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EXECUTIVE ORDER from the Office of the Governor Gretchen Whitmer
No. 2020-21

Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life

Vergennes Township Residents, March 17, 2020 @ 9 pm
Effective immediately, the Vergennes Township office has suspended all in-person transactions with the public.  With very few exceptions, we will be working to fulfill services online and answer questions via phone calls, through email, and the US Mail. 
Building Permits can be paid for online or through our drop-box located in the driveway near the flagpole.  If you have drop-offs or pick-ups, please contact our building department administrator, Shantell for arrangements.   
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we all work together to get through this.   Protecting the health of our staff and our citizens is critical and we recognize the importance of adhering to the ever-changing guidelines and recommendations to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.  We will reassess the situation weekly to determine when we will re-open to in-person transactions.
You can call the office or contact us via email:
• Tim Wittenbach, Supervisor: SUPERVISOR@VERGENNESTWP.ORG
• Heather Hoffman, Clerk: CLERK@VERGENNESTWP.ORG
• Shantell Ford/Mark Fleet, Building Department: BUILDING@VERGENNESTWP.ORG
• Jeanne Vandersloot, Zoning/Planning Administrator:
• Debbie Rashid, Assessor: ASSESSOR@VERGENNESTWP.ORG

OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: 616-897-5671 (M&W 9am- 3pm; TH 9am-noon)


Kent County Health Department - COVID-19 Information



Click here to view the Adopted Updated Vergennes Township Master Plan

Vergennes Township is committed to managed growth that actually enhances the community's natural features while preserving individual property rights. Therefore, the essential purpose of this Master Plan is: To protect, encourage and retain the tradition of agricultural productivity and the integrity of the rural residential character in Vergennes Township.

The Kent County Road Commission Tree Planting Policy provide guidelines to follow in planting and maintaining trees within the highway right-of-way.
Please find two links to their policy: Tree Planting Policy #1 - Tree Planting Policy #2



The Vergennes Township Board has adopted a resolution to OPT-OUT and decline to authorize any type of medical marih(j)uana in Vergennes Township. Click here for the resolution.

New payment method available!
Effective December 1, 2018, Vergennes Township will begin accepting credit/debit cards and e-checks as payment for property taxes, building/zoning permits and cemetery fees.  We are working with a company called Point & Pay.
To pay using the above mentioned methods online:
1.Search the “ASSESSING & TAX INFORMATION” tab on the left side of the home page
2. Search for your property
3.From your property page, Click on the “Tax Information” tab (next to property information tab)
4.You will see a pink, Amount Due square on the right side, click on the blue “Pay Now” and follow the prompts to pay by credit card or e-check. 
You can also pay in the office by Credit Card, Debit Card or E-Check.
As always, you can pay by cash or check in person at the Township Office or by check using the Township Drop Box.  PLEASE NO CASH IN THE DROP BOX.

**Please note, a fee will be assessed to use the credit/debit card and e-check service.  This fee goes directly to Point and Pay to cover their costs and to cover the fees charged by the credit card companies.  Vergennes Township does not assess a fee.
Point & Pay fees are as follows: Credit/Debit card payments    3% of total with a $2 minimum ($1000 tax bill will be charged $30).
                                                            E-Check - $3 for checks up to $10,000; $10 for checks over $10,000


The Assessor is required to appraise, for tax purposes, all real and personal property within the Township. Michigan Statute requires that all property be evaluated annually based on current market conditions. This evaluation requires an inspection of each property in the Township.

This includes measuring all buildings and other property improvements on the property, taking current digital photos of the property, verifying the buildings current   physical condition reviewing the amenities present, and interviewing the property owners to determine bedrooms, baths, and type of basement, etc.

The State of Michigan has recommended that 20% of properties in a governmental unit be visited each year to review assessment record accuracy and to ensure that properties are being appraised and assessed at 50% of the market value. In efforts to continually improve our excellent standards, the Assessor’s office strives to enhance the annual review process and better meet or exceed the State of Michigan’s expectations. The goal is that the Assessing office will review at least 20% a year of the Township, then every single property is visited at least once every 5 years.

If one of the inspectors from the Township arrives wearing a Township issued I.D. badge and carrying a clipboard and digital camera and knocks on your door requesting to review your property, please welcome them. Accurate assessments benefit everyone in the community.

Lowell Area Recreation Authority
The proposed trailway would link together the City of Lowell, Lowell Township and Vergennes Township. The path has been researched and laid out in the Lowell Area Trailway Master Plan. Currently, the plan can be viewed at each of the local government offices.

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Need a ride? North Kent Transit Services is available to residents of  Vergennes Township who have a disability or are 60 years of age or older and in need of transportation services within Kent County.  The service is administered by Hope Network Transportation Services in partnership with Vergennes Township and funded through Federal Community Development Block Grant funds, administered by Kent County.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30 PM. A fare of $4.00 or $7.00 per one-way trip is required depending on your destination.  For more information, please call the Hope Network Transportation Customer Care office at (616)243-2783 or (800)410-9491.

Farmland Preservation in Vergennes Township

Vergennes Township became a participant in Kent County’s Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) farmland preservation program in 2003. The purpose of this program is to create a long-term environment for agriculture by permanently preserving prime and unique farmland.  Agriculture is important to Michigan’s economy as it is our largest industry and 1 in 4 Michigan jobs are connected to the food system. To date, 928 acres have been preserved in Kent County. This includes the Tim Howard farm and Steve and Cindy Koning farm both in Vergennes Township.

Each year, program staff sends out postcards to all farmland owners notifying them of the application cycle.  From March 1 – April 30, interested landowners voluntarily apply. Applications can be found at www.accesskent.com/pdr or can be mailed upon request. Each application is scored and prioritized according to the scoring system also posted online. The township board must approve each application every year. High scoring applications are then appraised to determine a fair market value for the development rights. In 2010, development rights values ranged between $1,000 per acre up to $2,400 per acre.

Vergennes Township has supported farmland preservation by reviewing applications, adding an area for farmland preservation on the future land use map of the master plan, and contributing $500 toward the preservation of township farms.  

For more information on farmland preservation, please visit www.accesskent.com/pdr or contact Kendra Wills, staff person to the Kent County Agriculture Preservation Board at 616-336-2028 or willsk@anr.msu.edu.


Surgeon General Health Advisory – “Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable.  Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”  January 2005

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.  You can’t see radon and you can’t smell it or taste it.  It could be a problem in your home.  Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year.  Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

You should test for radon.  Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.  Testing is inexpensive and easy—it should only take a few minutes of your time.

You can fix a radon problem.  Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly.  Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.  Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.

For more information contact the Kent County Health Department at (616) 632-7100.  They have radon testing kits available for $5.00.


From the Treasurer's Desk:

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