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Ms. Sharon O’Brien, here after known as the Petitioner, owner of property located at 6433 W. Dewey Road, Hamlin Twp., Mason County, MI is seeking relief from a certain sections of Hamlin Twp. Zoning Ordinance 45 now in effect. The Petitioner is requesting permission to construct a garage on her property containing 1,200 Square Feet.  Section 4.06, Sub. A of Ordinance No. 45 limits the size of such structure to nine hundred sixty (960) square feet. Variance requested:  Two-Hundred and Forty (240) square feet.  Petitioner’s property is further identified as a part of the NE ¼ of NE ¼ of Sec. 27 T19N R18W. Property ID:  53-007-027-007-00.

Should you have any comments on this request, please appear at the public hearing which will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431.

This notice is posted in compliance with Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, the Open Meetings Act, MCL 41.72a, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Hamlin Township Zoning Board of Appeals will provide necessary reasonable aids and services, such as signers for the hearing-impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 10 days’ notice to the Hamlin Township Zoning Board of Appeals by writing or calling Nancy Vandervest at (231) 845-7801.   Written comments may be submitted to Hamlin Township prior to the hearing and they will become part of the hearing record.  Written comments should contain a reason for supporting or opposing views.  If you have any questions, please contact Hamlin Township Zoning Administrator at 231-845-7801 Ext. 1 OR email at hamlintwp@hamlintownship.org.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Vandervest,
Hamlin Township Supervisor

The Mason County Road Commission announces the launch of Snowpaths

The Mason County Road Commission (MCRC) is excited to announce the launch of Snowpaths, an online interactive map service that will keep you informed of the snow removal process on roads maintained by MCRC for the 2020-21 winter season.  The official launch date for Snowpaths is Monday November 9, 2020.

MCRC believes that providing Snowpaths will allow residents and public agencies to safely plan their commute by seeing current status of plowing operations.  Additionally, they will be able to isolate a specified location to view the status of that road during a snow and ice event, as well as a complete overview of the entire area to map out their commute.  Residents will also have access to customized alerts to stay informed of critical information during snow and ice events.

MCRC will evaluate Snowpaths at the end of the season for effectiveness, increased snow removal efficiency and public usage and feedback.  If MCRC continues Snowpaths in the future we plan on working with the software engineers to track the brine application processes and showing road closures that are either due to construction or major storm events.

For more information on Snowpaths please visit https://smartplanetsoftware.com/snowpaths/

To view the MCRC Snowpaths service, please visit this page.

Holiday Schedule

The Hamlin Township Office will be closed on 
November 26, 2020 AND November 27, 2020 
December 24, 2020 AND December 25, 2020 
December 31, 2020 AND January 1, 2021. 

Hamlin Lake:  Lowering of the lake level will begin the 4th Monday of October (October 26, 2020). The raising of the water level will start in the spring when there is no floating ice on the lake. 

Hamlin Township Transfer Site Hours: 
May 1st though September 30th
Open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from 10 AM - 6 PM
October 1st through April 30th
Open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM

Attention all MI Materials Management  Partners


The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) recently launched an initiative to collect municipality and county materials management program data, called Mega Data.

How can you help?


Has your county or municipality completed this data collection process???

Partners can help by urging their county and municipal contacts to enter their materials management information through the Mega Data Collection Project by including this message in your outreach efforts, such as:  newsletters, emails, website, and bulletins AND by following and sharing EGLE’s message on social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn.

To report, municipalities will use Emerge’s nation-wide data collection tool, the Municipal Measurement Program (eMMP), while county data is being collected through the County Measurement Program (CRMP). This information will be critical for materials management coordinators when they are asked to enter information for developing future materials management efforts, including updates to the County Planning Process. EGLE will also use the data to help expand reuse, recycling, composting, and other waste diversion activities across Michigan.

Communities that have not already reported are encouraged to submit an application to participate in the survey. Just watch EGLE's new, short video that provides a step-by-step guide on how to be part of the Mega Data Collection Project.

Sharing this information provides direct benefits to participating counties and municipalities. For more information on these programs and their benefits, check out these additional materials for counties and municipalities.

To learn more about the Mega Data project, check out this message: EGLE Launches first phase of the Mega Data Collection; or go to www.Michigan.gov/EGLEMegaData. For questions, including assistance applying and establishing a Re-TRAC account, please contact the Sustainable Materials Management Unit at EGLE-M3@michigan.gov or call Amy Karana at 517-242-8324.

Hamlin Township Planning Commission

Meeting Notice

The Hamlin Twp. Planning Commission's next meeting will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Hamlin Twp. Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Dr., Ludington, MI 49431.  This notice is posted in compliance with Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, the Open Meetings Act, MCL 41.72a, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Hamlin Twp. Planning Commission will provide necessary reasonable aids and services, such as signers for the hearing-impaired and audio tapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 10 days’ notice to the Hamlin Twp. Planning Commission in writing or call Nancy Vandervest at (231) 845-7801.

2020 U.S. Census field offices are reopening.  Census workers are now in the field dropping off information/packets for households that only receive PO box mail delivery.  Census workers will begin visiting households for non-response follow-up beginning on August 11.  Additional reminders are also scheduled to be mailed out this month and July.

State of Michigan was the first state in the nation to reach and surpass its 2010 final census response rate.  Census forms can be completed by visiting:  https://my2020census.gov/

2020 Census Total Self-Response rate for Hamlin Township is 54.8% thru  6-21-2020.  Please complete the census as it will shape our future.

Hamlin Township Offices to re-open 
Monday, June 8, 2020.

Use main hall as entrance. 
Follow guidelines for entering and exit.  
A face mask will be required.  If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided to you. 6’ Feet social distance guidelines need to be followed.

No new hall rentals will be scheduled.
Please be patient.

Thank You.

It is Hamlin Township's priority to keep everyone safe and healthy. If you are experiencing a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, have been exposed to anyone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 OR 
have traveled outside of the country in the past 14 days, please conduct your business by email or telephone.  


OR Telephone 231-845-7801.

The Township garbage bags can be purchased at the Y' Country Store on N. Lakeshore Drive AND at Hamlin Grocery on N. Jebavy Drive.

Hamlin Township Board of Trustees has canceled the annual Clean-up day for 2020 due to the COVID-19. 

The MI DNR Fisheries completed a fish survey on Hamlin Lake to determine the current status of the fishery.

The 2019 survey is complete. Click Here for the five-page report/results.  The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society will be hosting a meeting on May 6, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the results.  This meeting is open to the public.  The meeting will be held at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431. 

RECYCLING DECALS - April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. 
Due to the COVID-19 and the Governor's Executive Stay Home Order the Township Hall is closed.  Therefore, we are asking that you please secure your 2020 - 2021 recycling voucher at a later date.   We are currently using the honor system for the recycling center and request people to obtain a voucher from the township office at a later date. Thank You and Be Safe. 

Garbage Bags can be  purchased at the Y Country Store on M-116.  They are unable to accept credit cards for the purchase of garbage bags.  If you are unable to obtain the bags from the Y Country Store, please contact the Township Supervisor Nancy Vandervest at 231-510-0076 and she will arrange a time and day to meet with you. Thank you and Be Safe. 

Transfer Site and Recycling Center:


Open: April 25, 2020 from 9 am - 5 pm.

Summer Hours Will start May 1, 2020.
The Transfer Site will be open on Monday, Wednesday's and Saturday's from 10 am - 6 pm.  The Recycling Center is open.  Please secure your new Recycling Voucher, which runs from April 1st to March 31st, at a later date.   Please use social distancing when at the Transfer Site. Thank You. 

Point and Pay. Click the link below to pay property taxes for Hamlin Township.

Click Here

The 2020 March Board of Review heard a total of 46 property appeals. The next meeting for the Board of Review will be held on July 21, 2020 at 10: 00 am AND Board of Review will meet on December 15, 2020 at 
10 am.  

2020 - 2021 RECYCLING VOUCHERS are available at the Hamlin Township Office. A new Recycling Voucher is required each year beginning April 1, 2020 to use the Recycling Center.  $20.00 per year for township residents and $100.00 for non-residents.     Please recycling correctly; Crush plastics #1, #2 and #5 only.   No Styrofoam please.  

The MI DNR Fisheries completed a fish survey on Hamlin Lake to determine the current status of the fishery. 
The 2019 survey is complete.  Click Here for the five-page report/results.  The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society will be hosting a meeting on May 6, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the results.  This meeting is open to the public.  The meeting will be held at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431. MEETING CANCELLED.

2019 Fish Report Click Here

2020 Census

The 2020 Census will begin with a mailed invitation letter to complete between March 12, 2020 and March 20, 2020. The majority of the people will receive information on how to complete the questionnaire online.   A 1-800 number call in option will also be available for the first time in 2020.  A paper copy will be sent in April to households that have not yet responded and then starting in May 2020, census enumerators will visit residents in person to collect information from remaining non-respondents.   The 2020 Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The federal government must complete a census every 10 years to make sure there is an accurate count of the people who call America home. Census counts have occurred every decade since 1790.   The 2020 is crucial for townships to help make sure every person in their community is counted.  The 2020 Census will impact Michigan townships for the next 10 years and for every resident that is not counted, Michigan could lose as much as $1800 per person, per year.

 Please be counted.

Volunteers - Much Thanks!
Thank you to Township Trustee Larry Rees, Shane Sniegowski, Brad Sniegowski, and Joe McLain for repairing the hole in the wall at the Transfer Site.

Styro-foam is not an accepted recycling item at the Hamlin Township Transfer Site. 
Styro-foam is accepted at the Oceana County Transfer Station on M-20 in Oceana County
(about 7 miles east of US 31) at minimal or no charge (see link to web site). 

CodeRED is a FREE community notification system available to Mason County residents & visitors that will send you alerts concerning time-sensitive and/or emergency information that may impact your area via phone calls, text messages, emails, and social media.  (missing persons/children, evacuation notices, natural disasters, boil water advisories, inclement weather warnings, criminal activities, road closures/traffic alerts, shelter in place/lockdowns).
Visit https://publiccoderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF51277A87DA to enroll OR download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app available in the App Store or Google Play.

MI DNR Burn Permits visit: 
OR 1-866-922-2876 

2020 – 2021   Hamlin Township Meeting Schedule

April 30, 2020
May 21, 2020   
June 11, 2020
July 16, 2020
August 13, 2020  
September 10, 2020   
October 8, 2020
November 12, 2020   
December 10, 2020  
January 14, 2021
February 11, 2021
March 11, 2021
All meetings listed above to begin at 6:00 PM
March 25, 2021  – Settlement Day Meeting @ 4:30 PM
All meetings will be held at:
Hamlin Township Hall
3775 N. Jebavy Drive
Ludington, MI 49431
This notice is posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976 as amended (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72a (2) (3) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Hamlin Township Fire Department received 304 calls for service in 2019.  Thank you to all the volunteer members!  In 2018, the Department received 255 calls for service and in 2017 the Department received 209 calls.

LEAF CORRAL:  Leaves Only.  Leave should be taken back as far as possible.  Please respect this policy or leaf corral may need to be closed.  (No concrete, lumber, large stumps, etc.)   

Hamlin Township garbage bags may be purchased at the Y County Store on 1860 N. Lakeshore Drive (CASH OR CHECK ONLY). Credit Cards are not accepted as there are fees associated with accepting credit cards.  Please respect this policy. In addition to the Y Country Store, Township garbage bags can be purchased at Hamlin Grocery, 3611 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431

Oak Wilt – Please Be Aware!

Oak wilt, a non-native invasive fungus, is causing the widespread death of our precious oak resource in Michigan.  As many of you know, oaks provide shade, acorns for wildlife, and are a valuable wood product in our forests!  These trees are worth saving!

So what can you do?
Learn how to identify which oak species are on your property.  Contact a professional.
Pay close attention to your “red oak group” trees.  If you see the leaves suddenly turn a yellow or bronze color AND drop from the tree, then contact a professional who is qualified to determine if you have oak wilt.

DO NOT cut or prune your oak trees from April to August as these wounds can attract the sap-feeding beetles that spread oak wilt.  ALSO, DO NOT move infected oak firewood! 

If you would like more information about this disease, contact Josh Shields, Forestry Assistance Program forester with the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts, at 231-889-9666 (Office Phone), 989-220-9236 (Mobile Phone), or via email at joshua.shields@macd.org.

Also contact the Manistee or Mason-Lake Conservation Districts about an informational meeting on oak wilt and how to slow the spread of it, on April 4th, 2018, 7:00pm, at Hamlin Township Hall!

Green Garbage Bags will be $13.00 for a sleeve of ten 30 gallon bags. 

Purple Garbage Bags will be $7.00 for a sleeve of ten 15 gallon bags. 

Recycling Stickers runs from April 1st to March 31st. 

Recycling stickers are required each year. 

Hamlin Township Residents:  $20.00 per year.
Non-Residents:  $100.00 per year.

Western Mason County Fire District Authority 2020 meeting dates are as follows:

April 20, 2020 - Cancelled
June 15, 2020
August 17, 2020
October 19, 2020
December 21, 2020

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. (eastern time) at the Ludington City Offices, 
400 S. Harrison Street, Ludington, MI 49431.  Persons with business to be put on the agenda may contact the Secretary at 1699 S. PM Hwy., Ludington, MI 49431 or 231-845-1277.  WMCFDA meetings are open to all members of the public under the Michigan's Open Meeting Act (MCL 15.265(6).  Individuals with special needs wishing to attend and require auxiliary aids are requested to contact the Secretary not later than 5 business days prior to the meeting date to make arrangements for accommodation. 

Hamlin Township received a $2,500.00 grant from the Great Lakes Energy Peoples Fund. The grant money was used towards the parking lot on Duneview Drive.  Members of Great Lakes Energy support the People Fund by voluntarily rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar.  The rounded up amount is distributed to non-profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative.  Contact Great Lakes Energy at 888-GT-LAKES or visit gtlakes.com for more information. 

Parking Lot

Refuse Service  


Green garbage bags will be $13.00 for a sleeve of ten 30 gallon bags.

Purple garbage bags will be $ 7.00 for a sleeve of ten 15 gallon bags.

Recycling Stickers run from April 1st to March 31st
Recycling Stickers are required each year.
Hamlin Township Residents: $20.00 per year.
Non-Residents:  $100.00 per year.

Bags along with Recycling Stickers may be purchased at the Hamlin Township Transfer Site and Hamlin Township Office.



Effective June 1, 2017, Hamlin Township Zoning Permit Fee will be $40.00


FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA has recently updated their FEMA Flood Plain Maps in Hamlin Township. Visit FEMA.gov | Federal Emergency Management Agency or Susan A. Conradson at 231-876-4443 or conradsons2michigan.gov for additional information.
Your property may be in a Flood Plain Area on or near Hamlin Lake.

Per State of Michigan guidelines,
an ORV sticker is required when
riding on a public road.

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Hamlin Township Fire Department has received a $1,799.99 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund. 

The grant will be used to purchase a Honda 5,000 Watt Generator.  The generator will be located in Hamlin Township’s Command Rehabilitation Trailer/Center.  The Command Rehabilitation will house the Department’s ice rescue equipment, search and rescue packs, radios/pagers for inter communication with department personnel and other agencies.  The on-scene Command Rehabilitation Trailer is designed to provide firefighters and other emergency personnel with a safe, clean and reliable rehabilitation facility. 

Members of the Great Lakes Energy support the People Fund by voluntarily rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar.  The rounded up amount is distributed to non-profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative.  Visit gtlakes.com for details.

Thanks to the Great Lakes Energy People Fund

New Law Bans Certain Open Burning

Michigan is the last great Lakes state that allows rural residents to incinerate household waste in burn barrels. However, a new law rules out burning some materials.

In April, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed HB 4207, banning the uncontrolled burning of plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals and hazardous materials. The bill became Public Act 102 of 2012. Rural residents still can burn yard waste such as brush and leaves, and household waste such as cardboard and paper products.

888-STOP-CRIME --- 1-888-786-7274
www.lsotip.com (Email) OR
TEXT “LSOTIP”ťand your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)

A safe and anonymous way of reporting crime by telephone, e-mail or text message.

Sponsored by SSCENT, Mason/Oceana Central Dispatch, Manistee Central Dispatch, and a public safety granted awarded by the Manistee County Local Revenue Sharing Board.

If you are working within the road right-of-way, please remember that a permit from the Mason County Road Commission is needed. Mason County Road Commission is located in Scottville. # 231-757-2882.

More Info

Please call 1-866-922-2876 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) Monday thru Friday or visit www.michigan.gov/burnpermit and apply on-line.

3775 North Jebavy Drive
Ludington, MI  49431
Phone: (231) 845-7801Fax: (231) 843-1471
E-Mail: hamlintwp@hamlintownship.org

Hamlin Township was established on February 28, 1861 by the Michigan State Legislatures. It is named after Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President from 1860 to 1864 under President Abraham Lincoln. The first settlement in Hamlin Township was made by Charley Mears, in 1858 in Section Two. The next settlers were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sladick in Section 12. A railroad traveled from Ludington to the North Bayou, it was called the Dummy Line. When the first people settled in the Township, there were woods all around. As years went past and the population grew, more timber was cut and now there are very little woods standing. At one point, there were 84 farms in Hamlin Township. Hamlin Lake hotels and large resorts added much interest to Hamlin Township.

Today, Hamlin Township is the largest Residential Township in Mason County with a population of 3408 per the 2010 US Census. Hamlin Township provides some of the very best summer and winter recreational activities, with new and older homes blending for a delightful community with very little industry. Hamlin Township can truly boast "one-of-a-kind" status and is home to beautiful Hamlin Lake. Hamlin Lake, a man-made lake, is more than 12 miles long and 5,000 acres large that originated during the logging hey-day when lumbermen dammed the Big Sable River to make an enormous holding pond for trees that were felled upstream.

Thank you for visiting our new website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Nancy Vandervest
Hamlin Township Supervisor
231-845-7801 Ext 2 OR 231-510-0076

Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday

Population 3,408
Number of parcels of Land 3,597
Number of parcels Principle Residence 1,694
Number of parcels of Vacant Land  963 in all classes

Number of Commercial Parcels - 57 Total (6 Vacant AND 51 Improved)
Number of Industrial Parcels - 24 Total (12 Vacant AND 12 Improved)
Number of Agricultural Parcels - 6 Total (1 Vacant AND 5 Improved)
Number of Residential Parcels - 3,021 Total (944 Vacant AND 2,077 Improved)

February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017

Please note that our Township has regular office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Usually, you will find someone at the Township Hall earlier, later, and throughout the lunch hour. We are always happy to answer questions. The Township Hall is closed for holidays and occasionally during the week due to short staff times.

2012 Clean-Up Day

Hamlin Township
Sesquicentennial Celebration
1861 - 2011

Celebrating the past, present and future.

February 28, 2011 Anniversary Open House Photos

Left to Right:
Gail Hanna, Carol Parkinson, Janet Gaghen, Judy Thorp, Mike Nagle, Nancy Vandervest

August 6, 2011 and August 7, 2011 (Boat Regetta)
Boat Regetta Results
1st Place: Larry & Barb Scherer & Crew
2nd Place: Jim & Marilyn Pinkerton & Crew
3rd Place: Joe & Janet Gaghen & Grew
Thanks to the Judges:
Johnaiine Gurzynski
Wayne Disegna
Hank Wykretowicz

Click below for more photos of the:

150th Celebration


4th of July Float

Hamlin Township Celebrating 150 Years in 2011



Hamlin Township recognizes its responsibilities to each of its constituents and Township officials make this pledge as a statement of the Township’s values and purpose as we conduct Township business.
*Hamlin Township will strive to serve its Township constituents with dependable and efficient service.  The highest standards and lawfully executed service will be our goal.
*Hamlin Township will strive to be a place where employees are encouraged to expand their knowledge and fulfill their individual potentials.  One of the Township’s premier goals is to be considered an invaluable work place by each of our employees.

 *Hamlin Township will strive to conduct its affairs in a socially responsible, lawful manner while maintaining a kind and courteous workplace.
We will always strive to utilize ethical practices and compassion for the needs of those around us and to reflect those ideals in our Township decisions.
Adopted in Hamlin Township’s General Policy Manual 10-13-2011.

The information provided on the Hamlin Township web site is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is subject to change on a regular basis, without notice. Although the information in these pages is updated frequently, it is NOT as up-to-date as the information available at the Hamlin Township offices. While it is our goal to provide useful information, we do NOT warrant the information to be authoritative, complete, final, factual, timely or accurate. Hamlin Township is NOT responsible for the content of any off-site pages referenced or linked to.
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