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Our office is open from 9:00am - 4:00pm EST, Monday through Thursday. We are open on Fridays by appointment only.
The township hall and emergency services building are the two main facilities of the township. Both buildings have conference, meeting or training rooms. It is the policy of the township to allow use of these rooms by community groups upon scheduling with the receptionist. There is no rental allowed for these rooms for private functions such as family gatherings or wedding receptions.
The Township of Thornapple is 36 square miles located in northwest Barry County, 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. It was named after its connection with the Thornapple River whose waters bisect the township. Although rural in nature, the township and the village of Middleville have grown to become the home of over 8,000 people. The "Scales Prairie" area west of the village features some of the most productive farmland in the county. Barry County's largest employer, Bradford White Corporation, a manufacturer of water heaters, is located in Middleville.
The Township is governed by a seven member Township Board that meets the second Monday of each month. Township Officials are elected every four years. Following is a list of the current board members:
SUPERVISOR: Mike Bremer
CLERK: Cindy Willshire
TREASURER: Debra K. Buckowing
Trustees: Ross DeMaagd, Jake Jelsema, Andrew Lindemulder, and Sandra Rairigh
All terms expire November 2020.
For more information about Barry County go to www.barrycounty.org.
Thornapple Township Assessing Department is dedicated to providing fair and equitable property tax assessments to township property owners and businesses. The Assessing Department is committed to maintaining accurate property and market value records.
There are a variety of other duties performed by this department as well, such as; maintaining property record cards, field reviews on new construction and current parcels, processing Property Tax Affidavits, Personal Property Statements, assessment appeals, Land Division Applications and updating parcel maps. Principal Residence Exemptions, Veteran's Exemptions and Poverty Exemptions are also filed with the Assessing Department.
Our Please feel free to contact our Township Assessor, Daniel R. Scheuerman or our Deputy Assessor, Owen Smith on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Clerk's Office is responsible for a variety of duties. The statutory responsibilities of the Clerk are to manage all Township records, maintaining the General Ledger, recording the minutes of the Township Board meetings, and administering elections. Our office also processes the Township payroll, accounts payable, manages the human resources files, employee benefits, information technology, web site maintenance, cemetery management and oversees the maintenance of all township facilities.
Please feel free to contact our Township Clerk, Cindy Willshire or our Deputy Clerk, Stephanie Skidmore during normal business hours.
Our Thornapple Township Supervisor serves as Chief Executive Officer of the township. The Supervisor's duties and responsibilities include serving as Chairman of the Township Board of Trustees, Secretary to the Board of Review, Township's Legal Agent. This person also moderates Board Meetings, maintains all records of the Supervisor's office, adoption of the Township Budget (working closely with our Clerk & Treasurer), appointing of various commission members (for those who’d like to serve), and overall management, direction & coordination of the Township operations and activities.
In addition to these responsibilities, our Supervisor Mike Bremer, has many other ongoing duties to stay ahead of the many issues and concerns that affect our Township. These include serving on; Middleville Downtown Authorization, Elections Commission, Finance Committee, Thornapple Township Parks & Recreation Commission, Personnel Committee, Township Board Chair, Duncan Lake Sewer Authorization Committee, Thornapple Area Enrichment Foundation Board, the Barry County YMCA board, Pennock/Spectrum Foundation Board, and performs as a Member of the Middleville rotary club.
We welcome your comments, suggestions, and even complaints. If you wish to speak with our Supervisor, please call the office at 269-795-7202 during normal business hours or his cell at 269-953-6582.
The Township Treasurer receives and assumes responsibility for all funds belonging to the Township as well as funds which are required by law to be paid into the Township Treasury. All checking, savings and investment accounts are overseen by our office. The Treasurer is the Township's agent for billing and collection of property taxes as well as any special assessments.
Treasurer, Debra K. Buckowing, and Deputy Treasurer, Laura Bouchard are here to serve you. They are available during normal business hours between 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday.
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