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Holiday Hours
Hamlin Township Office will be closed on the following days:
November 28, 2019
November 29, 2019

December 24, 2019
December 25, 2019

December 31, 2019
January 1, 2020


Hamlin Township Transfer Site will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Normoyle, owners of property located at 6088 N. Grace Ave.,  
Hamlin Twp., Mason County, MI are seeking relief from a certain section of Hamlin Twp. Zoning Ordinance 45 now in effect.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Normoyle are seeking permission to construct a single family dwelling to within three (3 feet) of the undeveloped street right-of-way known as Birch Lane.

Hamlin Township Zoning Ordinance 45 Section 5.02 reference note 4 states “Every dwelling or other structure shall be set back at least twenty five (25) feet from any street right-of-way.  Variance rquested twenty-two (22) feet.

The Normoyle’s property is further identified as Lot 5 and the SE’LY ½ of Lot 4 in the First Addition to the plat known as Bridges Resort T19N R18W.  Property ID # 53-007-160-005-00.

*Note:  Birch Lane is a twenty (20) foot undeveloped uncertified street righ-of-way.

Should you have any comments on this request, please appear at the public hearing which will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 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 audiotapes 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

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.

Any residents wishing to serve on the Hamlin Township Zoning Board of Appeals or Hamlin Township Planning Commission, please let Supervisor Nancy Vandervest know by December 2, 2019 as appointments will be made December 12, 2019 for terms starting January 1, 2010.  (231) 845-7801 Ext 2 

Hamlin Township Transfer Site will begin winter hours starting October 1, 2019.  The transfer site will be open on Wednesday and Saturdays from 9 AM - 5 PM thru April 30, 2020. 

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). 

Hamlin Township Planning Commission
Meeting Notice 

The Hamlin Township Planning Commission's next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI.

This notice is posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976, as amended, the Open Meetings Act, MCL 41.72a, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hamlin Twp. will provide necessary reasonable aids and services such as signers for the hearing-impaired and audiotapes of printed materials being considered at the meeting, to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 10 days’ notice to Hamlin Twp or by writing or calling Nancy Vandervest, Twp. Supervisor  at 231-845-7801 Ext 2.

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 

2019 - 2010 Hamlin Township Meeting Schedule

April 11, 2019 
May 16, 2019  
June 13, 2019  
July 11, 2019 
August 15, 2019  
September 12, 2019    
October 10, 2019 
November 14, 2019    
December 12, 2019    
January 9, 2020 
February 13, 2020  
March 12, 2020

All meetings listed above to begin at 6:00 PM

March 26, 2020    – 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).

2019 - 2020 RECYCLING DECALS.  
Recycling decals will be available after February 25, 2019 from the Township Office. 
Resident $20.00 AND $100.00 for Non-Residents.  Recycling decals must be secured 
by April 1, 2019.  Decals are required to use the recycling center. 

*Recycling Reminder:  #1, #2, #5 Plastic Bottles Only (CRUSH). Rinse. Labels Ok. Discard Caps and Crush.
*No Styrofoam; NO motor oil or chemical containers. Please recycle correctly. 
Thank You.

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

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.)   

2019 - 2020 Recycling Decals will be available February 25, 2019; Decals will run from April 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2020.  $20.00 Annually for Hamlin Township residents and $100.00 for non-residents. 

MI DNR Fisheries is planning a fish survey on Hamlin Lake to determine the current status of the fishery.  At the request of HLPS and other interested individuals, MDNR Fisheries has committed to a creel census survey to start 1-6-19.  The goal is to conduct the survey for 9 months which would replicate the last survey that was completed in 2009. A MDNR Fisheries employee will travel around Hamlin Lake and survey fishermen about their catch and hours fished.   The cost of the survey will be $5,000 - $6,000 per month.  MDNR Fisheries has some of the costs budgeted but not enough for 9 months.  Mason County Fin & Feather Club recently donated $3,000 to the HLPS Fish Fund to be dedicated to the fish survey.  HLPS will donate to the Fish Survey contributed by the HLPS Members. 

At the November 6, 2018 General Election, Hamlin Township had a 65% voter turn out between both precincts. There are currently 3,232 registered voters in the Township.

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.

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 2019 meeting dates are as follows:

 2019 Organizational Meeting - January 7, 2019 

April 15, 2019;
June 17, 2019;
August 19, 2019;
October 21, 2019 AND  December 16, 2019

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

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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