Welcome to Fort Gratiot Township, Michigan!

With nature preserves, trails, ponds, bike paths, parks, beaches, and recreation areas, Fort Gratiot has plenty for people to enjoy all four seasons. Fort Gratiot Township is also home to the largest commercial corridor in St. Clair County. Fort Gratiot Township Has It All…Small Town Charm With Big City Opportunities!

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08/23/2015 @ 11:00 PM: All customers water will be restored by 11:45 PM tonight. North River Road and Pollina Road will reopen, but the outside westbound lane (southern most lane) of North River will remain closed. Please drive through this area with caution. Many, many thanks to our DPW for their hard work and dedication to our residents!

08/23/2015 @ 3:45 PM: WATER MAIN BREAK & ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE, FORT GRATIOT TWP. Water service has been shutoff for customers on Pollina & on both sides of North River between Pollina & Connie. Road closures include Pollina & North River Road between Pollina & Connie. We are not under a boil water alert at this time. We are working as quickly as possible to restore service & will update frequently.

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Monday, August 24, 2015: Recycling will not be picked up this week. As a reminder, clear bags should not be used for trash. Also, only clear glass can be recycled. If you place your trash in your driveway, looking at your house from the road, please place your trash on the left side of your driveway and your recycling on the right. All materials should be out by 7AM because routes can be adjusted due to weather and personnel and your truck may come at a different time than normal. Please make sure that your bags can be seen if they are not in a container; snow can conceal the white bags with a minimal amount of snowfall.

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Fort Gratiot won $25,000 from PetSafe to build a dog park! Thanks for barking!

Fort Gratiot is 1 of 16 finalists nationwide in a contest that saw over 1,000 communities nominated in the PetSafe Bark For Your Park competition, and is the ONLY community in Michigan!

HELP US WIN UP TO $100,000 TO BUILD A DOG PARK!

We have already gotten our letters of support, and have also received support from the City of Port Huron Parks & Recreation department and from Port Huron Township! Preliminary plans include 2 parking areas, and 3 fenced areas for dogs – 1 for large breed, 1 for small, and a socialization area, accessed by a key card entry system. If we win the contest, this dog park will be open to the public and will not be limited to Fort Gratiot residents, and there will be no charge to use. We will likely require annual registration to verify that the dogs are vaccinated. Because we sell dog licenses for St. Clair County already, we feel we are equipped to handle dog park registrations with current staff and resources.

The proposeddog park location is on a parcel we already own that was generously donated to us by the McIntyre Family. The park was initially going to include soccer fields, but due to wetlands on the 29 acre site, the design was too difficult and would only be able to accommodate 2 fields that would be separated by wetlands. The property is situated between Parker Road and the Kettlewell Pond, south of the Fort Gratiot Pond (Scarecrow Saturday park) and is adjacent to the bike path.

 

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Burning permits are required and are issued on an annual (January 1 – December 31) basis. Please contact the fire department at (810) 385-5666 for more information.

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DTE Update 07/22/2015:

Today, you may have been visited by the DTE Division of the Michigan Public Service Commission. These gentlemen are following up on the complaints made over the past two days. They may go over tree trimming ideas and give you some insight into yesterday’s power outage. Please give them as much information as you can about the frequent outages, as this is the information that will help DTE with solutions.

Also today I spoke again with the Government Relations Manager for our Region. I am so pleased with how well the conversations have gone! We had an outage on June 19th and the cause was not identified. Some people may have received an email, letter or note on their bill warning of outages within the next nine months or so (depending on the letter date.) These outages will be due to an upgrade to our systems. Our area has recently entered into the DTE Efficient Frontier project: an overhaul of the system that will reduce outages and increase service.

Some of the upgrades include:

-2,800 feet of 4.8 kV distribution lines upgraded to 13.8 kV distribution lines.

-200’ of overhead lines being upgraded and replaced.

-Breaking the distribution lines into smaller sections between shutoffs (similar to our water distribution system) to isolate the problem and reduce the area of the outage. By sectionalizing the distribution, a section may only feed 500 homes instead of 1,500.

-Trimming and removing trees that interfere with the overhead lines. – This is where homeowners can also help. Obviously not all outages can be blamed on trees; however, many homeowners require DTE to trim only around the lines. (You may have seen this; it looks like a tunnel through the foliage of the trees.) If you are planting trees in your yard near electrical lines, please consider the long term growth of that particular tree. Many calls DTE and our fire department get are related to branches or trees that have fallen on a line. If you own trees that are near overhead lines, please consider allowing DTE to trim or remove the tree. No matter how you cut it, trees and overhead power lines will never work well in close proximity.

This project should wrap up by spring, 2016. Throughout the duration, we may experience outages, but the length of the outage should be less. The outage on the 20th is an example of this. There are redundancies built into the system. On Monday, upgrades were being made to a backup line or redundant feed. Unfortunately, after they had already taken the redundant feed down, the main feed had an issue. This left both feeds down until at least one could be restored.

While DTE is hoping outages are few and far between during this project, they have promised to stay in close contact with our office so that we can give updates as often and timely as possible. Between the WINS system, Facebook and our website, we will communicate what we know as soon as we know it. From now on, when an outage hits, I will be contacted on my cell phone by my contact, and our DPW Superintendent will be contacted by our local DTE planning director. We will coordinate whatever is necessary based on the estimated length of the outage (i.e. sewer lift station coverage, warming or cooling stations, charging stations, etc.)

Another 9 months of outages sounds long, but after 30 years of frequent outages, this project should both alleviate the frequency and number of homes affected. I also believe that having a relationship with DTE that will allow us to communicate with the residents better will help the frustration we all feel as soon as that first light flickers. If you haven’t already, please sign up on the WINS system at http://fortgratiottwp.org/wins/ and at a minimum, select Public Works and Supervisor’s Office. Please contact me at [email protected] or (810) 385-4489 with any questions or concerns.

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Click the Pic for the 2015 Summer Program Brochure! You may also visit the Port Huron City Recreation Website to check out all of the class offerings for kids and adults. Through a cooperative agreement between the City of Port Huron of Fort Gratiot Charter Township, Fort Gratiot residents are eligible for the Port Huron resident rates (listed as “Resident Fee” in program guides) for all programs and events.
Online registration is also available!
Click here to sign up for text alerts from the City of Port Huron Recreation Department.

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The Assessing Department will be out in the following areas this year doing on-site inspections. We will begin with Phase 1 on April 27, 2015 and move on to the next phase as each phase is completed. We will be out during the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Pictures will be taken so access to back yards is necessary and all pets should be secured when we are at your home.

All assessing personnel carry identification. A door hanger will be left in the event that no one is home. Please fill out the information card on the door hanger and return it to the Assessing Department as soon as possible. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Assessing Department at 810-385-4489, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

PHASE 1 (355 PARCELS) PHASE 2 (322 PARCELS) PHASE 3 (240 PARCELS)
BLUEBERRY LN KEEWAHDIN RD ABEL DR
COLLINS RD KRAFFT RD BONISTEEL RD
CONNIE LN NORTH RIVER RD BUCKLEY DR
DEVONSHIRE RD PINE GROVE RD DESMOND BEACH
DYKEMAN RD FAIRWAY DR
ESTATES DR FORMAN DR
GRANT AVE GRACE RD
GUILFORD LN GRATIOT AVE
LAKE DR HELEN AVE
LOMAR DR HITCHINGS ST
LOTON DR JAMES CT
OAK LEAF DR LILAC LN
OLD FARM LN MEADOWLAWN DR
OLD FORGE LN ORVALL DR
OXBOW DR SPARTAN DR
POLLINA AVE VELMA DR
SAPPHIRE LN WATSON DR
SIMPSON RD WILLOW LN
SUNSET LN
TEEPLE AVE
WILSON DR
WOODED TWIGS DR

 

PHASE 4 (198 PARCELS) PHASE 5 (228 PARCELS)
CAMPFIRE DR 24TH AVE
ELMWOOD DR BRACE RD
LAKESHORE RD CAMPBELL RD
MAPLEWOOD DR CARRIGAN RD
SYLVAN DR COLE RD
WOODLAND DR LINCOLN AVE
PARKER RD
SHOREVIEW DR
STATE RD
STREETER DR
TICE RD

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Click here to view the 2015-2017 “Agreement for Law Enforcement Services between the St. Clair County Sheriff and the Charter Township of Fort Gratiot.”

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Click here for the Spring 2015 Newsletter