Welcome to Fort Gratiot, Michigan!

Here’s what happening in and around the Fort…

UPDATE-WATER MAIN AND VALVE BREAK – M-25/24TH AVENUE
7:45 AM: Water main break was repaired around 4AM. Our crew was on site till around 6AM and will return at 8AM. We still have to fix the gate valve that was leaking in front of Red Lobster and will have some businesses that will be out of water until then. Those businesses will be notified by DPW personnel.
 
The northbound east lane is still closed until the valve is fixed and clean up is complete.
 
THANK YOU TO OUR DPW TEAM. They’re starting hour 26 with only a two hour break to change, rest, say hi to family. They are doing everything they can as safely and quickly as possible.
 

Water will likely be fully restored by noon today.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018 WATER MAIN AND VALVE BREAK – M-25/24TH AVENUE

3:45 PM: There is a water main break in front of Ruby Tuesday. The sidewalk is closed in this area. There is also a valve break in front of Red Lobster.
The outer northbound lane is closed from north of Lowe’s to Panera Bread. At this time, the main entrance to the mall is open.
The businesses in this area may have low water pressure or no water.
At this time, we will be shutting water off to the following businesses:
East side of M-25/24th Avenue
-Blue Water Chrysler
-the ABC Plaza
-Olive Garden
-Qdoba
-Aspen Dental
-Starbucks
-Red Lobster
-Texas Roadhouse
-Ruby Tuesday
-Panera Bread
West side of M-25/24th Avenue
-JoAnn Fabric
-Commerce Drive businesses
-Mama Vicki’s Coney Island North
-McLaren Sleep Center
Other businesses in this area are on looped water systems and may not be affected.
We will do our best to minimize the amount of time the water is off. Our entire DPW crew is working on making the area safe, contacting each of the businesses and isolating the breaks to identify what needs to be done for repair. Use caution when driving, do not walk through the area.
12:05 PM: We have received a report of a water main break in front of Ruby Tuesday at 4280 24th Avenue. DPW crews are onsite now. The outside/east lane of northbound 24th Avenue may be closed. We will post updates as we receive them.

Cruise Weekend just shifted to high gear with the addition of a carnival featuring 15 rides including a 75’ ferris wheel, and at least 10 games and 6 food trucks. It’s going to be a great ride in the Fort Thursday through Sunday!

Cruise night is Friday, June 22. Saturday, June 23 kicks off with the Fort Gratiot Business Association Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show in the morning and fireworks at dusk. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Open 2:00 p.m.
Wristbands $20.00

Friday
Open 2:00 p.m.
Wristbands $20.00

Saturday & Sunday
Open Noon
Wristbands $20.00

Wristbands are UNLIMITED rides from Open to Close!

Individual ride tickets are available for $1.25 each.
Rides require 3-5 tickets.

Purchase 20 tickets for $25.00 and receive a Free Ride Voucher for one free ride!

Wristbands are non-transferable, non-refundable and void if removed for any reason.

Height and safety restrictions and regulations do apply. For a complete list of rides, rider responsibility and height requirements please visit our website at: www.TjSchmidtCarnival.com It’s always best to check the height requirements before making a purchase as tickets may be a better option.

ADA compliance and rider requirements are ride specific and inquiries should be directed to the carnival office.

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Kayak rentals at North River Road Park are now available thanks to a cooperative agreement with Happy Dog Paddle Sports!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Birchwood Mall News: On April 30, 2018, MSU students Kealan Millies-Lucke, Zachary Sompels, Justin Quagliata, and Meredith Nelson presented a study of Birchwood Mall with a three phase plan for redevelopment.

Below is the slide show that was presented on Monday, April 30, 2018, to over fifty community stakeholders. The study was not only well received, it created some excitement about all of the potential Birchwood Mall has as it enters a new era of regional mall uses. We could really get used to the term “lifestyle center” and we think our community would, too.

Birchwood Mall Presentation 04-30-2018

EBW.TV Coverage:

We are very grateful to Kealan, Meredith, Justin and Zachary for their valuable contributions, many hours of effort and research, due diligence and thoughtful contributions toward the success of the Fort Gratiot Birchwood Mall Planning Practicum Study through the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction, and in collaboration with Fort Gratiot Charter Township, St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning, and the St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance.

 

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As a reminder for property owners and tax preparers: there is no fee to view, download or print tax information from our website. You may, but you do not have to, contact our office for this information. The link is on the left of this page.

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Fort Gratiot is now a passport processing agency. Click here for details.

*APPOINTMENTS FOR PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED*

Beginning Monday, April 2, 2018, the passport acceptance fee (also known as the execution fee) will increase from $25 to $35

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/16/2018:
Fort Gratiot Supervisor Jorja Baldwin is pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Melissa Leaym-Fernandez of Fort Gratiot based Elephant Works Studio, Fort Gratiot has received a grant in the amount of $2,200 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA.)

The mission of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is broad, yet simple: To encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan.

The MEDC states, “A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to strong communities and Michigan’s excellent quality-of-life, and ultimately, to Michigan’s economy. MCACA strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.”

Baldwin and Leaym-Fernandez are developing three art experiences for March, May and July, 2018. Details for each event will be released soon.

Many thanks to the MEDC, MCACA and Ms. Leaym-Fenandez for the opportunity to provide fun, quality art opportunities in 2018!

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A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers! The 8th Annual Scarecrow Saturday saw perfect fall weather and was our favorite to date! Held annually on the last Saturday of September, this fall festival has something for everyone. Save the date: Saturday, September 29, 2018. Hope you can join us!

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 Sewer Notice

During the months of August-November, Spicer Group Inc. will be inspecting the Sanitary Manholes in the Township as part of the SAW Grant. Some sanitary sewer lines and manholes may be located in backyards or alleys on easement. Members of the inspection crews will need access to these sewer lines and manholes. Some manholes may be buried. These manholes will be temporarily staked and brought up to grade at a later date. Please do not remove the stakes as these will guide the inspection crew to the structures. These crews are project personnel and will be identified with safety vest uniforms. Homeowners do not need to be home and AT NO TIME WILL FIELD STAFF NEED TO ENTER YOUR BUSINESS OR RESIDENCE.

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THE FORT GRATIOT CANINE COMMONS – PETSAFE DOG PARK OPENED 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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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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For Memorial Day 2017, employees Wally Roe, Liz Austin, Dave Jewell, Shelly Lynch, Clerk Rob Crawford and Trustee Scott Bradley placed nearly 600 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 Rob and Scott!

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. -Mark Twain
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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.

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Have you checked out the latest 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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FORT GRATIOT CELEBRATED 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!

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.