Public Advisory

Every three years, the Village conducts testing of the tap water in the homes for lead and copper. Per the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), samples are collected from homes that are likely to have lead-containing solder or older copper plumbing. The Village does not have any known lead pipes in the system or any homes known to have lead service lines.

This July, we collected samples from 10 homes. The Action Level for lead, 15 parts per billion (ppb), is not a health-based standard but a level that triggers additional investigative sampling of water quality and requires educational outreach to customers. The MDEQ assesses compliance with the Action Level based on the 90th percentile of all lead and copper results collected in each round of sampling. The lead 90th percentile for the Village’s water supply is 24 ppb, which exceeds the Action level of 15 ppb. Test results showed two samples were over the Action Level for lead.

Even though only two locations of the 10 locations sampled were over 15 ppb, the Village water system would like to share some ways you can reduce your potential exposure to lead in your water or in the environment since lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water and other sources. The most important things you can do is let the water run for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, per the EPA recommendations, or until it becomes cold.  Use cold water tap for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula. Boiling your water will not reduce the amount of lead in water.

Over the next year, the Village will conduct additional monitoring of the water system and, working with MDEQ, will determine if corrosion control measures are necessary to reduce corrosion in household plumbing. At this time, we believe subsequent rounds of sampling will show the water system results to be below the Action Level. Additional information regarding the lead in water can be found on the Village’s website: or at the MDEQ web page at

If you are a Village of Lawrence water customer and would like your drinking water tested for lead, contact Dan Faulkner at the Village Hall (269-674-8161) or via e-mail at

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Meeting

The Village of Lawrence Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) shall convene July 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Lawrence Village Hall, 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, Michigan, for purposes of hearing a request from Scott and Amanda Horn/Fleetwood Homes, LLC regarding a variance to current requirements of the Village of Lawrence Zoning Ordinance concerning the use of the trailer at this address, 312 Blackman Street, Lawrence, Michigan, identified as Van Buren County Tax Parcel Number 80-44-350-002-00


If granted, a variance would allow the existing trailer to be used for hardship purposes.


2018 Truth in Taxation Meeting

Notice of Public Hearing on Increasing Property Taxes

The Village Council of the LAWRENCE VILLAGE will hold a public hearing on a proposed increase of 0.1844 mills in the operating tax millage rate to be levied on property in 2018

The hearing will be held on July 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Lawrence Village Hall at 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence MI. 49064.

The date and location of the meeting to take action on the proposed additional millage will be announced at this public meeting.

If adopted, the proposed additional millage will increase operating revenues from

ad valorem property taxes 1.20% over such revenues generated by levies permitted

without holding a hearing. If the proposed additional millage rate is not approved, the

operating revenue will increase by 2.6% over the preceding year’s operating revenue.

The taxing unit publishing this notice, and identified below, has complete authority to establish the number of mills to be levied from within its authorized millage rate.

This notice is published by:


157 N. Paw Paw Street

PO Box 217

Lawrence MI. 49064






Special Budget Hearing

Notice of Special Council Meeting


Village of Lawrence Council


Public notice is hereby given that The Village of Lawrence Council will hold a Special Council Meeting on Thursday February 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Village of Lawrence Village Hall located at 157 N. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence Michigan.


The hearing is intended to discuss and review the approved 2018-2019 Budget.

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