Special Council Meeting

Notice of Special Council Meeting

 Village of Lawrence Council

The Village of Lawrence will hold a Special Council Meeting regards to increase of .1193 mills in the operating tax millage rate to be levied on property in 2017.

The Special Council Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on June 29, 2017 at the following location:

Village Hall located at 157 N Paw Paw Street, Lawrence MI 49064.


Posted 06/26/17 Lucinda R. Nower, Lawrence Village Clerk


Truth and Taxation Public Hearing

The Village of Lawrence will hold a public hearing on the proposed increase of .1193 mills in the operating tax millage rate to be levied on property in 2017.

The hearing will be held at 6:30pm on June 29, 2017 at the following location:  Village Hall located at 157 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan 49064.

Lucinda Nower


National Public Work’s Week

We recognize, appreciate, and honor our public works crew during this National Public Works Week (May 21-27, 2017) which celebrates the vital role public works plays in connecting us all together. Public works provides, maintains, and improves the structures and services that assure a higher quality of life for all. Its parks, streets, roads, bridges, and public transportation keep us linked together from coast to coast, and its clean water and sanitation services keep us healthy and allow our communities to grow and prosper. The Village of Lawrence proudly salutes and thanks our public works professionals Dave Deloach, Brian Johnson and Jim Groth who work tirelessly every day to strengthen not only Lawrence but every community across the country.

27 Truck brigade to assist those in need due to the wildfires

To All,


This afternoon, I received notice from Kyle Conklin that there will be a 27 truck brigade that will begin in Decatur and roll down Red Arrow Hwy. before getting on the highway in Lawrence.  This brigade begins their journey to the southwest to assist those in need due to the wildfires.   Although school dismisses at 11:35 that day, organizers are asking community members to rally downtown with American flags in support of this charitable mission.  The estimated time of arrival is noon.


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Michigan Farmers Send Help to Southwest


Mich. farmers send cattle feed to farms destroyed by wildfires in Kansas, other states

LAWRENCE, Mich. — When massive wildfires destroyed thousands of acres of Kansas farmland in March, Jerry Pilch said his heart went out to the farmers.

“Kansas and Oklahoma they get fires all the times,” said Pilch. “It was dry, low humidity. They had the winds we had a couple of weeks ago but they had them for three days.”

Those few days of destruction left 650,000 acres barren . Pilch is a farmer himself. He owns and operates the Southwestern Michigan Feed Inc. and was recently talking with local farmers about how they could help their comrades in Kansas get through this difficult time. Hay was already being shipped to them but as a farmer he knew more was needed.

“So we reached out to some big distributors and they kinda didn’t want anything to do with it,” said Pilch during an interview at his mill. “Their excuse was ‘we don’t sell feed in Kansas.’”

They carried on, he said, and launched a campaign to help the farmers by requesting people donate $8 for a 50-pound bag of cattle feed that’ll be shipped to farmers not only in Kansas but in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas too. They posted it on Facebook and immediately hundreds of people responded.

“I never in a million years thought it would escalate this much,” said Pilch. “We got more than enough feed going down there than we can even make. So we’re having another mill, we reached out to, make us some feed.”

Pilch said 4-H groups were knocking on doors asking people to donate. Local churches and community organizations have donated. The Future Farmers of America gave them in $4,800.

“We’ve had people call from all over the state, all over this area, people from other states wanting to help out,” said Dain Webster of Riverbed Cattle. “It just became ‘Ok lets get another semi. Let’s get another truck.’”

Webster and his brother Dan were some of the first farmers wanting to help their comrades miles away. They were in the middle of filling one semi a few weeks ago. Now there’s going to be 27 heading southwest on Friday. And there’s more than just cattle feed going too.

“Anything from hay to grain, fence posts to hygiene products for the people who’ve lost their homes,” said Webster during an interview at the farm in Lawrence. “Gloves for the volunteer workers that are going to be down there. We’re dropping stuff off to them. It’s a little bit of everything that we’re taking down there.”

Like Pilch, Webster’s heart went out to the farmers when he saw the devastation. He said people not only lost pasture but barns and homes too.

“I know they would do it for us. Southern Hospitality is huge,” said Webster whose roots stem from Missouri.  “Our family is from the South. So it’s how we were raised. You take care of the farmers.”

Pilch said the campaign ends on Friday and by then they’ll have at least 500 bags to ship away. The trucks are scheduled to depart at noon to make the 800-mile trip to Kansas and elsewhere.  And Richardson Oil Company donated 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel to get the trucks there. When Pilch spoke with a mill down there and told them what they were doing, the woman got emotional.

“When I talked to her on the phone she sounded like she was going to cry, like ‘why would you guys care?’” said Pilch. “It’s just farmers helping farmers. Basically somebody’s gotta do something. Farmers always help each other out.”

Notice of Public Hearing 112 N. Paw Paw

Zoning Board of Appeals

Please take notice: The Village of Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) shall convene on March 29, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence Michigan for the purpose of hearing Krista Goens regarding a varience to current requirements of the Village of Lawrence Zoning Ordinance concerning the mixed use requirements at this address, 112 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan, indentified as Van Buren County Tax Parcel number 80-44-107-008-10.

If granted, a variance would allow residential space in a commercial space.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to comment on this public hearing, comments must be submitted to the Village Hall by 5:00 pm on March 29, 2017.


Village of Lawrence

Zoning Board of Appeals

Posted on March 21, 2017

Safe Routes to School Survey

Dear parent or caregiver,

Your child’s school would like to learn your thoughts about children walking and biking to school. This survey will take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete. We ask that each family complete only one survey per school your children attend. If more than one child attends the same school, please fill out the survey for the child with the next birthday from today’s date.

Your responses will be kept confidential and neither your name nor your child’s name will be associated with any results.

Thank you for participating in this survey!

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