Hydrant Flushing Fort Gratiot

Beginning this week and continuing through December the DPW staff will be flushing hydrants. Flushing hydrants annually helps to maintain the best water quality possible.

During this time, residents may notice a slight decrease in water pressure or discoloration of water. Water discoloration results from temporary disturbances of the normal water flow within our piping network. These short-term changes in flow can stir up naturally occurring minerals and sediment that settle within the water mains. The objective of the water main/hydrant flushing program is to remove these accumulated sediments from our pipes by flushing the water out of the fire hydrants.

If water discoloration does occur, customers should try to refrain from using hot water and run their cold-water faucets ONLY until the water appears clear.

If you should have any questions or concerns during this time, please contact the DPW at 810-385-4489 (8a – 4:30p) .

LATEST NEWS

Hydrant Flushing Fort Gratiot

Beginning this week and continuing through December the DPW staff will be flushing hydrants. Flushing hydrants annually helps to maintain the best water quality possible.

During this time, residents may notice a slight decrease in water pressure or discoloration of water. Water discoloration results from temporary disturbances of the normal water flow within our piping network. These short-term changes in flow can stir up naturally occurring minerals and sediment that settle within the water mains. The objective of the water main/hydrant flushing program is to remove these accumulated sediments from our pipes by flushing the water out of the fire hydrants.

If water discoloration does occur, customers should try to refrain from using hot water and run their cold-water faucets ONLY until the water appears clear.

If you should have any questions or concerns during this time, please contact the DPW at 810-385-4489 (8a – 4:30p) .

Furloughed Federal Employees Press Release, issued 01/25/2019:

As a reminder for property owners and tax preparers: there is no fee to view, download or print tax information from our website. You may, but you do not have to, contact our office for this information. The link is on the left of this page.


The FGMC is now a Passport Application Acceptance Facility. Click here for details.

*APPOINTMENTS FOR PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED*


 Sewer Notice

Spicer Group Inc. will be inspecting the Sanitary Manholes in the Township as part of the SAW Grant. Some sanitary sewer lines and manholes may be located in backyards or alleys on easement. Members of the inspection crews will need access to these sewer lines and manholes. Some manholes may be buried. These manholes will be temporarily staked and brought up to grade at a later date. Please do not remove the stakes as these will guide the inspection crew to the structures. These crews are project personnel and will be identified with safety vest uniforms. Homeowners do not need to be home and AT NO TIME WILL FIELD STAFF NEED TO ENTER YOUR BUSINESS OR RESIDENCE.



THE FORT GRATIOT CANINE COMMONS – PETSAFE DOG PARK OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016! The park is located in the McIntyre Park at 4788 Parker Road. It is between Keewahdin Road and Carrigan Road.

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ABSENTEE VOTING (AV) INFO
Absentee ballots can only be issued after we receive an application for AV voting. Being on the permanent AV list means that prior to every election, you will automatically be mailed an application to vote absentee – you will never be automatically sent a ballot without having returned the application first, for every individual election. If you wish to vote AV, complete the application and return it to our office as soon as possible. If you receive an application but wish to vote in person, do not complete the application and then show up to your polling place on election day to vote.

Unvoted ballots can only be given directly to the voter or sent by first class mail to the registered voters address. The USPS will not forward AV applications or ballots. For example, if you bring to our office your application and one for your child/spouse/friend who is not present, we can only give you your ballot and have to mail the other, or hold it here until it can be picked up by the voter. However, anyone can return the voted ballots. Ballots can be returned to us in person, by mail (must use 2 stamps) or put in our secure drop box on the front of our building at anytime after office hours and on weekends.

*AV ballots must be returned by the close of the polls on election day. (Polls are open from 7AM-8PM) However, we ask that you return them at your earliest convenience.

*AV ballots can be issued until the Monday, prior to the election. The voter must appear in person and has to vote here. The clerks office will also be open the Saturday prior to the election from 10AM-2PM for absentee voting.

If you have any questions, contact the clerks office at (810) 385-4489.

Rock the vote, Fort Gratiot!


Have you checked out the latest Recreation Program brochure? Visit the Port Huron City Recreation Website to check out all of the class offerings for kids and adults. Through a cooperative agreement between the City of Port Huron of Fort Gratiot Charter Township, Fort Gratiot residents are eligible for the Port Huron resident rates (listed as “Resident Fee” in program guides) for all programs and events.

Online registration is also available!

Click here to sign up for text alerts from the City of Port Huron Recreation Department.

Burning permits are required and are issued on an annual (January 1 – December 31) basis. Please contact the Fort Gratiot Fire Department at (810) 385-5666 for more information.


FORT GRATIOT CELEBRATED 150 YEARS IN 2016! HAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL!

With nature preserves, trails, ponds, bike paths, parks, beaches, and recreation areas, Fort Gratiot has plenty for people to enjoy all four seasons. Fort Gratiot Township is also home to the largest commercial corridor in St. Clair County. Fort Gratiot Township Has It All…Small Town Charm With Big City Opportunities!

OUR HISTORY

The original settlement of the Port Huron area, including what is now known as Fort Gratiot Township, occurred in the latter portion of the 17th Century. This settlement was related to the location of the area along the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron. The location had an obvious strategic value for military, as well as commercial purposes. Direct access to the river and lake was a major asset to the area’s first major commercial activities: fur trading and lumbering. The emergence of the railroad as an important form of transportation in the mid-1800’s also served as a catalyst to growth in the area as Port Huron was located on major rail corridors linking St. Clair County with other developing population centers, including Chicago and Detroit.

Fort Gratiot Township became a recognized governmental unit in 1866. For most of the Township’s history, it has played an ancillary role to Port Huron as the County’s dominant city. Development in the Township for many years was limited to the establishment of homes along the Lake Huron shoreline and farming in the interior portions of the community. A limited amount of non-farm residential growth also occurred along the section line roads that served the Township.

During the second half of this century, the pace of growth accelerated in the Township. As was the case earlier, much of this development was concentrated along two of the Township’s most scenic areas: the Lake Huron and Black River shorelines. The lake also attracted tourists to the area, many of whom eventually developed summer cottages in the Township. In 1979, the Township was changed from a General Law Township to a Charter Township.

In the last thirty years or so, extensions of water and sewer lines into the Township from Port Huron have allowed interior portions of the Township to be converted from farms to suburban residential subdivisions and to commercial developments. One of the most notable commercial developments is the Birchwood Mall, which opened in 1991. The mall is notable not just for being the largest commercial development in the County, but also for being the catalyst for extensive commercial development in the Township during the 1990’s. As a result of these developments, the automobile-oriented Fort Gratiot Township has supplanted the 19th Century, pedestrian-oriented downtown Port Huron as the retail/commercial center of the County and the surrounding regions. In 2016, the new 22,000 square foot Fort Gratiot Municipal Center opened and is home to the township administration offices, fire department and St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Substation.

UPCOMING EVENTS

~Yard waste pickup is a weekly seasonal program and will be picked up weekly from April 10th & 11th until November 26th & 27th, 2019.

~Friday, May 24th, 2019: Grave items in Sunset Memorial Gardens may be placed on grave sites beginning this date.

~Thursday, June 6th, 2019: Grave items in Sunset Memorial Gardens must be removed no later than this date.

~Marcotte Delays. Observed holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, nothing changes. As our service days are Tuesday and Wednesday, we will always be delayed for Memorial Day and Labor Day, and we will never be delayed for Thanksgiving Day. New Years Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day will always depend on what day of the week the holiday falls year to year. The 2018-2019 delays are as follows:
-Memorial Day, week of May 28
-Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 delay only. Tuesday is regular schedule.
-Labor Day, week of September 3
-Christmas, week of December 24
-2019 New Year, week of December 31, 2019

~Our offices will be closed in 2019 for:
-Presidents Day, Monday, February 18
-Memorial Day, Friday, May 24, close at noon and Monday, May 27-Marcotte delay
-Independence Day, Thursday, July 4-Thursday only Marcotte delay
-Labor Day, Friday, August 30, close at noon and Monday, September 2-Marcotte delay
-Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27, close at noon, and closed Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29
-Christmas, closed Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, December 25-Marcotte delay
-New Year’s Eve 2018, Tuesday, December 31
-New Year’s Day 2020, Wednesday, January 1-Marcotte delay

~Cruise Nite is Friday, June 28, 2019 (last full weekend of June, annually)

~Scarecrow Saturday is Saturday, September 28, 2019 (last Saturday of September, annually)

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FEMA Open House 11-13-19

Furloughed Federal Employees Press Release, issued 01/25/2019:

As a reminder for property owners and tax preparers: there is no fee to view, download or print tax information from our website. You may, but you do not have to, contact our office for this information. The link is on the left of this page.


The FGMC is now a Passport Application Acceptance Facility. Click here for details.

*APPOINTMENTS FOR PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED*


 Sewer Notice

Spicer Group Inc. will be inspecting the Sanitary Manholes in the Township as part of the SAW Grant. Some sanitary sewer lines and manholes may be located in backyards or alleys on easement. Members of the inspection crews will need access to these sewer lines and manholes. Some manholes may be buried. These manholes will be temporarily staked and brought up to grade at a later date. Please do not remove the stakes as these will guide the inspection crew to the structures. These crews are project personnel and will be identified with safety vest uniforms. Homeowners do not need to be home and AT NO TIME WILL FIELD STAFF NEED TO ENTER YOUR BUSINESS OR RESIDENCE.



THE FORT GRATIOT CANINE COMMONS – PETSAFE DOG PARK OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016! The park is located in the McIntyre Park at 4788 Parker Road. It is between Keewahdin Road and Carrigan Road.

dog-park-kiosk-signs_page_2
dog-park-kiosk-signs_page_1

ABSENTEE VOTING (AV) INFO
Absentee ballots can only be issued after we receive an application for AV voting. Being on the permanent AV list means that prior to every election, you will automatically be mailed an application to vote absentee – you will never be automatically sent a ballot without having returned the application first, for every individual election. If you wish to vote AV, complete the application and return it to our office as soon as possible. If you receive an application but wish to vote in person, do not complete the application and then show up to your polling place on election day to vote.

Unvoted ballots can only be given directly to the voter or sent by first class mail to the registered voters address. The USPS will not forward AV applications or ballots. For example, if you bring to our office your application and one for your child/spouse/friend who is not present, we can only give you your ballot and have to mail the other, or hold it here until it can be picked up by the voter. However, anyone can return the voted ballots. Ballots can be returned to us in person, by mail (must use 2 stamps) or put in our secure drop box on the front of our building at anytime after office hours and on weekends.

*AV ballots must be returned by the close of the polls on election day. (Polls are open from 7AM-8PM) However, we ask that you return them at your earliest convenience.

*AV ballots can be issued until the Monday, prior to the election. The voter must appear in person and has to vote here. The clerks office will also be open the Saturday prior to the election from 10AM-2PM for absentee voting.

If you have any questions, contact the clerks office at (810) 385-4489.

Rock the vote, Fort Gratiot!


Have you checked out the latest Recreation Program brochure? Visit the Port Huron City Recreation Website to check out all of the class offerings for kids and adults. Through a cooperative agreement between the City of Port Huron of Fort Gratiot Charter Township, Fort Gratiot residents are eligible for the Port Huron resident rates (listed as “Resident Fee” in program guides) for all programs and events.

Online registration is also available!

Click here to sign up for text alerts from the City of Port Huron Recreation Department.

Burning permits are required and are issued on an annual (January 1 – December 31) basis. Please contact the Fort Gratiot Fire Department at (810) 385-5666 for more information.


FORT GRATIOT CELEBRATED 150 YEARS IN 2016! HAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL!

With nature preserves, trails, ponds, bike paths, parks, beaches, and recreation areas, Fort Gratiot has plenty for people to enjoy all four seasons. Fort Gratiot Township is also home to the largest commercial corridor in St. Clair County. Fort Gratiot Township Has It All…Small Town Charm With Big City Opportunities!

OUR HISTORY

The original settlement of the Port Huron area, including what is now known as Fort Gratiot Township, occurred in the latter portion of the 17th Century. This settlement was related to the location of the area along the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron. The location had an obvious strategic value for military, as well as commercial purposes. Direct access to the river and lake was a major asset to the area’s first major commercial activities: fur trading and lumbering. The emergence of the railroad as an important form of transportation in the mid-1800’s also served as a catalyst to growth in the area as Port Huron was located on major rail corridors linking St. Clair County with other developing population centers, including Chicago and Detroit.

Fort Gratiot Township became a recognized governmental unit in 1866. For most of the Township’s history, it has played an ancillary role to Port Huron as the County’s dominant city. Development in the Township for many years was limited to the establishment of homes along the Lake Huron shoreline and farming in the interior portions of the community. A limited amount of non-farm residential growth also occurred along the section line roads that served the Township.

During the second half of this century, the pace of growth accelerated in the Township. As was the case earlier, much of this development was concentrated along two of the Township’s most scenic areas: the Lake Huron and Black River shorelines. The lake also attracted tourists to the area, many of whom eventually developed summer cottages in the Township. In 1979, the Township was changed from a General Law Township to a Charter Township.

In the last thirty years or so, extensions of water and sewer lines into the Township from Port Huron have allowed interior portions of the Township to be converted from farms to suburban residential subdivisions and to commercial developments. One of the most notable commercial developments is the Birchwood Mall, which opened in 1991. The mall is notable not just for being the largest commercial development in the County, but also for being the catalyst for extensive commercial development in the Township during the 1990’s. As a result of these developments, the automobile-oriented Fort Gratiot Township has supplanted the 19th Century, pedestrian-oriented downtown Port Huron as the retail/commercial center of the County and the surrounding regions. In 2016, the new 22,000 square foot Fort Gratiot Municipal Center opened and is home to the township administration offices, fire department and St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Substation.

UPCOMING EVENTS

~Yard waste pickup is a weekly seasonal program and will be picked up weekly from April 10th & 11th until November 26th & 27th, 2019.

~Friday, May 24th, 2019: Grave items in Sunset Memorial Gardens may be placed on grave sites beginning this date.

~Thursday, June 6th, 2019: Grave items in Sunset Memorial Gardens must be removed no later than this date.

~Marcotte Delays. Observed holidays are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, nothing changes. As our service days are Tuesday and Wednesday, we will always be delayed for Memorial Day and Labor Day, and we will never be delayed for Thanksgiving Day. New Years Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day will always depend on what day of the week the holiday falls year to year. The 2018-2019 delays are as follows:
-Memorial Day, week of May 28
-Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4 delay only. Tuesday is regular schedule.
-Labor Day, week of September 3
-Christmas, week of December 24
-2019 New Year, week of December 31, 2019

~Our offices will be closed in 2019 for:
-Presidents Day, Monday, February 18
-Memorial Day, Friday, May 24, close at noon and Monday, May 27-Marcotte delay
-Independence Day, Thursday, July 4-Thursday only Marcotte delay
-Labor Day, Friday, August 30, close at noon and Monday, September 2-Marcotte delay
-Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27, close at noon, and closed Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29
-Christmas, closed Monday, December 23, Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, December 25-Marcotte delay
-New Year’s Eve 2018, Tuesday, December 31
-New Year’s Day 2020, Wednesday, January 1-Marcotte delay

~Cruise Nite is Friday, June 28, 2019 (last full weekend of June, annually)

~Scarecrow Saturday is Saturday, September 28, 2019 (last Saturday of September, annually)

CONTACT THE ADMINISTRATION

Fort Gratiot Charter Township
3720 Keewahdin Road
Fort Gratiot, Michigan 48059
Phone: (810) 385-4489
Fax: (810) 385-9010
Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM

CONTACT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fort Gratiot Fire Department
Non-Emergency: (810) 385-5666
Fax: (810) 385-7813
Monday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sat & Sun, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Department of Public Works
Office Phone: (810) 385-4489
Fax: (810) 385-9010
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

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