Community Development

The Lawrence Community Development Committee (LCDC) exists to recommend a plan to the Common Council of the Village of Lawrence for immediate and future actions to implement economic development strategies as stated in the Master Plan. Where appropriate, the LCDC will coordinate activities with Lawrence Township within the Michigan Main Street model as they relate to economic development at the immediate boundaries between the Village and Township.

The Lawrence Community Development Committee consists of four teams.

  1. Economic Restructuring (Business) Team (Amelia Barker-King, Chair) – Team Members: Phil Glennie, Tom Richardson, Annette Crandall, Mike Matheny, Ken Field, Gary Barton, and Dan Faulkner. OBJECTIVE: Consultants/Advisors to strengthen, expand, & diversify existing businesses. Recruit new business, as well to sharpen the competitiveness of all businesses respond to changes in today’s market.  Assist  to convert unused buildings into productive properties.   Meets quarterly at Quality Assured Plastics.
  2. Organization (Media) Team (Phil Glennie, Chair) – Team Members: Cindy Nower.  To Coordinate media communication, control central theme within all media channels (website, social media, newspaper).  Reaching out to all of the community’s stakeholders, getting everyone working toward a common goal and driving/recruiting a volunteer-based program.
  3. Promotions (Events) Team (Mary Muday, Chair) – Team Members: Kim Thompson, Jan Petersen, Phil Glennie.  Marketing our unique characteristics to residents, visitors, investors and business owners (i.e- Business Directory). Develop a positive, promotional strategy through advertising & retail activities (antiques in Park, Farmers Market), special events (Ox Roast, Halloween Trick or Treat, Chili Cookoff, Santa at the Town Hall,  Heritage Day).  Marketing campaigns (Lawrence Directory)  to encourage commercial activity and investment in the area.
  4. Design Team (Architecture) (No Chair) – Team Members: Gary Barton, Jeff Heaton, Anne Arthur, Jan Petersen,  Steve Petersen. Enhancing the downtown physical environment by capitalizing on its historical asset. Create an inviting atmosphere through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, streetscapes and landscaping. Promote good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems and integrating long-term planning. Current projects to possibly assist: DDA Streetscape (light project), Garden Club planting projects. I-94 beautification, new signs (i.e.-Lagoon sign), art displays, fountains.

A preliminary chart of the teams displaying how they relate to Village Council and DDA can be viewed here.

The Community Development Committee consists of:

  • Phil Glennie, (Council Trustee)
  • Dan Faulkner(Village Administrator – Ad Hoc)
  • Andrew Muday
  • Mary Muday
  • Vernon Crippen
  • Dolores Crippen
  • Kim Fearnow
  • Fern Conklin
  • Meets 1st Thursday, 6:00 pm of each month at the Village Hall. (see Meetings Notice for exact dates in case of schedule conflicts)

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SALE OF VEHICLE BY SEALED BID

The Village of Lawrence is selling the following vehicle through sealed bid: 2001 GMC 2500 2- wheel drive, regular cab. Vehicle can be viewed by appointment at the Village office 269-674-8161. Sealed bids are to be delivered to 157 N Paw Paw St by 4:00 PM on 3/3/20. The Village of Lawrence reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
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SALE OF VEHICLE BY SEALED BID

The Village of Lawrence is selling the following vehicle through sealed bid: 2001 GMC 2500 2- wheel drive, regular cab. Vehicle can be viewed by appointment at the Village office 269-674-8161. Sealed bids are to be delivered to 157 N Paw Paw St by 4:00 PM on 3/3/20. The Village of Lawrence reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

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, February 18th at 5:00pm

Community Development Committee (1st Thursday) Thursday, March 5th, 6:00pm

DDA (4th Wednesday)
Wednesday, February 26th, 6:30 pm

LDFA (4th Wednesday - Quarterly)
Wednesday, February 26th, 6:00pm

Joint Parks & Rec Committee Meeting at Lawrence Township Hall
Sunday, February 16th, 7:00pm

Ox Roast Committee
Thursday, February 20th, 6:00pm

Personnel Committee (4th Monday)
Monday, February 24th, 6:00pm

Planning Commission (4th Monday)
Monday, February 24th, 7:00pm

Public Service Meeting (1st Wednesday)
Wednesday, March 4th, 6:00pm

Regular Council Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
Tuesday, March 10th, 7:00pm

Special Meeting: Personnel
Thursday, February 13th, 6:30pm

Special Meeting: Council
Tuesday, February 25th, 6:00pm

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.
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NOTICE
Special Meeting
for the Village of Lawrence
to be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020at 6:00 PM
for a Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure and Resiliency Application (Michigan Economic Development Corporation)
Allows citizens an opportunity to examine and submit comments on proposed application and community development for James Street lift station, School lift station and communication updates for water system.

Posted 2/7/2020
Lucinda R Nower
Clerk
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