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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.

February 20, 2017
Genoa Township Large Item Sticker program

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.

Large Item Sticker Program Large Item Sticker Program
Details on the Township's large item removal program

February 18, 2017
Holiday Refuse Collection

President's Day- Monday, February 20, 2017 - No delays.

February 9, 2017
Approved Budget and Audit Information for Fiscal Year 2016/7

Budgets for the next fiscal year beginning April 1, 2017 and ending March 31, 2018 are available for your perusal.  If you should have any comment or suggestion with regard to Township revenue or appropriations, please contact the clerk at the e-mail address  polly@genoa.org

February 9, 2017
March Board of Review

The 2017 Assessment notices will be mailed on February 17, 2017. It is very important that you review this notice. If you do not understand this notice please contact the assessing department and we can answer your questions

March is the only month you can appeal your 2017 assessed value for the 2017 summer and winter taxes.  This appeal process is only once a year.

The Board will meet the following days to hear appeals for Assessed Value, Tentative Taxable Value and/or Classification of property:

  • Monday, March 13, 2017, 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:00pm - 5:00pm & 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Personal appearances will be by appointment only. Written appeals will also be received by mail through March 10, 2017. POST MARKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please call (810) 227-5225 to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled before March 10, 2017.

The Board of Review will meet at Genoa Township Hall, 2911 Dorr Rd, Brighton, MI 48116.

The tentative ratios and factors are as follows:

Classification Ratio Factor
Agricultural: 50.00 1.00000
Commercial: 50.00 1.00000
Industrial: 50.00 1.00000
Residential: 50.00 1.00000
Personal: 50.00 1.00000

The Assessing Department has compiled a guide for residents who are interested in information regarding petitioning the Board of Review to appeal their assessments. A link to this guide is listed below along with the petition form and other pertinent information.

January 10, 2017
Township Holiday Schedule 2017

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

January 9, 2017
2016 Winter Tax Information

The 2016 Winter Tax Bills were mailed to all Genoa Township property owners on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  Winter taxes are payable, without penalty, through Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The 2016 Summer taxes were billed 7/1/16 and payable, without penalty, through September 14, 2016.  Summer tax payments can be paid, plus penalty, at Genoa Township until Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  Please contact the Township, or check our website, for your current amount due. 

Tax amounts are available on our website.  Payments can be made online by credit card or electronic check, at the township offices by cash or check or by mail to:

Genoa Township
2911 Dorr Rd.
Brighton, MI 48116. 

Please contact the Treasurer's Office at (810) 227-5225 if you do not receive your bill.

January 9, 2017
Tax Payment Update

The Genoa Township Offices will be closed Friday and Monday 12/30/16 and 1/2/17.

All tax payments in either of our drop boxes at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, 1/03/17, will be mailed a 12/31/16 stamped paid receipt, unless specified on your check that you would like a 2017 receipt. 

Payments made in person on Tuesday, 1/03/17, will have the option of receiving a stamped paid receipt dated 12/31/16.

January 4, 2017
Livingston County Board of Public Works Meetings

The Livingston County Board of Public Works has announced its 2017 Meeting Schedule.

The Livingston County Board of Public Works holds regular meetings on the first Thursday of every
month.  The meetings start at 8:00 AM in Room D at East Complex of the Livingston County Offices located at 2300 E Grand River Ave. Suite 105, Howell, MI 48843.

Notifications regarding any location or time change will be posted at the respected townships, County Clerk’s office and on the website: www.livgov.com/dpw (Pursuant to Act 267, Public Acts of Michigan, 1976, as amended

November 22, 2016
Genoa Township Board adopts Principles of Governance

At the November 21, 2106 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.

October 3, 2016
Resident scam warning: DTE Utility Imposters

DTE Energy is reporting that customers are receiving calls from a company claiming to be DTE, asking for immediate payment via Green Dot debit cards or Western Union wire transfers, or else their power would be shut-off within 30 minutes.  This is a scam.  DTE recommends protecting yourself by following these tips:

On the Phone

  • Ask for identification. Pull out your most recent DTE Energy bill and ask the caller to tell you the account number and the amount due.
  • If you have caller I.D., the display will indicate that the call is from DTE Energy. If you suspect the call may be fraudulent, hang up and call DTE toll-free at 800.477.4747. Ask to be connected to a customer service representative who can confirm the status of your account and make appropriate arrangements for payment, if needed. If you have received a call of this nature and believe you are the victim of fraud, contact your local police immediately.

On the Web

  • The web is increasingly being used to commit fraud and identity theft. Scammers use e-mail, text messaging and social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Never give out personal information, including Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers over the Internet to someone you do not know.
  • If you suspect you have been fraudulently contacted, call DTE at 800.477.4747 to speak with a customer service representative who can confirm the status of your account and make appropriate arrangements for payment, if needed.

If you believe you are the victim of an online scam, contact your local police immediately.

August 11, 2016
Michigan Department of Treasury Warning on Fraudulent Phone Calls.

In an effort to combat potential income tax fraud The Michigan Department of Treasury is cautioning taxpayers of fraudulent phone calls being made demanding taxpayers pay an immediate amount of money or face actions from the department. Calls are being received from a legitimate Grand Rapids-area Treasury phone number, which has apparently been cloned by the scammers. Victims are told they owe money to the Department of Treasury and if not paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer the caller will face arrest, legal action or suspension of business.

Please be advised The Department of Treasury will not:

  • Demand immediate payment without first mailing you a letter
  • Require you to pay your taxes a certain way (for instance require you pay over the phone with a prepaid debit card)
  • Threaten to call the police or other law enforcement agencies to arrest you for not paying  
  • Ask for a PIN, passwords, access codes to your bank accounts, or credit or debit card numbers over the phone.  

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Michigan Department of Treasury, but you suspect he/she is not a Treasury employee:

  • If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do, do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • If you believe you may owe taxes or that the Department of Treasury may need to legitimately contact you, please record the employee’s names, call back number and caller ID  available and then call the Department of Treasury at (517) 636-5265 to determine if the caller is a Treasury employee with a legitimate need to contact you.

 Please use caution and NEVER provide personal information unless you are sure the situation is legitimate. 

July 26, 2016
Change in Waste Pickup for Township Residents

Township residents will see a change in their waste pickup starting this week.

Green For Life has taken over Township waste and recycling services from Rizzo Environmental Services.

All services that were offered by Rizzo Environmental Services will be honored by Green For Life. 

If you have any further questions regarding this change, please contact the Township Hall at (810) 227-5225.

March 31, 2016
PUBLIC NOTICE OF WAIVER REQUIREMENT CHANGES

EFFECTIVE APRIL 4th, 2016

In an effort to improve customer service Genoa Charter Township and the Livingston County Building Department have agreed to eliminate the requirement for Township Land Use Waivers for window or roof replacement projects. 

Projects that are eligible to forego the land use waiver include the following:

  • ·       Window replacement to new windows having the same dimensions and location of existing windows.
  • ·       Shingle and sheathing replacement which does not alter the roofline, pitch, or height of the existing roof. 

ALL PROJECTS MUST STILL OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT FROM THE LIVINGSTON COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT. 

Please call (810) 227-5225 with any questions. 

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.

October 29, 2015
New MHOG website and Twitter

We would like to announce the new website for the MHOG Utility Department: mhog.org.

The MHOG Utility Department oversees the day to day operations, planning, and operation of the municipal water systems in MHOG (Marion, Howell, Oceola, and Genoa Townships) and the sanitary sewer systems for Genoa and Oceola Townships.

Information for residents and customers can be found on the new site including Frequently Asked Questions and Active Projects in the MHOG Utility service area.

You can also follow MHOG on Twitter at @MHOGWater

October 2, 2015
Deed Solicitation Warning

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.

July 24, 2015
County Bank Scam Warning

WHMI is reporting on a scam affecting Livingston County residents.

Local bank and law enforcement officials are warning the public about a widespread phone phishing scam currently underway. Phishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

According to Ron Long, President & CEO of First National Bank in Howell, individuals are receiving a prerecorded phone message informing them that their bank debit card has been frozen or compromised. The message instructs customers to enter their debit card number to re-activate it. Multiple banks have received calls from individuals who have experienced the scam, and while the prerecorded messages vary, they usually ask the person to push 1 to talk to a representative and reactivate their card. After doing so, they receive a message welcoming them to a 24 hour help desk and are then asked to enter their 16 digit card number to re-activate it.

Long, along with Livingston County Undersheriff Mike Murphy, remind residents that they should never provide personal data or financial information to someone unknown who is inquiring over the phone or the internet. If you have provided financial information in response to a phishing call or email, they say it is very important that you contact your financial institution immediately.

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.

April 9, 2015
MDOT releases more information regarding I-96/US-23 Interchange project

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.

April 8, 2015
Michigan Lake Information for Interested Residents

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.

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.

September 3, 2014
Fraud warning: Calls from scammers claiming to be the IRS

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.

April 8, 2014
Consumer Protection Warning regarding Utility Payments and Prepaid Debit Cards

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

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 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

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

Last Chance Rescue of Howell

Pets available for adoption at Last Chance Rescue can be found here

January 16, 2009
Ash Tree Information

Detroit Edison has released an important announcement regarding ash trees.