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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.

March 18, 2019
The Big Red Barrel Project is coming to Genoa Township Hall

According to the Michigan Department of Education, nearly 13 percent of Livingston County youths have abused prescription drugs and painkillers in the past 30 days, a rate higher than the national average.  The FDA has recently released a study on the harmful effects of medications that are flushed or dumped into the environment.  The Red Barrel project is designed to combat both these issues by collecting and disposing of unused medications in your bathroom cabinet.

Genoa Township is joining in the fight to save our kids and the environment.  The Big Red Barrel drug take back program will be available at the Township Hall on April 27th of 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Controlled substances and all other solid dosage medications are accepted with no questions asked.   Please don’t bring your pill containers or other identifying information like labels.  Identification is not required and there is no cost for the disposal.

  • Please bring a plastic bag filled with all your outdated and/or unused medication. 
  • Liquid medication will be accepted if stuffed into a ziplock bag with enough paper towels to absorb all the liquid.  Please use separate bags for each liquid medication.
  • NO inhalers

The Drain Commissioner's office will also be on-site to collect sharps and needles for this ONE TIME ONLY opportunity.

  • Sharp collection is open to residents. Businesses and medical facilities are not allowed to dispose of sharps at this event.
  • Sharps need to be in a heavy plastic container {i.e. Red "Sharp" Box or empty plastic laundry detergent jug sealed with tape

For more information on the Red Barrel project and other dropoff locations, please visit http://www.livingstoncountycommunityalliance.org/?page_id=139.

March 18, 2019
Michigan Statewide Tornado Drill - Wednesday March 27th at 1 p.m.

Livingston County will be participating in the Michigan Statewide Tornado Drill that will be taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at 1:00 p.m. This will be the fourth year that the County has participated in the drill. This year, the County will continue to emphasize communications along with the sheltering portion of the drill. An initial warning will be sent to the public and after a 20 minute waiting period an “all clear” message will then be sent out. The drill is a proactive effort to support preparation and planning for severe weather or tornado emergency for all Livingston County residents.

March 5, 2019
2018 Winter and Summer Property Tax Payment Information

Thursday, February 28, 2019 was the last day to pay 2018 Summer & Winter Property Taxes. 

2018 Property Taxes become delinquent as of Friday, March 1, 2019.  All payments must now be made to the Livingston County Treasurer’s Office.

Tax payments cannot be accepted at the County between March 1st and March 15th 

Please contact the County Treasurer’s Office at 517-546-7010 after March 15th for a total amount due.

March 5, 2019
Proposed Budget and Audit Information for Fiscal Year 2019/20

The proposed Township Budgets for the next fiscal year beginning April 1, 2019 and ending March 31, 2020 are available for review.  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 4, 2019
2020 Census Bureau looking for Census Takers

In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.

These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is counted!

Job Qualifications

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
  • Commit to completing training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Most jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

If you are employed elsewhere, your current job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and not create conflicts of interest. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also, you must not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.

The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit our Equal Employment Opportunity page.  The pay rate for Census Takers in Livingston County is $19.00/hour.

If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. Documentation supporting your claim for preference must accompany your application. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page.

February 18, 2019
2018 Brighton Area Fire Authority Report

The Brighton Area Fire Authority has released its 2018 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 2, 2019
Township Holiday Schedule 2019

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

January 1, 2019
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:  The Advanced Disposal Mobile App is now live.  Android users can click HERE, Apple/iOS users HERE.  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.

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.

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.