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June 8, 2020
June 8, 2020 Zoom Meeting - Board of Trustees
On June 8, 2020 (Monday)at 1:00 P.M. est. there will be a Board of Trustees monthly remote meeting utilizing Zoom.

Meeting ID: 84634053136
Password: 691726

The meeting should last approximately 1.5 hours.

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May 26, 2020
Recreational Marijuana Zoom Meeting
At 1:00 P.M. via Zoom Meetings the locations and facilities for Recreational Marijuana will be discussed.

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May 21, 2020
Zoom - Off Site Meeting Announcement
The Board of Trustees Regular Monthly Meeting scheduled to meet in Tapiola at the Doelle Senior Center has been changed to a Zoom meeting at 1P.M. on June 8, 2020

Amy Skewes - Clerk
May 21, 2020
Absentee Voter Applications
Attention Portage Township Residents: The Township will be mailing out Absentee Ballot Applications early next week to those voters on our permanent absentee voter list. The State of Michigan is sending out applications to all voters NOT on the permanent list. Every registered voter will receive an application to receive a ballot for the August and November Election.

There is a possibility of residents receiving more than one application, sometimes political parties also send these out.

If you have any questions or if you do not receive an application please call 906-482-4310 or email

Amy Skewes, Clerk
May 11, 2020
Face Mask Requirement at Township Hall

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March 31, 2020
New CARES Act Website/Information
Here is some information about the newly passed Cares Act which has the Payroll Protection Program contained within it. Such entities as: eligible non-profits, independent contractors, small businesses, self-employed individuals, etc. can participate in this US Treasury Funded program. The web-site for this information is located at the "Small Bushiness Association of Michigan" Web-page --> CLICK HERE

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March 30, 2020
2020 Tentative Planning Commission Meeting Dates
The four Planning Commission Public Meeting Dates for 2020 are:

>> February 13, 2020
>> May 7, 2020
>> July 16, 2020
>> October 8, 2020

Please Note: These are Tentative Dates. The Meeting Might Also Occur Using the ZOOM app.

March 17, 2020
How to set up automatic payments from checking and savings accounts
Here's the form for automatic payments for water/sewer and tax bills

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March 16, 2020
Township and the CoVid 19 Virus
The Township has taken steps to limit both the public as well as staff possible exposure to the CoVid Virus. (see attached memo)

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March 12, 2020
March 10 primary election results
Here are our March 10 primary election results:

Joe Biden 235

Bernie Sanders 215

Donald Trump 180


2 mills for 8 years for road/street repair 482 yes
215 no
1 mill renewal for 8 years for fire depts. 545 yes
152 no
.5 mills for 8 years for fire depts. 472 yes
221 no
February 13, 2020
Planning Commission Public Hearing 7pm, 2/13/2020
On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7pm, the Portage Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss allowing churches within M1 (Manufacturing) zoned districts. Zoning maps are available at the township office.
February 12, 2020
Winter Final Tax Hours

-Friday, February 14, 10am to 2pm: Winter Taxes Due
-Friday, February 28, 9am to 3pm: final date for 2019 Winter and Summer Tax collection at the Township Office
-Monday, March 2, 9am to 3pm: final tax processing date

Payments received by mail/drop box by 9am Monday, Feb. 17, are applied with a February 14 date.
Payments received after Feb. 17, 9am, incur penalties as listed on the tax bill.

Payments received by mail/drop box by 9am Monday, March 2, are applied with a Feb. 28 date.

Tax and water payments can be made:
-In person at the township office
-At the township office drop box
-Mailed to the township office: Portage Township 47240 Green Acres Rd. Houghton, MI 49931
-Online or over the phone with credit card (2.7% fee applies) via instructions on your tax bill. For a receipt, include a self-addressed or email
November 21, 2019
Electronic Waste Disposal
Goodwill Stores are now accepting "E" Waste for a minor charge.

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November 5, 2019
Battery Recycling
Here is an excellent, informative web-site about battery recycling:


October 24, 2019
Consolidation of Precincts
Attention residents: The Township board voted to consolidate precincts 1 and 2: anyone who voted at precinct 1 will now vote at precinct 2 (Hurontown fire hall). This move was recommended by the state and the board felt its a good use of resources (the township office will now remain open on election day). If you voted at the Township office, you will receive a new voter ID card reflecting your polling location change. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 482-4310 or stop in.
July 1, 2019
2018 Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report
A water quality report which includes 2018 information from both the City of Houghton and Adams Township.

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May 14, 2019
Residential/Commercial Water & Sewer Rates
At the May 13, 2019 Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting Commercial/Business rate schedule for water and sewer was passed.

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March 28, 2019
Water/Sewer and Initial Hook-Up Rates
As of April 01, 2019 this rate schedule applies.

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February 21, 2019
Ord. 147 - Prohibition of Rec. Marajuana
Ordinance 147, the Prohibition of Recreational Marijuana Establishments has had a first reading on Feb. 19, 2019. The second reading and proposed acceptance will occur at the Township Board of Trustees monthly meeting on March 11, 2019.

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July 18, 2018
Property Tax Payment/Explainations
Property taxes can be paid in person from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The Deputy-Treasurer will be present during those times to answer any explicit questions about your property tax bill.

If there is no questions concerning your tax bill - Payment can be made to the Twp. Staff Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M. or payment can be placed in the drop box after hours.
August 2, 2017
Monthly Meeting Minutes Availability
Monthly Board Minutes are available in hard copy at the Township Office located at 47240 Green Acres Road during normal business hours Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am thru 3:00 pm.
May 18, 2017
2017 - 2022 Recreation Plan
This 5 year plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees. It will be used for resource allocation and grant pursuance.

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July 26, 2016
Limited English Proficiency Plan
This plan is required by the Federal Government to assist English challenged individuals.

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