Cedarville and Hessel, Michigan

Township Notices



Clark Township Planning Commission
Cedarville, MI 49719

The Clark Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and comment at the Clark Township Community Center, 133 E. M134, Cedarville, MI on Wednesday August 5, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm to receive public comment regarding short-term rentals.

Gatherings inside this public building are limited to no more than 50 people. Facial masks or coverings are required. Social distancing of at least six (6) feet is to be adhered.

Written comments may be submitted to:

Clark Township Planning Commission
PO Box 367
Cedarville, MI 49719

Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Comments may also be emailed to: dsuper@clarktwp.org.

New Sewer Rates

The Clark Township Board of Trustees in June approved increasing the quarterly REU (residential equivalency unit) sewer rates from $95 a quarter to $110 a quarter, a $15 per quarter ($5 per month) increase or $60 per year. The increase begins with the September 2020 billing.

The Board knows this increase comes at a difficult time, but the 30-year old sewer system needs repairs and updates. Last year the rate was increased $5 a quarter, the first increase in several years, but it was not enough. That added about $22,000 overall to the budget. However, the Township is looking at more than $200,000 in additional expenses in the next two years.

1. The current grinder pump model we use was discontinued by the manufacturer and its replacement costs more. The Township has begun a plan to replace all the grinder pumps over the next several years, including an initial purchase of 30 new pumps which will be about $45,000. This will be split over two years.

2. A 600-foot section of the force main on Blind Line Road must be replaced at a cost of $125,000. This will significantly reduce the sewer fund as this project must be done soon. The Township will apply for grants or loans from the USDA and other agencies to help pay for it.

3. Five flowmeters will be purchased at about $16,000 to monitor water flow rates in the system. The Sewer Department has seen the per gallon water flow increase significantly above seasonal and normal increases which stresses the system beyond its designed capacity. The Department employees discovered some residents were using sump pumps to redirect water into the sewer system. State and Federal law, as well as the Township Sewer Ordinance, prohibit the use of the sanitary sewer for removal of "clear water." The system was not designed to handle the volume of clear water pouring into it, and this drives up the operating costs for all users.

Clear water from perimeter and roof gutter drains, sump pumps, groundwater, faulty plumbing, or any other source is not allowed. If this exists on your property, it must be corrected at once. If you cannot or will not fix the problem, the Township must take any necessary steps to correct the problem. Township public works employees may go house-to-house to inspect systems where clear water is suspected to be redirected into the sewer system.

4. One lift station pump was replaced this year at a cost of about $40,000.

5. The Township needs to purchase a jetter, a hydro-spray system used to clear obstructions such as ice, grease, and tough roots in sewer lines, which will keep the sewer lines cleared of clogs. The Township chose not to purchase the $60,000 machine this year. The Township has rented a jetter in the past.

Clark Township Board, June 30, 2020

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Clark Township Waste Water Treatment Plant

A Treatment Plant's Settling Ponds Create an Attraction for Birds — and Bird-Watchers

A rural Michigan treatment plant near Lake Huron attracts an abundance of birds and waterfowl to its settling ponds – along with visitors carrying binoculars.






Access My Gov

Click on the link below to access Assessing, Tax, and Utility Billing information


When you use our website for paying your bills, here is a list of charges that you will incur. 

-Credit Cards and Debit Cards will be charged 3% of your bill.

-E-checks will be charged a flat $3.00 fee. 

The Clark Township Board of Trustees meet on the 

3rd Wednesday of every month at 8:00 AM at the Township Offices on North Blind Line Road.

Located in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula, Clark Township comprises the two waterfront settlements of Cedarville and Hessel, a 17 mile stretch of pristine shoreline and the 36-island archipelago known as the Les Cheneaux Islands. 

The northern shore of Lake Huron, including Clark Township, has been referred to as "One of the Last Great Places" in the northern hemisphere.

Many of the people who call this place home trace their lineage back to the original founding families of the early 1800's; others have come here more recently to visit and decided to stay. We are also blessed with a large multi-generational seasonal population, whose families have helped to shape the history and development of Clark Township.

Together, we are a community with much in common - we love the outdoors and our natural surroundings. We enjoy boating, hunting and fishing, walking and bicycling, gardening, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. We treasure our artisans and creative people, our library, schools and cultural events. We have an abundance of service organizations and a tremendous spirit of volunteerism.

The Les Cheneaux Islands Area has a traditional economy of tourism and related service businesses, a heritage of wooden boats and boatbuilding, and a multitude of artisans and craft workers. We are interested in diversification and welcome new additions to our business sectors.

Come join us!
The Public Restrooms located at the Fire Hall are CLOSED


Clark Township and the CLM Community Action Agency have an established satellite office at the Clark Township Community Center to serve local residents.  Sherrie Pitko is the the Mackinac and Chippewa County outreach worker, Senior Services Director. She is available Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Please call (906)440-6712 or 484-1069 to schedule an appointment.

The Township and CLM Community Action also host Senior Meals at the Community Center On Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  There are no income restrictions.  Anyone over the age of 60 is welcome.  Call 484-1061 by 8:30 AM to reserve your spot!  Meals are a $2.50 donation to seniors and $5.00 for guests.  If you feel you qualify for "Meals-on-Wheels", please contact Sherrie Pitko for assistance in completing the required forms. She will also be able to tell you the requirements for this program. 

High Water and Shoreline Erosion Information

A webinar presented by the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Department provided some information to help those living on coastal shorelines to respond to the high-water issues of the Great Lakes.

EGLE is working to approve permits in a one to two-day turnaround to enable residents to begin work on shoreline problems quickly. They have been backlogged with requests from people all around the Great Lakes. They strongly recommend residents to contact experienced licensed professional contractors to assist with their projects as each shoreline is different and construction projects will be expensive. The panel also said lake levels are expected to rise again over the next six months.

Some email addresses, web sites and phone numbers were provided for residents to use to help work through the entire process.

EGLE Environmental Assistance Center



The department has hired more people and are working overtime hours to assist residents with questions and the permit process.


This webpage has information about:

* general water level information;

* contractor listings;

* permit application assistance


This provides information and an application for both state and federal permits.


This is a blog site with various articles about environmental issues.