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Deerfield Township Openings on Boards, Com missions
There are openings on the Deerfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals , the Planning Commission and the Board of Review. Applicants must be residents of the township.

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets four times per year on the second Monday of the month in the middle month of the quarter. The Planning Commission meets every other month beginning in January and the Board of Review has meetings in March, July and December.

Anyone wishing information about the positions and duties can call the Deerfield Township Hall at (989) 779-7557 from 8 a.m. to noon or stop at the Township Hall at 3032 S. Winn Road, Mt. Pleasant.

Deerfield Township Curbside Recycling Pickup Schedule
Deerfield Township continues to sponsor curbside pickup at no cost to township residents. The calendar is found on this web page under the "Curb-side Recycling" icon. Pickup is on Tuesdays for residents who live North of M-20, Wednesday for those South of M-20 and East of Vandecar Road and Thursday for residents South of M-20 and West of Vandecar.

On weeks with Official Holidays, Wednesday and Thursday schedules are combined and the pickup dates are noted on the calendar. The recycling calendar also is available at www.isabellacounty.org. Anyone with questions can call the Isabella County Recycling Program at 773-9631 or visit the Recycling facility offices at 4208 E. River Road, Mt. Pleasant. Blue bins are required and can be obtained at the Recycling office for a fee and persons wishing to be added to the pickup schedule should contact that office.

Deerfield veterans can qualify
For homestead tax  exemption

Public Act 161 of 2013 was signed by the Michigan Governor Rick
Snyder this November. It grants full property tax exemptions for the
homesteads of Veterans in Deerfield Township who have been discharged from the United States Military under Honorable Conditions and qualify for a homestead exemption under ONE or more of the following:

1) Has been determined by the VA to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of Military Service and is entitled to veteran's benefits at rate of 100%.

2) Has a certificate from the VA or its successors certifying that they
have received pecuniary assistance under the Specially Adapted Housing grant program.

3) Is rated by the VA as Individually Unemployable

4) Is the surviving, unremarried spouse of a veteran who is eligible under one of the
above criteria.

This information should be of interest to anyone who qualifies and/or organizations that may be in contact with eligible individuals. They can call Equity Assessments (989) 644-3413 with questions or to get on the list for forms.

There will be a list kept of everyone eligible and forms will be sent to those on the list as soon a format is set. Copies can be forwarded to anyone who would like to pass them out.

For 2014 and going forward, this form will be required to be submitted to the assessor on an annual basis between Jan 1 and adjournment of "the final adjournment of the local board of review." That date may be set as March or December. The State has noted that qualifying applications and affidavits for 2013 can be submitted for action at the 2013 December Board of Review. These exemptions will affect July and December 2013 tax rolls, so the quick action is encouraged.

Deerfield residents have access to assessment information on-line > learn more

Deerfield Township residents should note that Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) has issued a Public Protection Summary Report changing the Public Protection Classification for most of the township to a “5”, effective February 1, 2011, improved from the previous rating
of a “9”.

This improvement in the rating may have a positive effect by lowering rates homeowners are charged for insurance policies. Homeowners should inform their insurance coverage company of the change and check to see if there is a change in premiums. Several residents have reported a savings of well over $100, some more than $200.

The survey work by ISO develops an analysis of the fire suppression services. The ISO Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Most insurers use PPC information when deciding coverage and prices on personal and commercial property insurance. ISO generally assigns a Class 10 rating to properties beyond five miles from a fire station and the new “5” rating applies to those properties in Deerfield within the five mile range from the Township’s Fire Department at 3032 S. Winn Road.

Deerfield Township has been working for more than six years to lower the rating. The evaluation is based on training abilities, equipment and dispatch speed. Two new water tenders were purchased, in 2005 and 2008 respectively, as well as a utility truck, new equipment and six new dry hydrants. There are now nine dry hydrants scattered throughout the township, where trucks can connect to pipes to draw water from a nearby body of water. It takes two and one-half minutes to fill one of the 3,500 gallon trucks.

Township Supervisor Tim Murphy and Fire Chief Ryan Martin led the efforts to upgrade the fire department, getting support from many others, including the many volunteer firemen. The efforts included replacing one tanker which had been an old milk truck and another that came from the state road commission before having its dump box removed and replaced with a water tank. Both were well-worn when they were purchased.

There are 2,040 fire departments in Michigan. Only 116 of them have a better ISO Public Protection Classification better than Deerfield Township.

The Deerfield Township Fire Department does not issue burn permits. Burn permit information is available on line at www.michigan.gov/burnpermit or by calling the Department of Natural Resources at 1-866-922-2876

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Beginning with the August 2008 Primary Election, Deerfield Township Residents will be voting in two precincts. Residents South of Highway M-20 will be in Precinct One and residents North of M-20 will be in Precinct Two. Michigan Election Law requires local jurisdictions to split when they reach 3,000 registered voters.  Learn more>

Residents in Deerfield Township can now recycle materials without hauling them to the recycling center. The cost for the program is $15.00 per household. The Deerfield Township Board passed a motion to use general fund monies to pay for the program on a trial basis.
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The new Master Plan is now available!
Click here to review a copy of the Master Plan

3032 S. Winn Road, Mount Pleasant, Michigan  48858 ~ Phone: (989) 779-7557 ~ Fax: (989) 773-4426