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Board of Trustees Update – June 10 Meeting

Board of Trustees Update – June 10 Meeting

The Spring Lake Township Board of Trustees met on Monday, June 10, for our regular monthly board meeting.
If you weren’t able to tune in to the meeting, you can watch it on our Facebook page.
Here are a few of the items the Board discussed or acted on during the meeting.

Spring Lake — Lake Board Bond Proposal
The Board approved a resolution for the upcoming treatment of Spring Lake with aluminum sulfate, better known as alum. Spring Lake Township, along with two other municipalities, have representation on the Spring Lake – Lake Board, which governs the special assessment district that covers the lake. Spring Lake underwent a similar treatment in 2005. Alum prevents phosphorus from being separated from sediment and recirculating in the lake.

Vision Force Proposal
We approved a partnership with Beckett & Raeder, a Michigan-based planning firm, for community-wide engagement that will help inform updates to our community vision and mission statements, which were last updated in 2013. Our Board is committed to inviting a broad cross-section of the community to take part in this effort and provide feedback on what we, as a community, would like to see Spring Lake Township look like in the future. We will provide updates on when these engagement sessions will take place so our community can participate.

Glafke Park Tree Work
The Board tabled a contract with Tree Owl for maintenance of township property located along Leonard Road and southwest of the bridge over Lloyd’s Bayou, which is the Glafke Park property. We will discuss this item at our next meeting. This project is proposed to enhance ecology, manage invasive species and improve roadway safety.

Business of the Year
Each year, Spring Lake Township selects a business to be recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg’s Business Recognition Award Luncheon. We are excited to announce that Miller Knoll will be the recipient from Spring Lake Township. Miller Knoll has been an exceptional employer and has been a leading industry in our community for decades. It has demonstrated a continued investment and commitment to our region, and we are proud to honor this company.

Other Business
The Board also approved a contract for painting the shelters at Rycenga Park. We discussed a budget for an automatic gate at Rycenga Park, which we will continue discussing at our next meeting.

Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you and have a great day!
Jerry Rabideau
Township Supervisor

Bike Path Information

Bike Path Information

On the August ballot there will be two bike path millage requests – one is a renewal of an existing millage and one is a new millage.

The Bicycle Path Millage Renewal Proposition, which funds the maintenance of the township’s bicycle paths, is our existing bike paths millage, and it is up for renewal on the August ballot. The Bicycle Path Millage Proposition is a new proposal that will allow the township to plan for and construct additional bicycle paths.

Bike Path Millage Information
Tax Bill Example
Non-Motorized Pathway Asset Management Plan
FAQ – coming soon

Medication Disposal

Medication Disposal

Spring Lake Township provides a bin for dropping off unwanted or expired medications at Fire Station #1, 106 N. Fruitport Rd. The bin in the lobby is available 8am to 5pm on weekdays. Those dropping off should remove pills from the bottles and place them in a plastic bag. Liquids or gels can be left in their original containers, but we ask that you remove or black out any labels. Thank you to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department for handling disposal!

We cannot handle sharps at this location.

Tax Information – Summer Tax Bill

Tax Information – Summer Tax Bill

Summer tax bills will be mailed on July 1. Summer tax bills are due September 14, 2024.

Mail your tax payments (check only) to

Spring Lake Township – Tax
Department 8708
PO Box 30516
Lansing, MI 48909-8016

Tax payments can be made in person, by mail, or online. An auto-debit program is also available. Drop boxes are available on the front of the building or behind the building.

Payments may also be made online (credit card only). Fees apply.
Make an Online Payment

Tax and Assessing information is available online from BS&A. A fee of $6 will be charged unless you are looking up your own property. If it is your property you will need to register, but the information is free. This site can also be used to find your tax payment amounts and taxable value for use in filing your income taxes.

Tax & Assessing Information (BS&A)

Rycenga Park Reservations

Rycenga Park is located at 16401 Hemlock Road.

Shelter reservations are accepted for May 15 to September 30. Available reservation times are 9am to 2:30pm and 3:30pm to 9pm. Reservation fees are $45 for Township residents and $65 for nonresidents per half-day block. Note – we are sharing a reservation system with the Village of Spring Lake, so the link is to a Village site.

Bathrooms are not heated and opening is weather dependent. They are generally open from the middle of May to the end of September. There is a permanent portable toilet at the park.

Electricity is provided in the shelters. If the outlets are overloaded, the GFI circuit may trip. Please try using the reset button on the outlet before calling for help.

Dogs must be leashed. No dogs are allowed on the playground or the athletic fields.


Short-Term Rentals

Ordinance 255 regulating short-term rentals, was effective February 6, 2017. Short Term Rental definitions were updated in Ordinance 278, effective November 16, 2020.

Short term rentals are not allowed for properties zoned R-1 or R-2. They are allowed in other residential zoning districts.

Short term rentals are required to be registered. The registration is valid for 3 years, after which it must be renewed. The registration fee is $100, which may be paid by cash or by check made out to Spring Lake Township.

We will drive past your rental before your registration is approved to verify the condition of the property.


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