Due to Michigan Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21, the golf course is closed to everyone. This means you are not allowed to play golf. Golf courses have been termed as non essential businesses by the governor.
The Berrien County prosecutor's office has instructed us that this type of business must remain closed during the pandemic.
As of yesterday, fines were increased to $1,000 per incident for those not complying with executive orders banning gatherings and non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a fine, criminal charges may be included and could include jail time.
In addition to the golf course closure, the park facilities are closed. The playground equipment is taped off, the basketball/pickleball and tennis courts are closed until further notice.
Our police department will be monitoring these areas and instructing violators to leave. People who do not comply will be issued tickets.
Please follow the governor's orders and help prevent the spread of this virus.
Coronavirus (Covid 19)
Following the announcement of the state’s first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are providing recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of the virus.
These recommendations apply at the individual, organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; everyone has an important role to play.
Please take a moment to review the Interim Recommendations to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (March 11, 2020). Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. You can stay informed by regularly visiting Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
Free Virtual Screening
Free virtual screening over the phone: Anyone in Michigan that is having COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and cough with or without difficulty breathing can schedule a free virtual screening by calling (616) 391-2380. If you or someone else is having severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Trash Pick Up Guidelines
Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) threat, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Able Disposal will no longer be picking up items and bags of trash that are not placed inside a trash can to protect the health of their employees.
During this time, if you have more trash than what will fit in your trash can, they will empty an extra can. The extra can does not need to be an Able Disposal or Republic Services can. You may use other types of cans similar to what can be purchased at a hardware store.
If you do put an additional can out, please leave a little extra space between the two cans as Able Disposal will try to empty all cans with the arm of the truck so that the employees don't have to handle them. If they can't pick it up with the arm, they will manually empty the can.
Once the coronavirus threat has subsided, they will no longer pick up the other type of cans.
In accordance with Executive Order 2020-21, the Attorney General and Prosecuting Attorney of Berrien County have informed the Village of Grand Beach that no residential construction by outside contractors is allowed at this time unless it is an emergency repair.
Read Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 here.
On Monday, March 23, Michigan Governor Whitmer instituted Executive Order No. 2020-21 which states that to suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am, and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
The Village Hall will be closed from March 24, 2020 through April 13, 2020.
If you have an urgent need, please call (269) 469-3141 and leave a message and your call will be returned.
Police services will continue as usual.
Click here to review Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders.
Click here for a summary of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
Council President Deborah Lindley presented the following year end report summarizing the accomplishments of 2019 at the December 18, 2019 Village Council Meeting.
2019 Year-End Report
Debbie Lindley, Council President
Building and Zoning:
- The Planning Commission completed their zoning revisions.
- There was continuation of working with homeowners to get projects done within zoning guidelines
Parks and Beaches:
- Received a state grant for 3.2 million and raised the 25% match to purchase the 42 Acres of Grand Beach Preserve. That process is in the works and the land closing should be completed soon.
- Worked diligently to complete a 5-year Parks and Recreation Plan, which was accepted by the council last month and will make it possible to apply for future state grants.
- Parks committee visited all designated parks and available park property.
- Donation to replace the white fencing along Grand Beach Road and the golf course that should be completed by Memorial day.
Streets and Water:
- Dolly Trainor drainage project completed with paving to be done in the spring.
- Royal Ave. sidewalk completed using state granted monies for walkways and trails. The continuation of white posts will be completed at a later date weather permitting.
- Completed an almost 2-year investigation and trial of combined services with Michiana. Grand Beach signed an agreement with Michiana to provide combined services between the 2 communities. All state paperwork is on track to be completed in January of 2020.
- We say goodbye to our former chief Dan Schroeder and thank him for his many years of dedication to our village. A get together will be planned in the summer when residents are here to participate.
- We are happy to welcome our new chief Ryan Layman and assistant chief Jamie Flick.
- The golf course continues to operate in the black with expanded merchandise for purchase.
- Walnut/Pump house permit approvals were given after a year and a half approval process by EGLE. Work will be started this winter from the bluff and completed by barge weather permitting. We will be making those decisions later on the agenda.
- There was an evaluation of tree health on the golf course with the removal of 15 of the most dangerous trees. Others will be considered on a monetary ability to remove.
- The maintenance department removed the bottom branches of the pine trees and will take down other smaller trees, weather permitting.
- Alternative plans were and are being considered for watering the golf course if there is a failure of the pump house.
- We continue to work with ServiScape to provide the best possible golfing experience.
Do Your Part to Make Sure You are Counted in the 2020 Census
The U.S. Census Bureau counts each resident every 10 years and 2020 is the year. The Census count is used to get Berrien County’s fair share of federal funds. It’s vital that every one of us be counted. Census-based funding is used for roads, bridges, education, school lunches, Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health insurance, childcare and many more programs.
Based on Census projections, Berrien County is at risk of losing over $44 million per year for 10 years … that’s $440 million due to residents who do not complete the Census form. That’s money we have today that we are at risk of losing if we don’t count everyone. Each household will receive a letter next spring telling us how to complete the Census. Every child and every adult in each household counts.
If your principal residence is in Michigan, be sure to fill out the Census questionnaire that you receive in the mail or you can fill it out online at my2020census.gov. It is very short and easy and should take less than five minutes to complete.
The census bureau can be reached at (844) 330-2020.
Everyone Counts. For more information, go to BeCountedBerrien.org.
To find out about funding that Berrien County receives based on the Census results and to review the nine questions that will be asked on the questionnaire, click here.
Make sure you are counted! Fill out the Census questionnaire when you receive it.
Census information is confidential for 72 years. By law, your data can not be shared with anyone.
For those of you that were unable to attend the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Open House Meeting held on November 6, 2019 regarding the proposed lane reduction "road diet" on US Highway 12, you can send your comments to MDOT.
MDOT is proposing a lane reduction on US Highway 12 from four lanes to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane starting at the Indiana/Michigan state line, going past Grand Beach and all the way to Mayhew Street in New Buffalo, At that point, it will go back to four lanes until you reach Wilson Street which is the street just before Redamak's where the lanes will again be reduced to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane until reaching Red Arrow Highway.
There was a form available at the meeting to take comments. If you would like to submit comments to MDOT on the proposed lane reduction, click on the link below; print the form, fill it out and email, fax or mail it back to MDOT. Fax number, email address and mailing address are located on the bottom of the form.
Please send in your comments to MDOT as soon as possible.
42 Acres Update – September 25, 2019
We have great news to report!
We have reached our goal to meet the 25% grant match based on the present appraisal, and we welcome your donations for future upkeep and maintenance of the 42 Acres.
Thank you to all of you that have made generous donations to the Village of Grand Beach to help us meet this goal. We appreciate your generosity!
We would also like to send out a huge thank you to everyone that solicited auction items or donated auction items for the fundraiser and to those of you that helped plan and make the fundraiser a great success!
We are really excited to have met the goal and to move forward with the next steps necessary to purchase the 42 Acres (Grand Beach Nature Preserve).