News & Notices
2022 BOARD MEETINGS & WORKSESSIONS
MASON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Meetings will be held at
Mason County Airport Terminal Conference Room
5300 U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 49431
These meetings are open to the public.
|JANUARY 25 Worksession future use of airport terminal
|MAY 24th Worksession Broadband initiative
|JULY 26th Worksession on Budget
|SEPTEMBER 27 Budget Work Session
|NOVEMBER 22nd Worksession to be announced
|JANUARY 10th, 2023
The March Board of Review will be in session on
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 9 AM - 12:00 Noon AND 1 pm - 4 pm
Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 2 pm - 5 pm AND 6 pm - 9 pm.
Appeals can be mailed to:
Hamlin Township Assessor, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431 before March 16, 2022;
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com.
Fax (231) 843-1471 or in person.
Hamlin Township Assessor: Derek C. Eaton, MAAO PPE can be reached at 888-714-9288.
The 2022 March Board of Review Organizational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 10:30 am.
The July Board of Review will be in session on July 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM AND the December Board of Review will be in session on December 13, 2022 at 10:30 AM.
All meetings will be held at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431 and are subject to the Open Meetings Act.
The Hamlin Township Fire Department ran 326 calls from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Much appreciation to our volunteer Fire Department and First Responder's. Thank you.
HAMLIN TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION
3775 N. JEBAVY DRIVE
LUDINGTON MI 49431
The Hamlin Township Planning Commission will have a regular meeting on January 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Hamlin Township Fire Station, 3733 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431.
This notice is posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976 (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72a (2) (3) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Auxiliary aids for the disabled will be provided as needed.
This notice is given to inform the public of the foregoing pursuant to the Open Meeting Act.
Office Manger/ Zoning Administrator
The Western Mason County Fire District Authority will meet on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 9:00 AM at the Hamlin Township Fire Station, N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431.
Mason County Friends,
The County is updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This plan will document the future of our parks and land use in the upcoming years. Please take a few minutes to take our online community input survey so we know what you think about Mason County Parks.
Clickhere or go to www.masoncountyparksurvey.com
The 2022 Hamlin Township Clean-up Day is scheduled for
Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 8 AM - 12:00 Noon at the Hamlin Township Transfer Site. Voucher Required. Be prepared to unload your items and show ID with voucher. Voucher will be available after April 25, 2022 from the Hamlin Township Office. Please follow directions on voucher.
Hamlin Township Assessor
Derek C. Eaton, MAAO PPE
Mr. Eaton can be reached at
HAMLIN TOWNSHIP TRANSFER SITE HOURS:
May 1st - September 30th
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
10 AM – 6 PM
Please be courteous to the staff and have your garbage and recycling disposed of by 5:55 PM to give the staff time to close up the bins and gate.
October 1st - April 30th
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
9 AM – 5 PM
Please be courteous to the staff and have your garbage and recycling disposed of by 4:55 PM to give the staff time to close up the bins and gate.
April 1st – May 31st
$20.00 for Residents
$100.00 for Non-Residents
A new Recycling Voucher is required each year beginning April 1, 2021 to use the
Please recycling correctly; Crush plastics #1, #2 and #5 only. No Styrofoam please.
Purchased decal annually from the Hamlin Township Office
Township Garbage Bags:
Can be purchased at the Hamlin Township Hall OR
Hamlin Grocery, OR The Y Country Store.
$7.00 for 15-gal. purple bags
$13.00 for 40-gal. green bags
Garbage bags can be purchased from the Hamlin Township Office or Hamlin Grocery
2020 Census Results:
Population 3,711 (Largest residential Township in Mason County)
Population change since 2010: 303
Percent change since 2010: 8.9 Percent
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.
Ludington State Park, 8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431. The main entrance to the Ludington State Park is at the end of M-116., not along Piney Ridge Road. Please do not use Piney Ridge Road as the road cannot accommodate large vehicles.
2021 – 2022 Hamlin Township Meeting Schedule
April 15, 2021
May 13, 2021
June 10, 2021
July 15, 2021
August 12, 2021
September 16, 2021
October 14, 2021
November 11, 2021
December 16, 2021
January 13, 2022
February 10, 2022
March 10, 2022
All meetings listed above to begin at 6:00 PM
March 31, 2022 – 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).
Invasive hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in Mason County in 2020. Click HERE for more information.
The Mason County Road Commission
meeting: December 23, 2020 (Wednesday). William Schwass, Chairperson; Michael Ingison, Vice-Chairperson; Jeff Conklin, Member; Mary Samuel, Manager/Director. 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.
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.
Point and Pay. Click the link below to pay property taxes for Hamlin Township.
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
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 - ***PLEASE NOTE***
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:
LEAF CORRAL: Leaves and grass clippings Only. Leaves and grass clippings should be taken back as far as possible. Please respect this policy or corral may need to be closed. (No concrete, lumber, large stumps, etc.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2017
HAMLIN TOWNSHIP ZONING PERMIT FEE
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.
LAKESHORE SILENT OBSERVER
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.
LEAF CORRAL FOR HAMLIN TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
3775 North Jebavy Drive
Ludington, MI 49431
Phone: (231) 845-7801Fax: (231) 843-1471
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed 12:00 to 12:30 for lunch
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 3711 per the 2020 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.
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Hamlin Township Supervisor
231-845-7801 Ext 2 OR 231-510-0076
Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday
Number of Parcels of Land: 3,831
Number of Parcels with Principal Residence: 1,856
Number of parcels of vacant land in all classes: 973
Number of Commercial Parcels: 82 Total (74 Improved AND 8 Vacant)
Number of Industrial Parcels: 24 (10 Improved AND 14 Vacant)
Number of Agricultural Parcels: 29 (4 Improved AND 25 Vacant)
Number of Residential Parcels: 3,097 (2171 Improved AND 926 Vacant)
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
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:
Click below for more photos of the:
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.