Fife Lake Township

Job Opening:

Fife Lake Part Time Zoning Administrator:

Applicants must be able to maintain regular office hours, keep a file record of all permits, perpare summary reports for the Fife Lake Township Board, Planning Commission and the Board of Appeals. Must have experience in Zoning and Planning, good computer skills and be electronically accessible 24/7. Receiving applications for land use permits and issue or deny same: to inspect properties, buildings, structures to determine compliance with the Fife Lake Ordinance, including violations.  The Zoning Administrator shall perform such duties as he Township Board may prescibe while in compliance with the Michigan Zoning Act (Public Act 11). *09

Interested Parties please send resume to:

Fife Lake Township

134 Morgan St.,

Fife Lake, MI 49633 or to


Bids sought for the following:

Snow Plow Bid Specifications For Fife Lake Township

134 Morgan Street


  1.  Lot needs to be plowed when there are 4 inches of snow or more.  Bid must reflect

 a per plow dollar amount. Ambulance and fire bays must be shoveled and clear.

2.  Plowed area around the Township Hall, Fire Barn and Ambulance Bay must be 

 Cleaned by 8:00 a.m. seven days a week because of emergency equipment access. 3.While this bid does not specify maximum accumulation, it does include payment per

 plowing for the days when there are multiple events of 4 inches or more of snow, or

 should the Township call for slush or ice removal

4. Bid must include the amount to be charged for application of salt/sand provided by

 the bidder, when application of salt/sand is requested by the Township.

5.Each bidder must include a copy of their liability insurance coverage with their bid documents.

6. Each bidder must have and/or provide an alternate source of snow removal in the event of equipment failure.  State in bid document what alternative(s) you have.7.

Failure to meet #6 above will allow the Township to seek another snow removal provider, at their discretion, to have the plowing completed in a timely manner.

8.Inspection of the area to be plowed and locations for accumulated snow may be viewed at 134 Morgan Street, Fife Lake or questions may be answered by calling the office at the number listed at the top of this page.

9.This bid request does not require an accumulated snow removal bid as part of this bid.  However, if you, as a bidder, have the ability for accumulated snow removal, please state such ability in your bid statement.  The Township will seek accumulated snow removal bids at such time if and when it is required.

Recording Secretary Bid Requirerments:

  1. Take Minutes for board meetings 1-3 hours long once a month on 4th Thursday, 3rd Thursday in November and December.
  2. Review audio from meetings for clarification
  3. Provide task list for five person board
  4. Provide Draft Minutes on following Thursday and provide approved/amended minutes one week after approved by board.
  5. Skills needed:  accurate, team oriented, organized and good people skills

  All bids for consideration, must be submitted in writing to: Leigh Gifford, Fife Lake Township Clerk, P.O. Box 8, Fife Lake, MI 49633. Or place in drop box at the Township

Hall, 134 Morgan Street or email Any questions please call 231-879-
3963 or Fax 231-879-3146.

Due to the seriousness of the transition of Covid-19, no one will be allowed in the township hall without protective covering over your face that covers your mouth and nose.  We will provide you with a mask if needed. This is for the protection of not only yourself but those who you come in contact with at the office.  Also, remember social distancing of six feet and sanitize your hands upon entry into the township office!

Emergency Order states all indoor meetings must be held virtually. Our next board meeting on January 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. will be held via zoom.

Fife Lake Supervisor is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Township Board Meeting                   Thursday, January 28, 2020 6pm


  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Also Present
  4. Approval of Agenda
  5. Conflict of Interest
  6. Consent Calendar

The purpose of the Consent Calendar is to expedite business by grouping non-controversial items together to be dealt with by one board vote without discussion. Any member of the board, staff or the public may ask that any item on the Consent Calendar be removed and placed elsewhere on the agenda for full discussion. Such requests will be automatically respected. If an item is not removed from the Consent Calendar, the action is approved by a single Board action adopting the Consent Calendar

  • Minutes-December 17, 2020
  • Financial Report
  • Bills to be Paid
  1. Correspondence
  2. Citizen Comment*
  3. Guests
  4. Reports

◆County Commissioner - Rob Henschell

◆Sheriff Department – Eric Meiers

◆Ambulance/Fire/Emergency Planning – Deb Rodriguez – Scott Tinker

◆Fife Lake Village – David McGough

◆Joint Planning Commission – Dawn Zimmerman

◆Civic Center South – Gerianne Street

◆Lake Shore Drive Committee

◆FLAUA – Leigh Ann Gifford

◆Zoning - Debbie Rodriguez

   11. New Business

   12. Old Business

   13. Other Busines

   14. Citizen Comment

    15. Adjournment

*All meetings are open to the public – Public Comment is limited to 3 minutes

Fife Lake Meetings are on Video and Audio

Dear Fife Lake Community,

Brainstorming new ways to keep our residents abreast of what is happening in our township will be one of my first tasks as supervisor. I will be creating an email list for a monthly newsletter.  To be included please drop me an email and let me know that you would like to be on the email list.  These will be sent as undisclosed recipients so your privacy is protected.

My office hours will be by appointment only until the Covid -19 restrictions are lifted.  At this time I will plan to be in the office on Weekdays, Monday through Friday 9am -1pm (except for holiday weeks)  Please email me at or text me at (231)499-7685 with any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and stay positive. There are great things in store for Fife Lake Township!

Respectfully Yours,
Gerianne Street
From Deputy Meiers,

Do you own a home in Fife Lake Township or in Fife Lake Village?  Are you a seasonal resident?  If you answered yes to both questions and would like me to keep an eye on your place while you are basking in the sunshine for winter, then stop by the township office at 134 Morgan Street, Fife Lake.  Fill our a property check request and I can keep an eye on your place while you are gone.  Please keep in mind, I do not have a snowmobile or even snowshoes, so if you live on a seasonal road or you have a driveway that is extremely long, I will keep an eye on your place from a distance.  Fill out the sheet in it's entirety and I will stop by every couple of weeks.  Any questions about this service, feel free to give me a call at 879-5302.  

Deputy Eric Meiers
Grand Travere County Sheriff's Office
851 Woodmere Avenue
Travere City, MI  49686

Treasurer Sorrow
Property tax information is available online at Choose the top red box to the right “Search Online Property”, choose “Grand Traverse County”, then “Fife Lake Township”. An account needs to be created. Your own information is free; $2.00 for detailed information.

Poverty Property Tax Exemption Info:

There's been some changes to the poverty exemption law. A few interesting

  *   Local units must post the policy, application and guidelines on their
  *   Local units can adopt a resolution that allows an exemption granted
for 2019 or 2020 to be carried forward for 21, 22, and 23 for those on SSI,
 SSD, or SS retirement. The resolution must be adopted by Feb 15.
  *   They can also adopt a resolution for new exemptions granted in 21, 22,
 or 23 to remain exempt for up to 3 years (applicant must be on SSI, SSD,
or SS retirement)
  *   Summary of PA 253 of 2020 Poverty Exemption
From: State Tax Commission <> Sent:
 Friday, January 8, 2021 10:56 AM Subject: Public Act 253 of 2020: Important
 Changes to MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption

Public Act 253 of 2020 was signed into law on December 23, 2020. The Act
made several changes to the poverty exemption statute (MCL 211.7u) that will
 impact how local units, assessors, and boards of review handle the exemption
 starting with the 2021 tax year. A summary of the key provisions and changes
 in PA 253 is attached to assist local units, assessors, and boards of review
 in understanding and implementing the necessary changes that are effective
 with the 2021 tax year.

The State Tax Commission will be working to create the statutorily required
 poverty application form, audit bulletin, and other necessary forms and

  *     Summary of PA 253 of 2020 Poverty Exemption




DECEMBER 5, 12, 19 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DECEMBER 30, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

JANUARY 9,16,23, 30 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

FEBRUARY 6, 11, 16 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

MARCH 1 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

TREASURER PHONE 231-879-4656



DECEMBER 5, 12, 19 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
DECEMBER 30, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

JANUARY 9,16,23, 30 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

FEBRUARY 6, 11, 16 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

MARCH 1 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

TREASURER PHONE 231-879-4656

Greetings from Zoning Administrator Deborah Rodriguez:
Since the construction industry was given the go ahead to open up, please remember to submit a Zoning Application to the Zoning department for all permits that are required prior to any construction. The application is available on our website. Zoning hours are Mondays from 12:00 PM - 4:00PM, Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Fridays from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.


From GTED:
Grand Traverse Economic Development (GTED) is the commercial investment and holding company owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. GTED is working on a plan to partner with North Bay Capital on the redevelopment of the prior Camp Pugsley site to establish the Grand Traverse Science & Technology Innovation Center (GT STIC). This will create new jobs and training opportunities for Tribe members, Veterans and others at the site. Currently they have right by use for Manufacturing/Fabricating, Warehouses and Contractors, Facilities and Yards. Bay Shore Steel Works plans to renovate GT STIC facilities and purchase new equipment to expand their manufacturing service line with a Water Jet system.

 Technology Solutions

Submitted letter to MAMA for development of MI SLFI Command & Control Center
5 acre environmentally controlled & scientifically engineered greenhouse projects
Data Centers & Telemedicine Call Center
New Battery Technology Manufacturing
Containerized Power / RAE Helix Wind Turbines
Telecom (5G) and Satellite Communications
Security & Access Control Systems
New Tenant Placement
Expand Product Sourcing, Warehousing & Distribution
New Teaming Partners & Profitable Business Acquisitions
Multiple Grant Pursuits – DOE, USDA, MEDC DoD STEM, DOL, etc. for projects
Future ‘Netherlands’ Greenhouses – Fruits & Vegetables Production, Packaging, Distribution


NOTE: To view the Medical Marihuana Facilities Ordinance MMFO-2018-1, go to Township Board and scroll to bottom of page, then open the ordinance.  Please note the effective date has been changed to March 1, 2019.

Supervisor Gerianne Street           231 499-7685                  

Clerk Leigh Ann Gifford                                            

Treasurer Cathy Sorrow                 231 879-4656                    

Trustee Nicole Gibson                    231 342-2015

Trustee Dawn Zimmerman              

Assessor Dawn Kuhns                   231 409-1827                    

Zoning Debbie Rodriquez               231 879-3963

Fire – Scott Tinker                          231 879-4009                    

Deputy Eric Meiers                         231 879-5302

Cemetery – Lisa Plamondon          231 499-1578



Fife Lake Township and the Ambulance Authority have adopted the following weapons policy:

Fife Lake Township Weapons Policy


To prohibit non-law enforcement personnel from possessing

and storing weapons in Fife Lake Township owned buildings.


All Fife Lake Township elected officials, hired employees and volunteers.



    Policy Statement:

Fife Lake Township personnel shall not possess or store weapons

in Fife Lake Township owned buildings at any time.

Items to be excluded:  trauma shears, pocket knives.

(these items to be used by EMS or Fire Staff)


A weapon shall be defined as: 

any firearm or any weapon required to be licensed under the CPL law,

or any weapon that is against the law. (adopted 2-23-2017)


 Please take notice that Fife Lake will provide auxiliary aids or services to individual(s) with disabilities.  Persons needing such services should contact the offices of the township clerk by writing or calling the clerk, not less than five (5) days prior to the hearing.

  • Fife Lake Township Hall
    124 Morgan Street
    Fife Lake, Michigan 49633

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