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Thank you, Chief Davis!

Courtland Township would like to thank Fire Chief Mickey Davis for his 26 years of service to the Township. The residents of Courtland Township are forever in your debt for your professionalism, compassion and dedication to your community. We wish you all the best in retirement!

Click here to read the Resolution of Appreciation and Honor for Chief Davis, adopted by Courtland Township Board on August 3, 2016.


From David A. Oliver, Chaplain, Courtland Twp Fire Department:

This month Chief Mickey Davis of the Courtland Township Fire Department announced his retirement from a long and impressive career in fire service. For two decades Chief Davis served both Oakfield Township and Courtland Township as fire chief simultaneously. For the past six years he has dedicated his services to Courtland Township Fire Department full-time.

It has been nearly 20 years since Mickey asked me to consider becoming the first chaplain for the two departments he led. Due to his own personal losses, Chief Davis understood that the harm done by fires and accidents goes beyond wounded bodies and damaged property. Often times the greatest injury is to the human heart. In beginning a chaplaincy program, Mickey demonstrated that his concern for the townships he served went beyond putting out fires and securing the emergency scene.

During his tenure, Chief Davis also showed his care for the residents of Courtland Township by delivering toys to children from disadvantaged homes, visiting foster care homes, and directing social services to families in need. He cared deeply for the personal well-being of the people he served.

The residents of Courtland Township owe a debt of gratitude to Davis for his unselfish and professional service. He provided leadership in expanding the quality and resources of the township fire service, faithfully protected lives and property, and made the township a better place to live and work.

Personally, I wish to express my thanks to the chief for inviting me into a world few know anything about. I have seen the danger and the trauma that firefighters endure as they assist others in crisis. It has been one of my life’s greatest honors to be able to assist Chief Davis and the other members of the fire department in their noble work. I am a better man because of my association with Mickey Davis and the men and women of Courtland Township Fire Department.

Thank you, Chief, and congratulations on a meaningful career of faithful service!

Household Hazardous Waste

Kent County accepts household hazardous waste at the North Kent Transfer Station, 2908 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. Types of items accepted include weed killer, fertilizer, charcoal lighter fluid, rodent and bug poison, oil-based paint and stain, paint thinner, antifreeze, motor oil, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and fire extinguishers. Make a list of the items you want to dispose of and call (616) 336-2570 for an appointment.

Recycling

Free recycling of glass and metal food containers, newspapers, magazines, paperboard, computer paper, junk mail, corrugated cardboard, plastic containers stamped 1-7, and plastic grocery bags stamped 2 or 4 only is also available at the North Kent Transfer Station, Monday thru Saturday 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Remember: If it’s not clean, it’s not recyclable!

Township Parks

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP PARK RULES & PERMIT

Walking path, ball field, and picnic shelter are available for your use. Call to reserve for large groups

CEDAR SPRINGS PARKS AND RECREATION

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department serves the communities of Algoma, Courtland, Nelson and Solon Townships as well as the City of Cedar Springs and the Cedar Springs Public School District. The department offers programs for residents of all ages. Program offerings include ZUMBA, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, open basketball and volleyball for adults, youth dance and tumbling classes, art classes, Spanish instruction, computer classes, sports camps, enrichment camps, senior luncheons, concerts in the park, bus trips and more. We are always looking for ideas for new programs and are interested in your thoughts. If you are interested in teaching a class or want us to investigate the potential for a program, please email the director at director@csaparksandrec.com. For more information and schedules, plus printable registration forms go to our website www.csaparksandrec.com or call 696-7320 during our hours on Monday-Wednesday.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Michigan rivers and tributaries stretch across hundreds of square miles in Michigan, including highlands and lowlands. The rivers carry rain and snowmelt runoff, or stormwater runoff, into inland lakes and the Great Lakes. The quantity of stormwater entering our rivers, lakes, and streams along with the pollutants it carries can degrade aquatic habitat and water quality. We can all take simple steps to reduce stormwater pollution. After all, the cheapest way to stop pollution is at the source. Click here for more information...

Cemetery Notes

Cemetery Ordinance

It has come to our attention that there are a number of cemetery lots marked “hold” in our records that have not been paid for. If you believe that you have placed a hold on one or more lots please contact the township offices as soon as possible to make arrangements to either purchase the lots or release them. The lot price is $150 for township residents and $250 for non-residents. We will hold lots for no longer than 60 days. Also, the township will buy back unwanted lots at the original purchase price. Proof of lot ownership (burial grant certificate) is required.

Kent County Broadband Survey

As part of the recently formed Kent County Broadband Initiative, Courtland Township is participating in Connect Michigan's "Connected Community" program. This project will assess the current status of broadband access, adoption, and use in our area so we can develop a Broadband Technology Action Plan to improve the quality of life and economic potential across Kent County.

For more information and to take the survey online, click here.

If you need a paper survey, it is available here. Please return it by May 20, 2016.