Township Board

Overview

Onota Township Board
Silver Lake

In Michigan, 1,242 townships govern most of the land area, serving over 45 percent of state residents. Township officials live in the communities they serve, giving them the ability to stay in touch with local needs. The Onota Township Board consists of 5 elected officials: clerk, supervisor, treasurer, and two trustees, who all work together to provide local government services to area citizens. Board members typically have four year terms.

Onota Township board members manage and direct essential government functions. The supervisor, aside from chairing meetings, also makes sure that tax assessments on property follow state laws. The clerk keeps all vital records, accounts for township finances, and oversees elections. The treasurer collects property taxes for the township, schools, the county and other tax levying entities. The trustees have the duty to see that the best interests of the public, financially and otherwise, are being upheld by the board; they also act as liaisons to other commissions & boards.

Any local government business not performed by the township is likely done at the county level Leave site.

Township Board (elected)

TitleName
Clerk
*Deputy Clerk
Catherine Kimar
Kirsten Blackstock
SupervisorTerry Pihlainen
Treasurer
*Deputy Treasurer
Susan Kerst
Cheryl Lane
TrusteeBrian Bresette
TrusteeConnie Lacko

*Note: Deputies are not elected. All board terms end in November 2020. You may contact township officials by calling the township office (906-343-6535).

Meetings

Schedule

Regular meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month at 7 PM (2017-18 meeting schedule ). (Note: In September 2017 & January 2018, the meeting will be the first Tuesday due to holidays). They are held at the Onota Township Hall, located at E1461 Deerton-Sand Lake Road in Deerton. Special meetings are held if necessary, and always have a notice posted (at least 18 hours in advance) of the date, time, and purpose of the meeting.

How can I participate in a meeting?

There are two public comment periods during each board meeting. If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may also write a letter to the board. Please address all public correspondence to Onota Township Board; PO Box 100; Deerton, MI 49822.

Minutes

Meeting minutes are posted for regular and special** township board meetings.  Minutes are available only as PDF files (note: if you do not currently have a program that will read PDFs, you may search the web for ‘free pdf reader’ to acquire a program at no cost). Minutes are added to the site only after being approved by the board at the following meeting. If you are interested in minutes from years not listed, please contact the township clerk.

2017 Minutes  
12-04-1707-03-17  02-13-17**
11-06-1706-05-1702-06-17
10-02-1705-01-1701-19-17**
09-05-1704-03-1701-16-17**
08-07-1703-06-1701-02-17

Previous Years

2016 Minutes  
12-05-1607-05-1602-18-16**
11-07-1606-06-1602-01-16
10-03-1605-02-1601-27-16**
09-06-1604-04-1601-20-16**
08-01-1603-07-16   01-04-16
2015 Minutes  
12-16-15**08-03-1503-11-15**
12-07-1507-06-1503-02-15
11-02-1506-01-1502-26-15**
10-05-1505-04-1502-19-15**
09-08-1504-06-1502-02-15
03-30-15**01-05-15
2014 Minutes  
12-01-1409-02-1406-14-14**
11-03-1408-12-14**06-02-14
10-06-1408-04-1405-05-14
9-10-14**07-07-1404-07-14

Board Documents

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)