Code and Zoning Administrator Position Open

The Village of Lawrence is accepting applications for a qualified contracted Zoning Administrator and Code Enforcement Officer.

The officer shall act in an individual capacity as an independent contractor and as such, shall be responsible for reporting his own income for tax withholding purposes. The zoning administrator and enforcement officer should have the equivalent of the following training and experience: Graduation from an accredited high school or GED. Ability to understand architectural plans, construction documents, blueprints, and site plans. A deductive, logical system of thought common in reading and interpreting legal documents. An ability to read legal descriptions and similar documents pertinent to zoning administration.

Qualifications Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in code enforcement, investigations, code interpretation or a related field. Working knowledge of zoning law or past experience as a zoning administrator preferred, and effective written and oral communication skills. Must possess good organizational skills to prioritize and schedule work load appropriately, to be able to work independently with little supervision, to meet deadlines, to keep good records and must have current valid Michigan vehicle operator’s license and provide own transportation.

Interested parties send letter of interest and resume to or Village of Lawrence, P.O. Box 217, Lawrence, Michigan, 49064 by August 18, 2017.

July 4th, 2017 Hours

In observance of Independence Day, the Village Hall will be closed

Tuesday July 4th.

Please feel free to leave payments in the drop box to your right.  Receipts will be available during normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5th.

Have a happy and safe holiday!


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.

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 ,

The Lawrence Community Closet

The Lawrence Community Closet

A Community Donations Event Hosted by LHS Student Council

In honor of Lucy Rose’s Light Project



What: The Lawrence Community Closet is a FREE event in which Lawrence community members can come to obtain gently used, clean clothing and other necessities donated by local families and individuals. Donations to the event may include shoes, toys, small household items, and men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing of various sizes.

Where: The Lawrence High School Cafeteria

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 8 am to 12 noon


Donors: This is an opportunity to organize those closets at home and do something great for the Lawrence community! The LHS Student Council needs your help! We challenge you to go through your closets and find your gently used items that still have life in them that can be passed on to someone who could truly use them.

Bring your donations to the LHS main office April 10 to April 24th

If you have any questions, or would like to assist with this event,

please contact LHS Student Council at (269) 674-8232 x1020 or



Everyone is welcome to come have a look and simply take what they need.



Large household items such as furniture need prior arrangements for delivery to the school.


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