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                    Trick or Treat

                     October 31st

                   5:30 – 7:30 PM

            Throughout the Village

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

September 27th, 2019

RE: Health Alert for Van Buren and Cass County Residents

Due to the large geographic distribution and number of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in humans and animals, coupled with warm weather projections, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and 12 local health departments have decided to conduct aerial spraying in high risk areas combat further spread of the deadly disease EEE.

Spraying is scheduled take place starting Sunday, Sept. 29 starting at 8 p.m. However, the ability to spray is weather dependent and the schedule may change. Residents are encouraged to visit www.Michigan.gov/EEE for up-to-date information.

Spraying will occur in the following 14 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. All of these counties have cases of EEE in people, animals or both. Visit www.Michigan.gov/EEE for more detailed information.

Van Buren Cass District Health Department along with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents to stay healthy by following steps to avoid mosquito bites:

• Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.

• Maintain window and door screenings to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.

People can be infected with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. The disease is not spread from animal to humans. Signs and symptoms of EEE include sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches. EEE infection can develop into severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis. Permanent brain damage, coma and death may also occur in some cases, per the press release from MDHHS, September 27, 2019. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek prompt medical attention.

Two of the three deaths from EEE in our state were from Van Buren and Cass counties. Further deaths and serious illnesses can be prevented. The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department supports our state officials’ recommendations on how to protect you, our residents, from serious harm. We have been assured that state experts have evaluated safety and efficacy of the proposed spraying program. Additionally, we will continue to educate and encourage people to protect themselves, their loved ones and their neighbors from this disease. Our website, www.vbcassdhd.org, will be kept current with updates and answers to frequently asked questions as well as contact information at the local and state levels. Follow us on our website at www.vbcassdhd.org and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VBCDHD.

 

 

September/October Meeting Notice

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, September 17th, 6:00pm
Community Development Committee

(1st Thursday)

Thursday, October 10th, 7:00pm
DDA (4th Wednesday) Wednesday, September 25th, 6:30pm
LDFA (4th Wednesday – Quarterly) Wednesday, September 25th, 6:00pm
Joint Parks & Rec Committee Meeting

at Lawrence Township Fire Department

Sunday, September 22nd, 7:00pm
Joint Village/Township Meeting
Ox Roast Committee Thursday, September 24th, 6:00pm
Personnel Committee (4th Monday) Thursday, September 26th, 6:00pm
Planning Commission (4th Monday) Monday, September 23rd, 7:00pm
Public Service Meeting (1st Wednesday) Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:00pm
Regular Council Meeting (2nd Tuesday) Tuesday, October 8th, 7:00pm
Public Hearing-Adult Use Marihuana Monday, September 23rd, 6:30pm
Public Hearing-Annual Pay Ordinance Tuesday, October 8th, 6:30pm
Halloween Trick or Treat Hours Thursday, October 31: 5:30–7:30pm

 

If you are experiencing a water or sewer emergency outside of normal Village business hours, please contact

the Department of Public Works at 269-312-4040.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Village of Lawrence

Planning Commission

Public Notice

Please take notice; the Village Planning Commission shall convene on September 23rd, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village of Lawrence, 157 N Paw Paw St,  Lawrence, Michigan, for purposes of affording citizens the opportunity to examine and submit comments on the proposed Adult Use Marihuana Ordinance.

Further information, including a copy of the proposed Village of Lawrence, Adult Use Marihuana Ordinance is available for review. To inspect the documents, please contact Village Clerk Lucinda R Nower at the Village Hall or call (269) 674-8161 or review at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw, Lawrence Michigan 49064. If you are unable to attend comments may be submitted in writing to Village of Lawrence, P.O. Box 217, Lawrence, Michigan 49064 through September 20th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. or made in person at the public hearing.

Lucinda R Nower

Village Clerk

Posted 9/11/19

Draft ORV Ordinance

Village of Lawrence

Off Road Vehicle(ORV) Ordinance DRAFT

The Village of Lawrence ordains that the Lawrence Village Code is hereby amended to add, Recreational Vehicles, to allow and regulate the use of Off Road Recreational Vehicle (ORV) on Village Streets as more specifically set forth in PA 451of 1994 (the “Act”), MCL 324.81101 et seq., as amended. §71.03 OFF ROAD RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.

(A) Applicable Law. Consistent with the letter and spirit of PA 451 of 1994, MCL 324.81101 et seq., as amended, and specifically MCL 324.8113(1) and (5) the Village shall permit an ORV to be operated on local Village Streets.

(B) Compliance with Law. The Operator of an ORV shall comply with all applicable federal, local, and state regulations, including but not limited to the provisions of Part 811 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, MCL 324.81101 et seq., as amended.

ORV Definitions:

(C) “ORV” means a motor driven off road recreation vehicle capable of cross-country travel without benefit of a road or trail, on or immediately over land, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, or other natural terrain. ORV or vehicle includes, but is not limited to, a multi-track or multi-wheel drive vehicle, or ORV, a motorcycle or related 2-wheel, 3wheel, or 4-wheel vehicle, or other means of transportation deriving motor power from a source other than muscle or wind ORV or vehicle does not include a registered snowmobile, a farm vehicle being used for farming, a vehicle used for military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement purposes, a vehicle owned and operated by a utility company or an oil or gas company when performing maintenance on its facilities or on property over which it has an easement, a construction or logging vehicle used in performance of its common function, a registered aircraft, an amphibious machine or a ground effect air cushion vehicle.

(D) Additional Restrictions.

(1) An ORV shall not operate on the street during the time period from ½ hour before

sunset to ½ hour after sunrise without displaying a lighted taillight, brake light

and headlight.

(2) An ORV shall not operate on the street between the hours of 11PM and 5AM

(3) The operator of an ORV shall possess a valid motor vehicle driver license.

(4) Operation of an ORV is prohibited in all cemeteries in the Village.

(5) Operation of an ORV is prohibited on all sidewalks, and other pathways not

specifically designed for motor vehicle use. This prohibition shall not apply to

agents of the Village, or other law enforcement personnel in the performance of

their official duties.

(6) A person shall not transport any passenger in or upon an ORV unless the

manufacturing standards for the vehicle make provisions for transporting

passengers.

(7) A person shall not operate an ORV unless the vehicle is equipped with a braking

system that may be operated by hand or foot, capable of producing deceleration at

14 feet per second on level ground at a speed of 20 miles per hour; and a throttle

so designed that when the pressure used to advance the throttle is removed, the

engine speed will immediately and automatically return to idle.

(8) An individual shall not operate an ORV unless the vehicle is equipped with a

Roll-Over Protective Structure (“ROPS”) as that term is defined in the

Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.

(9) With a rear viewing mirror located to allow driver to see traffic from behind.

(10) An individual who is operating or is a passenger on an ORV shall wear a crash

helmet and protective eyewear that are approved by the United States department

of transportation. This subsection does not apply to an individual wearing a

properly adjusted and fastened safety belt if the ORV is equipped with a roof that

meets or exceeds United States department of transportation standards for a crash

helmet.

(11) A maximum speed limit of 35 mph shall be maintained within Village limits unless otherwise posted lower.

(E) An ORV license is required to ride eligible roads that are open to ORV use within the Village limits.

(1) ORV shall have an active State of Michigan ORV license located on the rear vehicle per State of Michigan requirements of the vehicle.

(G) This ordinance shall cease to be effective and the permissions granted herein revoked in two years after its effective date.

(H) Penalty. See §71.99. In addition to the penalties set forth in Section 71.99, a

court shall order violators of this ordinance to pay the cost of repairing any

damage to the environment, a street, county road, or highway, or public property

as a result of the violation pursuant to MCL 324.81131(17).

  1. The parents of minor violating this ordinance shall face penalty.

 

Moved by:

Support by:

Roll call vote: Yea:

____________________________________________________________.

Nay: ____________________________________________________________.

Absent: __________________________________________________________.

2019 Ox Roast

2019 Event Schedule Link

Join us Labor Day Weekend for the Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival !!

Held in our picturesque Village Park, Lawrence’s signature annual event is fun for the whole family. All weekend there will be: various booths to explore, food vendors, Lawrence Lions Club  Beer Tent, The Carnival, kids free train rides, kids games, and music performances at the Pavilion.  Fun for all ages this Labor Day in Lawrence…See you there!

August/September Meeting 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, August 20th, 5:30pm
Community Development Committee

(1st Thursday)

Thursday, September 5th, 6:00pm
DDA (4th Wednesday) Wednesday, August 28th, 6:30pm
LDFA (4th Wednesday – Quarterly) Wednesday, August 28th, 6:00pm
Joint Parks & Rec Committee Meeting

at Lawrence Township Fire Department

Sunday, August 18th, 7:00pm
Joint Village/Township Meeting
Ox Roast Committee Thursday, August 15th,22nd,& 29th, 6:00pm
Personnel Committee (4th Monday) Monday, August 26th, 5:30pm
Planning Commission (4th Monday) Monday, August 26th, 7:00pm
Public Service Meeting (1st Wednesday) Wednesday, September 4th, 6:00pm
Regular Council Meeting (2nd Tuesday) Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00pm
Special Council-Amended Budget Tuesday, August 20th, 6:30pm
Public Hearing-ORV Ordinance Monday, August 26th, 6:30pm

  

If you are experiencing a water or sewer emergency outside of normal Village business hours, please contact

the Department of Public Works at 269-312-4040.

Lawrence 2019 Paddle August 31 at 9:00 A.M.

Lawrence Village and Township

Joint Parks & Recreation

We are inviting you to our

community paddle!

When: Saturday, August 31st, 2019.

Where: Paw Paw River. We will launch at the bridge at 48th ave.,

right here in Lawrence, MI.

Time: We will launch at 9am.

*Please bring your own kayaks and canoes as rentals are not provided by the Parks and Recreation

committee. If you have any questions please contact by phone or e-mail, Alicia Lorenzo at

269-364-0707 or alorenzo20k@gmail.com.

http://www.lawrencemi.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/LawrencePNR-Comm.Paddle-2019.pdf

 

National Night Out

Open House

Date: August 6, 2019

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Place: Lawrence Park Pavilion

Free Family Friendly Event

Officers will provide safety information while displaying some of the equipment they use to keep us safe. Bring your family and friends to meet Police Officers, K-( units, Marine Patrol, Dive Team, SWAT Team, Reserves and Mounted Division, Lawrence Fire Department, McGruff the Crime Dog, Neighborhood Watch, and free fingerprinting along with a bounce house.

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