TOWNSHIP OFFICE NOTICE
NEW TOWNSHIP OFFICE HOURS STARTING MONDAY, JULY 27 - Thursday, July 23, 2020

BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 27TH, THE TOWNSHIP LOBBY WILL BE OPEN FOR WALK-IN BUSINESS MONDAY - THURSDAY,                8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. AND 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.  IF YOU NEED TO STOP BY DURING A TIME OTHER THAN THE ABOVE HOURS, WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP BY PROVIDING CURBSIDE SERVICE OR USING OUR DROPBOX AT THE END OF THE DRIVEWAY. 

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT LOBBY IS OPEN BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020 DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.

PLEASE REMEMBER;

MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER BOTH THE POLICE AND TOWNSHIP LOBBIES.

THERE WILL BE NO BREATH TESTS OR FINGERPRINTING DONE AT THIS TIME AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF 6' AT ALL TIMES FROM OTHERS

1 PERSON IS ALLOWED IN THE POLICE LOBBY AT A TIME; 2 PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED IN THE TOWNSHIP LOBBY AT A TIME AND REMEMBER IF THE LOBBIES ARE FULL, PLEASE WAIT OUTSIDE FOR SOMEONE TO LEAVE.

OUR RESTROOMS ARE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

PAYMENTS, ABSENT VOTER BALLOT APPLICATIONS AND OTHER ITEMS FOR THE TOWNSHIP CAN BE LEFT IN THE DROPBOX OUT BY THE ROAD.

IF YOU HAVE ANY FEVER OR SYMPTOMS OF COVID - 19, PLEASE STAY HOME!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN THIS MATTER.  OUR MAIN LINE AT THE TOWNSHIP IS (517) 592-2000.

 

 

NOTICE OF REGULAR TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY - JULY 20, 2020 - Thursday, July 16, 2020

NOTICE   Please take notice that a regular meeting of the Columbia Township Board will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. by electronic remote access.

Electronic remote access, in accordance with the Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-15, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21. The public may participate in the meeting through Zoom access by computer and smart phone using the following link:  Topic: Township Board Mtg - July 20, 2020

Time: Jul 20, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting -  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87235297194?pwd=QXF5YWdoTlR6cXo5QmJMWUgwSkFqZz09

Meeting ID: 872 3529 7194 -  Password: 9vbSsP

One tap mobile:  +13017158592,,87235297194#,,,,0#,,616453# US (Germantown);  +13126266799,,87235297194#,,,,0#,,616453# US (Chicago)

Members of the public will only be able to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting and will be limited to three minutes per person. To provide for orderly public participation, a person wishing to speak must state their name and request to be recognized.  Contact Barry Marsh, Township Clerk, for questions prior to the meeting.  A copy of the meeting material may be found on the Township’s homepage at www.twp.columbia.mi.us.

The Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 72-hour advance notice by contacting Barry Marsh, Township Clerk, at 8500; Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI 49230; by phone (517) 592-2000, Ext 230; or by email:  bmarsh@twp.columbia.mi.us

 

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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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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