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VAN BUREN COUNTY, MICHIGAN
NOTICE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PUBLIC HEARING
REYNOLDS LAKE AQUATIC PLANT CONTROL SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT
TO: THE RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, VAN BUREN COUNTY, MICHIGAN AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Lawrence Township Board, as authorized by PA 188 of 1954, as amended, proposes to undertake an aquatic plant control project (with associated activities) on Reynolds Lake in Lawrence Township, as more particularly described below and to create a special assessment district for the recovery of the costs thereof by special assessment against the properties benefited. The Special Assessment District shall be known as the REYNOLDS LAKE AQUATIC PLANT CONTROL SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 2. The proposed special assessment district, if approved, will be a renewal of the current special assessment district, which is expiring. The Board also proposes the carryover of any surplus funds from the expiring special assessment district to the proposed special assessment district.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the land and premises in the special assessment district within which the foregoing improvements are proposed to be made and within which the costs thereof are to be specially assessed are more particularly described as all parcels abutting Reynolds Lake, including the following parcel numbers:
See complete list under Public Notices tab above.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Township Board has received plans showing the proposed aquatic plant control project, associated activities, any proposed improvements and locations thereof, together with an estimate of the cost of the project in the amount of $135,400 (including administrative costs) and has placed the same on file with the Township clerk; has passed a resolution tentatively declaring its intention to make the improvement and to create the special assessment district; and has tentatively determined to carry over any surplus funds from the expiring special assessment district. The plans, cost estimates and proposed special assessment district may be examined at the Clerk’s office from the date of this Notice to the date of the public hearing and may further be examined at the public hearing.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a public hearing on the petitions, plans, district, cost estimates and the carryover of any surplus funds from any expiring special assessment district will be held at the Lawrence Township Hall, 411 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI at 6:30 p.m. on June 8, 2023. At the hearing, the Board will consider any written objections and comments to any of the foregoing matters which are filed with the clerk at or before the hearing and any objections or comments raised at the hearing. If written objections are filed with the township board at or before the hearing, signed by the record owners of land constituting more than 20% of the area within the proposed special assessment district, then the township board may not proceed unless petitions in support of the project, signed by record owners of more than 50% of the area to be made into a special assessment district, are filed with the township. Following the hearing, the township board may revise, correct, amend or change the plans, cost estimates or special assessment district.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that appearance and protest at the public hearing is required in order to appeal to the State Tax Tribunal within 30 days after the special assessment roll is confirmed. An owner or party in interest, or his or her agent, may appear in person at the hearing to protest the special assessment, or shall be permitted to file at or before the hearing his or her appearance or protest by letter and his or her personal appearance shall not be required. All interested persons are invited to be present in person or by representative and to submit comments concerning the establishment of the special assessment district, the plans, cost estimates or the carryover of surplus funds from any expiring special assessment district.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that if the township board determines to proceed with the special assessments, the board will cause a special assessment roll to be prepared and another hearing will be held, after notice to record owners of property proposed to be specially assessed, to hear public comments concerning the proposed special assessments.
Lawrence Township will provide necessary reasonable services to individuals with disabilities at the hearing upon seven (7) days’ notice to the Township Clerk. Individuals with disabilities requiring services should contact the Township Clerk.
Lawrence Township Clerk
411 N. Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION
The Lawrence Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. at the Township Hall located at 411 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI 49064. The purpose of the hearing will be to accept and consider public comments regarding the following:
Those unable to attend the public hearing are invited to submit written comments to the attention of the Chairperson of the Planning Commission by emailing the Township Clerk at the email address below or by mail: PO Box 445, Lawrence, MI 49064.
A copy of the agenda and meeting information may be found on the Township’s homepage at www.lawrence-township.org before the meeting. A copy of the text amendment, map, and this notice will be on file at the Township Hall.
For additional questions, please call or email the Township Clerk.
Judy Janssen, Township Clerk
411 N. Paw Paw St.
Lawrence, MI 49064
Phone (269) 674-4255
NOTICE OF THE LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
411 N. PAW PAW STREET
To: The residents and property owners of Lawrence Township, Van Buren County, Michigan, and any other interested parties.
Please take notice that a Regular Board Meeting of the LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES will be held on June 8, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held in-person at 411 N. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI 49064.
Starting with the April 2023 meeting we will no longer be offering internet connection for the public. If you have questions or want a copy of the Agenda the week of the meeting please feel free to contact Clerk Janssen at 269-674-4255 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All meeting will be held in-person at 411 N. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI 49064.
See full public notice under Public Notices above.
Wednesday Game Days
Every Wednesday from 1pm until 3pm we welcome all 60+ Seniors in to play games.
Yathzee, Cards, Cribbage, board games
We have a supply but you can bring your own if you wish. Great way to make new friends!
At the Township Hall
"Old Lion's Club Building"
Monday, June 12 and 26, 2023
Lunch and BINGO!
Social at 11am/Lunch at 11:30ish and
we usually play BINGO 12:30 to 1:30pm
Remember to come get your free lunch if you are at least 60 years old
and live in Lawrence Village or Township and Hamilton Township now.
Others joining us can pay our cost of $12
We are always looking for prizes for our Bingo! If you have any new (or like New) items you would like to donate please drop them off at the Township Hall (7am-3pm, Mon.-Thru.) or bring them to the Monday lunches. Thank you
We have Game Wednesdays from 1-3pm in the Township Hall.
Our recently revised 2023 calendar is posted under Senior Services Tab above.
Stretch & Strengthen Classes
Presented by Carol Iverson
Mondays: Senior Yoga - 10:00am - 11:00am
At Township Hall
(Free for our 60+ age community members
Others may make a donation for attending)
Thursdays: REGULAR YOGA - 5:00 to 6:00pm - starting in April
At the Lawrence Library SENIORS FREE
See detailed discriptions under our Sr Services Tab above.
The Van Buren Conservation District & local partners are starting lithium-ion
battery recycling near you! Stop into our drop-off locations to safely and properly dispose of your batteries. Questions? Contact Kalli at 269-633-9314 or resourcerecovery@VanBurenCD.org
* For fire safety, tape the battery ends before transporting them.
Recycle at these Locations:
- Antwerp Sunshine Library
- Bangor Branch Library
- Covert Branch Library
- Hartford Public Library
- Lawrence Branch Library
- Paw Paw Public Library
- South Haven Senior Services Center
- Van Buren Conservation District Office
- Webster Memorial Library (Decatur)
Cannabis Agency Notice
Paid for with a grant from the State of Michigan, Lawrence Township has secure lock boxes available for residents. These boxes help prevent unwanted consumption of legal drugs and provide a safe means of legal transportation. Please visit the Township Hall at 411 N. Paw Paw St. to request a free lock box.
Lawrence Housing Committee
Lawrence Housing Committee was created by Matthew Sanborn in January of 2022 and accepted by the Lawrence Township Planning Commission in February of 2022. The Lawrence Housing Committee is a joint township/village open committee that aims to increase the available housing stock in both communities. e-mail: Housing@lawrence-township.org
See more information under the heading Departments tab above.
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP MEETINGS NOTICE
(adopted March 22, 2023)
Meetings for Fiscal Year (April 2023 – March 2024)
Will be Held on the Following Dates at the
Lawrence Township Hall
411 N PAW PAW STREET
Note: Any special meetings or budget workshop notices will be posted at least 18 hours in advance. (Twp. Website, Post Office, Fire Station & Twp. Hall)
TOWNSHIP BOARD 7:00 p.m.
(2nd Thursday of each month)
April 13, 2023 October 12, 2023
May 11, 2023 November 9, 2023
June 8, 2023 December 14, 2023
July 13, 2023 January 11, 2024
August 10, 2023 February 8, 2024
September 14, 2023 March 14, 2024
Annual Meeting March 23, 2024, 1:00 p.m.
PLANNING COMMISSION 5:00 p.m.
(3rd Tuesday of 1st month of each quarter additonal as needed)
April 25, 2023
July 25, 2023
October 24, 2023
January 25, 2024
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS 6:00 p.m.
(2nd and 4th Monday of every month, as needed)
BOARD OF REVIEW
July/December/March as per statute
PARKS AND REC MEETINGS
3rd Sunday of each month at 6:00p.m.
(Watch for meetings notices in the Harald Palladium/or Decatur Republican)
State Tax Commission's
New Poverty Exemption Procedure
The STC has created a new application. Click Public Notice for related documents that need to be used when one applies. See the Public Notice for details.
After hours please use our outside secure drop box.
GENERAL OFFICE HOURS are Monday-Thursday 7am - 3pm. You may drop off items in the secure drop box located at the office entrance of the Township Hall located at 411 N Paw Paw St, Lawrence outside office hours.
If you have any questions, please contact Our Office at 269-674-4255, Ext 100.
A Represenative from SafeBuilt is in the Township Office Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7am - 11:30am. to answer questions and assist people.
A SafeBuilt Permit Tech is now in the office daily M-Th 7:30-4:00pm. He will handle all permits that the township offers through SafeBuilt.
TREASURER OFFICE HOURS
The Treasurer's office is now open Monday - Fridays 9am - 4pm
People needing service may also call the Treasurer's phone line directly at 269-674-3840. If we don't answer please leave a message and we will get back with you.
Cannabis Agency Office is open Monday - Friday
8am - 4pm. They are happy to answer questions and assist individuals in all things Cannabis related.
Lawrence Township has a new mailing address: PO Box 445, Lawrence, MI 49064
Need to locate contact information? Find the right person to talk to in the offices of LAWRENCE now.
411 N PAW PAW ST
PO Box 445
LAWRENCE, MI 49064
Office Phone: 269 674-4255
Fax: 269 674-4502
Treasurer: 269 674-3840
If you will be burning brush or a large burn pile, don't forget to call the Township offices and get a burn permit from the Fire Department by calling 269-674-8833!
Check out the Events page to find out what is going on in our beautiful community.