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The Eaton County Broadband Communication Council launched a new effort to expand and improve high- speed internet access across Eaton County.

A kickoff summit was held on September 1, 2021 in the Board of Commissioners Room at the Eaton County Courthouse, with attendees representing a wide range of local government, economic development, business, education, and other public organizations.

You can share your current connectivity situation as input for Eaton County’s resulting action plan by clicking on the link below and taking a 10-minute survey before October 15, 2021:

SURVEY  –  https://myconnectedcommunity.org/eaton-county

For those without internet access or who prefer to take the survey in printed form, you can pick up a copy of the Eaton County Broadband Survey at the township office, 405 W. Jefferson St, Dimondale, MI  48821.  


YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

& SOCIAL MEDIA

TUESDAY, OCT.  19, 2021 | 7:00 PM
DIMONDALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:  GREAT ROOM
162 BRIDGE ST. DIMONDALE MI, 48821

Please Join in this important Community Presentation and Discussion

Please Welcome:
Melea T. Belton, MA, MS, LPC, NCC
Certified Prevention Specialist
Coordinator of the Ingham Substance Awareness and Prevention Coalition (ISAP)
Behavior and Mental Health Program Coordinator
Eaton RESA – Prevention Program Services

                Dimondale Home Culture Club
Since 1907


WINDSOR CHARTER TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF APPEALS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Windsor Charter Township Board of Appeals will conduct a Public Hearing on Monday, October 11, 2021  beginning at 6:00 pm at the Windsor Charter Township Meeting Room, 300 W. Jefferson, Dimondale, MI  48821.  Harrington Outdoor Equipment Corp is requesting to install a 6 foot fence within the required front setbacks at 10895 Vermontville Hwy (part of parcel 080-023-400-101-00), instead of the 4 foot, required by Section 6.9.5(D) of the Windsor Charter Township Zoning Ordinance.  Written comments will be considered and may be forwarded to the Windsor Charter Township Offices until 4:00 pm Monday, October 11, 2021.  Please call 517-646-0772 for further information.  Anyone with special needs should contact the office during regular hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Lisa A. Rumsey, Clerk
Windsor CharterTownship


NOTICE OF REGISTRATION FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION
TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2021
WINDSOR CHARTER TOWNSHIP, EATON COUNTY, MICHIGAN

TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS of Windsor Charter Township, Eaton County, Michigan

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that any qualified elector of the County of Eaton, Michigan, who is not already registered, may register to vote online at www.mi.gov/vote, at the office of the Township Clerk; the office of the County Clerk; a Secretary of State branch office, or other designated state agency. Voters who are already registered may update their registration at www.expressSOS.com.

The last day for registering online, at the County Clerk’s office or at a Secretary of State office will be Monday October 18, 2021.

After this date, anyone who qualifies as an elector may register to vote in person, with proof of residency (MCL 168.492) at Windsor Township Clerk’s office, 405 W. Jefferson, Dimondale, MI  48821.

  • Regular Office Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Special house on Saturday October 30, 2021 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the following proposal will appear on the ballot:

GRAND LEDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SINKING FUND MILLAGE PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy building and site sinking fund millage previously approved by the electors.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Grand Ledge Public Schools, Eaton, Clinton and Ionia Counties, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed .7921 mill ($0.7921 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 3 years, 2022, 2023 and 2024, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the repair or construction of, and the purchase of real estate for sites for, school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2022 is approximately $1,312,776?

Full text of ballot proposition may be obtained at the administrative offices of Grand Ledge Public Schools, 220 Lamson Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837, telephone: (517) 925-5400.

Sample ballots may be viewed at www.mi.gov/vote or at your local clerk’s office.

ABSENT VOTER BALLOTS
Any registered voter may request an Absent Voter Ballot.  No reason required.

Your township office must have a signed application to issue an Absent Voter Ballot. Applications are available at 405 W. Jefferson St., Dimondale, MI  48821 or by visiting https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/.

Monday, November 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm is the deadline to request an absentee ballot except for those who register to vote on Election Day. Ballots issued on Monday, November 1, 2021 must be requested and voted in person at the township office.

Those registering to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, are eligible to receive an absent voter ballot at the township office.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021
LAST DAY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION OTHER THAN IN-PERSON

Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk’s office, or call the Michigan Relay Center TDD # 1-800-649-3777

LISA A. RUMSEY, CLERK
WINDSOR CHARTER TOWNSHIP


Summer Tax Bill Deferment/ Delayed Payment

Summer taxes can be deferred on your principal residence until February 14, 2022. To qualify, household income cannot exceed $40,000 for the preceding calendar year, and one of the following must be met:

  • 62 years or older
  • Paraplegic
  • Eligible Service Person, Eligible Veteran, or their Eligible Widow/Widower
  • Totally and permanently disabled

A form must be completed and filed before September 15, 2021. If you defer your summer taxes, they will be due and payable by February 14, 2022. To request a form contact Sue Fritts, Windsor Charter Township Treasurer, at 405 W. Jefferson, Dimondale, MI, phone 517-646-0772, or email treasurer@windsortownship.com.


COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

For information on the COVID-19 outbreak, including COVID-19 vaccine information, visit Barry Eaton County Health Department’s coronavirus pageFill out this form to schedule vaccination (if eligible) or to be contacted when vaccinations are available to your priority phase/group.


For the latest news and information related to COVID-19 in Michigan

please follow the State of Michigan’s response by visiting:

When visiting the state’s Coronavirus response webpage, visitors can use “Robin,” a new automated online assistant to easily access the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of MDHHS’s “Stay Home, Stay Well” initiative, a crisis text line is now available, allowing a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor, simply by texting the keyword RESTORE to 741741.


District News & Updates

Join Our Board!

Come January, we will have multiple board positions open for district directors! If you are passionate about conservation and taking care of the natural resources in Eaton County (and are an Eaton County resident), you might be a perfect fit! Board members help guide conservation efforts in the county, and we’re looking for someone to take on the task! If interested or you have any questions, contact ECD’s Executive Director, Sue Spagnuolo, at (517) 543-1512 x5 or sue.spagnuolo@macd.org.

*Please note: Our board meetings will now be held on the last Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 31 at 6pm. Meetings are open to the public and those interested in joining our board are encouraged to attend to see what we’re all about! Meetings are held in the basement conference room at 551 Courthouse Dr., Charlotte, MI 48813. We hope you will join us!

Invasive Species Monitoring at Crandell Lake

If you see a pontoon on Crandell Lake this Thursday, August 5th, don’t be alarmed! The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (MM-CISMA) are monitoring for invasive species. Identifying the exotic invasive species that are present in the lake will help CISMA determine how to manage them so the lake can become a healthier system. Want to learn more about how you can help ? Go to MISIN’s website and learn about the free app that provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database. The MISIN app was developed by the Applied Spatial Ecology & Technical Services Laboratory at Michigan State University.

Exotic Plant Watch

The best defense against invasive species is prevention and early detection.

The Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch is a component of the MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) and a joint program between MSU and EGLE. It began in 2007. Volunteers learn how to identify invasive aquatic plants and several native look-a-likes. Step-by-step methods for collecting and reporting data while in the field, including location data and photographs reduces the probability of an exotic invasive species establishing into a large unmanageable population. Early detection and rapid response is critical to preventing damaging invasions.

The MM-CISMA (Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area), Eaton Conservation District and volunteers will be surveying and identifying aquatic plants. The invasive aquatic plants we are particularly interested in are : Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), curly-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), and European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae). We will publish the results when the study is complete.

Invasive plants can drastically change a lake ecosystem by growing into dense mats at the surface outcompeting native plants for space and light, creating poor habitat for juvenile and spawning fish. Heavy plant growth tangles fishing lines, clogs boat props, and impedes access to other recreational activities like swimming and paddling.

If you would like to learn more visit https://www.misin.msu.edu/projects/clmp/

Spotted Lanternfly, Invasive Box Tree Moth and Lymantria dispar

Be on the lookout for Spotted Lanternfly

MDARD is asking the public to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect with the potential to seriously impact Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources. This insect could damage or kill more than 70 varieties of crops and plants including grapes, apples, hops, and hardwood trees.

Spotted lanternfly causes direct damage by sucking sap from host plants and secretes large amounts of a sugar-rich, sticky liquid called honeydew. This honeydew and the resulting black, sooty mold can kill plants and foul surfaces. The honeydew often attracts other pests, particularly hornets, wasps and ants, affecting outdoor recreation and complicating crop harvest.

For additional information on identifying or reporting spotted lanternfly, visit Michigan.gov/SpottedLanternfly.

Invasive Box tree moth detected in Michigan greenhouses

Box tree moth caterpillars are green and yellow with white, yellow, and black stripes and black spots. The caterpillars feed only on boxwoods making them easy to spot. Adult box tree moth has two color forms. The most common form has white wings with dark brown borders, while the melanic form has solid brown wings with a white streak or spot on each forewing. Both forms have a distinctive white dot or mark in the middle of each forewing.

To further prevent the introduction of box tree moth into the United States, the USDA- APHIS issued a Federal Order on May 26, 2021, prohibiting the importation of all boxwood (Buxus spp.), Euonymus (Euonymus spp.), and holly (Ilex spp.) plants for planting from Canada at this time. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is working with USDA and Michigan State University to conduct trapping and determine the impact of box tree moth in Michigan. Read the press release below:

Pesticide and Plant Pest Management responds to Lymantria dispar outbreak

Lymantria dispar (formerly referred to as gypsy moth) caterpillars were prevalent this spring in areas across Michigan. In June, these now large caterpillars neared the pupal or cocoon stage with tree defoliation at its peak. This outbreak kept PPPM busy with inquiries from the public who aren’t familiar with these hairy, yellow-faced caterpillars or how to best protect their trees from defoliation. To handle the massive public response, PPPM collaborated with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to quickly develop an educational FAQ document and press release letting the public know the moth feeding season is about to end.

Sentinel Tree Monitoring Program

ECD began participating in MSU Extension’s Eyes on the Forest Sentinel Tree Monitoring Program in Fall of 2020. We first selected a large Maple to be monitored at Bennett Park. This year, we added another tree to our monitoring list, it is a large Bur oak (55″ DBH) that is located at the Old Courthouse Square Museum in Charlotte, MI. The purpose of this program is to keep an eye on trees that are susceptible to invasive forest pests such as Asian long horned beetle (not yet detected in Michigan). Early detection of invasive species is key to eradicating the species and managing it before it spreads. We will continue to monitor our sentinel tree’s and collect data twice per year and enter it into an online database. Thank you to Julie Kimmer at the old courthouse for showing an interest and partnering with us in this monitoring program!

Sue Spagnuolo and Julie Kimmer in front of the Sentinel Tree

Stay safe this summer: tips for identifying and avoiding harmful algal blooms

If you or your family are living near or visiting Michigan waters in summer or fall months it is important to be aware of the potential for harmful algal blooms (HABs).

HABs form due to a rapid overgrowth or bloom of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria are naturally present in lakes, rivers and ponds. Unfortunately, some cyanobacteria produce toxins, called cyanotoxins, that can be present in cyanobacterial blooms, which at higher levels can be harmful to people and animals.

HABs usually occur in Michigan May through October, most commonly in August and September. The occurrence of cyanobacteria and their toxins has been confirmed in lakes across Michigan in previous years, and elevated toxin levels have been documented in a small percentage of Michigan lakes. During 2020, 61 HABs in 35 Michigan counties were reported to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

Before entering any body of water, its important to examine it for signs of HABs. You can also check EGLE’s BeachGuard system to see if there are any water quality advisories. If you may have had contact with or swallowed water with a HAB and feel sick, call your doctor or Poison Control at 800-222-1222. If symptoms are severe, seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

Read the full article on MWSP and review the HAB Picture Guide to learn how to identify potential HAB.

Sunfield Agricultural Plastic Film Recycling Pilot Program

The Sunfield Recycling Center has recently launched a pilot program to accept agricultural film plastics for recycling! The types of ag film plastic that will be accepted are as follows:

  • Bale wrap
  • Silage/grain bags
  • Bunker Cover/Tarp
  • Drip Tape
  • Clear Pallet/Stretch Wrap
  • Bin Liners
  • Pallet Covers
  • Greenhouse Film

Please visit Eaton County’s website to learn how to make an appointment and for more information.

The Agricultural Plastic Film Recycling Pilot Program is a partnership of Eaton County Department of Resource Recovery, Michigan Recycling Coalition, & Michigan Farm Bureau.

Annual Friends of Eaton County Parks Fundraiser

September 26th, 2021 – That’s the day to mark on your calendar to attend the annual Friends of Eaton County Parks Fundraiser. The fundraiser is a Sunday evening dinner at Sanctuary Spirits in Grand Ledge. As usual, the food will be great, the spirits greater and plenty of door prizes and good friends. Tickets are $50 per person – or consider a sponsorship in larger amounts. Go to https://friendsec.ticketspice.com/friends-of-eaton-county-parks-annual-fundraiser

OR

for sponsorships you may use Paypal and designate: friends.ecparks@gmail.com

Please join the Friends in this essential fundraising effort.

MSU Extension – Conservation Stewards Program

Enrollment now open! MSU Extension is offering the virtual Conservation Stewards Program, a 10-week in-depth course about Michigan’s unique ecosystems. Explore the foundations of conservation in Michigan, discover terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and grow your understanding about the natural communities that make our state so special.Its designed for anyone that has a passion for Michigan’s natural resources and an interest in conservation. Learn more about this program and register at https://www.canr.msu.edu/conservation_stewards_program/

Friends of Eaton County Parks Charity Golf Outing

The Friends of Eaton County Parks is holding a charity golf outing on August 31 at Centennial Acres Golf Course, managed by PGA pro John Nagel. Details of the event are available here. Special features have been included recently, according to Friends Chair Kat Webber. Kicking off the event at the First Tee ceremonial opening drives will be Honorary Grand Marshall’s including Commission Chair Jeremy Whittum, Parks Commission Chair Sarah Ferguson, State Representives Angela Witwer and Sarah Lightner, plus 2019 Michigan Sheriff of the Year Tom Reich. Webber will MC the brief program.

Another unique feature will provide I-Phone team photos with Smokey Bear and cardboard cutout of Tiger Woods. The 18 hole scramble registration opens at 8 a.m. and play begins at 9:00 a.m. PGA pro Nagel will provide an all-you-can eat BBQ throughout play. Prizes will be offered for men, women and senior teams, plus skill contests. All prizes will be awarded with mailed certificates. Sponsorship opportunities can be found at the “link”, which appears to be very popular with personal and business interests.

Eaton County manages 10 parks including Lincoln Brick and Fitzgerald in Grand Ledge, Fox at Potterville, Charlotte sites of Duane Tirrell and Optimist Youth, Bellevue’s Dyer Kiln, Butler Ramp and Keehne Environmental complete the roster. The Conservatory facility is located at Fox Memorial. Vermontville is the home of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail connecting to Nashville, Lowell, Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan. The newest Park is Crandell Lake, on M-50 between Eaton Rapids and Charlotte, 425 acres, 167 acre Lake.

WINDSOR CHARTER TOWNSHIP BOARD OF APPEALS
REGULAR MEETING/PUBLIC HEARING – AUGUST 26, 2020 – 7:00 PM
VIA VIDEO/TELECONFERENCE – GOTOMEETING

The Windsor Charter Township Board of Appeals meeting was called to order by Chairperson Richard Slee at 7:00 p.m.

Present: Richard Slee, Tony Piper, Steve Stauff and Meredith Barnhart-Smith
Video/Teleconference: Kelley
Also present: Lucinda Starr Beach.

Stauff moved and Piper seconded to elect Richard Slee as Chairperson. Carried 5-0.

The applicant, Lucinda Starr Beach explained to the board that she needed to replace her existing deck at 6442 Windsor Hwy and currently her existing steps in the front already extend into the setback area. She is requesting a front setback variance to extend her new deck an additional 3 feet in front of the house and eliminate the steps out the front.

No Public Comment

Questions were asked by the board and sufficiently answered by Ms. Beach. After a discussion held by the board and all questions and concerns brought to the table, Slee moved and Piper seconded to grant the request for the front setback variance to replace existing deck with a new one that will extend an additional three feet in front of house with steps on the side of deck, not in front.  Carried 5-0.

With no further business Slee adjourn the meeting 7:07 pm.

Lisa A. Rumsey, Clerk
Windsor Charter Township

If you wish to open a business in Windsor Township and would like to know where to start, click HERE.

The Windsor Charter Township Planning Commission will be holding meetings on the township’s Capital Improvement Plan on the following dates:  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  They will be held in the township meeting room at 300 W. Jefferson, Dimondale, MI 48821.  Please come to the meetings and give us your input.  Your township government wants to hear from you – your suggestions, your opinions, your concerns and your vision of the township’s future.  Our citizens are the township’s most valuable resource.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

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  OFFICES  

SUPERVISOR
Kern Slucter

Office Hours:
by appointment

Address:
300 W. Jefferson Dimondale, MI 48821

Phone:
(517) 648-3528

Email:
supervisor@windsortownship.com

ASSESSOR
Peter Preston

Office Hours:
Tuesday
9:00 – 4:00 &
Other Hours by appt.

Address:
300 W. Jefferson Dimondale, MI 48821

Phone:
(517) 646-0040

Email:
windsorassessor@gmail.com

TREASURER
Sue Fritts

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm

Address:
405 W. Jefferson Dimondale, MI 48821

Phone:
(517) 646-0772

Fax:
(517) 646-7061

CLERK
Lisa Rumsey

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm

Address:
405 W. Jefferson Dimondale, MI 48821

Phone:
(517) 646-0772

Fax:
(517) 646-7061

Email:
clerk@windsortownship.com

Emergency Services

Address:
Building 300 W. Jefferson Dimondale, MI 48821

Phone:
(517) 646-0893