and FOIA Coordinator
On behalf of everyone here in our office, welcome to Norvell Township! My name is Eric Johnson, the Township Supervisor. I am responsible for monitoring the overall operations of the Township and its departments. Some of my specific duties include: setting agendas and moderating board meetings, administering preparation of the township budget, tax assessment administration, Secretary to the Board of Review and coordinator for Freedom of Information Act requests.
I am available to all residents and interested parties to discuss and address concerns on Township issues, plans, questions, problems and complaints. I am also available to work with other municipalities and levels of government for the benefit of Norvell Township and its surrounding communities. Please contact me or any of our other Township officials and staff should you have a need for assistance on any matter pertaining to Norvell Township.
My name is Gloria J. Hubbell. I was elected Township Clerk for the first time in 1978 and held that position for 22 years until 2000. I retired and traveled the great state of Michigan with my husband. In May 2018 I accepted the appointment as Clerk of Norvell Township upon resignation of the previous clerk. As Clerk, my statutory duties are numerous, technical and legally essential to the property operation of municipal government. I am charged with maintaining and protecting all the records of the township. I record and prepare the minutes of the township board and post notices of the board meetings.
I must open and keep an account with the township treasurer of the financial records of the township which include accounts payable, cash receipts, payroll records in the different funds of the township detailing records utilizing the Uniform Chart of Accounts prescribed by the state treasurer. That includes preparing and maintain the journals and ledgers necessary to reflect the assets, liabilities, fund equities, revenues and expenditures for each fund. Plus, I prepare monthly reconciliations of all the general fund bank accounts.
I am also the Chair of the Election Commission, overseeing, organize and managing elections up to four per year, working closely with other clerks, the Jackson County Clerk and the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections. We must ensure proper security of our election process. Many of the election laws have been updated to ensure all legal residents have the opportunity to vote.
As Norvell Township Cemetery Sexton, I am in charge of all burials and records as required by state law. I have a cross reference file of names and lot numbers of record. I have been walking the cemetery on nice days during the spring and summer trying to record names and dates from headstones on a map, which is still incomplete. I work closely with funeral home personnel and grieving families.
As a township board member and elected official, I will strive to represent you, my constituents, in the township with honestly and integrity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the township office: (517) 536-4370.
I am Deserre Sauers, your local treasurer. My main office hours are 8 am to 11:40 and 1 pm to 3:30 Monday and Wednesdays and 8 am to 11:40 on Fridays. My schedule for the Vineyard Lake Common Fund meeting is the third Monday of every month at 8:30 am at Columbia Township Hall. I am available by phone or in person to assist you with general tax bill and sewer bill questions or concerns and payments.
We accept online credit card payments for sewer operation and maintenance for Vineyard and Wamplers Lake and Property Taxes. A service charge will apply.
For questions about the values on your property, PRE'S and property transfer affadavits/change of ownership you will need to contact the Assessors office. The winter tax bills will be calculated by the 3rd week of November for any snowbirds who would like their total before they leave for warmer weather!
Dog licenses are available through Jackson County only.
"As the name implies, a trustee is an individual placed in a position of public trust with fiduciary responsibilities to manage the affairs of the township for the best interests of the public." This is a direct quote from the "Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Township Officials, Boards and Commissions."
This means that the trustees are responsible for watching over the township. Think of the trustee as the eyes and ears of the residents when dealing with township decisions. It is our responsibility to represent the people in the best way possible, to watch the income and expenses, to work with the other elected officials and staff to make our township the best it can be.
The trustees in Norvell Township also serve on other boards and committees and attend those meetings as well as the regular Township Board Meeting. I have served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for almost 30 years. I have also been on the Planning Commission. I have served as a Trustee since 2007, having been appointed after applying for a vacancy left by a previous trustee moving out of the area.
Norvell Township has been my home since 1980. This is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
I feel it is an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Norvell Township, and I look forward to continuing to do so. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or information at any time.
Pamela Johnson, Norvell Township Trustee
My name is Matt Dame and my role as Trustee is to be there for the people of our community, to hear their approval, questions and complaints. Trustees don’t have an office or hours at the Township. I attend Township meetings monthly or any special meetings posted for the month. My role is to listen, learn and vote on issues presented to the Board.
I am also the Township Board’s Alternate Zoning Board of Appeals.