Village News April 2019

The Village Council met on Monday, March 18th for their regular monthly meeting. The council voted to adopt the water rate increases “recommended” by the State to be in compliance with the State of Michigan. In April of 2017 a “Ready to Serve Fee” was added to the monthly water bill. This is an Operation & Maintenance Fee. It was recommended by the State for several years but the Village chose not to implement it. In 2017 it was no longer an option. The $9.00 Ready to Serve Fee (RS) was added to the monthly water bill. Starting April 1, 2019 the RS Fee for homeowners will increase from $9.00 to $9.50 for water customers inside the village limits and from $11.25 to $11.88 for customers outside the village limits. The fees for the Industrial Park vary due to meter size. Village residents will also see a 3% rise in the trash fee due to a new contract with Borden’s. A complete list of water rate increases can be viewed here.

The Village is in the process of applying for a TEDF Category B grant through MDOT. We are requesting $250,000.00 to repave Section Street, part of Maple Street and part of Elkhart Road. It is a matching funds grant so if the village were awarded the full amount we would need to match that $250,000.00. This is where the upcoming Street Proposal on the May ballot becomes vital.

Village President and Water Commissioner Scott Mackling announced that the Water Department will be doing a full system flush April 29th & 30th. Do not use hot water as hydrants are flushed in your area. To help clean out your personal service lines, run your cold water for approximately 10 to 15 minutes until the water is cleared up. This will help remove the iron that has accumulated between your personal curb stop and the faucets in your home. Thank you for your patience during this time and any inconvenience this may cause.

With the coming of spring here are a few informational reminders for village residents:


Trash & recycle containers are not to be at the street 12 hours prior to pick up and 12 hours after pick up.


From the end of October to the end of November – all other times they must be bagged in biodegradable (paper) bags.


Monday's – must be in a biodegradable (paper) bag, at the curb no later than 7 am. And weigh less than 50 lbs. No dirt or sod.


Monday's – material must be placed at the road side no later than 7 am. Cut ends facing towards the street. Material must be easily handled by one person. Vines, leaves, & brush with root mass attached, rose & other thorn bushes, firewood, fence posts, landscape timbers & limbs with wire or nails will not be picked up. Any work performed by a contractor shall be the contractor's responsibility to dispose of.