The 2020 Census is now hiring! You can be a Census Taker and earn $14.00 per hour, with paid training and mileage reimbursement. Jobs begin in August 2019, and are flexible with your schedule. The first phase, starting in August, will involve updating addresses and maps in local neighborhoods. Minimum requirements are to be 18 years of age, with transportation.
The Census takes place in our country every 10 years. Accurate data help determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. It also helps determine the allocation of funds, for local roads, schools, and hospitals. Learn more and apply at: www.2020census.gov/jobs
CodeRED Alerting Systems:
Following a thorough evaluation of alerting systems, Mason and Oceana counties have implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service. Thanks to a donation from the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, the CodeRED system will serve as the primary emergency public warning system to both citizens and visitors. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents to better protect life and property. CodeRED was selected for its reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s widespread use throughout west Michigan.
CodeRED’s robust notification system will provide County officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly deliver critical information to our citizens and visitors during emergencies.
CodeRED is provided by OnSolve, LLC, based in Ormond Beach, Florida. OnSolve has provided Mason and Oceana County an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers; however, no one should assume they are automatically in the emergency contact database.
All residents are encouraged to visit the county’s emergency management web page and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses.
Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for successfully locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations. In order to test local phone infrastructure and validate database information.
James C. Duram, P.E.M.
Oceana County Emergency Management
March 25, 2019 Michigan Department of Treasury Press Release regarding inaccurate assessment information that is circulating on social media:
The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding Michiganders that a Principal Residence Exemption – known as a PRE – does not expire.
Inaccurate posts being shared on social media are claiming that Michigan taxpayers will experience a surge in property taxes due to their PRE expiring after 25 years. In return, the state Treasury Department and local assessors are experiencing a surge in inquiries from residents who are trying to verify this misinformation or submit unneeded paperwork.
A PRE exempts a residence from the tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes up to 18 mills. To qualify for a PRE, a person must be a Michigan resident who owns and occupies the property as a principal residence.
For more information about property taxes, go to www.michigan.gov/propertytax.
Treasurer: M W F | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Assessor: M F | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Zoning: M T F | 9 am – 2:30 pm
Clerk: M W F | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Township Board Meeting
Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Golden Township Hall
Planning Commission Meeting
Last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Golden Township Hall
Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Golden Township offices (WHEN NEEDED)
Michigan has always been a prime destination for those who love to experience all four seasons, the Great Lakes, and other gorgeous scenery. Many home buyers like to invest in second homes at their vacation spots. However, if you are not from one of Michigan’s recreational areas, you may be unfamiliar with the concept of seasonal roads.
Seasonal roads are the unpaved trails and back roads that provide access to summer homes on lakes, rivers, woods, and recreational activities. They are not your typical road beds and are often narrow, swampy, and hard to drive on with their sharp turns. Seasonal roads are not designed to handle a lot of traffic, and require slow speeds when passing through.
Michigan has a law that describes how seasonal roads are maintained by the local road commissions. Briefly, the statute reads that a seasonal road will not be maintained from the months of November through April. Furthermore, they will not be open to public traffic during this time. There are signs posted at seasonal roads informing the public of this. Sometimes the signs are lost to vandalism and other factors, which is why educating yourself on seasonal roads before making a cottage or land purchase is very important.
Any property buyer deserves to be informed of all stipulations that come with his or her investments. If you’re uncertain of a road status, contact your county road commission or consult your realtor. For the specific statute visit this link.
Golden Township’s resident, Ted McKissack, is trying to raise awareness of the invasive species – Autumn Olive. To learn more about this bush click here and here. For information from the Oceana Conservation District click here. We hope that you will do what you can to eradicate this invasive species from your property. For more information about how to eradicate Russian Olive by – Cut Stump Treatment follow this link.