Ravenna Township News (Updated 10/27/2023)

Ravenna Township 3770 Blackmer Road Ravenna, MI 49451 (231) 853-6205 fax (231) 853-5155

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ravenna Township Planning Commission Opening

If you are a Ravenna Township Resident and are interested in serving on the Ravenna Township Planning Commission, please submit a letter of interest to Ravenna Township.   Our Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Monday of the month (when a meeting is needed).  The Planning Commission is required by state law to meet at least 4 times per year.  Please mail your letter of interest to 3770 Blackmer Road, Ravenna, MI  49451 or drop your letter off at the Ravenna Township Office.  All letters of interest must be received by Friday, November 10, 2023.

Board Briefs
The Township Board (Elmer Hoyle, Sonja Patterson, Penny Sherman, John Bonthuis, and Bruce Yonker) welcomes any comments, suggestions, or complaints that can help us to serve you better. We want to invite you to attend our board meetings that are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. We also can be reached by phone at (231)853-6205. You may also check out our website at www.ravennatwp.com.
Ravenna Township building remodel funded with the American Rescue Plan Act money is going good and hopefully will be completed in March.

Clerk – Penny Sherman
A Special Election will be held on May 2, 2023 at Ravenna Township.
If a qualified Ravenna Township registered voter wishes to be placed on our Permanent Absentee Voter List please contact me. Any voter on this permanent list will automatically be sent out an Absentee Ballot Application for each election approximately 8 weeks prior to each election. If the voter wishes to vote by Absentee Ballot they must send the signed application back to me and then I will mail them out a ballot.

Township Annual Dump Day
We received a grant for the Scrap Tire Event again this year. Our Scrap Tire Event for Ravenna Township residents only will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Ravenna Auction parking lot. More information will be available for our Annual Dump Day at a later day.

Prices of cemetery graves are as follows: Ravenna Township Residents are $100 per grave and Non-Residents are $500 per grave. One body and two cremains or four cremains may be buried in one grave. Also, the marker size may not exceed 36” for a single grave, 48” for a double marker, 42” for a double grave where there is an additional marker and a limit of one urn per grave. All Spring and Summer decorations must be removed prior to October 1st and Winter decorations may be placed in the cemetery from December 1st until March 1st. Summer ornamentation may be placed on April 1st.
Please feel free to contact me at the township or at my home number (231)670-9360 or by email at penny.sherman@ravennatwp.com with any concerns or needs you may have.

Treasurer – Sonja Patterson
Property Taxes

Summer taxes were due on September 14, 2022 without penalty. After September 14, 2022 the taxes will go up 1% per month and are still payable at the Ravenna Township Office through February 28, 2023.
The Winter tax cycle begins December 1, 2022 and will be collected through Tuesday, February 28, 2023 until 5:00 p.m. After February 28, 2023 taxes are turned over to the Muskegon County Treasurer for collection. Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes are available at the Township Office during business hours.

Dog Licenses
Dog Licenses may be purchased at the Township Office during business hours and are now purchased year round. The renewal date for your dog’s license is the month your dog’s rabies vaccine expires. You may purchase a three year license for your dog depending on your dog’s rabies expiration date.

Museum Musings
The museum is open on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. If you would like to speak with a Historical Society member you may reach Maryde Housler at (231)853-2400.

Library Lingo
Our Friends of the Library Group are saving Ravenna Food’s Receipts. The library receives 1% of the total sales per quarter. You can bring your receipts into the library or the Ravenna Township Office. Randy VanAelst was appointed to the three year term on the MADL Board.
Ravenna Branch Library’s hours for are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Curbside service is available by calling (231) 853- 6975.

Senior Events
The Senior Luncheon will be a sit-down meal at Ravenna Baptist Church the first Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise noted) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5. Reservations are required. Shopping transportation is available the first Wednesday of each month.
Our FOOT CARE program for Ravenna Township/Village residents is well underway. There is no charge for this service. Participation is limited to 10 each date.
All of these programs are funded in part or in whole by the Muskegon County Senior Millage to Muskegon County residents 60+. For reservations to any of these senior programs, please call Peggy at (231)335-3280 or email at ravennaseniors@gmail.com.

Fire Department
Reflective Address Signs may be purchased for $20. For questions about burn permits please go to www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits.
I can be reached at the Ravenna Township Office (231)853-6205, my cell phone 231-740-3534 or sonja.patterson@ravennatwp.com.

Supervisor – Elmer Hoyle
I have received numerous calls regarding roads. I will contact the Muskegon County Road Commission regarding these issues. I can be reached by cell at (231)215-2658 or email at elmer.hoyle@ravennatwp.com.
Zoning & Building – Fresh Coast Planning – Kevin Yeomans
If you have any building or zoning questions, be sure to visit the township hall during my office hours on Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You can contact me at (231)853-6205 or by email at kevin@freshcoastplanning.com. Once your building request is approved please call Michigan Township Services (231)865-3310 located at 5855 Airline Rd., Fruitport, to assist you in the details of your project.
Address numbers are now given by Muskegon Central Dispatch. Please call Nicholas Martin at (231)722-3524 ext. 1006 or email at Nicholas.Martin@mcd911.net.
Assessor – Sheryl Moss
The assessor’s office hours are Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you need to speak with the assessor, please call (231)853-6205, email at assessor@ravennatwp.com stop in at the Township Hall on Monday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.