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    Welcome to Friends of Grass Lake Township

    Grass Lake, Michigan

    We are a non-profit Michigan Corporation, and a group of concerned citizens and taxpayers of Grass Lake Charter Township

    FGLT EVENTS
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    Friends of Grass Lake Township

    is dedicated to protecting the way of life that we hold dear

    join your community!

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Welcome to

Friends of Grass Lake Township

"Friends of Grass Lake Township" was formed when property on Norvell Road which was zoned agricultural / residential became the proposed site for a gravel pit, which was in close proximity to the Grass Lake High School. During this process, we discovered that there are many concerns in our township that are lacking and require community involvement.

Our organization presents and promotes arts/cultural/environmental and food security projects to keep our town healthy and growing. We also provide a scholarship for a Senior student at Grass Lake High School.

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Our Hometown

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Our Mission

To preserve the quality of life that makes Grass Lake safe,beautiful and "A Great Place to Call Home"

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We do that by:

Educating and informing the community of critical issues

Addressing our concerns with elected officials regarding important issues affecting the Township

Holding elected officials accountable in their duty to maintain the integrity of the Township by preserving the Community character, safety, environmental, business, recreational, organizational, structural and welfare standards


Thoughts from a community member:

April 1, 2021

Hello friends and neighbors, my name is Mark Solo. You’ve probably seen me eating banana bread outside the Farmer’s Market in the summer.

I sincerely hope you’re handling the general mess that the last year has been as well as you can, and I also hope that you’ve noticed how far every bit of kindness and selflessness can go when things take a turn.

Those little things like the “safest” member of the household making all the grocery runs, or tipping your favorite restaurant extra because you know that being limited to carryout is straining them – those kindnesses are the heart of a good community, and it’s meant a lot to me personally to see how far people in this town are willing to go for their neighbors.

I joined FGLT almost on a whim about 14 months ago. Truth be told, I seem to exist in a cycle where I reach a point of discontentment in my life, and have to find something around me to take part in to remind myself that I can be a positive force for my surroundings (I would have loved to join the Peace Corps, but alas, without a degree, I settled on the National Guard).

Last year, that cycle led me to attend a township meeting to get a better feel for what I could do in the local area, and that in turn led me to the Friends.

Since joining, I’ve been so grateful to see that the spirit of community involvement is very much alive and well in my hometown. The passion of people like Bobbi and Peter Harper, the generosity of neighbors like Dale Fisher and Joanne Ackerman - the sheer amounts of time and support that people like Sally and John Hoskin cheerfully pour into community projects - it’s all been a tremendous comfort to me personally.

Arriving for meetings and seeing everyone who has made time and put forward money for the shared cause of enriching their community is one of the highlights of my month. Through their donations of time, money, and effort, every member contributes something to the town; and to see that continue through conditions like the present gives me hope that groups like these can grow and endure when times get hard.

It feels great to put on a Haunted Forest for Halloween and see your neighbor’s kids excited to get outside and run through it.

It means a lot to watch outgoing high school students receive college scholarships that you know came from a group of people donating what they could for the benefit of others.

It’s reassuring and empowering to know that when you come up with an idea to make things better, you have a group of friends and neighbors behind you who will help you make it real.

If you’ve ever found yourself on the receiving end of a neighbor’s kindness, or even if you find yourself needing it, please consider that at this time and place, we’re fortunate enough to have our own local organization dedicated to helping the community. You don’t need others to do good things, but being a part of programs like the Angel Tree can change the lives of those around you, and these kinds of movements only last as long as the passion of their participants.

I sincerely hope that you’ll consider joining us in working to keep Grass Lake the kind of home that it is. I can personally attest that it is incredibly rewarding to be involved in something with such visibly tangible benefits to the people and places you care about. Walking past the fruits of your labor, or seeing it on your neighbors’ faces, can really remind you that you’re more than one person.

Mark Solo

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April 2021 meeting flyer

You can Help Us Continue to Help Our Community by:


Volunteering – We have many projects planned.

Pledge and/or Join - Link to Square page – The $15 annual Membership fee grants voting rights at the September Special Notified Annual Meeting.

Speaking of helping our community... We coordinated the Whistlestop Park fountain donation. Held in mid-July, Traffic Jam-In has asked us for volunteers. At the Grass Lake Township's request, we are helping solve the recent recycling problem. Most importantly to continue helping our community we need help with our membership drive.

Please attend our meetings and bring your thoughts, ideas, concerns and potential members interested...

"KEEPING GRASS LAKE A SAFE, BEAUTIFUL AND GREAT PLACE TO CALL HOME"


Donations

Donate Today! (online) ~or~ Donate via snail mail

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MEET THE FGLT OFFICERS

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RICK MURPHY

PRESIDENT

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BOB KRAFT

VICE PRESIDENT

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MARK FOELLER

TREASURER

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MARK SOLO

SECRETARY

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MATT POWAGA

TRUSTEE

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ROBERT HOFFMAN

TRUSTEE

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MITCHELL WOODWARD

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RESOURCES

EGLE INFO

Environment, Great Lakes, Energy

Mining in Michigan

"The EGLE Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) regulates several mining industries in Michigan, including metallic mining, native copper mining, sand dune mining, and coal mining. There are also several other important mineral commodities such as gypsum, dimension stone, limestone, and aggregate (gravel pits) that are mined in Michigan but are not regulated by the OGMD. These industries, although not requiring a mining permit from the OGMD, may be subject to federal, state, or local air, water, or land use permits."

Quoted from the EGLE website at this link.

Links and Documents

EGLE Complaint Line - 800-292-4706

Contact the EGLE - 517-780-7690

EGLE - Water Resources Division
Tiffany Meyers 517-243-4915
myerst1@michigan.gov
310 E. Louis Glick Hwy
Jackson, MI 49201-1556

Water Resource Division full phone list

MPSC INFO

Michigan Public Service Commission

According to the MPSC's website, their mission is stated as:

"The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to protect the public by ensuring safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan's residents."

Link to MPSC Mission Statement

Knowing there is a pipeline running through the property of the proposed mining site on Norvell Road, if you have and complaints, concerns, or questions, you may submit it to the MPSC via their link at:http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,4639,7-159-16368_16415---,00.html

http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc

WATER TESTING

Links and Info

ABOUT WATER TESTING

…From Roy Margenau

I like the idea of working with the state site [DEQ] because the statistics are automatically entered into their database.

As to what should be tested is a long list:

  • Automated partial chemistry
  • Calcium/magnesium/sodium
  • Alkalinity
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Cyanide
  • Phosphates
  • pH determination
  • Potassium
  • Lead or lead/copper
  • Mercury
  • Chlorine
  • Iron
  • Cadmium
  • Hydrogen sulphide

Only if a well is “shallow” should it be necessary to address coliform bacteria or Ecoli bacteria.

Perhaps, many requestors would choose to shorten the list based on their personal concerns.

Mine Project

Settlement Agreement Information

BOHNE ROAD GRAVEL PIT

RE: 2020 Bohne Rd Gravel Pit -5 year Special Use Permit Renewal

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Grass Lake Township Info

Website | Calendar

Grass Lake Charter Township
373 Lakeside Dr.
PO BOX 216
Grass Lake, MI 49240
517.522.8464 - phone
517.522.4955 - fax
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Meets - 2nd Tuesday of Month - 6:30pm Township Hall

Village of Grass Lake Website

Grass Lake Planning Commission
meetings on the 3rd Thursday each month at 7:00PM

Grass Lake Twp Documents



FGLT NEWSLETTERS


THE AUSTRALIAN DIDGERIDOO WORKSHOP TO BE PRESENTED AT THE GEORGE LONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MONDAY SEPT 13, TUES SEPT 14, WED SEPT 15, 2021

International award winning/ Billboard charting Australian musician: - Peter D Harper and Australian Singer/ Educator/ Artist Manager: - Bobbi Llewellyn -Harper (B.Mus Ed) are very happy to announce that they will be presenting "The Australian Didgeridoo Workshop" to the students of the George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake. Michigan This amazing interactive and hands on workshop is sponsored by The Friends Of Grass Lake Township, a Michigan 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Corporation who received substantial funding from The Copper Nail Resale Shop for this unique project. Recently the Friends of Grass Lake Township received an additional Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) which will allow the program to expand the number of children in attendance. The workshops will take place on September 13, 14, 15, 2021. Grades 3, 4 and 5 at the George Long Elementary School will learn about Australia, its indigenous culture, music and art. The cool part is that the children will learn to play, create and design their own didgeridoo and participate in a musical performance

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Bobbi and Pete
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FGLT SCHOLARSHIPS


Do you need help with money for College? Do you want to go to a Technological school and become an Electrician? Well, the Friends of Grass Lake Township want to help.

This year we are providing a Scholarship for a Senior Student at Grass Lake High School. This Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Grass Lake High School and the funds must be used for post High School education for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Scholarship committee will focus on:

  • Academic – minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Community Service ** above minimum requirements for graduation
  • Financial Need **
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation (from non-family members)
  • Resident of Jackson County
  • 250-word essay
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For the past four years we had several students help with our Friends of Grass Lake Township activities throughout the year, such as our Haunted Halloween Forest, our Holiday Cheers and others. These students received Community Service credit for their help with these projects.

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This is a way for young high school students in Grass Lake to help with their Community Service Credits and meet others who enjoy working and helping in their Community.

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JOIN US / VOLUNTEER

By becoming a member and volunteering!

We can help the “Friends of Grass Lake Township" make Grass Lake Safe, Beautiful and a Great Place to Call Home. You Can Make A Difference in Grass Lake!

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Donations

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CONTACT FGLT


Friends of Grass Lake Township
PO Box 762
Grass Lake, MI 49240


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