In April, Courtland Township residents can make an amazing contribution to their township merely by responding to their census form. Every 10 years, as mandated by the United States Constitution, our country conducts a census, counting every individual living in the United States. An accurate count is very important to Courtland Township. Revenue sharing, which is a significant portion of the money that we receive for the operation of our township, is based upon census figures. For instance, in 2016 Michigan received nearly 30 billion dollars in federal funding for programs such as highway planning and construction, food and housing assistance, and education. These are important dollars and they come to us in the form of revenue sharing.
Completing the census is easy and the questions are simple.
For example, it will ask how many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020, and whether the home is rented or owned. Also, the form asks the sex, age, and race of each person living in your home and their relationship to the person who pays the rent or owns the residence. An important reminder, the U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. For the first time in 2020, we will have the opportunity to respond online and even on a mobile device.
Responding by mail or phone will continue to be options.
Another important reason to make sure you participate in the count is that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are determined by the census. There are 435 members in the House of Representatives; this number does not change. However, every 10 years that number is divided by the population of the United States to determine how many representatives there should be for each state. Michigan currently has 14 representatives. This number, plus the two senators from each state, determines the number of votes that Michigan has in the electoral college, which is incredibly important every four years at election time.
Census figures are also intriguing; ancestry buffs research early census figures to learn more about their family and their history. Accurate figures are important to Courtland Township, the United States, and it is every citizen's responsibility to do his or her part.
If you want to work for the 2020 Census, there are temporary positions available. Click here for more details.
If you have ever wondered how to become more active in government, there are plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Michigan has 83 counties, 274 cities, and 1,242 townships. During an election, each of these units of government requires a staff of paid workers to work at the polls.
Precinct inspectors are people who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters interested in serving as election inspectors must submit an election inspector application to their local clerk. In addition to their name, address, and date of birth, applicants must include their political party preference and qualifications to fill the position such as education and/or experience.
A precinct inspector must be a registered voter of the State. They cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve.
Precinct inspectors are covered by the federal Minimum Wage Act. Submit a completed Election Inspector Application to the township clerk of your choice. The township clerk will be able to answer any questions you have regarding becoming and/or being a precinct inspector. Why not consider helping your community and becoming more politically active by becoming a precinct inspector?
Courtland Township has been monitoring the investigation related to Wolverine disposal areas in Plainfield and Cannon Townships. At this point there are no reported dump sites in Courtland Township. The MDEQ is handling the investigation and are not doing random testing other than the targeted areas right now. If you have any questions, please visit the links below.
Additionally, there are reports of individuals claiming to work for water testing companies going around door to door offering free water testing, but keep in mind they are unable to test for PFOS. These may be scams.
Click here to see results from a water test at the Oaks of Rockford.
UPDATE: Click here to see results from a 2019 water test at the Oaks of Rockford.
Kent County accepts household hazardous waste at the North Kent Transfer Station, 2908 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. Types of items accepted include weed killer, fertilizer, charcoal lighter fluid, rodent and bug poison, oil-based paint and stain, paint thinner, antifreeze, motor oil, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and fire extinguishers. Make a list of the items you want to dispose of and call (616) 336-2570 for an appointment.
Free recycling of glass and metal food containers, newspapers, magazines, paperboard, computer paper, junk mail, corrugated cardboard, plastic containers stamped 1-7, and plastic grocery bags stamped 2 or 4 only is also available at the North Kent Transfer Station, Monday thru Saturday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Remember: If it’s not clean, it’s not recyclable!
Walking path, ball field, and picnic shelter are available for your use. Call to reserve for large groups
NORTH KENT COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT
North Kent Community Enrichment serves the communities of Algoma, Courtland, Nelson, and Solon Townships as well as the City of Cedar Springs and the Cedar Springs Public School District. The group offers programs for residents of all ages. Program offerings include ZUMBA, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, open basketball and volleyball for adults, youth dance and tumbling classes, art classes, Spanish instruction, computer classes, sports camps, enrichment camps, senior luncheons, concerts in the park, bus trips and more. We are always looking for ideas for new programs and are interested in your thoughts. If you are interested in teaching a class or want us to investigate the potential for a program, please contact us.
Michigan rivers and tributaries stretch across hundreds of square miles in Michigan, including highlands and lowlands. The rivers carry rain and snowmelt runoff, or stormwater runoff, into inland lakes and the Great Lakes. The quantity of stormwater entering our rivers, lakes, and streams along with the pollutants it carries can degrade aquatic habitat and water quality. We can all take simple steps to reduce stormwater pollution. After all, the cheapest way to stop pollution is at the source.
It has come to our attention that there are a number of cemetery lots marked “hold” in our records that have not been paid for. If you believe that you have placed a hold on one or more lots please contact the township offices as soon as possible to make arrangements to either purchase the lots or release them. The lot price is $150 for township residents and $250 for non-residents. We will hold lots for no longer than 60 days. Also, the township will buy back unwanted lots at the original purchase price. Proof of lot ownership (burial grant certificate) is required.