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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.

December 12, 2017
December 12th ZBA Meeting Cancelled

Please be advised that tonight's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

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

December 11, 2017
Holiday Refuse Collection

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25, 2016
Monday - No Collection. Collection will be one day behind all week with Friday's collection being completed on Saturday.

New Year's Day - Sunday, January 1, 2017
Monday - No Collection. Collection will be one day behind all week with Friday's collection being completed on Saturday.

December 11, 2017
Township Holiday Hours

The Township Offices will be closed Monday December 25 and Tuesday December 26 2017 for the Christmas Holiday.

The Township Offices will be closed Monday January 1, 2018 for the New Years Day Holiday.

December 9, 2017
Winter Sledding at the Township Park

Snow is in the forecast so come enjoy the fresh snowfall at the Genoa Township sled hill!

The sled hill has a vertical drop of approximately 40-feet and a run length of over 200 feet and is fun for all ages.

Benches have been installed at the top for parents and those waiting to sled. There are heated bathrooms and a warming area at the Township Park Pavilion. There is a parking lot across the Township driveway from the sled hill where parents can sit and watch their sledders in the comfort of their vehicles. Last but not least, a light pole has been installed at the hill allows night time sledding until 9 pm.

All are welcome to enjoy the winter fun for free at the Township sledding hill.

December 4, 2017
2017 Winter Tax Information

The 2017 Winter Tax Bills will be mailed to all Genoa Township property owners on Thursday, November 30, 2017.  Winter taxes are payable, without penalty, through Tuesday, February 28, 2018.

Winter tax amounts are available on our website; however payments cannot be made until after they become officially due on December 1st, 2017.

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

November 3, 2017
Livingston County Property Fraud Protection service

The Livingston County Register of Deeds Brandon Denby's 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, Denby's office 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 Denby's office 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.

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

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

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 analepa@livgov.com.

September 15, 2017
2017 Summer Tax Information

The 2017 Summer Tax Bills were mailed on June 30, 2017.

The last day to pay Summer Taxes without penalty was Thursday, September 14, 2017.

All payments must now pay a 1% per month penalty. Please contact the Township Treasurer's office for an updated amount.

Tax amounts are available on our website and payments can be made online with a 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.

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. 

July 5, 2017
Tax Scam warning from the Michigan Department of Treasury

Michigan Department of Treasury: Be Alert for Summer Tax Scams

LANSING, Mich. – the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) encourages Michiganders to remain alert for aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating state tax officials.

Treasury typically observes scam phone calls throughout the summer where scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be tax officials and asking for cash through a wire transfer, prepaid debit card or gift card. Additionally, the criminals may leave “urgent” callback requests through robocalls or phishing emails.

“Cybercriminals don’t take summer vacations,” said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “The Michigan Department of Treasury doesn’t initially contact taxpayers through the phone. Our first interaction is generally done by mail.”

Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service or another agency is calling. The callers may use employee titles, a person’s name, address and other personal information to sound official.

Treasury will never:

  • Initiate a phone call to ask for personal information.
  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, Treasury will first mail a bill 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.

Taxpayers who don’t owe taxes or don’t think they owe taxes should hang up immediately if they receive one of these calls. For individuals who owe taxes or think they do, they can call 517-636-4486 to find out their account balance information.

Taxpayers who have received a call from a scammer should report the case to the IRS through the web or by calling 800-366-4484.

To learn more about Michigan’s individual income tax, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax.

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

Residential Renters

  • 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.

June 1, 2017
Brighton Area Fire seeking Paid On-Call Firefighters

The Brighton Area Fire Authority is are seeking men and women willing to serve their community as a Paid On-Call Firefighter! No experience necessary! Training is provided and compensated during classes on evenings/weekends. Interested applicants can apply by calling (810) 229-6640 or emailing HR Director Anne Campbell at acampbell@brightonareafire.com

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 gflcustomerservice@gflenv.com for more information.

May 9, 2017
Information for Residents experiencing Cable TV issues

How to File a Video/Cable Television Complaint

Courtesy of the State of Michigan Public Service Commission

Consumers should first contact their video/cable provider to discuss their complaint. If a resolution cannot be reached, contact the MPSC for help in dealing with the video/cable provider.

Consumer Tips - Filing a Video/Cable Television Complaint

Call the Commission to File an Informal Complaint

MPSC staff are available to assist with your inquiry or informal complaint Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays, by calling 1-800-292-9555. We encourage you first to contact your video/cable provider with your question before calling us. At times, call volumes may be high and staff are busy assisting other customers. In this situation, you will be put into a voicemail. If you are connected to the Video Franchise voicemail, please leave a detailed message including your full name, call back number, billing address, and the nature of your complaint. Staff will respond to your complaint as soon as possible. You can also contact us by submitting your inquiry or complaint in writing to us at the following address:

Michigan Public Service Commission
Attn: Video Franchising
P.O. Box 30221
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Submit your complaint via fax: 517-284-8200.
Submit your complaint online:  Video/Cable Complaint Online Form

File a Formal Complaint

If you are not satisfied with the results of an informal complaint investigation by Commission staff, you may pursue a formal complaint with the Commission. Because the Commission's authority is limited to that provided by statute, a formal complaint can only involve issues that the Commission is responsible for.

Formal Video/Cable Complaint Form

Uniform Video Services Dispute Resolution Process

Please click on the following link to view the Uniform Video Services Dispute Resolution Process as set forth in 2009 PA 4:

Uniform Video Services Dispute Resolution Process

May 3, 2017
Election Results

Results for the May 2, 2017 Election can be found on the Livingston County Clerk's Election Results section.

March 13, 2017
Approved Budget and Audit Information for Fiscal Year 2017/8

The Township is seeking public input from residents for the proposed budget for the new fiscal year.

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

March 7, 2017
2016 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.

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.

January 10, 2017
Township Holiday Schedule 2017

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

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 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.

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.