LAWRENCE, MICHIGAN
LAWRENCE, MICHIGAN

Public Notices

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.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF THE LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Board Meeting

Lawrence Township Hall

411 N. PAW PAW STREET

LAWRENCE, MICHIGAN

 

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 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m(Note Time change).  It will be held in-person at the Lawrence Township Hall 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 clerk@lawrence-township.org.

 

 The public may participate in the meeting via computer or smart phone, through freeconferencecall.com, using the following link.  For best performance, please download the desktop or mobile app for Free Conference Call (FCC). https://join.freeconferencecall.com/clerk060. Online meeting ID: clerk060

 

The public may also participate by calling into the phone numbers below: Non-Toll-Free number (760) 548-9303 or Toll Free (844) 854-2222 and providing access code 475629#

 

 

  All meeting will be held in-person at 411 N. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI 49064.

 

Zoning Board of Appeals notices appear

on the main page of this website.

 

Lawrence Village Council Meetings

Starting time has changed to 6pm unstead of 7pm.

They meet the Second Tuesday of every month.

 

Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2023

Parks and Recreation Master Plan
Parks and Recreation Master Plan as of January 2023
Master Plan PNR 2023-2027 (002).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.7 MB]

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.  

 

2021 State Property Exemption Application
New for 2021 - How to apply for Property Exemptions
2021 State poverty application.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]

                       

We are often asked about local food pantries.  Here is a great website that is helpful for local listings.

Feedwm.org/findfood/

 

 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

Notice of Brush and Invasive Species Spray Programs
See attached letter from Van Buren County Road Commission on Brush and Invasive Species Spray Program for this year.
2021 - 05 (Brush and Invasive Species Sp[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [14.4 KB]

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.”

 

 

VAN BUREN COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION
NEWS RELEASE BETTER HIGHWAYS: SAVE LIVES, SAVE TIME, SAVE MONEY 
Lawrence, Michigan 2024-02
DATE: March 13, 2024 CONTACT: Bret Witkowski, Managing Director
Van Buren County Road Commission
RELEASE: Immediately Post Office Box 156
Lawrence, Michigan 49064
PHONE: (269) 674-8011, Extension 222
FARMERS ARE ASKED TO KEEP RIGHT-OF-WAY CROP FREE
“We Mow - So Don’t Sow!”
THE ROAD COMMISSION WANTS YOU TO KNOW . . .
With spring quickly approaching, area farmers are anxiously awaiting another planting season. But before spring tillage and planting gets underway, the Van Buren County Road Commission wants to remind farmers that crops must be a minimum of 14' from the road’s edge, or behind the “back slope” of an existing ditch as set forth in the diagram below. Any crops planted in the right-of-way are there at the farmers’ risk and no compensation for loss of crops in the right-of-way will be considered pursuant to Road Commission Policy 2022-02.
Because the Road Commission maintains the right-of-way by performing mowing cycles to keep roadsides and intersections clear and suitable for travel, farmers should be aware that any crops planted within the right-of-way will be mowed. The Road Commission also performs roadside chemical vegetation management in the late summer to control brush and woody vegetation within the road right-of-way. The road right-of-way is specifically reserved for the placement of road signs, and public utilities.
The road right-of-way is typically a width of 66 feet (33 feet on either side of the centerline of the road). To review a copy of the Board of County Road Commission’s Policy 2022-02, Right-of-Way Mowing, Brush Control & Spraying Policy visit the Road Commission’s website at: www.vbcrc.org/vegetationmaintenance, or contact the Road Commission’s Managing Director, Bret Witkowski, at 269-674-8011, Extension 222, BretWitkowski@vbcrc.org. The Road Commission’s Policy complies with the standards created by law (MCL 247.665b).
VAN BUREN COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION

ROAD COMMISSION TO BEGIN SUMMER HOURS
The County Road Commission Wants You to Know . . .
Beginning on Monday, April 29, 2024, the Van Buren County Road Commission will be working
four 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday from 6:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The Road Commission will be
closed on Fridays through Saturday, September 28, 2024.
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
April 24, 2024
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COUNTY ROAD MILLAGE RENEWAL

                                                                              

THE ROAD COMMISSION WANTS YOU TO KNOW . . .

                                                                  

      On the August 6th Presidential Primary Election Ballot voters will see the County Road Millage RENEWAL request for 0.9721 mills for repairs and improvements to public streets, roads and avenues in Van Buren County.  The citizens of Van Buren County have supported the road millage since 1978 when it was first approved.  This is a testament to the voters’ long-standing commitment to invest in Van Buren County’s roads.  The millage was last renewed in 2020.

 

      The County Road Millage Renewal will help not only the Road Commission, but also the cities and villages within Van Buren County to provide a well-developed road network to travel safely to and from work, school, shopping, and entertainment centers.  The financial impact of the millage cannot be over-stressed as the Road Commission, and the cities/villages of Bangor, Bloomingdale, Breedsville, Decatur, Gobles, Hartford, Lawrence, Lawton, Mattawan, Paw Paw and South Haven all receive critical road funding through the County Road Millage.  In addition, the Road Commission donates a portion of its distribution to each of the 18 Townships for use on their selected road improvement projects.

 

      If passed, the County Road Millage RENEWAL  will cost the average homeowner approximately $100.00 annually.  That is an average of approximately $8.33 per month!  (Based on a home with a $200,000 market value - $100,000 taxable value).  

 

      For more information to better assist you in making an informed decision at the August Presidential Primary Election we urge you to contact the Van Buren County Road Commission by phone at 269-674-8011, or by email at vbcrc@vbcrc.org.  In addition, information regarding the County Road Millage Renewal is available on the Road Commission’s website at https://www.vbcrc.org/millage.  

                                  

 

 

      VAN BUREN COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION

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

Fencing

Signs

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

Vehicles

 

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

 

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Need to locate contact information? Find the right person to talk to in the offices of LAWRENCE now. 

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP
411 N PAW PAW ST
PO Box 445
LAWRENCE, MI 49064

Office Phone:    269 674-4255

Fax:                 269 674-4502

Treasurer:        269 674-3840

 

Important Notice!

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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