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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.

November 15, 2018
2018 Winter Tax Information

The 2018 Winter Tax Bills will be mailed to all Genoa Township property owners on Friday, November 30, 2018.  Winter taxes are payable, without penalty, through Thursday, February 28, 2018.

Winter tax amounts are available on our website; however payments cannot be made until after they become officially levied on December 1, 2018. 

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

November 13, 2018
2018 Fall Yard Waste Drop off

Our Fall Yard Waste Collection program has been scheduled for the following date at the Genoa Charter Township Hall from 8 am to 11 am:

Saturday, November 17th, 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.

November 13, 2018
Township Refuse and Recycling Changes

Recycling pickup began the week of 11/5/18.  Please make sure you place your carts within 3’ of the curb and please allow enough distance between the carts to allow clearance for the automated truck. 

The Advanced Disposal Mobile App is now live.  Android users can click HERE, Apple/iOS users HERE

The Advanced Disposal Widget is now live.  Please visit our refuse page at https://genoa.org/departments/utilities/refuse to try it out.

How will this affect you:

Transition:  If you currently rent a cart you will no longer need to subscribe and pay for the carts separately.  Advanced Disposal uses automated single operated trucks which require the use of their carts by all customers. One 96 gallon refuse cart and one 64 gallon recycling cart were delivered between 10/15/18-10/26/18. 

All GFL, Rizzo, Duncan or Waste Management carts will be picked up and should be left empty at the curb after your last pick-up the week of 10/22/18.

Thank you for your patience

Currently Rented Carts/Recycle Bins: For those currently renting GFL or other waste hauler provided carts, GFL will be picking up your old carts.  Once your final refuse/recycling pick-ups have been completed they will be sending a separate truck to collect the old carts and recycle bins. Please leave your empty rented carts/bins at the curb after your final pick-up the week of 10/22/18. If you have purchased your own store bought cart it can no longer be used for the automated truck.  Please do not leave your privately owned carts at the road if you do not want them taken.

Refuse Pick-up:  Regular household garbage service will remain weekly and must be placed in the supplied 96 gallon cart.  Most pick-up days will remain the same, those homes which are assigned a new refuse pickup day will receive a postcard informing them of the new pickup day.

Recycling Pick-up:  Recyling pickups will begin the week of November 5th. Advanced Disposal will provide recycling every other week using the provided 64 gallon cart.  Schedules will be posted as soon as available at the following websites www.genoa.org and www.advanceddisposal.com as well as Advanced Disposals Smartphone App.

Large Item Stickers: Large item stickers are no longer required.  Residents will now be allowed to place (1) large item per week at the curb for no additional charge. (no Freon items, please)

Yard Waste: Yard waste will continue to be a separate subscription service.  Contact Advanced Disposal at 1 888 443 1717 now to set up service for this fall.  The cost is $80.00 per season or $10.00 for November 2018.  Pick-up will be on a twice a month basis, with a limit of 15 bags per pick-up. 

The Township will continue this year’s Fall Yard Waste drop off at the Township Hall.  Typically the autumn drop off dates are in October & November, these dates vary from year to year based on the weather.

Enhanced Web and mobile communications:  A Smartphone App will be available for residents to access Holiday schedules, pick-up dates, etc.  Twitter and/or text message reminders or emergency messaging will provide homeowners with alerts about weather delays and mechanical issues that may delay your service. 

Customer Service:  Advanced Disposal’s Northville Service Center will handle calls for Genoa residents and will be able to search your information by address to assist you. You can contact them at 1 888 443 1717.

Updated information: Updated information will be posted on both the Township Website & Advanced Disposal website as it becomes available.  Please visit www.genoa.org and www.advanceddisposal.com  or contact the township offices at 810-227-5225, Monday-Friday  9:00am - 5:00pm.

November 7, 2018
Election Results

Results for the November 6, 2018 General Election can be found on the Livingston County Clerk's Election Results section.

September 19, 2018
Traffic Advisory (September 24 - October 15) - Novel Estates Entrance off E. Coon Lake Road

Contractors will begin work on the Boulevard Entrance of Kipling Circle off E. Coon Lake Road early next week either Monday September 24 or Tuesday September 25, weather permitting. They will work on one half of the road at a time in order to maintain traffic in and out of the subdivision.

The work will consist first of removing the existing asphalt pavement. The Contractor will then excavate approximately 12 inches of the existing poor base materials out and place subbase underdrains along the curb lines and transverse across the road to drain the base. Geotextile stabilization fabrics, crushed stone and high performance geogrids will be installed to  stabilize the base prior to placing the new hot mix asphalt pavement.

The asphalt paving contractor is scheduled for the first week in October. The entire project should take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

Please drive with care through the work zone and follow the direction of the traffic control personnel for your safety and the safety of the workers. Please allow for a little extra time to get to your appointments as there may be occasional delays during construction. Emergency vehicles will have priority access at all times.  Please feel free to contact jtedesco@livingstonroads.org if you have·questions regarding this project.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation, throughout construction.

September 17, 2018
2018 Tax Information

2018 Summer taxes were due Friday, September 14, 2018.  A 1% fee per month is now due.

Please contact the Genoa Township Treasurer’s office for a current amount due, 810-227-5225, or you can check the Township website at www.genoa.org

August 27, 2018
Howell Chamber Business to Business Expo

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Expo will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 11, 2018 at the Cleary University Johnson Center located at 3750 Cleary Drive.

The expo is geared to area hiring managers and decision makers encouraging shopping and hiring on the local level in order to create a stronger local business community. 

Admission is free. There will be raffles, giveaways and refreshments.

For more information, call (517) 546-3920 or visit http://www.howell.org/business-to-business-expo/

August 7, 2018
Livingston County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

 The Livingston County Solid Waste Program has scheduled the 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.  This service is free for RESIDENTS of Livingston County.  HOWEVER - RESIDENTS MUST HAVE A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TO PARTICIPATE.

The event will be held on the following dates:

September 22, 2018 - (Howell Location)

All events are held on Saturdays between 9 am and 12 noon.

Beginning in April, call 517-545-9609 for a REQUIRED appointment or send an e-mail including your first and second preferred appointment times between 9 am and noon (using 15 minute intervals), your name, address (include city/township), phone, and type of items. We will respond with your scheduled time. 

  CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED FLYER INCLUDING ITEMS WE ACCEPT

NO MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. 

 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Locations

PLEASE DO NOT BRING ITEMS TO COLLECTION LOCATIONS EXCEPT ON APPOINTED DAYS AND AT YOUR APPOINTED TIME.    All household hazardous waste is removed by a vendor on the collection days.  We do not have space to store items.

 Howell location - 418 S. Highlander Way, Howell 48843, in the parking lot of the Animal Control Department.

Green Oak/Brighton - in the vacant lot on the northwest corner of Alan Drive and Grand River, directly west of the Green Oak Fire Hall at 11411 Grand River, Brighton 48116.

August 6, 2018
Livingston County Master Plan seeking input from residents

On June 20, 2018, the Livingston County Planning Commission recommended to the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to approve the release of the Draft 2018 Livingston County Master Plan to all the neighboring communities and interested parties for a 63-day review period as required by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008 as amended). On July 2, 2018, the Livingston County Board of Commissioners approved the distribution of the Draft 2018 Livingston County Master Plan for public review and comment.

During the 63-day review period, public comments will be collected by County Planning Department staff. After the review period (which ends on September 6, 2018), a public hearing will be scheduled by the Livingston County Planning Commission (date to be determined) to hear verbal comments, and to review the comments collected by staff. Adoption of the plan will not take place until after the review period and public hearing.

All comments should be emailed to: planning@livgov.com

A copy of the draft plan is also available at the front counter of the Livingston County Planning Department, 304 E. Grand River, Suite #206, Howell, Michigan.

The draft Livingston County Master Plan is a web-based plan that contains many web-based links to trends and best practices. to be fully effective, this plan must be viewed and utilized digitally, although the plan can be downloaded and printed by the user.

https://www.livgov.com/plan/Pages/2015-16_County_Master_Plan.aspx

July 1, 2018
Fireworks display information for Township residents

With Independence Day approaching this weekend, the Township would like to remind residents about Michigan's consumer grade fireworks rules and how to make the celebrations safe and enjoyable for both you and your neighbors.

The Township does not have a fireworks ordinance therefore, state law applies.  Here are a few guidelines from the State of Michigan:

  • You need prior permission to light fireworks on another person's property.
  • No shooting off fireworks on public property, school or church properties.
  • No lighting fireworks while intoxicated.

Please visit the State's Fireworks Page for more information at http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-42271_59975---,00.html

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.

May 18, 2018
Brighton Area Fire seeking Paid On-Call Firefighters

The Brighton Area Fire Authority is seeking men and women living in Genoa Township, Brighton Township and the City of Brighton who are willing to serve their community as a Paid On-Call Firefighter.

  • No experience necessary, just the motivation to learn and serve
  • All required training is provided and compensated
  • Academy classes are held on evening/weekends

To apply, interested applicants can go to www.brightonareafire.com or in person at 615 W. Grand River, Brighton, MI  48116.  If you have any questions, please call (810) 229-6640 or email the BAFA HR Director Anne Campbell at acampbell@brightonareafire.com

April 12, 2018
Southeast Michigan Park Finder App

SEMCOG is excited to announce that Southeast Michigan ParkFinder is now available as a mobile app that makes it easier than ever to explore recreation opportunities throughout the seven-county region.

Available free-of-charge on Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, the app enables users to search from over 2,600 parks within Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. This interactive map is the result of regional cooperation and features everything from neighborhood playgrounds to state and national parks.

ParkFinder was made possible by data collected from Southeast Michigan communities with five-year recreation plans currently on file with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. ParkFinder is intended for informational use only. Links to parks agency websites and Google Maps are provided for more information, including programs, hours, regulations, and directions.

Visit Southeast Michigan ParkFinder or download the app today!

April 3, 2018
New Ridesharing program - Southeast Michigan Commuter Connect

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is excited to announce a partnership with Commuter Connect!  Southeast Michigan Commuter Connect is the next phase of ridesharing in the region. Formerly known as MiRideshare, Commuter Connect brings Southeast Michigan’s ridesharing program into the digital technology and mobility age.

Commuter Connect provides trip planning and commuter matching free-of-charge for people who carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, or ride transit in Southeast Michigan. With an easy-to-use interface and mobile application (available in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play; search "Commuter Connect Mi"), users can view available transportation options by simply entering an origin and destination. The tool provides multiple transportation choices and routes, potential commuting partners, cost, calories burned, emissions reduced, distance, and travel time estimates.

Commuters who register with Southeast Michigan Commuter Connect can take advantage of the free Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program, which alleviates the fear of being stranded at work without transportation in the event of an emergency. ERH provides a free ride home via a ride hailing service (Lyft, Uber) or taxi for employees who carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work and have an emergency arise while at work.

Changing from a solo commute, even for just one day a week, can:

  • Save money
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve air quality by cutting carbon emissions
  • Stay healthy by walking, biking, or taking transit
  • Recapture valuable time by letting someone else drive in a car/vanpool or on a bus
  • Decrease personal driving expenses and maintenance costs

Visit Southeast Michigan Commuter Connect or download the app today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for commuting updates and prize opportunities.

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  polly@genoa.org

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.

January 1, 2018
Township Holiday Schedule 2018

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

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, 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.