Census takers may be going door to door in the Village of Grand Beach.
What to Expect
Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.
If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone, or by mail.
After receiving many comments from the public regarding the dangerous condition of the road diet on US Highway 12, New Buffalo Township adopted a resolution asking Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to remove the trial road diet due to safety concerns. They also stated in the resolution that they were not in favor of the permanent road diet.
MDOT said from the beginning that they would need a resolution of support from both New Buffalo Township and New Buffalo City, and with the adoption of the resolution to remove the road diet, MDOT did not receive support from either municipalities.
MDOT removed the trial road diet shortly after receiving the resolution and returned US Highway 12 to a 4-lane highway. They plan to repave the 4-lane highway in 2021.
Please drive carefully and watch for those people that are turning left off of Highway 12.
Out of an abundance of caution regarding the spread of Covid-19 and to protect employees and residents, the Village Hall remains closed until further notice.
We can be reached by email or telephone.
Payments should be mailed to 48200 Perkins Blvd., Grand Beach, MI or can be dropped off in the drop box located outside of the office next to the bulletin board.
Building and Electrical Permits
During this time, contractors can find permit applications and other required documentation here. If you are unsure of what forms you need, please contact Clerk Mary Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some permits will require drawings, surveys and/or blueprints.
Additions, new construction, digging to build a deck, etc. for properties located in the critical dunes area will require a permit from Environment Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) before you apply for a building permit with the Village.
Permit applications and other forms along with necessary fees can be dropped off in the drop box. Please send an email to email@example.com to let us know that you have dropped off permit documents. Permits will be issued as soon as possible after we have received all of the required applications, documentation and fees.
Building Inspector Bill Lambert (269) 208-9544
On June 1st, Governor Whitmer lifted the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. There are still some restrictions in place, but most deal with retail businesses and restaurants.
The Pro Shop will be open beginning Thursday, June 4 with a maximum number of golfers allowed inside at a time. The staff will be wearing masks and gloves and the floor will be marked at 6' intervals per the CDC guidelines.
Beginning June 8th, you will be able to rent your home again. Also, the park/playground will be open.
The Governor is now allowing gatherings of 10 or less in closed spaces and gatherings of 100 or less outdoors while maintaining social distancing.
I want to thank all of the Village residents for their support during this difficult time. I hope we all have a safe and healthy summer.
Here is the Executive Order 2020-110 which lifted the Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
Ryan Layman, Chief of Police
Please note that many of the executive orders have been rescinded and some have been replaced with new executive orders.
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.
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.
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).