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Martin Village Spring 2011 Newsletter

Spring Clean Up Day - Saturday, May 21
-The Village and Township will again host a cooperative clean up day on Saturday, May 21. Collection will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dumpsters will be located at the Township Hall parking lot by the Fire Station. Items must be delivered to that site. The following restrictions apply:
1. No Appliances or tires
2. Wheels must be removed from bicycles and tricycles.
3. All pipe or metal must be no longer than four feet
4. Not accepted: Brush, leaves, wood, garbage or any container for food products, rocks, sand concrete, dead animals, or building materials.

Spring and Summer Leaf, Grass, & Brush Pick Up
-Brush pick-up will not begin until approximately mid April. The Salter is still on the truck and unable to collect brush. The Village will continue to provide curb side pick-up of small quantities of brush and limbs (up to 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter). Items need to be placed by the street by Monday evenings for early Tuesday pick up. Disposal of large quantities of brush from major trimmings or tree removals are the responsibility of the home owner. Brush in large quantities or over the size limit will not be picked up by the Village. Leaves can be disposed in paper or plastic bags and placed near the street. Grass clippings can be placed by the curb in bags not weighing more than 30 lbs. Please do not mow loose grass into the street as it clogs storm drains.

Fall Leaf Disposal
-When leaves start falling they may be placed near the street in bags for pick-up or loose to be vacuumed. Grass clippings and leaves mulched with a lawn mower must be placed in bags. Vacuuming will start from Tuesday October 18th and continue until Tuesday morning November 22rd. Leaves must be placed by roadside Monday night on November 21st for the last pickup on Tuesday November 22nd. Burning is still permitted, but you first must obtain a burn permit from the County @686-5222

Memorial Day Activities - May 30th
-Plans are well under way for the annual Memorial Day activities. Parade line up begins at 9:30AM in the High School Parking Lot. The parade begins at 10:00 and proceeds westward on Allegan Street to Main Street, then north to Memorial Park for observance ceremonies. If you wish to participate, or have ideas or questions, please call event coordinator Gary Brinkhuis at 672-5264. Following the ceremonies, an Open House will be held in the new Village Office location at 1609 North Main St. All are welcome to stop by for coffee and snacks.
NOTE: NO political floats or hand-outs are allowed to be any part of this Parade or Observance.

Water and Sewer System Notes
-NOTE: For those of you on metered water, your sewer usage is equally metered under the theory of what comes in goes out. However, with summer coming, it is understandable that with lawn and garden watering, etc., your water usage may increase, but all would not be going into the sewer. We can address these situations by metering and billing for actual water use, but billing sewer at a flat rate based on your average established during the winter months. With a written request to the village office (by mail to PO Box 234 or in our drop box on front of Lions Hall), your average would be calculated and sewer rates adjusted for the months of May through September based on your winter average. Those requesting this service in past years need NOT request this billing switch for this year. It will automatically be switched unless you advise not to.

Village Permits
-Residents contemplating the building of new structures, or making additions to existing buildings, should check their plans with Professional Code Inspections (PCI), 1575 142nd Street, Dorr, MI 49323, phone 800-628-3335, or have your builder do so before starting the project. PCI also issues electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits for the village.

Garage Sales
-A reminder to all residents. Village Ordinance No. 55 restricts the number of garage sales (or anything of that nature) to 3 sales per year of not more than 72 hours each. The Ordinance requires obtaining a permit, but all we are currently requiring is for "you" to call the Village Office prior to the sale (672-7777) and record a message with the location and dates of your sale. The complete Ordinance can be viewed on the Village website.

Village Website
-You're encouraged to visit the Village of Martin website at "www.martinmi.org." View recent Council Meeting minutes, area links, an event calendar, community projects, and other "stuff." There is also a link to Village Ordinances. You can view and print from this link. Let us know if there is something else you would like to "see" and let us know if there is some event you would like placed on the calendar.

Village Office - Now at 1609 North Main Street
-Normal Office open hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and most Saturday mornings for a short time.
-For questions or concerns, you are welcome to stop by during these hours or, at any time, call 672-7777 and leave a message. Response will be as soon as possible.