July 16, 2018
MidTerm Elections - August 7 and November 6, 2018
The Michigan Primary Election has been scheduled for August 7, 2018 and the General Election has been scheduled for November 6, 2018.
Absentee ballots were mailed out to those voters who have chosen to vote Absentee.
Picture Identification is required to receive a ballot. An affidavit of identity may be signed in the absence of same.
Please visit the Township Elections page for more information or you may contact the Clerk's Department at (810) 227-5225.
July 11, 2018
Summer Tax Scam warning from the Michigan Department of Treasury
LANSING, Mich. – Now that it’s July and the beginning of summer, 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.
July 5, 2018
2018 Summer Tax Information
The 2018 Summer Tax Bills were mailed to all Genoa Township property owners on Friday, 6/29/18. Please contact the Township Treasurer’s office at 810-227-5225 if you did not receive your tax bill.
Summer taxes are payable, without penalty, through Friday, 9/14/18. Payments can be made online HERE 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.
Please contact the Treasurer's Office at (810) 227-5225 if you did not receive your bill.
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.
June 1, 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:
July 28, 2018 - (Green Oak Location)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7, 2018
Livingston County Electronic Waste Collection
The Livingston County Solid Waste Program has scheduled the 2018 Electronic-Waste Collection Event on the following date:
Saturday, October 6, from 9 am until 1 pm
No appointment necessary.
The collection, made possible with a grant from Chem-Trend, will take place in the parking lot at the East Complex of the Livingston County Offices located at 2300 E. Grand River, Howell, 48843 (behind the Howell Aldi’s grocery store).
This event provides a free and convenient opportunity for Livingston County residents and small businesses (fewer than 10 employees) to safely recycle a variety of electronic waste such as TV’s, computers, printers, monitors, laptops, etc. For a complete list of acceptable items, see the website at www.livgov.com/dpw.
Items can only be dropped off on the event day!
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 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.
February 28, 2018
2017 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.
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:
- 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
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.
May 3, 2017
Results for the May 2, 2017 Election can be found on the Livingston County Clerk's Election Results section.
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
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.