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 Registration for the Presidential Primary Election

to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 in Lawrence Michigan

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that any qualified elector of the above named jurisdiction who is not already registered, may register to vote at the office of the Township Clerk, office of the County Clerk; a Secretary of State brance, or other designated state agency or on line at www.Michigan.gov/Voterregistration. Registration forms can be obtained at www.Michigan.Gov/Vote and mailed to the Township Clerk. Voters who are already registered may update their registration at www.express.SOS.com

 

Last Day to register in any matter other than in-person with the local clerd is Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 for the Presidential Primary.

After this date, anyone who qualifies as an elector may register to vote in person with proof of residency (MCL 168.492) at the local clerk's office. (see below)

 

Lawrence Township Hall

411 N Paw Paw St

Lawrence, MI 49064

Judy Janssen, Clerk

M-F 7am-3pm

Sat 2/24  11am-4pm

Sun 2/25 12noon - 3pm

 

 

Lawrence Township Board

 Budget Workshops

 Preparing 2024 Budgets

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Lawrence Township Board will convene at 411 N. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI, 49064

 

Sat. March 9, 20243 2:00pm-4:00pm LTES Budget and Cemetery Budget

Sat. March 18, 2023 9:00am-4:00pm General Fund and other Funds

 

Board members will be meeting to prepare the budgets for the coming year. This is a Public meeting.

Lawrence Township Board Meetings are open to all without regard to race, national origin, sex, or disability.

 

Judy Janssen

Lawrence Township Clerk
PO Box 445

411 N. Paw Paw St.,
Lawrence, MI 49064
(269)674-4255
Option #3

Posted 2-16-24

 

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 March 14, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.  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.

 

BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

 

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

To be held

on 03/28/2023 at 4:00 P.M.,

at 411 N. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064.

 

The Lawrence Township Board will hold a special meeting and public hearing on the proposed township budget for fiscal year starting April 1, 2024, 411 N Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064, on 03/28/2024 at 4:00 P.M. *The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.  Additionally, the budget, and/or a General Appropriations Act for the Township, and/or millage rates, may be reviewed and adopted.  The Township Board will meet at the above address, if the entire meeting will be in person at said address.

 

The public may participate in the meeting by attending at 411 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI 49064. Members of the public will only be able to speak at the meeting during the public comment portion of the meeting and such comment will be limited to two minutes per person. To provide for orderly public comment, a person wishing to speak during public comment must state their name and request to be recognized by the Moderator. The Moderator will recognize all persons wishing to speak during public comment.  If, prior to the meeting, members of the public have certain questions or wish to provide input on any business that will be addressed at the meeting then such persons may contact the BOARD OF TRUSTEES members by emailing the Clerk at the email address below.

 

The Lawrence Township Board of Trustees will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio recordings of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting or public hearing upon 7 day notice to the Lawrence Township Board of Trustees.

Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Township by writing or calling the following: Township Clerk, 411 N. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064, (269) 674-4255

 

This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, (MCL 41.72a(2)(3)) and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

A copy of this notice is on file in the Clerk’s Office, located at 411 N. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064, (269) 674-4255.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ELECTORS

THE LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP

To be held

on 03/28/2023 at 4:30P.M.

 

Upon majority vote of the Lawrence Township Board of Trustees, the ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ELECTORS will be held at the Lawrence Township Hall, 411 N. Paw Paw St. Lawrence MI.

 

Take note, an increase in the road millage by Township Board of Trustees by vote and without submission to the voters will be discussed, as well as a potential Township wide special assessment for roads.  The level consistent expected to be imposed is a millage or special assessment approximating to an extent the road millage the recently expired road millage.

 

Members of the public may speak at the meeting and such comment will be limited to two minutes per person. To provide for orderly public comment, a person wishing to speak must state their name and request to be recognized by the Moderator. The Moderator will recognize all persons wishing to speak.  If, prior to the meeting, members of the public have certain questions or wish to provide input on any business that will be addressed at the meeting then such persons may contact the BOARD OF TRUSTEES members by emailing the Clerk at the email address below.

 

The Lawrence Township Board of Trustees will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired and audio recordings of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting or public hearing upon 7 day notice to the Lawrence Township Board of Trustees.

Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services should contact the Township by writing or calling the following: Township Clerk, 411 N. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064, (269) 674-4255

 

This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, (MCL 41.72a(2)(3)) and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

A copy of this notice is on file in the Clerk’s Office, located at 411 N. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064, (269) 674-4255.

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]
Meeting Dates April 2023 - March 2024
Meeting Notice Calender 2023-2024.docx
Microsoft Word document [49.9 KB]

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[...]
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Road Closure Enforcement as of July 2023
SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASSISTS THE ROAD COMMISSION
ENFORCE A ROAD CLOSURE

THE ROAD COMMISSION WANTS YOU TO KNOW . . .

On July 18, 2023, deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office assisted in enforcing the Road Commission’s “Road Closed” signs on 73rd Street north of M43 in South Haven Township. Dispatching police to areas to enforce closures typically changes the attitudes of most drivers. “We will continue to work together with the Road Commission in all construction zones and will do directed patrols, at times, with zero tolerance,” said Sheriff Daniel Abbott.

The Van Buren County Road Commission uses full closure of a road for a variety of reasons including improving safety for workers and travelers, expediting project completion, maximizing workspace available to
2023-11 - Road Closure Enforcement.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.9 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.”

 

 

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

 

Get in Touch

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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