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Welcome to Portland Township

Township Calendar


Portland Township Board Meetings

September 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm


All meetings will be at the Portland Township Hall

located at 773 E Grand River Ave, Portland


Portland Township Planning Commission Next Meeting:


September 6, 2017


All meetings will be at the Portland Township Hall

located at 773 E Grand River Ave, Portland


Portland Township ZBA Meeting


Meets only as Applications are Received

All meetings will be at the Portland Township Hall



Pending Applications:





Public Notices


Notice of Ordinance Adoption amending the Planning Commission membership from 9 to 7 persons

(Click on Township Ordinances to view ordinance)

 Notice of Adopted Amendments to the Land Division Ordinance

Land Division Ordinance Amendment Document

New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) procedures go in effect on July 1, 2015.  There are 4 related documents that the Township Board adopted which are listed below.


FOIA Adopted Resolution of Policy and Procedure

FOIA Policy and Procedures

FOIA Summary of Guidelines

FOIA Itemization Cost Sheet



See opposite page for latest recycling information.

Do you have problems with your Cable Television Company?  The Michigan Public Service Commission now has a complaint process set up. You can call them at:

800-292-9555 or fax 517-284-8200 


Michigan Public Service Commission

Attn:  Video Franchise

PO Box 30221

Lansing MI 48909

Online: and go to "video cable complaints"

A letter with details can be viewed by clicking on:  

MPSC Letter

Portland Ambulance Emergency Care Plan Information and Application

New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) procedures go in effect on July 1, 2015. See Public Notices above for details.


Burn Permits

Portland Township residents need to obtain a burn permit before burning specific items.  You can obtain the permit application and regulations by clicking on the link below.


Burning Permit Application and Regulations


For more general information on the Portland Area Fire Authority website click:    Fire Department 


Tim Krizov, Chief

Portland Area Fire Authority

773 East Grand River Ave.

Portland, MI 48875


Fire Chief 517-647-2950




If in doubt, you should ask if you can burn certain types of items.  Some household items may be burned within a metal barrel with a spark arresting cover.


Portland Township Quick Facts


Portland Township quick facts



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Township Recycling Services


This fall the City of Portland will be implementing curbside recycling for city residents.  The recycling bins at the flats will be removed.


We are working on a plan for Portland and Danby Townships that will provide a monthly drop-off site for township residents.  Right now, we're finalizing the location.  As soon as we have that set up, we'll send out postcards to all residents that will fill you in on the new system.  Here's what we know about it already:


·  It will be on the 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in October

·  Granger will drop off two dumpsters at our site on Friday

·  The dumpsters will be picked up on Monday

·  It will be co-mingled recycling.  You won't need to sort the glass, paper, plastic, cardboard...all of it can go together into the same container

·  We'll have big signs at the site to help people understand what can and cannot be recycled

Lots of township residents have asked about curbside recycling.  At this time, Granger will not do curbside recycling for anyone outside the city limits.


Tutt Gorman and the City of Portland have promised not to leave us hanging.  They said that they'll keep the recycling dumpsters at the current location until we have ours up and running.


Hope this information helps.  You can spread the word to friends and neighbors.


The station is located at 451 Morse Dr. which is east of Water St (coming from the north on Lyons Rd, at the City limits, it turns into Water St, then turn left/east on Morse 1/8 mile to the station) or (coming from the south, turn north off E Grand River Ave onto Water St, then to Morse Dr, turn right/east and continue 1/8 mile to the station).

The station is open 24 hours for drop off of items.

The following recyclable materials are accepted:  Magazines, corrugated cardboard, clear glass, tin cans and aluminum, #1 Pete Plastic, #2 HDPE colored bottles and jugs and #2 HDPE milk jugs.  Please place your materials in the appropriate compartment.  




Property Taxes

Summer Property taxes will be mailed approximately July 1st.  They are due 9-14-2017.

Tax payments should be mailed to 5481 Divine Highway, Portland, MI  48875.  A drop box is also available at this location.

If you owe delinquent taxes, these are handled by the Ionia County Treasurer. You can contact her at 616-527-5329.  Please check and click on 'online services' to find your payoff amount.

Tax questions can be emailed to (preferred) or leave a message at 517-647-2075.

 If you owe Portland Township for PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES,  these taxes are always paid to the Township (your tax parcel number will start with either 34-140-898 or 34-140-900).

Information on your taxable value, assessed value or homestead exemption (PRE) should be directed to the Portland Township Assessor at 517-641-8900 or email:

 You can also call the  Ionia County Treasurer for tax information at 616-527-5329.

Personal Property Taxes on Leased Land

If you live in a mobile home park (such as Sunset Ridge) you may receive a tax bill. This bill is for improvements on leased land which are assessable as personal property.  Examples of these improvements are sheds, garages, carports, decks, etc.  These taxes are your responsibility and are not the responsibility of Sun Communities. This is your personal property so Sun Communities would not be responsible for it. Failure to pay these tax bills allows the Township to put a lien on this personal property and in some cases, remove it from the property. For more information from the State of Michigan click the link below or contact the Township Assessor.