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Wolverine Disposal Areas

Courtland Township has been monitoring the investigation related to Wolverine disposal areas in Plainfield and Cannon Townships. At this point there are no reported dump sites in Courtland Township. The MDEQ is handling the investigation and are not doing random testing other than the targeted areas right now. If you have any questions, please visit the links below.

Additionally, there are reports of individuals claiming to work for water testing companies going around door to door offering free water testing, but keep in mind they are unable to test for PFOS. These may be scams.

Information from MDEQ

Information from the Kent County Health Department

Click here for Algoma Township's fact sheet.

Click here to see results from a water test at the Oaks of Rockford.

Township Supervisor

On Wednesday, August 2, Chuck Porter, long time member of the Courtland Township Board, resigned his position as Supervisor. The Porter family has been active in the politics of Courtland Township for many years. Chuck was carrying on the family tradition by serving his community. Darcy, his father, was first elected in 1960 as Trustee, before becoming Supervisor in 1976. Darcy continued as Supervisor until 1988 at which time Chuck ran for office becoming a Trustee, then served terms as Supervisor, most currently from 2010 until his resignation.

Porter thanked Board members for their years of support, and stated that he was truly a "farmer at heart". His farm operation continues to grow, he manages Porter Grain Farms along with his son Andy. Chuck also serves on the Kent County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Porter served Courtland Township for many years, always treating people with courtesy and respect. He will be missed.

Courtland Township is now accepting applications for the Supervisor. Details are available here.

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.


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


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


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 For more information and schedules, plus printable registration forms go to our website or call 696-7320 during our hours on Monday-Wednesday.

National Paollutant 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.

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.