The Open Meetings Act (OMA) of Michigan requires notice to be given before a meeting is held and requires minutes to be prepared as a record of actions taken at the meeting. Perhaps most importantly, the OMA is the source of requirement that all votes of a public body must be made public.
Lawrence Township complies with the OMA by posting notices of meetings at three locations: Lawrence Community Services Building (Fire Station), Lawrence Post Office, Lawrence Township Hall (near the Business Office door). In addition, public notices are posted to this website.
State Tax Commission's
New Poverty Exemption Procedure
The STC has created a new application. Click below for related documents that need to be used when one applies.
We are often asked about local food pantries. Here is a great website that is helpful for local listings.
If you want Programs you have to qualify for that do distributions locally.
SMCAA Commodity supplemental Food Program: http://www.smcaa.com/programs/commodity-supplemental-food-program
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.
Van Buren County Brush and Invasive Species Spray Program
Good information from
Van Buren County Road Commission
There are several good pieces of information.
See the Public Notice for other notices.
ROAD COMMISSION TO BEGIN WINTER HOURS Oct. 3. 2022
The County Road Commission Wants You to Know . . .
They will resume a five-day work week beginning Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.
7AM to 3:30pm MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
If there is a road-related emergency outside these hours of operation, such as a stop sign down or a tree across the road, residents should contact Van Buren County Central Dispatch at (269) 657-3101 or dial 911. Central Dispatch will contact the Road Commission's Emergency Duty Superintendent.
This is standard procedure for all after-hour emergencies.
VAN BUREN COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION
Road Commission Launches New
Service Request App
Recently the Van Buren County launched SeeClickFix, a new app allowing citizens to report non-emergency road issues. Residents and the motoring public can take a photo of a road issue, such as a pothole, give the location, add a description, and click “submit” to send requests directly to the Van Buren County Road Commission through SeeClickFix.
Road Commission Interim Managing Director/Operations Director, Greg Brucks, states, “SeeClickFix makes it easier for staff at the Van Buren County Road Commission to identify and address road-related issues in a timely fashion. SeeClickFix is a mobile app that lets citizens report issues on-the-go, and receive real time notifications when the service request has been updated. This will not only serve to increase civic engagement by involving citizens in community dialogue, but will also improve the efficiency in which service requests are addressed.”
SeeClickFix is available immediately for citizen use as follows:
•On Facebook at www.facebook.com/VBCRC
•On the Van Buren County Road Commission’s website at www.VBCRC.org
•Download on the App Store or on Google Play
•On line at www.SeeClickFix.com
For answers to any questions about SeeClickFix, please contact the Van Buren County Road Commission at 269-674-8011, Extension 0. The Road Commission urges you to, “Get Connected. Get Involved. Get Results.”
More Information from the Road Commission
Obstacles in the Road Right-of-Way
THE ROAD COMMISSION WANTS YOU TO KNOW . . .
It’s the end of November and Michigan’s first snowflakes have already fallen. The County Road Commission reminds all residents that obstacles in the road right-of-way which could be hidden by snow and struck by snow removal equipment should be removed as soon as possible. These encroachments include, but are not limited to:
▸ Basketball hoops
▸ Holiday decorations
▸ Landscaping rocks, timbers or bricks
Other encroachments include temporarily parking or placing items in the road right-of-way, such as:
▸ Boat lifts
▸ Garbage dumpsters
These encroachment obstacles can cause injury to people and/or damage to equipment for which a property owner can be held responsible. If the Road Commission discovers an obstruction and determines that there is not a permit on file, we will require the responsible individual(s) to pay for any damage costs.
Mailboxes are the only object allowed in the road right-of-way without a permit. Mailboxes must conform to Guidelines established by the US Postal Service and the Van Buren County Road Commission. The mailbox must be constructed of light steel, aluminum or plastic that meets the USPS Postmaster General’s seal of approval. The post must be a 4"x4" wooden support, or a 2" diameter standard steel or aluminum pipe imbedded no more than 24" in the ground. Mailbox posts should not be set in concrete, or fitted with a bottom anchor plate, but the mailbox should be attached to the post well enough to prevent separation.
If you have a question regarding encroachments, or your mailbox or post, please contact the Van Buren County Road Commission at 269-674-8011.
VAN BUREN COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION
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!
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