Any expense by the Township incurred in such destruction or cutting shall be paid by the owner or owners of such parcel, and the Township shall have a lien against such parcel for such expense, which lien shall be enforced in the manner prescribed by the general laws of this State providing for the enforcement of Tax Liens.
SECTION 8: Penalties
(1) In addition to the assessment of cost as provided in section 9.2, any person who violates the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $100.00.
(2) Each day that a violation exists, or continues to exist, shall constitute a separate offense.
SECTION 9: Severability
(1) This ordinance and various parts, sections and clauses thereof are hereby declared severable. If any part, section, paragraph or clause is adjudged invalid, it is hereby provided that the remainder of the ordinance shall not be affected thereby.
SECTION 10. Effective Date
(1) This ordinance was adopted by the Genoa Charter Township Board of Trustees at the regular meeting held on ____________ and ordered to be given publication in the manner required by law. This ordinance shall be effective upon publication.
Copies of the Ordinance may be obtained from the Genoa Township Hall, located at 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton, Michigan 48116.
October 23, 2014 General Election - November 4, 2014
General Midterm Elections
The General Election for Genoa Township 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 out 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:
2911 Dorr Road
Brighton, MI 48116
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.
October 23, 2014 Fall Yard Waste Dropoff
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 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.
September 29, 2014 Michigan Virtual Career Fair - November 12, 2014 from 10am-4pm
The MiVirtualCareerFair is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 10AM - 4PM. The MiVirtualCareerFair is an opportunity for job seekers to engage with employers from around the state without the need to travel. For more information and registration (which opens October 15th), please visit http://www.michiganvirtualcareerfair.com/.
September 29, 2014 Michigan Veterans Cobo Conference Center Expo - November 7th and 8th
The upcoming Michigan Veterans Expo will connect Michigan Veterans with resources for employment, education, healthcare, and quality of life. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is working with the US Chamber of Commerce, other state agencies, and community partners to bring together employers, healthcare providers, educational institutions, counselors, and other community resources and associations that provide the following services for Veterans and their families.
Some of the resources which are being represented at these expos are:
- Job seeker counseling and assistance such as resume writing and interview preparation
- Employment opportunities and interviews
- Meetings with accredited service officers
- Educational programs
- Enrollment in state and federal veteran benefit programs
- Health screening
- Recreational opportunities
- Signing up for a veterans' designation on the driver's license
The expo hours are Friday November 7th from 11am to 8 pm and Saturday November 8th from 9am to 3pm.
To register for this event, please call 517-324-8330 or visit www.events.mphi.org/vetexpo.
September 24, 2014 Traffic alert from MDOT: Latson Road over I-96
On Monday, September 29, 2014, construction is expected to begin on the Latson Road Interchange bridge over I-96 in Genoa Township. The contractor will be removing and replacing the concrete approaches on each side of the bridge.
One lane will be maintained in each direction on Latson Road with traffic shifted to either the east or west side of the bridge.
The work is expected to wrap up in early November, 2014.
September 23, 2014 Tax Payment Information
Monday, September 15, 2014 was the last day to pay 2014 Summer Property Taxes at the Township without penalty.
2014 Summer Property Taxes became delinquent as of Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Summer Property taxes can still be made at the Township, however payments made after the deadline will now be charged a 1% interest, per month fee.
Please contact the Township Treasurer's office at (810) 227 5225 or online here to get an updated tax amount if you are paying after September 15, 2014.
June 11, 2014 Brighton Area Fire Department looking for Paid-on-call Firefighters
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.
February 17, 2014 Brighton Area Fire Department offering free smoke detectors to hearing impaired residents
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 email@example.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
February 5, 2014 Budget Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
February 3, 2014 Multiple Sclerosis Support Group for Livingston County
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.
January 1, 2014 Township Holiday Schedule 2014
Click here for a list of days the Genoa Charter Township offices will be closed.