Schedule of Meetings for Calendar Year 2023
RENTAL UNIT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
The attached documents will assist you through the process of registering your rental unit. If you have any questions please call the Graafschap Fire Department office at 616-396-4060 or email: email@example.com.
Rental Unit Ordinance Amendment
Rental Unit Registration Application
Rental Unit Escape Plan Example
Rental Fee Schedule
Registration deadline approaching for May 2 vote
Voters in Precincts 1 and 2 go to polls
Laketown Township voters in two of the township’s three precincts will vote on Tuesday, May 2.
The last day to register for the election in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk is Monday, April 17.
Persons registering between April 18 and May 2 may do so in-person with proof of residency at Laketown Township, 4338 Beeline Road. The township hall is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
People with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk at (616) 335-3050.
To determine your precinct, check your tax bill.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
To check if you are registered to vote and for more information, click here.
Voters in Precinct One (Holland School District) will decide a millage proposition for the swimming pool:
HOLLAND COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL AUTHORITY
Millage Proposition – Renewal/Additional Authorization
(This millage would renew the previously authorized 1.0 mill levy, which expires in 2023, for the operation of the Holland Community Aquatic Center.)
Shall the expired previous voted increase in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution, on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property (both homestead and non-homestead) in the Holland Area Community Swimming Pool Authority (whose geographic boundaries are coterminous with those of the Holland School District) of 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to 0.9505 mills ($.9505 per $1,000 in taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed and increased up to the original voted 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for five (5) years, 2024 through 2028, inclusive, to provide funds to enable the Authority to own, operate, and maintain a community swimming pool, and authorize the Authority to levy said tax, raising an estimated $1,666,960 in the first year the millage is levied?
Voters in Precinct Two (Hamilton Community Schools) will decide a bond proposal:
HAMILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Shall Hamilton Community Schools, Allegan County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Forty-One Million One Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($41,180,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of:
erecting, furnishing, and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, including security improvements to, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring and installing instructional technology and instructional technology equipment for school buildings; purchasing school buses; and developing and improving playgrounds, driveways, parking areas, and sites?
The following is for informational purposes only:
The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2023 is 2.60 mills ($2.60 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a 2.17 mills net increase over the prior year’s levy. The maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is thirty (30) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.67 mills ($1.67 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).
The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $27,460,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $0. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.
(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)
The quarterly Laketown Township newsletter is a key part of staying in touch with township news and information. The township does offer other ways to stay informed:
This website: This contains forms, applications, agendas, minutes and information for the township. The information is updated on the home page as needed.
Facebook: Look here for regular postings on agendas, minutes, stories and breaking township news. Just search “Laketown Township” and you’ll find us.
Instagram: Pictures and videos of township events are here. Find us at “LaketownTwp.”
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Blood pressure checks continue
Graafschap Fire Department is offering free blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at the fire house, 4534 60th St. The blood pressure clinic is the first step in a Community Risk Reduction program that will include home safety audits and an enhanced smoke/carbon monoxide detector campaign.
The program is being coordinated by Captain of Training & Health/Safety Dave Grumney.
The blood pressure checks are free to anyone. An on-duty firefighter will be handling the service.
“This free service is not a replacement for urgent medical care,” said Grumney. “If someone believes they are having a medical emergency, they should immediately call 911. We will come to them with an appropriate response.
The second phase of the community outreach plan is a home safety audit program planned for launch in April. It will include a comprehensive checklist for fire safety, general home safety, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and outside safety as well as special considerations for homes with children.
The third phase is to raise awareness about smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. The fire department is still gathering partners from businesses and groups before launching this phase, Grumney said.
Graafschap Fire Department serves Laketown Township and part of Fillmore Township.
For more information, call the fire department at (616) 396-4060.
News You Can Use
Hazardous waste collection event set for June 3
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Laketown Township residents is Saturday, June 3, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., at Republic Services of Holland Westshore Recycling, 4368 60th St.
To control vehicle traffic and quantities of hazardous waste to be disposed, vouchers are required. Vouchers may be picked up at the Republic Services of Holland office before the collection date. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
You will need a valid ID and a current account with Republic to receive a voucher.
Vouchers are only valid for date noted, must be presented at drop off and will not be issued on the day of the event.
There is a limit of 200 pounds of material per voucher.
Because of the legal chain of custody required on hazardous waste, you will be required to sign a disposal form. Republic Service reserves the right to reject any items.
No more than five gallons of liquids per customer.
Accepted Items: Aerosol cans, antifreeze, batteries, battery acids, detergents, degreasers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, gasoline, grease, inks, light bulbs, mercury items, oil, oil-based paints, paint thinner, pesticides, propane, solvents, and thermometers.
Not Accepted: Asbestos items, compost, electronics, freon products, general waste cleaner, latex paint products, lead paint items, tires, ammunition or flares.
The fall collection date is Sept. 23.
More information on Property Tax Poverty Exemption
Quick Facts & Links
MISS DIG 811
Michigan homeowners experiencing hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic can get assistance through the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF) program.
For details on qualifications, guidelines and application, click here.