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Click here to view the Vergennes Township Draft Master Plan Update

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.


Lowell Area Recreation Authority
Draft Recreation Plan
Notice of 30-Day Public Review

TO: THE RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF THE CITY OF LOWELL, VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, LOWELL TOWNSHIP, KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN, AND ANY OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS:

The Lowell Area Recreation Authority (LARA) is completing the process of updating its Five-Year Recreation Plan and will publish the draft Plan for public review.  The Recreation Plan will be available at the following locations until the LARA Board holds a public hearing on the Plan:

Lowell City Hall, 301 East Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Englehardt Public Library, 200 N. Monroe Street, Lowell MI, 49331
Vergennes Township Hall, 10381 Bailey Dr NE, Lowell, MI 49331
Lowell Charter Township Hall, 2910 Alden Nash Ave SE, Lowell, MI 49331
An on-line version of the Draft Plan is available at www.lowellareatrailway.org

The Recreation Plan is intended to help guide improvements for non-motorized trailways serving the Lowell Community.  The process to develop the Plan includes a community input element.  Now that a draft of the Plan has been completed, the LARA is offering a public comment review period to give residents an opportunity to review and comment on the Plan prior to adoption. 

In addition to attending the public hearing (when announced), you may provide comments on the draft Plan, in several ways:

  • Complete input form (available at the above locations)
  • Complete on-line version of the input form available at www.lowellareatrailway.org
  • Email the Lowell Area Recreation Authority -  info@lowellareatrailway.org
  • Mail to: Lowell Area Recreation Authority – P.O. Box 98, Lowell, MI 49331
  • Attend the next LARA Board Meeting at the Lowell City Hall, Feb 14th @ 6 p.m.
  • Attend the public hearing on the draft plan (date in late February to be announced)

Thank you for your Input !!!

 


 

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.


FIELD REVIEW NOTICE

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.


****RADON****

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.

 

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