Welcome to Fort Gratiot Township, Michigan!

General Election Results 11/08/2016 – Click here to download or click the ELECTIONS tab above to view.

THE FORT GRATIOT CANINE COMMONS – PETSAFE DOG PARK OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016! The park is located in the McIntyre Park at 4788 Parker Road. It is between Keewahdin Road and Carrigan Road.

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Please join us on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM, open house style, to tour the new Fort Gratiot Municipal Center and be treated to a taste of Fort Gratiot. This year, we completed the new building and turned 150, and we feel those are great reasons to celebrate with the people of Fort Gratiot. We hope to see you here!

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A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers! The 7th Annual Scarecrow Saturday was our biggest and best yet. Held annually on the last Saturday of September, this fall festival has something for everyone. Save the date: Saturday, September 30, 2017. Hope you can join us!

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ABSENTEE VOTING (AV) INFO
Absentee ballots can only be issued after we receive an application for AV voting. Being on the permanent AV list means that prior to every election, you will automatically be mailed an application to vote absentee – you will never be automatically sent a ballot without having returned the application first, for every individual election. If you wish to vote AV, complete the application and return it to our office as soon as possible. If you receive an application but wish to vote in person, do not complete the application and then show up to your polling place on election day to vote.

Unvoted ballots can only be given directly to the voter or sent by first class mail to the registered voters address. The USPS will not forward AV applications or ballots. For example, if you bring to our office your application and one for your child/spouse/friend who is not present, we can only give you your ballot and have to mail the other, or hold it here until it can be picked up by the voter. However, anyone can return the voted ballots. Ballots can be returned to us in person, by mail (must use 2 stamps) or put in our secure drop box on the front of our building at anytime after office hours and on weekends.

*AV ballots must be returned by the close of the polls on election day. (Polls are open from 7AM-8PM) However, we ask that you return them at your earliest convenience.

*AV ballots can be issued until the Monday, prior to the election. The voter must appear in person and has to vote here. The clerks office will also be open the Saturday prior to the election from 10AM-2PM for absentee voting.

If you have any questions, contact the clerks office at (810) 385-4489.

Rock the vote, Fort Gratiot!

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On May 27, 2016, employees Wally Roe, Liz Austin, Dave Jewell and Shelly Lynch, and Shelly’s daughter, Megan, placed 562 American Flags on the graves of Veterans buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens. If you happen by the cemetery, take a peek…it’s impressive. The dedication of those who served being honored by the service of our employees is one of the things that make Fort Gratiot a great community, and is a major source of pride.

Thank you, Wally, Liz, Dave, Shelly and Megan!

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. -Mark Twain
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FORT GRATIOT CELEBRATES 150 YEARS IN 2016! HAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL!

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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Spring Newsletter 2016_Page_1 Spring Newsletter 2016_Page_2 Click here to download the 2016 Spring Newsletter

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Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Annually, items may be placed on grave sites 3 days before and must be removed no later than 10 days after Memorial Day. No grave blankets are permitted.

For 2016, the dates are Friday, May 27th through and including Thursday, June 9th.

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WEEKLY RECYCLING BEGAN JANUARY 5TH & 6TH, 2016!
Our services in 2015 cost $151.21 and included weekly trash, biweekly recycling and seasonal (April-November) yard waste pickup. The Township Board set the 2016 assessment at $150 and beginning January 5th and 6th, 2016, recycling is now picked up weekly.

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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Have you checked out the 2016 Summer Recreation Program Brochure? 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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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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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!

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. We are planning to have a section open in late spring, early summer, 2016.

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OUR HISTORY

The original settlement of the Port Huron area, including what is now known as Fort Gratiot Township, occurred in the latter portion of the 17th Century. This settlement was related to the location of the area along the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron. The location had an obvious strategic value for military, as well as commercial purposes. Direct access to the river and lake was a major asset to the area’s first major commercial activities: fur trading and lumbering. The emergence of the railroad as an important form of transportation in the mid-1800’s also served as a catalyst to growth in the area as Port Huron was located on major rail corridors linking St. Clair County with other developing population centers, including Chicago and Detroit.

Fort Gratiot Township became a recognized governmental unit in 1866. For most of the Township’s history, it has played an ancillary role to Port Huron as the County’s dominant city. Development in the Township for many years was limited to the establishment of homes along the Lake Huron shoreline and farming in the interior portions of the community. A limited amount of non-farm residential growth also occurred along the section line roads that served the Township.

During the second half of this century, the pace of growth accelerated in the Township. As was the case earlier, much of this development was concentrated along two of the Township’s most scenic areas: the Lake Huron and Black River shorelines. The lake also attracted tourists to the area, many of whom eventually developed summer cottages in the Township. In 1979, the Township was changed from a General Law Township to a Charter Township.

In the last thirty years or so, extensions of water and sewer lines into the Township from Port Huron have allowed interior portions of the Township to be converted from farms to suburban residential subdivisions and to commercial developments. One of the most notable commercial developments is the Birchwood Mall, which opened in 1991. The mall is notable not just for being the largest commercial development in the County, but also for being the catalyst for extensive commercial development in the Township during the 1990’s. As a result of these developments, the automobile-oriented Fort Gratiot Township has supplanted the 19th Century, pedestrian-oriented downtown Port Huron as the retail/commercial center of the County and the surrounding regions. In 2016, the new 22,000 square foot Fort Gratiot Municipal Center opened and is home to the township administration offices, fire department and St. Clair county Sheriff’s Office substation.