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Village of Brooklyn Michigan

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Village of Brooklyn Michigan

THE VILLAGE MANAGER'S OFFICE

Contact Information

Village Council

Where and when is the next Village Council meeting?
How do I get an item on the Council agenda?
Will I have a chance to speak at the Council meeting?

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

Contact Information

TOWNSHIP BOARD

Where and when is the next Township meeting?

THE CLERK'S OFFICE

Contact Information
What does the Clerk's Office do?
How are the Village of Brooklyn and Columbia Township officials elected, and what are their terms of office?
How do I register to vote?
Must I claim a political party preference to vote?
How do I receive an absentee ballot?
How can I volunteer to serve on a Village Board or Commission?
Do I need a permit for a garage, estate, moving, basement, or yard sale?
Where do I file a Freedom of Information request?
Where can I get copies of Village ordinances?

Assessing

What information is available through the Assessor’s Office?
What does the term “Assessed Value” mean?
What does the term “Taxable Value” mean?
Why are my taxes higher than my neighbor’s taxes when our houses are so similar?
What is a “Homestead Exemption”?
What do I do with the Notice of Assessment I receive each March?

Taxes

When are taxes due?
What happens if I can’t pay my taxes on time?
Do I have to come to the Village Office to pay my tax bill?
What forms of payment are accepted by the Village and Township Offices?
Are partial payments accepted on tax bills?

Water

Where do I pay my water/Sewer bill?
Is a drop box available?
When do I receive my Water/Sewer Bill?
What if I leave my home for a long period of time, can anything be down about my water/sewer bill?

POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT

Contact Information
How do I report an emergency?
Where is the Police/Fire Department located?
What are the hours for both Departments?
Is there a way to report a crime anonymously?
Is there a charge for using paramedic services?
Who do I contact about having a special event such as a parade, bike race, 10K run, or neighborhood block party?
Can I bring my children, classroom, or scout group for a tour of the fire station?
Can I pay a ticket at the Police Department?
My car was towed, where is the impound yard?
I have an abandoned vehicle on my property; will the Police Department come out and tow it away?
Does the Police Department assist with keys locked in my car?
What is the curfew for minors?
Does the Police Department know if schools are closed?
What time do the parks close?
Public Safety Shoulder Patch Requests
Am I charged for false burglary alarms to my residence or business?
Where can I view the Sex Offenders List?
Who do I talk to about a speeding problem in my neighborhood?

Records

What is available at the Police Department?
Where do I get a gun permit and what identification do I need to bring with me?
What do I have to do to be able to park a large truck in front of my house? Is there somewhere else I can park it?
Where can I obtain an animal license and how much do they cost?

Animal Control

Does my dog need to be on a leash? Is my cat allowed to run loose?
Can my dog run loose in the park?
How many dogs or cats are citizens allowed?
Do dogs or cats need to be licensed?
What do I need to obtain an animal license and where do I go?
If a stray animal is picked up, where do the Code Enforcement Officers take it?
Who should I contact if bitten by an animal?
Does the Police Department have records of lost animals?
Does the Police Department pick up lost or dead animals?
Will Code Officials pick up wild animals?

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Contact Information
What's included in Public Works?
What do I do about sanitary sewer backup?
How do I dispose of yard waste?
How do I prepare branches for pickup?
If I have a to dig holes in my yard, for planting a tree or installing a fence, how do I find out if any water or sewer lines are buried there?
What do I do with household hazardous waste?
If my trees are growing into the power lines, how do I get them trimmed?

Residential Rubbish Collection

General Information

Planning Services

General Information
I have a raccoon in my yard. Will the Village remove it?
Who do I talk to about an abandoned vehicle?
There is a house next to my property that is unoccupied and may be a safety hazard. Who can I contact at the Village?
Where do I pay a ticket from Code Assistance?
Who do I talk to about burned out streetlights?
Who do I talk to about a traffic signal that isn't working?
Who do I report dangerous sidewalks to, and who pays for the repairs?
What should I do if there is a water leak near my house?
Are any street, water, or sewer projects planned for my street in the near future?

Planning

How do I check on the zoning of property?
Can I run a business from my home?
Where can I get a Village map or a Zoning Districts map?
I have a large piece of property and would like to make it into two parcels, who do I contact?
How can I get permission for a temporary banner or temporary sign?
If I have to dig holes in my yard, for planting a tree or installing a fence, how do I find out if any water or sewer lines are buried there?

Building

What kinds of permits or licenses does the Village issue, and when do residents need them?
Why do I need a permit?

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Village Manager's Office
(517) 592-2591

Village Council

Where and when is the next Village Council meeting?
Council meetings are held in the Village Offices. The meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month, unless it falls on a holiday or Council is unavailable. In these cases, the meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

How do I get an item on the Council agenda?
A communication addressed to the President and Village Council briefly stating the request or concern of the individual must be submitted. The Village Manager should receive it by Wednesday of the week prior in order to place the communication on the agenda for the next Council meeting. A card will be sent to the person informing them of the date of the next meeting at which Council will receive their communication.

Will I have a chance to speak at the Council meeting?
The President always gives an opportunity near the beginning of the meeting for residents to speak. (This is referred to as the “Public Comment.”) Also, if a resident's communication is on the agenda, the President will give them a chance to speak when Council is considering the concern.

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Columbia Township Supervisor
(517) 592-2000 ext. 210

Township Board

Where and when is the next Township meeting?
Board meetings are held in the Township Offices at 8500 Jefferson Rd. The meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, unless it falls on a holiday or board is unavailable. In these cases, the meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

The Clerk's Office
(517 592-2000 ext. 230

What does the Clerk's Office do?

The Township Clerk’s Office handles all matters related to elections.

• Eligibility requirements to vote:

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You must be a citizen of the United States

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At least 18 years old by election day

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You must be a resident of the State of Michigan and will be at least a 30 day resident of the Village or township by Election Day.
• A Resident can register to vote at the following locations:

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The Township Clerk’s Office

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Any Secretary of State Branch Office

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Jackson County Clerk’s Office

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Any armed forces recruitment office

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Also, available on the web at the following sites:
 

www.michigan.gov/sos
• Registered Voters of the Village of Brooklyn may obtain an absentee voter ballot if:

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60 years of age or older

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They expect to be absent from the community in which they are a registered voter for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.

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Are not physically able to attend the polls without the assistance of another.

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Cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of their religion.

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They have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where they reside.

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They cannot attend the polls because they are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.

The Township Clerk’s Office maintains a list of eligible residents who requested that they receive absentee ballots for every regularly scheduled primary and general election. Registered voters that meet the above stated requirements may be placed on this list by calling the Township Clerk’s Office or sending a letter specifically requesting that they receive an application for AV Ballot.

NOTE: Absentee voting is governed by strict legal procedures. Complete information is available from the Township Clerk’s Office.

NOTARY PUBLIC: services available at a nominal fee.

Records Management
Repository for all official municipal documents.

Other Business

• Requests for public records
• Bid Openings
• Resolutions

How are the Village of Brooklyn and Columbia Township officials elected, and what are their terms of office?
Voters throughout the Township elect the Supervisor and Township Board “at large”. The Supervisor’s term of office is four years; Board terms are four years. Village residents will not only vote for Township officials but Village officials as well. The Village President’s term of office is four years and the Council’s terms are four year staggered terms.

How do I register to vote?
Citizens may register to vote at the Township Clerk's Office, at any Secretary of State branch office or by their “renewal by mail program” when you renew your drivers license by mail, at the Jackson County Clerk's Office, at any armed forces recruitment office, or by completing a mail-in registration form and mailing it to the Township Clerk. The mail-in registration form is available at the Clerk's Office. Anyone who registers by mail, for the first time, must vote in person at the first election at which they vote.

Must I claim a political party preference to vote?
No. A political party preference is only required in a “closed” Presidential Preference Primary election. Michigan holds “open” presidential primaries, and thus no political party declaration is necessary.

How do I receive an absentee ballot?
Any registered voter of the Village can receive an absentee ballot if they meet any of the following criteria, he or she:

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Expects to be absent from the community for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day

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Is physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another person

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Is sixty (60) years of age or older; or

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Cannot attend the polls on Election Day because of religious beliefs.

How can I volunteer to serve on a Village Board or Commission?
Send a letter to the Village Manager

Do I need a permit for a garage, estate, moving, basement, or yard sale?
No. But if you are having a garage sale in the Village of Brooklyn you must abide by the following sign regulation:

Permitted garage sale signs.

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Garage sale signs shall not exceed four square feet in size.

b.

Garage sale signs shall not be placed in any manner on public property. They may only be placed on private property with the consent of the property owner, and cannot be placed on any property located more than 1,000 feet from the place of sale.

c.

No garage sale signs may be put up more than five days prior to the date of the sale and must be taken down within one day following the sale.

d.

A garage sale sign may be permitted for up to a five-day period, not to exceed three times per year. All starting and ending dates of the sale shall be posted on the sign.

Where do I file a Freedom of Information request?
A request for information through the Freedom of Information Act can be filed in the Township and Village Clerk's Offices. A nominal fee is charged for this service.

Where can I get copies of Village ordinances?
The Code of Ordinances for both the Village can be found on this website. If you request paper copies of these ordinances a nominal fee may be charged.

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Assessing

What information is available through the Assessor’s Office?
Ownership Information, Property Data (i.e., square footage, lot size, etc.), Sales Data, Assessed and Taxable Values, Homestead Filing, Board of Review for Assessment Appeals. Most of this information can also be accessed via the Township’s and Village’s respective websites: www.twp.columbia.mi.us  and www.villageofbrooklyn.com

What does the term “Assessed Value” mean?
The Assessed Value is generally one half (1/2) of the market value of the property, as determined by a two year market study. The term “State Equalized Value” (S.E.V.) simply means the Assessed Value after it has been finalized by the State of Michigan.

What does the term “Taxable Value” mean?
Taxable Value is the amount on which your property taxes are levied. Taxable Value increases are limited each year to an amount equal to the Inflation Rate or 5% (whichever is less), unless you have made physical changes to your property (such as tearing down a garage, or adding a deck), or you purchased your property in the prior year. If you purchased your home last year, your Taxable Value will be the same as your Assessed Value this year.

Why are my taxes higher than my neighbor’s taxes when our houses are so similar?
Taxes are based on Taxable Value, not Assessed Value. Even though your homes may be similar, and you may have similar Assessed Values your Taxable Values may not be similar at all, because Taxable Values are reflective of when each home last sold.

What is a “Homestead Exemption”?
The Homestead exemption exempts homeowners from 18 mills of school operating tax. To be eligible for this exemption you must be both the owner and occupant of the property, and have a valid Homestead Exemption Affidavit on file with the Assessor’s Office. The Notice of Assessment sent to you each February indicates the percentage of your property that is receiving this exemption (normally either 100% or 0%. Your tax bills indicate this as well.

What do I do with the Notice of Assessment I receive each March?
Review it. If you disagree with the property values, transfer status, or homestead percentage; contact the Assessor’s Office to discuss your concerns. If you are still unsatisfied, schedule an appointment with the March Board of Review. Keep the notice for the preparation of your income tax return next year, specifically the MI-1040CR.

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Taxes

When are taxes due?
Village taxes due between July 1 and Sept 15 penalties may be added to the base amount. Winter taxes [Township] are due between Dec. 1 and Feb 14.

What happens if I can’t pay my taxes on time?
Sept 16-30 add 1% to base amount.
Oct 1-31 add 2% to base amount.
Nov 1-30 add 3% to base amount.
Dec 1-31 add 4% to base amount
Jan 1-31 add 5% to base amount
Feb 1-14 add 6% to base amount
Feb 15 to 28/29 add 9% to base amount
March 1 taxes become delinquent and are turned over to the Jackson County Treasurer (517) 788-4418. Additional penalties are added to the base amount.

Do I have to come to the Village Office to pay my tax bill?
No. They can be paid by mail with a check or money order. Payment will be returned if it is not the correct amount due.

What forms of payment are accepted by the Village and Township Offices?
The Village will accept cash, check or money order. If NSF check is received by the Village there is a $25.00 fee.

Are partial payments accepted on tax bills?
Yes, call for details.

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Water

Where do I pay my Water/Sewer bill?
At the Village offices 121 N. Main St. or by mail at P.O. 90, Brooklyn, MI 49230

Is a drop box available?
Yes. A drop-off box is available on the south-side of the Village offices, on the ramp.

When do I receive my Water/Sewer Bill?
The Village mails bills on the 1st of each month for the previous month’s usage. Payments need to be received in the Village office by the 15th of each month.

What if I leave my home for a long period of time, can anything be down about my water/sewer bill?
If your home will be unoccupied for at least three (3) consecutive months please visit the Village office to complete a form to receive a reduction in your sewer charges.

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Police and Fire Department
(517) 592-3122 -- (517) 592- 8654
Emergency: 911

How do I report an emergency?
Call 9-1-1 for fire, medical, or police response, or any life or property-threatening emergency.

Where is the Police/Fire Department located?
The Columbia Township Police and Fire Departments are located at 8500 Jefferson Rd., Brooklyn, MI 49230. Police: 517-592-3122. Fire: 517-592-8654 Emergency: 911

What are the hours for both Departments?
The Police Department secretary is part-time, with the Office typically open during normal weekday business hours. There is always a police officer on duty (24/7), typically out on the road. The Administrative office hours for the Fire Department are Monday –Friday 8 – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 – 4 p.m., closed on Sunday

Is there a way to report a crime anonymously?
In most cases, crimes may be reported anonymously by either calling the Police Department administrative line at 592-3122, or the TIP line at 787-0212. Formal incident reports are not typically accepted over the phone, however, so the Police Department will usually make personal contact.

Is there a charge for using paramedic services?
There is a charge if the patient is transported. There may be a nominal fee if the medical technicians make vitals assessment and determine transport is not necessary or if the callers decide to transport the patient themselves. Billing will be done by the non-governmental transporting company example: Jackson Community Ambulance.

Who do I contact about having a special event such as a parade, bike race, 10K run, or neighborhood block party?
Please visit the Village offices.

Can I bring my children, classroom, or scout group for a tour of the fire station?
Tours may be arranged by calling the Fire Department and should be made at least a week in advance. Please call 592-8654


Can I pay a ticket at the Police Department?
No. Tickets must be paid by mail or at the 12th District Court counter located on the corner of S. Jackson St. and W. Wesley St.

My car was towed, where is the impound yard?
Vehicles impounded by the Columbia Township Police Department can be taken to any number of local impounds. Call the Police Department to find out specifically where your vehicle has been impounded, and if there are any “holds” that have been placed on the vehicle. You can then call the wrecker service to find out the charges that may be owing on the vehicle.

I have an abandoned vehicle on my property; will the Police Department come out and tow it away?
No. The Police Department does not routinely tow vehicles from private property, but they will respond to stand by while the vehicle is towed, if necessary, and to confirm that the vehicle is not stolen. The property owner is responsible for the removal of the vehicle and may use the towing service of their choice.

Does the Police Department assist with keys locked in my car?
No, for liability reasons, nearly all Police Departments stopped providing unlocks years ago. If there is an emergency medical condition with a child locked in a vehicle, the police or firefighter may force entry dependant on the circumstances, but typical unlocks can be done by calling a local wrecker service.

What is the curfew for minors?
A youth under the age of 16 cannot be in a public place, in the Township and Village, without a parent or guardian or some other responsible adult delegated by the parent between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Does the Police Department know if schools are closed?
No. Unless the closure is due to a police or fire emergency the Police Department would not be aware of school closings. You must listen to radio and TV news, or call your school district or school office.

What time do the parks close?
The Village and Township parks are closed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.

Public Safety Shoulder Patch Requests:
Due to the volume of requests received and the potential costs associated, the Columbia Township Police and Fire Departments do not provide its uniform shoulder patches to collectors, other individuals, or agencies. Fire and Police shoulder patches are not available for purchase and the Department does not participate in any “police-patch exchange programs”.

Am I charged for false burglary alarms to my residence or business?
For either a business or a residence, you are allowed a maximum of three (3) false alarms per calendar year, after that, the current cost is $50.00 per each occurrence.

Where can I view the Sex Offenders List?
This list is available for viewing on the State of Michigan website at http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/. If you do not have the internet available, you can stop at the Police Department, during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday.

Who do I talk to about a speeding problem in my neighborhood?
The Police Department is able to address these concerns in a variety of ways. Please call and report any speeding problems in your area.

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Records

What is available at the Police Department?
The Police Department complies with the Freedom of Information Act, and requests for police reports are reviewed accordingly. Many other forms are available either in person at the Police office, or the Police Department website at www.twp.columbia.mi.us.

Where do I get a gun permit and what identification do I need to bring with me?
All gun permits, including permits to purchase, as well as concealed weapons permits, are handled by the County of Jackson. The Sheriff’s Department (517-768-7900) handles handgun purchase permits and safety checks. The County Clerk (517-788-4268) handles concealed weapons permits. You should call ahead to learn what documents you need to bring.

What do I have to do to be able to park a large truck in front of my house? Is there somewhere else I can park it?
Vehicles must be kept off the roadway and cannot otherwise be a traffic hazard. Use reasonableness, keeping in mind your neighbors, or check with the Police Department.

Where can I obtain an animal license and how much do they cost?
Dogs are required to be registered, which you can do at the County Animal control facility or at the County Treasurer’s office. You must provide a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate with expiration date, proof of spay or neuter of the dog if applicable. They will also need your name, address, phone number, vet's name, dog's name, breed, color, age and sex. You must provide a drivers license or state ID showing your date of birth to receive a senior citizen's discount. You must be 62 years of age or older to receive the discount.

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Animal Control

Does my dog need to be on a leash? Is my cat allowed to run loose?
Yes. Reasonable control must be exercised with both dogs and cats. Reasonable control means keeping a dog on a suitable leash and keeping a cat on a suitable leash or harness while off the premises of the owner or custodian, unless the dog or cat is confined in a closed vehicle or shipping receptacle. Dogs and/or cats must be licensed and on a leash. At your residence, your dog must remain “under your control”, which could mean in the house, or in a fenced area, or under your voice command and in your presence.

Can my dog run loose in the park?
No. All dogs (and cats) must be on a leash. In addition, the owner must remove all animal droppings.

How many dogs or cats are citizens allowed?
Citizens are allowed three dogs, with no restrictions on cats.

Do dogs or cats need to be licensed?
Dogs are required to be registered, which you can do at the County Animal control facility or at the County Treasurer’s office. You must provide a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate with expiration date, proof of spay or neuter of the dog if applicable. They will also need your name, address, phone number, vet's name, dog's name, breed, color, age and sex. You must provide a drivers license or state ID showing your date of birth to receive a senior citizen's discount. You must be 62 years of age or older to receive the discount.

What do I need to obtain an animal license and where do I go?
See above question/answer.

If a stray animal is picked up, where do the Code Enforcement Officers take it?
Cats and dogs are picked up by County Animal Control Officers and taken to the County Animal Control facility.

Who should I contact if bitten by an animal?
Always call 911, and a Police Officer will be dispatched.

Does the Police Department have records of lost animals?
The Police Department may help find lost animals, or the County Animal Control Facility, as well as the Cascades Humane Society may be contacted.

Does the Police Department pick up lost or dead animals?
No. County Animal Control Officers may pick up dead dogs or cats, depending on the circumstances.

Will Code Officials pick up wild animals?
You must call a private pest control company. Check the phone book for animal removal services.

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Public Works Department
(517) 592-5873

What's included in Public Works?

Brush - please see Question 4

Sewers - maintenance of Village sewer lines

Street Maintenance
Street sweeping in spring and summer months
Snow and ice control in winter months
Leaf removal in fall months
Temporary repairs - fill potholes
Clear flooded streets
Maintain traffic and street signs, paint curbs and legends (painted signs on the street)

Water Mains
Village water lines and main breaks

Parks and Forestry
Maintain Village grounds, parks, parking lots, and greenbelts: mow and litter and snow removal
Village tree maintenance - planting, trimming, and/or removing

Water Mains
Village water lines and main breaks

Park Facilities
Maintain playground equipment

Motor Pool
Garage for maintenance on all Village vehicles and equipment

What do I do about sanitary sewer backup?
First contact the Department of Public Works. They will check to ensure the backup was not caused by a problem in the public sewer main. Homeowners own and are responsible for sewer lead up to and including their connection to the public sewer main. It is best to contract a plumber that is capable of performing a video inspection of your sewer lead. If Public Works determines the public sewer main did not cause the problem, contact a plumber to inspect your connection.

How do I dispose of yard waste?

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On Monday’s the DPW personnel will pick-up grass clippings ONLY.

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On Tuesday’s the DPW personnel will pick-up all other yard waste (NO GRASS CLIPPINGS) including bundled braches.

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All grass clippings and yard waste should be placed out at curbside or the street edge by 8:00am, but no sooner than 48 hours before the scheduled pick-up.

d.

All grass clippings and yard waste should be placed in paper bags or trash containers (NO PLASTIC BAGS or EASY CARTS WILL BE PICK-UP).

e.

Maximum total weight of bags, bundles or containers should not exceed 40 pounds. Brush or branches will be picked-up in trash containers provided they do not exceed the 40-pound weight limit.

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Maximum size of bundled (tied) branches should be no longer than 4 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. Tie brush bundles with rope or twine, no wire please.

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Large quantities of brush/branches that do not meet these restrictions WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. Private haulers are available to assist residents with such removal.

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Approved yard waste bags will be available for purchase at the Village Office during normal business hours at cost to the residents.

i.

Christmas trees will be picked-up during the first two weeks of January.

j.

The Village tree limb chipper will be out for the first FULL week of May, August and October to give the residents a chance to have fallen or trimmed tree limbs chipped by Village employees. Tree limbs should not be put out for pick-up any sooner than ONE WEEK PRIOR to the chipper being out. It will also come out for the period of four weeks in the event of a severe storm that has caused extensive damage.

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All limbs must be stacked neatly with cut ends towards the street. Limbs are not to exceed 5 inches in diameter. No messy piles, logs, root clusters or vines will be chipped or hauled by the Village.

How do I prepare branches for pickup?

Smaller brush 1-1/2” or less in diameter and shorter than 4' must be tied and bundled (60 pound bundle limit)

The chipper will pick up larger brush up to 6” in diameter and 4’ to 8’ in length. Stack on your curb, placing the cut ends together.
The Village tree limb chipper will be out for the first full week of May, July and October to give the residents a chance to have fallen or trimmed tree limbs chipped by Village employees. It will also come out for the period of four weeks in the event of a severe storm that has caused extensive damage.

The following is not included in the service: material produced by commercial landscapers and tree trimmers, materials produced from total tree removal by private firm or owner, materials produced by land clearing operations, and no logs, stumps, or roots. A private contractor may be used to remove prohibited items.

If I have a to dig holes in my yard, for planting a tree or installing a fence, how do I find out if any water or sewer lines are buried there?
Call 1-800-MISS-DIG (1-800-647-7344) for this information.

What do I do with household hazardous waste?
The Jackson County Health Department sponsors two days a year for residential drop-off of hazardous items. One day usually occurs in June and the other in October. Please watch for notification from the Village. Questions for this service can be directed to the Environmental Division of the Health Department at 788-4433

If my trees are growing into the power lines, how do I get them trimmed?
Consumers Energy may be contacted at 1-800-477-5050 to address these concerns.

General Information about Residential Rubbish Collection

The Village does not provide residential rubbish collection.

Village residents are required to make arrangements with local licensed rubbish haulers to collect their garbage. The following are licensed haulers in the area:

Modern Waste Systems, Inc. P.O. Box 275 Napoleon MI (517) 536-4900
Great Lakes Waste Services 1627 Parr Hwy. Adrian MI (517) 764-6000
Northwest Refuse, Inc. 2600 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI (517) 787-3699
Emmons Service, Inc. P.O. Box 1367 Jackson MI (517) 787-8710

If you are a resident of either Colbrook Meadows please contact your respective association to receive information regarding your rubbish collection.

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Planning Services
Village (517) 592-2591

The Village maintains code and planning departments. The services that both departments provide are as follows:
Building: permits, inspections: electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, and building
Code Assistance: property maintenance, and animal control (through the County)
Planning: land use and zoning standards compliance, rezoning, variances, site plan reviews, and merchant license use reviews

I have a raccoon in my yard. Will the Village remove it?
The Village does not provide animal removal. Please refer to the Yellow Pages under “Animal Removal Services” for a listing of private contractors.

Who do I talk to about an abandoned vehicle?
If the vehicle is on private property, Code Assistance can address the problem. If the vehicle is on a Village street, then Public Safety should be contacted.

There is a house next to my property that is unoccupied and may be a safety hazard. Who can I contact at the Village?
The Building Inspector and Code Assistance can address this concern.

Where do I pay a ticket from Code Assistance?
Code Assistance tickets are misdemeanors and require court appearance. Your court date will be on the ticket.

Who do I talk to about burned out streetlights?
Contact the Village’s Public Work Department 592-5873. Please provide an address at or near the streetlight or the pole number.

Who do I talk to about a traffic signal that isn't working?
Contact the Village’s Public Work Department 592-5873. Please provide a location where the signal is malfunctioning.

Who do I report dangerous sidewalks to, and who pays for the repairs?
Contact the Village’s Public Work Department 592-5873. They will send an inspector to assess the situation. If repairs are necessary, the property owner is responsible for 60% of the cost for the repairs. Property owners may do the work themselves; however, the Public Works staff must be contacted before any work may begin in order for the proper specifications to be followed.

What should I do if there is a water leak near my house?
If the leak is located on your property, you will have to contact a plumber to do the repair. If the leak is located on public property, in the easement, call the Department of Public Works.

Are any street, water, or sewer projects planned for my street in the near future?
Contact the Village’s Public Work Department 592-5873. Staff can provide information on planned improvements to the Village's infrastructure.

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Planning

How do I check on the zoning of property?
Officials at the Village offices can assist you by checking the official Zoning Districts Map for both jurisdictions. In addition, the Zoning Ordinance is available for viewing on the Village’s web site as Chapter 62 of the Village Code.

Can I run a business from my home?
The Village's Zoning Ordinance allows some “home occupations” to be conducted from a residence. Contact the Village office regarding rules concerning the operation of the occupations.

Where can I get a Village map or a Zoning Districts map?
Maps of the Village and the Zoning Districts Map can be purchased at the Village Hall.

I have a large piece of property and would like to make it into two parcels, who do I contact?
The Village Council approves all lot splits and lot combinations in the Village then it is forwarded to the Township Assessor.

How can I get permission for a temporary banner or temporary sign?
The Village Manager reviews and approves all requests for temporary signs and banners. An application can be downloaded of the Village website for this type of request.

If I have to dig holes in my yard, for planting a tree or installing a fence, how do I find out if any water or sewer lines are buried there?
Call Miss Dig by dialing 811. This service is FREE.

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Building

What kinds of permits or licenses does the Village issue, and when do residents need them?
The Village requires permits for new additions or major alterations to existing buildings or new buildings. Roof work will also require a permit as well. These applications can be found on this website.

Why do I need a permit?
There are several advantages to doing home improvement projects with a permit. The primary one is that getting a permit brings the services of an inspector, who approves each phase of the construction process, checking to see that work conforms to all applicable Village/State codes. Inspectors can also advise citizens on how to proceed if difficulties arise. Compliance with codes ensures safety of the building occupants.

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