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Press Release: Interim Fire Chief appointed

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP PRESS RELEASE

April 1, 2020

Greenwood Township, Oscoda County, MI appoints Interim Fire Chief

The Greenwood Township Board voted to terminate the employment of the fire chief on March 30, 2020 during a special telephonic meeting for poor work performance, poor communication with the township board and negligence of duty. Under the Open Meetings Act, the board voted to go into closed session as requested by the employee in a written communication.

Assistant Chief John Miller was appointed as interim chief. Mr. Miller has been a member of the fire department for 27 years and serves as a trustee on the Board.

Public Acts 9 and 10 of 1992 prohibit a member of the township board from serving as fire chief (unless the township has a population of less than 3,000; PA 196 of 2011) … Greenwood Township has a population of under 2,000 and thus is exempt from the statute.

Like many rural fire departments, Greenwood Township has a limited number of on call firefighters. A total of 14 firefighters were on the roster. Unfortunately, five (5) members of the fire department have made the decision to no longer serve. Several former members of the fire department have stepped forward to help.

During this difficult and trying time in the world, the intent of the Board is not to cause harm but to protect the members of the community and the entire fire department as a whole. Greenwood Township has reached out to neighboring communities for assistance if needed and has received overwhelming support.

We would like to thank the many people who have come forward to help including former members of the department, employees, and citizens who have secured disinfectant wipes, gloves, and the recruitment of masks to protect our fire department members who continue to serve us.

A very special thank you goes to Bob Hunter, Oscoda County EMS Coordinator, who delivered N95 masks for our fire fighters on March 31, 2020. Our fire equipment is now stocked with the necessary supplies.

We ask for your support during this difficult transition. Respectfully, Greenwood Township Board

Covid-19 Update

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP
4030 Williams Rd, Lewiston MI 49756, 989-786-7872

News You Need To Know

In response to the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic, the Greenwood Township Hall will be closed to the public from 3/18/2020 until further notice. Government offices will still be available by phone and email. For those situations necessitating entry, the public will be requested to contact the relevant office to arrange an appointment. These appointments will be approved by the government department or office head.

If you have emergent court documents such as a PPO, mental health petition, or emergency orders necessary for the safety and well-being of a litigant or child, please contact the appropriate county office for instructions on how those may be filed.

As required by law, all public meetings of Greenwood Township boards that are not cancelled or relocated will be open to the public. However, the public are encouraged to take reasonable precautions and maintain social distancing if in attendance.

Transfer Site:

The transfer site will remain open as usual. If you need to purchase a ticket, please send payment ($10 card or $20 card) to the township hall address or place in the locked drop box outside the door (include your name and address). A card will be mailed to you. Please take reasonable precautions and maintain social distancing when at the transfer site.

Township offices:

Supervisor, 786-7872 ext 5 -

Clerk, 786-7872 ext 1 -

Treasurer, 786-7872 ext 2 -

Assessor, 786-7872 ext 4 - or 989-390-1853

Zoning, 786-7872 ext 7 -

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About Greenwood Township:

Located in northern Oscoda County, Michigan, Greenwood Township is a quiet community nestled in the forests of the northern lower penninsula. The area features many inland lakes, including Moon Lake, Snyder Lake and Tee Lake. Four golf courses are located at Garland Lodge and Golf Resort. And the AuSable river flows just to the south of the township. The area is just a few miles from the small town of Lewiston, Michigan, and about 40 miles from Gaylord, Michigan and I-75. Greenwood Township is a haven for anyone -- young or old -- who enjoys the outdoors.

The offices of Greenwood Township are located on Williams Road, one mile East of County Road 489. See the office of the Clerk for elections and voter registration. The Treasurer handles property tax payments. The Asssessor handles land valuation. The Zoning Administrator handles zoning and blight issues. And the Supervisor is available for all other inquiries.

Offices:

Greenwood Township Offices are located at:
4030 Williams Road
Lewiston, MI 49756

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Phone: (989) 786-7872

Fax: (989) 786-5573