TOWNSHIP OFFICE NOTICE
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS & BUSINESS OWNERS - Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Columbia Township Residents/ Business Owners,

At the May 18, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting, our Board voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2020-0518 in disagreement with the Governor of the State of Michigan and the mandated closing of small businesses while large corporate businesses continue trade and commerce with only minor restrictions.

We recognize that Township authority does not circumvent State authority, we passed this resolution to stand in support of our residents and Business community.

We must adhere to Michigan law, but we are forwarding the duly adopted resolution to our State elected representatives for relief to our businesses.

Robert M. Elrod, Supervisor

Columbia Township

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DUE TO THE GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER - TOWNSHIP OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED - UNTIL MON., JUNE 1, 2020 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

DUE TO THE UNPRECEDENTED CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE OUTBREAK OF THE COVID - 19 PANDEMIC AND IN CONSIDERATION OF THE SAFETY OF OUR RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES, COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP OFFICES  REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020.  THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO THE UPDATED GOVERNOR'S ORDER - STAY HOME, STAY SAFE.

PAYMENTS BY CHECK CAN BE LEFT IN THE DROPBOX AT THE END OF THE DRIVEWAY.  THE BOX WILL BE CHECKED AND SANITIZED DAILY AND WE WILL SEND RECEIPTS TO ANYONE USING THE DROP BOX FOR PAYMENTS.

EMERGENCY SERVICES CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS DURING THIS TIME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN THIS MATTER.  OUR TOWNSHIP MAIN OFFICE LINE IS (517) 592-2000.  CALLS ARE BEING FORWARDED BUT IT MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO LEAVE A MESSAGE.  WE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL AS SOON AS WE CAN. 

PLEASE NOTE- WE ARE NOT BE CHARGING A LATE FEE ON THE 1ST QUARTERLY SEWER BILLS THAT WERE DUE ON MARCH 31ST.    

 

Zoning Ordinance Information
Office Hours & Location
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 5:00pm 
Closed Fridays
Phone: (517) 592-2000
Fax: (517) 592-8115
Police Dept. Phone: (517) 592-3122
              Fire Dept. Phone: (517) 592-8654      
Our Mailing Address is:
8500 Jefferson Road
Brooklyn, MI  49230

Please Note:  The Assessing Department is conducting field inspections of property in Columbia Township.  These field inspections are required by the State of Michigan.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Assessing Department at (517) 592-2000.

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Zoning Board of Appeals Members Wanted - Columbia Township is currently seeking applicants for two (2) alternate members of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Applicants must be a Township resident and available for quarterly meetings and meetings as needed.  Members of the ZBA receive a small compensation for each meeting they attend.  Successful candidates will also receive training, paid for by the Township.  Anyone interested in this appointed position should send a letter of interest and a copy of their resume to Columbia Township Supervisor, Robert Elord, at 8500 Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI  49230.

Welcome to Columbia Township

 Columbia Township was established in 1838 and at that time included the settlements of Brooklyn, Clarks Lake and Jefferson. The Village of Jefferson, which included a dam, sawmill and grist mill, also served as the Columbia Post Office location. The Township population, at that time, was 1,560. By the turn of the Century, although the mill was still in operation, the township chose not to bring the railroad to Jefferson. The Village of Brooklyn did have rail service and the Village of Jefferson ceased to exist within a few years.

 Clarks Lake, named after the US surveyor who discovered it, was settled in 1833 by George Stranahan who planted the first orchard on the north side of the lake. Clarklake is now the official name of the lake and Post Office located there and is now the site of over 650 homes providing wonderful recreation for many township residents.

 Lake Columbia, a pre-depression project, was delayed until the winter of 1961-1962 when over 840 acres of farmland were flooded along Goose Creek to form the private lake community. There are now over 1,250 homes along 12 miles of shoreline.

 Columbia Township is blessed with an abundance of lakes as one-half of 505 acre Vineyard Lake is also within the Township's borders. The northern portion of Cement City is also within the Township's area, making Columbia one of the few townships with multiple villages (Brooklyn and Cement City). Brooklyn is a hub of activity during the summer with visitors to many of the Township attractions including several races at Michigan International Speedway.

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