April/May 2018 Meeting Notice

Village Of Lawrence 157 N. Paw Paw P.O. Box 217 Lawrence Michigan 49064 (269) 674-8161 Fax (269) 674-3004 www.lawrencemi.org

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Village of Lawrence Committee Meetings Posting

(Unless indicated otherwise, all meetings are held at the Village Hall)

Regular Meetings This Month Ox Roast Committee Thurs., April 19th, at 6:00pm
Administrative Committee Tues., April 17th, 6:00pm
Planning Commission Mon. April 23rd, 7:00pm
Joint Parks & Rec Committee Meeting@ Lawrence Township Hall Sat., April 21st, 9:00am
Personnel Committee Tues., April 24th, 6:00pm
LDFA No Meeting
DDA Wed., April 25th, 6:30pm
Community Development Committee Thurs., May 3rd, 6:00pm
Public Service Meeting Wed., May 2nd, 6:00pm
Regular Council Meeting Tues., May 8th, 7:00pm

Michigan Statewide Tornado Drill 2018



With Gov. Rick Snyder declaring Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 8-14, emergency management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 11.

All businesses, organizations, families and individuals are welcome to participate in the voluntary statewide preparedness activity. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will be participating.

While tornadoes can occur any time of the year, they are especially common during the late spring and early summer months. As one of nature’s most violent storms, they can devastate homes and property in just seconds. The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means residents need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued.


A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)


  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train
  • If you see approaching storms or any of these signs, be prepared to take a shelter immediately

 During a Tornado

With tornadoes having the ability to touch down in a matter of minutes, Michigan residents need to be prepared to quickly react and launch an emergency plan.


  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately. If there is a tornado watch in your area, monitor local media and seek shelter when thunderstorms approach.
  • If you are in a building—like a home, small building, school or business—go to a pre-designated safe room, basement, storm shelter or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a smaller interior room, such as a closet or hallway, that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Once you are in lower level room of a building, make sure to protect your head and neck.
  • Make sure to bring your emergency preparedness kit to your pre-designated safe room to have emergency supplies ready in the event help cannot reach you right away.
  • If you live in a mobile home, exit the home and immediately go to a designated storm shelter. Even when mobile homes are tied down, they offer very little protection from a tornado.


  • If you are outside during a tornado, the only safe location is a sturdy permanent building. Seek that shelter immediately. Go to the lowest level and seek shelter in an interior room without any windows.
  • If you cannot get to a shelter, get to your vehicle and drive to the nearest shelter. If flying debris occurs while driving, pull over and park. Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelt on, covering your head and lying below the windows. If you can safely get to an area noticeably lower than the road, exit the vehicle and lie in that area covering your head with your hands.
  • DO NOT seek shelter under an overpass or bridge. These are some of the most dangerous locations and you will be exposed to flying debris.
  • Stay away from objects that can be easily blown around. Most people injured from tornados from flying debris.
  • If you are boating, go to land and seek shelter immediately.

After a Tornado

Once a tornado passes through your area, make sure all family members are safe and secure. Afterward, assess damages and stay safe by following the appropriate steps:

  • Inspect your property and motor vehicles for damage.
  • Write down the date and list the damages for insurances purposes. Take pictures and videos of the damage.
  • Check for electrical problems or gas leaks and report them to your local utility company at once.
  • Watch out for and stay 25 feet away from downed power lines.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings until you are sure they are safe and will not collapse.
  • Secure your property from further damage or theft.
  • Use only chlorinated or bottled water for drinking. Check on your food supply because if stored in a refrigerator or freezer with no power, food will spoil.

Use the food and water supply in your emergency preparedness kit for your family if power is out.

Tornadoes and Pets

Tornadoes not only put stress on people, but also on family pets. Tornadoes often produce anxiety, fear and a need to escape for pets. Flying debris and high winds can also leave pets susceptible to injury if they are left unprotected outside. Make sure to take preparedness measures for pets before, during and after a tornado.


Preparing your pet for a tornado:

  • Create an emergency supply kit for your pet that includes:
    • Leash and collar
    • Transport carrier
    • Food and water (3-5 day supply)
    • Any medications
    • Vaccination history, rabies certificate
    • Waste disposal supplies
    • A blanket
    • Favorite toy
    • Your veterinarian’s contact information
    • Special supplies for pets such as birds, pocket pets or reptiles (e.g., heat lamps)
  • Make sure pets are current on all vaccinations.
  • Develop an evacuation plan for your pets.
    • For public health reasons, many evacuation shelters will not be able to accept pets.
    • Identify pet-friendly locations in case you need to evacuate. www.petswelcome.com is a good source.
    • Check with boarding facilities, pet-friendly hotels, veterinary clinics, relatives or family friends outside the impacted area.
  • Ensure your pet can be identified.
    • All pets should have some sort of identification, like a collar with a tag and microchip.
    • Take a photo of the pet and keep it with the medical records.
    • Include any proof of ownership materials, such as registration, proof of purchase, adoption records and microchip information.
  • Practice getting the entire family, including your pet, to the tornado safe area before a tornado event occurs.
  • Practice learning how to quickly and safely secure your pet in an emergency.

During a tornado:

  • Bring your pets inside immediately in advance if possible.
  • NEVER leave pets outside and avoid leaving them behind if possible during a tornado watch or warning.
    • If there is no other alternative, leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water.
    • NEVER leave your pet chained outside or enclosed in a way they cannot escape danger.
  • If your pet is frightened, reassure them and remain calm.
  • Pets should be provided the same cover as humans during severe weather.
  • Put all pets into cages or carriers in the safe room when a tornado warning is issued. Animals can sense bad weather and often will look for a place to hide or escape if they sense it’s near.

After a tornado:

  • Be aware that a pet’s behavior may change before, during and even after a disaster.
  • Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost.
    • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside.
    • Always maintain close contact.
    • Reintroduce food in small servings, gradually working up to full portions, especially if animals have been without food for a prolonged period of time.
  • Keep your pet away from storm damaged areas. Power lines could be down and dangerous objects can be littered everywhere.
  • If your pet is lost and cannot be found after a disaster, contact your local animal control office. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
  • Source: www.Prep4AgThreats.org

 American Red Cross Tornado App

The American Red Cross Tornado App provides users local and real-time NOAA tornado watch and warning alerts—whether it’s the community where they live or places where friends and loved ones live. It also gives instant access to information on what to do before, during and after tornadoes. The app is free and available in English and Spanish. It’s designed for iPhone, iPad and Android smart phones and tablets.

Key features:

  • Audible siren when NOAA issues a Tornado warning for any of your monitored locations letting you know when it’s time to go to your safe room plus an all-clear alert when the warning expires (Note: Alerts’ sounds will NOT override if phone is on vibrate or in sleep mode)
  • Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during, and after requires no mobile connectivity
  • Help distant friends and family in tornado alley with ability to receive tornado watch and warning alerts based on their location from NOAA
  • Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most

Other information:

  • Be ready should a tornado hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation
  • Reduce your household’s stress and anxiety should a tornado hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning
  • Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages
  • Simply let friends/family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email
  • Let others know where you are with the Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions


For more information about the Tornado App, go to www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app.


Do 1 Thing

Do 1 Thing is a national nonprofit organization that encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to prepare for all hazards and to become disaster resilient.

This award-winning nonprofit is not an awareness program, but a call to action. Their curriculum is based on research into the reasons people don’t prepare and designed to overcome those barriers, including:

  • It’s too hard.
  • It’s too expensive.
  • It won’t happen here.
  • I don’t know where to start.

The basis of the call to action is 12 monthly fact sheets—12 steps—that cover different areas of emergency preparedness. Each fact sheet has a goal and a “what/why” statement that is designed to motivate people to act.

Through community partners, Do 1 Thing curriculum is designed to be turnkey system for any community or organization. Organizations with limited resources can easily incorporate the preparedness materials.

In addition, Do 1 Thing Business is designed to overcome the barriers that keep small and medium-sized organizations from preparing for a disaster. Many small businesses and nonprofits feel that they don’t have the resources—time, money or expertise—to create a continuity plan.

To learn more about making your community more resilient, go to www.do1thing.com.




Additional Resources

    • www.michigan.gov/miready—Preparedness information provided by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster.
    • www.michigan.gov/prepare—Emergency preparedness health and safety information by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness.
    • www.redcross.org —Tornado safety information from the American Red Cross.
    • www.Prep4AgThreats.orgResources to help rural communities prepare for disasters and other hazards by the center for Food Security and Public Health.
  • www.ready.gov—Resources and information about all-hazards emergency preparedness.


  • www.mcswa.com—Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.
  • http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/—National Weather Service’s Weather Ready Nation. Help your community, organization, or business become weather ready and serve as an example for others to follow.
  • www.do1thing.com— A 12-step preparedness program designed to make communities more resilient through all hazards.


March/April 2018 Meetings Notice


Village of Lawrence Committee Meetings Posting

(Unless indicated otherwise, all meetings are held at the Village Hall)

Regular Meetings This Month

Administration Committee (3rd Tuesday) Tuesday, March 20th, 6:00pm
Community Development Committee (1st Thursday) Thursday, April 5th, 6:00pm
DDA (4th Wednesday) Wednesday, April 25th, 7:00pm
LDFA (4th Wednesday) Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 pm
Joint Parks & Rec Committee Meeting@ Lawrence Township Hall Sunday, April 21th, 9:00am
Ox Roast Committee Thursday, March 15th, at 6:00pm
Personnel Committee Tuesday, March 27th, 6:00pm
Planning Commission (4th Monday) Monday, March 23th, 7:00pm
Public Service Meeting (1st Monday) Wednesday, April 4th, 6:00pm
Regular Council Meeting (2nd Tuesday) Tuesday, April 10th, 7:00pm
Joint Parks and Rec @ Township Hall (Public Hearing) Saturday, March 17th, 9:00 am







If you are experiencing a water or sewer emergency outside of normal Village business hours, please contact the Department if Public Works at 269-312-4040.

Memorial Day Parade 2017

The parade starts at the Lawrence schools at 10:00 am and continues to the Pioneer Cemetery for a short benediction then to the Village park memorial.

8:30 pm will be the 1200 luminary celebration at the Lawrence Township Cemetery.

Public Hearing-Golf Cart Ordinance May 9 at 6:30 pm

Draft Copy




The Village of Lawrence ordains:


An ordinance adopted to regulate the use and operation of golf carts in the Village of Lawrence.


  1. A. “Village” means the Village of Lawrence, County of Van Buren, State of Michigan
  1. B. “Driver’s License” means an operator’s or chauffeur’s license issued to an individual by the Secretary of State under Chapter III of the Michigan Vehicle Code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.301 to MCL 257.329,as amended, for that individual to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit.
  1. C. “Golf Cart” means a vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes. All golf carts operated within the city shall have no increased power, wheelbase or tire modifications for a standard manufactured gas or electric gold cart without prior approval from the city.
  1. D. “Maintained Portion” for this ordinance means that portion of a road improved, designated or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, that also includes the gravel shoulder/paved shoulder.
  1. E. “Operate” means to ride in or on, or be in actual physical control of the operation of the golf cart.
  1. F. “Operator” means a person who operates or is in actual physical control of the operation of a golf cart.
  1. G. “Registration” means the process through which every person intending to operate a motorized golf cart on roads or streets within the Village must follow.
  1. H. “Registration Sticker” A person operating a motorized golf cart by permit in the Village shall have a current registration sticker displayed on the driver’s rear fender of the cart. Registration stickers are obtained by completing and submitting the proper registration form to the city, along with a $10.00 fee. A registration sticker will be valid for a period of three (3) years and must be renewed.
  1. I. “Street” means a road, roadway, street or right-of-way” within the corporate boundaries of the Village of Lawrence, County of Van Buren State of Michigan, excluding State or Federal Highways. The terms road, roadway, street and right-of-way are interchangeable.


A person may operate a golf cart on city streets, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. A. A person shall not operate a golf cart on any street unless he or she is at least sixteen (16) years old and is licensed to operate a motor vehicle.


  1. B. The operator of a golf cart shall comply with the signal requirements of MCL 257.648, as amended, that apply to the operation of a vehicle.
  1. C. All golf carts are required to have a red reflector on the rear of the golf cart that shall be visible from all distances up to five hundred (500’) feet when in front of lawful low beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
  1. D. The operator of a golf cart shall obey by all sections pertaining to traffic in the Michigan Vehicle Code and the Uniform Traffic Code.
  1. E. A person operating a golf cart may operate on the far right maintained portion of a street, roadway or public right-of-way and shall ride as near to the far right side of the maintained portion as practicable.
  1. F. No motorized golf carts shall be operated in the Village at any time on state or federal highways except to cross highways where crosswalks have been designated or by using the most direct line of crossing.
  1. G. A golf cart shall not be operated on a public sidewalk constructed for the use of pedestrians.
  1. H. The maximum speed at which a golf cart may be operated is 15 mph or less.
  1. I. Golf carts may only be operated on designated roadways and shall not be operated on Village streets during the time period from one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunrise.
  1. J. A person who is a passenger in a golf cart, six (6) years of age or under, is required to wear a crash or bicycle helmet.
  1. K. A golf cart shall not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
  1. L. A golf cart shall not be operated in inclement weather or when visibility is impaired by weather or when roads are snow and/or ice covered.
  1. M. Golf carts shall not be operated on a road or street in a negligent manner so as to endanger any person or property, or to obstruct, hinder, or impede the lawful course of travel of any motor vehicle or the lawful use by any pedestrian of public streets, sidewalks, paths, trails, walkways, or parks.
  1. N. Off-road vehicles, such as Gators, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), a multitrack or multi-wheel drive vehicle, dune buggy, or like-vehicles are not considered golf carts.


  1. A. Golf cart owners operating within the city shall register each golf cart on a triennial basis by making application to the office of the Village clerk. A list of registered carts shall be maintained by the Village clerk.


  1. B. The charge to obtain a registration sticker will be $10.00. The golf cart owner shall affix the registration sticker issued by the Village to the driver’s rear fender of the golf cart. The registration sticker will be valid for a period of three (3) years.
  1. C. Failure to register a golf cart or renew an existing registration shall constitute as a violation of this ordinance.


  1. A. Any person violating any provisions of this ordinance shall be responsible for a civil infraction. The penalty for the first offense shall be Fifty ($50.00) Dollars, and One Hundred ($100.00.) Dollars for the first repeat offense. Repeat offense shall be defined as a violation of said ordinance which has been ticketed for within the past 30 days. For any second or subsequent repeat offense, the fine shall be no more than Two Hundred Fifty ($250.00) Dollars. It shall be the duty of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department to enforce the provisions of this ordinance. If, after investigation, an officer determines that a violation of the ordinance exists, the officer shall be authorized to issue a municipal civil infraction citation to any person, firm, or corporation that is responsible for violating the provisions of this ordinance. Service of said civil infraction citation or civil infraction notice shall be made in accordance with MCL 600.8707, Public Act 12 of 1994.
  1. B. A court may order a person who causes damage to the environment, a road, or other property as a result of the operation of a golf cart to pay full restitution for that damage above and beyond the penalties paid for civil infractions.


If any section, sub-section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance shall

be declared invalid for any reason whatsoever, such decision shall not affect the

remaining portion of this ordinance which shall remain in force and effect, and to this end

the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable.


This ordinance shall become effective on the date of its publication.



Motion by Council Member , seconded by Council Member , to adopt the ordinance.

Ayes: Council Member, , , ,

Nays: None

Absent: Council Member ,

Six Bill Brownfield Package


Committee Meeting

Meetings by bodies of elected members delegated by the House or Senate to consider and make recommendations concerning disposition of bills, resolutions, and other related matters referred to them. Committees are appointed by the Speaker of the House or the Senate Majority Leader and are organized according to subject matter.

Committee Commerce
Clerk Phone Number Jackie Mosher, (517) 373-5312
Location Room 210, Farnum Building, 125 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48933
Date Wednesday, 5/11/2016
Time 8:30 AM
Agenda SB 908 (Schmidt) Economic development; brownfield redevelopment authority; definitions and program changes; modify.

SB 909 (Schmidt) Environmental protection; funding; environmental protection bond fund; modify criteria for grants.

SB 910 (O’Brien) Environmental protection; funding; clean Michigan initiative bond fund; modify criteria for grants and loans.

SB 911 (Horn) Environmental protection; funding; environmental protection bond fund; modify criteria for grants.

SB 912 (Knezek) Environmental protection; funding; clean Michigan initiative bond fund; modify criteria for grants and loans to conform to brownfield redevelopment act.

SB 913 (Casperson) Environmental protection; funding; revitalization revolving loan program; modify criteria for loans.

And any other business properly before the committee.

Chair Wayne A. Schmidt

June 2nd Public Hearing (Water Rate Adjustment)


The Village of Lawrence’s Public Service Committee will hold a Public Hearing at the Village Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence Michigan 49064.

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on proposed water rate increases to village residents.  A copy of the proposed rate increases shall be available at the Village Hall for review before the hearing.

All written comments must be received by no later than 4:00pm, June 1st, 2016 in order to be considered.  If any resident has a physical disability which may limit his/her participation in this hearing, please notify the Village Hall at least five (5) days prior to the hearing so that reasonable accommodations may be made.

Date: May 11, 2016

Lucinda Nower, Village Clerk

Village of Lawrence





Welcome to the new Village of Lawrence Website!

Welcome to the new Village of Lawrence Website! This website was designed with our residents in mind. The goal of the new website is to provide convenient access to what’s happening in your village. The new site boasts some pretty nice features, such as:

  • Site-wide search
  • A central location for all of the town documents.
  • An easy-to-see list of upcoming calendar events.
  • Designed for Mobile (Shrink the width of your browser window to see what we mean).
  • An easily accessible gallery of pictures from around the village.

If you happen to see something that’s not quite right, please let us know. Otherwise, enjoy the new homepage of your hometown!

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