March 23, 2018
Holiday Refuse Collection
Good Friday - Friday, March 30, 2018
March 23, 2018
Township Holiday Hours
The Township Offices will be closed Friday, March 30, 2018 for the Good Friday Holiday.
March 20, 2018
2018 Spring Yard Waste Drop off
Our Spring Yard Waste Collection program has been scheduled for the following day at the Genoa Charter Township Hall from 9am to noon:
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Residents may bring their yard waste to the Township Hall on this date. 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.
March 20, 2018
Approved Budget and Audit Information for Fiscal Year 2018/9
The approved Township Budgets for the next fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018 and ending March 31, 2019 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 email@example.com
March 13, 2018
2017 Brighton Area Fire Authority Report
The Brighton Area Fire Authority has released its 2016 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.
March 6, 2018
Howell Parks and Rec 2018 Moonglow Cancelled for Genoa Township Hall
We have received an announcement from the Howell Parks and Recreation Authority:
"Due to an early Easter and unpredictable weather, the Howell Parks & Recreation will not be hosting the Moon Glow/Marshmallow Drop at the Genoa Township Hall this year. For more questions, call 517-546-0693."
Sorry to all the hopeful egg finders and marshmallow catchers. We hope Howell Parks and Rec brings the popular Moonglow event back to the Township Park next year.
March 6, 2018
MDEQ Vapor Intrusion Information for Affected Residents
The Michigan Department of Environment Quality and the Livingston County Health Department are investigating vapor intrusion concerns near Brighton Road and Seventh Street. The Brighton High School is not affected. It is their intention to install mitigation systems to address the problem. There is an informational meeting for impacted residents scheduled for March 20, 2018 from 7pm - 9pm at the City of Brighton Community Center at 555 Brighton Street.
Vapor intrusions sometimes occur where chemicals were spilled, leaked, or dumped onto the ground and filter down into the ground water. The vapor intrusion can cause the air in your home to be unsafe to breathe. Please refer to the www.michigan.gov/vaporintrusion for further information. You may also contact Matt Bolang at the Livingston County Health Department at (517) 546 9850.
February 28, 2018
2017 Winter Tax Information
The last day to pay 2017 Summer and Winter taxes at Genoa Township was Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
2017 Property Taxes became delinquent on Thursday, March 1, 2018, All payments must now be made to the Livingston County Treasurer's Office.
Tax payments CANNOT be accepted at the Township or County between March 1st and March 15th.
Please contact the Livingston County Treasurer's Office at (517) 546-7010 after March 15th for a total amount due.
February 12, 2018
DTE Planned Tree Maintenance - Spring 2018
A message from DTE for Genoa Township residents and business owners:
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 our tree experts will be visiting your area soon to trim and, if necessary, remove trees growing too close to power lines.
Our tree trimming program follows industry standards and uses trimming methods that promote healthy trees and safe, reliable power. All work will be completed by tree professionals who have been trained on safe, proper and environmentally responsible work practices. Get a full view of DTE’s tree trimming program at dteenergy.com/treecare.
We are committed to working with you throughout this process, and will be here to address any concerns you might have before tree work begins. Here’s what you can expect in the upcoming weeks:
- 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.
- 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.
We appreciate your support as we work to provide you with safe, reliable and affordable energy. For more information, please visit http://dteenergy.com/treecare.
January 22, 2018
W2 Phishing Scam warning from the Michigan Department of Treasury
Cybercriminals Impersonate Persons of Authority within Organizations
LANSING, Mich. – Business taxpayers should be extra alert for cybercriminals attempting to steal W-2 forms and other sensitive information through a phishing scam, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.
In a typical scenario, cybercriminals impersonate persons of authority within a company and send an email to payroll personnel asking for copies of all employee W-2 forms. The scammers do their homework about an entity’s organizational chart and all communications appear legitimate.
A W-2 form contains an employee’s name, address, Social Security number, income and withholdings. Cybercriminals use that information to file fraudulent tax returns, or they post it for sale on the “Dark Web.”
“Businesses need to be aware of this scam,” said Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “Make time today to educate your employees about internal security processes for appropriately distributing sensitive information. With state income tax filing season rapidly approaching, cybercriminals will be out in full force to take advantage of taxpayers.”
The Internal Revenue Service reports the scam has affected all types of employers, from small and large businesses to public schools and universities, hospitals, tribal governments and charities.
The W-2 phishing scam has gained momentum nationwide over the last two tax years. The IRS reports more than 200 employers were victimized nationwide in 2017, affecting hundreds of thousands of employees who had their identities compromised.
Business taxpayers who receive this type of email are asked to report the encounter to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about identity theft, go to www.michigan.gov/identitytheft.
January 5, 2018
Tax Scam warning from the Michigan Department of Treasury
Taxpayers Urged to Watch for Phone Scams and Phishing Schemes
LANSING, Mich. – As the state of Michigan begins a new year and the state income tax filing season approaches, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers to resolve to be ready for tax scams in 2018.
Cybercriminals typically increase their activity in the first part of the year through phone scams and email phishing schemes. These scammers try to obtain personal information using different tricks and tactics so they can file income tax returns and claim refunds on behalf of unsuspecting taxpayers. Some scammers may also allege a taxpayer owes taxes and aggressively demand payment for a quick payout.
“Taxpayers need to be extra alert for possible scams and schemes during this time of year and throughout the income tax filing season,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “When taxpayers proactively look for scams, they are less likely to be a victim of a tax-related identity theft and other cybercriminal activities.”
Treasury will never:
- Initiate a phone call or email to ask for personal information.
- Call or email to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, Treasury will first send a bill through the U.S. mail to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
- Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Cybercriminals often alter caller ID numbers and emails to make it look like the state Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service or another official agency is contacting a taxpayer. Scammers may use employee titles, a person’s name, address and other personal information to sound official.
Taxpayers who are contacted by a scammer should immediately cease the call or delete the email.
In 2017, the state Treasury Department’s increased security measures protected more than 4,000 taxpayers who confirmed their identity was stolen and used to request state of Michigan income tax refunds. This prevented more than $16 million from being distributed to scammers.
Taxpayers who have received a call or email from a scammer should report the case to the IRS through the web or by calling 800-366-4484. To learn more about tax-related identity theft, go to www.michigan.gov/identitytheft.
January 1, 2018
Township Holiday Schedule 2018
Click here for a list of days the Genoa Charter Township offices will be closed.
November 3, 2017
Livingston County Property Fraud Protection service
The Livingston County Register of Deeds office is offering a free service to protect you from property fraud.
Property fraud can occur when someone records a fraudulent document with the Register of Deeds' office making it look like they own your home or property.
To fight this type of fraud, the Register of Deeds has teamed up with propertyfraudalert.com to create a notification alert system for Livingston County residents. You can sign for free at the website or by calling the Property Fraud Alert Hotline at (800) 728-3858.
More details are also available by calling Livingston County Register of Deeds at (517) 546-0270.
October 26, 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.
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:
- 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
October 18, 2017
Livingston County Communication Survey for Residents
The Livingston County Board of Commissioners is conducting a survey to help identify effective public communication as well as areas that need additional attention. The results of the survey will only be reported in aggregate form and will be made available to the community. Individual results will be anonymous. All responses will be used in the analysis of the results to help the County keep you better informed.
If you are interested in helping Livingston County develop efficient and effective communications, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/livcopubliccommunication
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please contact Allison Nalepa, Communication & Administrative Specialist, at 517-540-8803 or email@example.com.
August 7, 2017
FTC Unveils new Intiative to combat Robocalling
Every day American consumers report tens of thousands of illegal robocalls to the Federal Trade Commission, and now the FTC is helping put that information to work boosting industry efforts to stop unwanted calls before they reach consumers.
Under a new initiative announced by the FTC, when consumers report Do Not Call or robocall violations to the agency, the robocaller phone numbers consumers provide will be released each day to telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are implementing call-blocking solutions.
Unwanted and illegal robocalls are the FTC’s number-one complaint category, with more than 1.9 million complaints filed in the first five months of 2017 alone. By reporting illegal robocalls, consumers help law enforcement efforts to stop the violators behind these calls. In addition, under the initiative announced today, the FTC is now taking steps to provide more data, more often to help power the industry solutions that block illegal calls.
If you have received an annoying robocall and would like to report it to the FTC, you can do so here: https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx
July 19, 2017
Voter Information Request
From Michigan Secretary of State's Office:
Many Michigan residents continue to have questions regarding the request for information from the federal government’s election commission. On July 3, 2017, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson made clear she will not release any personal voter information. For example, state law explicitly protects Social Security and driver’s license numbers from being released for these purposes.
As in most other states, Michigan law does provide for disclosure of some basic public voter information. Political parties, candidates and news organizations routinely request and receive this data. State law for decades has allowed anyone to review voter lists to ensure election integrity. As in Michigan, similar laws in almost all states make this basic voter information a public record. Michigan will certainly not go beyond what is legally required in any response to this data request, and we are highly sensitive to people’s desires to keep what is private as private.
“Michigan is rightly known as a state that encourages all eligible voters to have their voices heard on Election Day and one that voters can have full confidence in the accuracy and integrity of the results,” Johnson said. “I will work with anyone to find ways to make voting accessible for all eligible Americans as well as strengthen election integrity. I firmly believe in, and will defend, our state’s right to administer our own elections and safeguard our voters and their private information.”
Johnson has made election integrity and the accuracy of Michigan’s Qualified Voter File a top priority since she took office in 2011. Her office also has performed 1,400 post-election audits, sends out a reminder to Michigan residents when they turn 18 years old and asks people who aren’t registered to sign when they visit a Secretary of State office. Michigan has been named the top state for registering people to vote at motor-vehicle offices according to USA Today, and ranks consistently among the top states for election administration.
*Please note, only information that is public will be supplied by the state for this investigation which includes: voters name, birth year, address, and whether someone voted but not how they voted.
June 22, 2017
Howell Area Parks and Recreation Park Passes Now Available
Park passes are available to residents, renters and business owners in Genoa Township. Please see below for specific fees and restrictions.
Residential Tax Payers
- 2 Passes per address $20 for each additional pass
- Verification is property tax bill with valid driver’s license.
- If a rental property owner picks up passes - Residents cannot
- 2 Passes per address - $ 20 for each additional pass
- Verification is State of Michigan issued ID – Driver’s License
- If a rental property owner picks up passes - Residents cannot
Business Property Tax Payers
- 1 Pass per address - $ 20 for each additional
- Verification is property tax bill with valid driver’s license
- Non-Residents: 0 Passes per address - $ 40 for each
- Commercial Renters: 0 Passes per address - $ 40 for each
- Water/Sewer Customers: 0 Passes per address - $ 40 for each
- Daily Park Entry: $ 10 per vehicle
- Daily Boat Launch: $ 20 per vehicle
PASSES ARE REQUIRED DURING:
City Park Operating Hours Friday before Memorial Day-Labor Day
Boat Launch Operating Hours May 1 – September 30
Pavilion Rentals May 1 – September 30
Posted April 2017
For more information please contact Howell Parks and Recreation at 517 546 0693.
May 31, 2017
USDA Offers Home Repair Loans and Grants to residents in Livingston County
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development is currently accepting loan applications from very low income families to repair homes in rural Michigan communities
The funds are available through the Section 504 Home Repair Loan Program. Loans may be up to $20,000, carry an interest rate of 1 percent and can be used to for repairs, improvements, weatherization, and to make a home accessible for persons with a disability. In addition to loan funds, grant funds up to $7,500 are available for homeowners 62 years or older for repairs to remove health or safety hazards, and/or remodel dwellings to make them accessible to household members with disabilities.
Applicants must have an acceptable credit history (loans only), meet income guidelines, have repayment ability to service the new loan and any existing obligations, be a United States citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence, and own and personally occupy the home on a permanent basis.
Program is restricted to homes located in eligible areas. Please see website to check your address of your home or contact the Mason Office. All of Livingston county is considered Rural.
To learn more, contact the USDA Rural Development Mason Office at 517-676-4644 Ext. 4 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/mi.
USDA Offers Loans to Purchase Homes in Rural Michigan Communities
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development is currently accepting loan applications from low income families to purchase homes in rural Michigan communities
Home purchases are supported through the Section 502 Direct Loan Program. Loans provide 100% financing, no down payment, no monthly Private Mortgage Insurance, no points, and no origination fees. Loan is has a fixed interest rate for a term of 33 or 38 years. In some cases, if income is low enough, applicants may qualify for subsidized payments to reduce their interest rate payment down to 1%. Loan funds can also assist current eligible homeowners with much needed repairs at reasonable rates and terms.
“The low interest rate, extended loan term, and the possibility of reduced payment allows the applicant to qualify for a higher loan amount to purchase a decent, safe, and sanitary housing for them or their family,” said Mason Area Office Director Bruce Miles. “In addition, our area loan limits have recently been increased to accommodate the modest housing market.”
Applicants must have an acceptable credit history, meet income guidelines, have repayment ability to service the new loan and any existing obligations, be a United States citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence, and own and personally occupy the home on a permanent basis.
To learn more, contact the USDA Rural Development Mason Office at 517-676-4644 Ext. 4 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/mi
May 21, 2017
Curbside Yard Waste Recyling Service available for Residents
Township residents who require yard waste removal beyond the Township's free biannual pickups can purchase this service through the Township waste contractor. More details can be found in the flyer attached below.
GFL Curbside Waste Collection runs from April through December every year. GFL will collect properly prepared yard waste on the first Friday of each month. You must schedule your pickup on the Monday before the first Friday. 10 bags/bundles of yard waste will be collected for $10.00 and every bag or bundle beyond the first 10 is charged an additional $1.00.
For more information, please contact GFL Environmental at (844) 464-3587 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 3, 2017
Results for the May 2, 2017 Election can be found on the Livingston County Clerk's Election Results section.
February 28, 2017
Tax Payment Reminder
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 was the last day to pay 2016 Summer and Winter property taxes at the Township Hall. All 2016 Property Tax payments deposited in the drop box between 5:00pm February 28, 2017 and 9:00am March 1st, 2017 will be posted paid for February 28, 2017 and mailed a stamped paid receipt.
Absolutely NO payments can be accepted at the Township after Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Taxes became delinquent March 1st and are payable, with additional 1% interest per month plus a 4% penalty, to the Livingston County Treasurer, 200 E. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843. The taxes will not be payable until after March 15th, 2017. Please contact the Livingston County Treasurer at 517.546.7010 or online HERE for more information.
February 27, 2017
Fraud warning: Calls from scammers claiming to be the IRS
Residents are being warned about a widespread phone scam. The Internal Revenue Service says people are calling claiming to be IRS agents and demanding payment for fake tax liens.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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
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
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.