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Explore Oceana is the new name for the Oceana County Fact Book. Our intention with the fact book was to create a single publication that would answer all of your questions about Oceana County. We quickly gave up on that idea, but we have tried to give you all the names of the people who might be able to answer the questions that come up, if you live in, own property in or are just visiting the area. Within these pages, you will find detailed information about all county departments and services as well as information on the townships and communities that make-up Oceana County. The Oceana County Fact Book is updated yearly to keep things up-todate and relevant. If you want extra copies and can’t find them, stop by the Oceana’s Herald-Journal in Hart and we’ll have some on hand. And, if you want some for your business, call 873-5602 and we’ll bring them out to you. Either way, we want this book to be useful and serve a good purpose. Any ideas are welcome. Oceana County is one of Michigan’s 83 counties and is located in West Michigan, with the county’s western border formed by Lake Michigan. According to the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University, Oceana County’s name was originally thought to be derived from its location next to Lake Michigan, yet new research attributes the name to political essayist James Harrington’s 1656 book “Oceana”. Before the county was founded by European Americans in 1840, it was part of Ojibwe territory. It was formally organized in 1851, and then reorganized in 1855. Oceana County is bordered by Mason County to the north, Lake County to the northeast, Newaygo County to the east and Muskegon County to the south. The estimated 2019 population of the county was 26,467. Geographically Oceana County is 536 sq. miles in size; featuring 43 parks and recreation areas and 20 miles of bike paths. The county includes 16 townships, six villages, one city and one stop light. Census.gov indicates that in 2018 there were 10,157 households and there were 16,159 housing units. Though the county was first built on the lumber trade, it is now predominately agricultural, with county farmers producing apples, cherries, peaches, corn, soybeans, and much more. Oceana County is known as the “Asparagus Capitol of the World” for its high production of asparagus. The City of Hart, the county seat, hosts the National Asparagus Festival each year during the second full weekend of June.


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56th Ave

Polk Rd

Polk Rd

Water Rd

Fox Rd

Crystal Lake

88th Ave

Weaver Rd

W Shelby Rd

State St

48th Ave

Woodrow Rd 1st St


Ferry St

88th Ave


96th Ave

Cleveland Rd

100th Ave

Arthur Rd



44th Ave

90th Ave

Water Rd

56th Ave

36th Ave


Park Rd


Cleveland Rd


Park Rd

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Arthur Rd

New Era


Garfield Rd

Stony Lake Rd


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Garfield Rd


Stony Lake



Pike Rd

Wilke Rd Winston Rd

Winston Rd


104th Ave

Marshville Dam Road

W Hayes Rd

38th Ave

W Woodrow Rd

Grant Rd

S 72nd Ave

Grant Rd

W Buchanan Rd

Baker Rd 56th Ave

40th Ave

S 24th Ave

Johnson Rd

64th Ave

S 16th Ave

Buchanan Rd Pierce Rd

Filmore Rd

112th Ave

Filmore Rd


Scout Rd

100th Ave

Taylor Rd

94th Ave

34th Ave

Filmore Rd

W Warren Rd

16th Ave

112th Ave


72nd St

Deer Rd

Hazel Rd

Stone Rd

104th St

Lake Rd

Oceana Dr


48th Ave

Ridge Ave

Jackson Rd

Hart Lake

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18th Ave


Silver Lake State Park


Harrison Rd

S Oce

Lake Michigan

72nd Ave

60th Ave


Oceana Dr


Monroe Rd

Lake Rd

Taylor Rd Silver Lake

Creek Rd

Lever Rd

Upper Silver Lake

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Silver Lake State Park

96th Ave

88th Ave


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Jefferson Rd


Hammett Rd


104th Ave

Charles Mears State Park

Hancock St

66th Ave


80th Ave

Washington Rd

72nd Ave

64th Ave

56th Ave

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48th Ave

Roosevelt Rd

88th Ave

Webster Rd

108th Ave

Mckinley Rd

Webster Rd


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120th Ave

s Rd


Jefferson Rd

188th Ave

Walkerville Tyler Rd

Deer Rd

Maple Island Ave

Harrison Rd Clock Rd

Deer Rd

Campbell Lake

Baseline Rd

N 192nd Ave

176th Ave

Baker Rd

Hayes Rd

Families & Living Arrangements Households, 2016-2020......................10,208 Persons per household, 2016-2020...2.53 Living in same house 1 year ago......88.1%

204th Ave

160th Ave

148th Ave

Yonker Rd

184th Ave

Fish Rd

Computer and Internet Use Households with a computer, 2016-2020...88.4% Households with internet, 2016-2020...75.7%



Education High School graduate or higher, age 25+...88% Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+...19.6%

184th Ave

Yale Rd

Arthur Rd 144th Ave

194th Ave

Health With a disability, under age 65 years...11.5%

Cleveland Rd 168th Ave

160th Ave

Wilke Road

Roosevelt Rd 184th Ave

Skeels Rd

160th Ave

Roosevelt Rd

168th Ave

Winston Rd

200th Ave

192nd Ave

Cleveland Rd 128th Ave

Wilke Rd E

Woodrow Ave

Housing Housing units, July 1, 2019.................16,300 Owner-occupied housing, 2016-2020...83.5% Median gross rent, 2016-2020............$725

Mclaren Lake

Garfield Rd

142nd Ave

136th Ave

Park Rd

Warren Rd

Pierce Rd

144th Ave

124th Ave

120th Ave

Garfield Rd

Scout Rd

Loop Rd 154th Ave

S 132nd Ave

140th Ave

Johnson Rd

E Shelby Rd

People Persons under 5 years..............................5.3% Persons under 18 years.........................22.3% Persons 65 years and over...................21.3% Female persons.........................................49.4% Veterans, 2016-2020................................1,709

Filmore Rd

Gale Rd

Buchanan Rd Pierce Rd

From the U.S. Census Bureau

200th Ave

Filmore Rd

Pierce Rd

Oceana County stats

Taylor Rd

184th Ave

152nd Ave

168th Ave

Polk Rd

Taylor Rd

112th Ave

Gilbert Lake

184th Ave

144th Ave

Van Buren Rd

Harrison Rd

116th Ave

Tyler Rd

140th Ave

136th Ave

128th Ave

120th Ave

Van Buren Rd

Jackson Rd

176th Ave

Minke Rd

N 204th Ave

160th Ave

Jackson Rd

Clock Rd

Monroe Rd

168th Ave

Winter Rd

200th Ave

Madison Road 126th Ave

Monroe Rd

Jefferson Rd

Skeels Rd

Maple Island Rd

Madison Rd

188th Ave

Washington Rd

Income & Poverty Median household income (in 2020 $)...$51,161 Persons in poverty....................................13.3% Businesses Total employer establishments, 2019...484 Total employment, 2019........................4,959 Geography Population per square mile, 2010........51.9 Explore Oceana 2022 • 7 Land area in square miles, 2010......512.07

EXPLORE Oceana County Fair


With its roots dating back to 1872, the Oceana County Fairgrounds are owned and operated by the Oceana County Agricultural Society. For 150 years the four-day county fair has taken place in late August at the northwest corner of State Street and Polk Road in Hart. The fair features 4-H livestock exhibits and auctions, agricultural and other exhibits, harness racing, a demolition derby, a midway complete with amusement rides, and plenty of food. Make plans to spend a day or two, or attend the whole week, to experience all the Oceana County Fair has to offer. Get up close and personal in the livestock barns with a variety of animals raised by area 4-H participants. View the creative, skillful and sometimes mouth-watering exhibits in the exhibition halls. Satisfy your hunger for good food and thrilling fun at the midway in the heart of the fairgrounds. And don’t miss the exciting main events that occur every day at the grandstand. The Oceana County Fair has something for everyone, so bring the whole family.

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William Field Memorial Hart-Montague National Bicycle Trail State Park Asparagus Festival In celebration of one of Oceana County’s most famous crops-asparagus--the annual National Asparagus Festival takes place in mid-June. Previously alternated between Hart and Shelby each year, most festival activities now are in Hart. The festival features a queen, dinners, a food show featuring asparagus, arts and crafts fair, kids activities, farm tours, a parade, an entertainment tent and a fly-in breakfast at the Oceana County Airport. The 2020 and most of the 2021 festival were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the festival is slated to be back in full swing this year during the second weekend in June. For more information about the NAF visit www.nationalasparagusfestival.org.

One of Oceana and northern Muskegon counties’ gems known as the William Field Memorial Hart to Montague Bicycle Trail State Park’s had its 22.5 mile trail surface re-paved and widened a few years ago. The rail trail connects Muskegon and Oceana counties, passing through some of the most scenic countryside in West Michigan. The origins of the trail go back to 1872, when county residents pooled their resources and donated $30,000 and the land for the right-of-way to make the area part of a railroad that ran from Grand Rapids to Pentwater. It took another 10 years for the Hart community to raise an additional $12,000 to get the railroad line to go into Hart. The ensuing bicycle trail was one of the first “Rails to Trails” projects in the State of Michigan. In 1996, it became one of the first two trails to be designated a Michigan Trailway. It also has the proud distinction of being Michigan’s first linear state park.

Electric Forest music festival

Originally called the ROTHBURY music festival in 2008 and 2009, The Electric Forest Festival took off in 2011 after a one-year hiatus to become a premier camp-in music festival at the Double JJ Resort in Rothbury. The festival features Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and

other genres on multiple stages throughout the grounds, along with many interpretive activities, drawing more than 40,000 people from across the country. The 2020 and 2021 festivals were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event is planned to return in 2022.

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Little Sable Point Lighthouse

Oceana County is home to one of the state’s most historic lighthouses, full of lore, deeply identified with the community and as iconic as castles are to Europe. The red brick Little Sale Point Lighthouse near Mears stands 107-foot-tall. It was constructed in 1874 and includes 139 stairs. Little Point Sable (as it known colloquially) occupies the western-most points of land in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and is set in forested dunes with sandy beaches that attract thousands of visitors each year. The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) opens the lighthouse for tours and climbing May through September. Each summer SPLKA hosts a weekly concert series, Wednesday Night at the Light, at the base of the lighthouse.




Started in 2004 as the Silver Lake Apple Fest, the annual second weekend of September event has grown considerably through the years to become what is now know as the Silver Lake Apple and BBQ Festival. The festival now includes a large number of vendors selling various types of BBQ, an apple pie contest, arts/crafts show and farm fresh apples of Oceana County. There also is a classic auto and truck show and dune buggy show. Most of the activities are at the Golden Township Park at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

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Silver Lake Sand Dunes With nearly 3,000 acres, there’s plenty to keep you busy at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Oceana County. The off-road park, which is open from April through October, not only features the magnificent sand dunes, it also takes in the Little Point Sable Lighthouse along Lake Michigan, which is open for tours during the summer months. The dune area is divided into three sections. Approximately 500 acres on the far northern end is open to personal off-road vehicles where everything from motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, 4x4 trucks, Jeeps and speciality-built dune buggies play all day. The high rolling hills also offer spectacular views of Lake Michigan. Rental vehicles are available for those wanting to tackle the dunes themselves. If driving a motor vehicle on the dunes doesn’t suit your taste, you can still experience the dunes in a more pedestrian way. The middle section is reserved for hiking and exploring, and people can fill an afternoon walking through the shifting sands from the Silver Lake shoreline to Lake Michigan. The far southern end is reserved for Mac Wood’s Dune Rides, which has provided a means for people to see the dunes since 1930. The approximately 40-minute ride rolls through the hills in speciality-built dune trucks, and knowledgeable drivers not only provide a history of the area, but also understand the physical components of the ever-changing sand dunes.

Heroes on the Dunes

This event, which takes place July 16 this year, was started to honor and show appreciation to injured soldiers and their immediate families with a day at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Honored guests will have the

opportunity to ride on the dunes, enjoy lunch there and partake of a “Heroes Dinner” later in the evening. There will also be a Heroes Parade down the Lake Michigan beach (in the ORV riding area) and kids activities.

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Oceana County has several county parks and a nature preserve to provide opportunities for recreation, enjoyment and spending in time in the great outdoors for residents and visitors.

Black Lake County Park

Marshville Dam County Park

Located on 100 acres in Colfax Township. There are 15 campsites and the park provides great swimming and fishing, as well as a playground for the children. Every campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring.

An undeveloped park area in Benona Township. It is used mainly for fishing and hiking.

Cedar Point County Park

Located on Loop Road in Ferry Township. This is an eight-acre facility with access to the White River. The park has a picnic area with tables and grills. Portajohns are provided.

Located on Ridge Road, on the border of Golden and Pentwater townships. The park is approximately 205 acres and provides steps to access 133 feet of sandy Lake Michigan beach. Paved parking and porta-johns are provided. This is a great park for picnicking and swimming.

Crystal Valley County Park

Located on Madison Road in Crystal Township. The park provides a baseball/soccer field, tennis/ basketball court, picnic area with covered pavilion and fishing deck on Crystal Pond. Well and portajohns are available.

Doolittle County Park

Consisting of 40 acres located near Gales Pond in Elbridge Township. It is used mainly for hiking and nature trails.

Gales Pond County Park

Located on Filmore Road in Elbridge Township and is just under 19 acres in size. The park has a 2,500foot handicap-accessible boardwalk that extends across the pond and links up with nature trails along the back portion of the park.

Mill Pond County Park

Stony Lake County Park

Located in Claybanks Township, and provides access and a boat launch to Stony Lake. A picnic area with portable toilet facilities is available.

Otto Nature Preserve

This local gem is located in Benona Township. Trail map signs were recently installed by the Oceana Conservation District. The signs are at three locations along the trails to guide hikers through the 80-acre old-growth forest. Trails are marked with orange arrows along the 0.7 mile Oak Trail, and blue arrows along the 0.9 mile Beech-Maple Trail. Most impressive are the two large interpretive signs which provide information about Northern Mesic Forests and the wildlife that call the forest their home. Four new benches were installed along the trails this spring. Signs and benches have been funded by the Community Foundation for Oceana County and local donors. The trails at Otto Nature Preserve are open to the public year round from dawn to dusk. Visitors are kindly asked to enjoy the woods on foot only, treat it as their own, and please refrain from littering and vandalism. Explore Oceana 2022 • 13


2185 W. Baseline, Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: (231) 861-5395 Fax: (231) 861-0185 E-mail: oceanashelter@yahoo.com Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and Sat. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Oceana County Board of Commissioners

All regularly scheduled meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Board Conference Room located on the main floor of the County Building, 100 State St., Hart. • Ron Christians (District 1: Pentwater, Weare and Crystal townships) • Martha Meyette (District 2: Newfield and Greenwood townships) • Craig Hardy (District 3: Hart Township and the City of Hart) • Paul Erickson (District 4: Colfax, Leavitt, Elbridge and Ferry townships) • Tim Beggs (District 5 Benona, Claybanks and Golden townships) • Phil Morse (District 6: Shelby Township with the exception of a portion of the Village of New Era, Third Street east to James Street and Ray Street south to Garfield Road.) • Robert Walker (District 7: Grant and Otto townships and a small portion of Shelby Township, Village of New Era, Third Street east to James Street and Ray Street south to Garfield Road) The county board of commissioners is the chief policy and legislative body of county government with seven members elected for two-year terms. The board has statutory duties which include: develop and adopt the annual county government budget; monitor county expenditures; adopt equalization and property assessments; set compensation for all elected officials, appointed officials and county employees; appoint a number of county officials to various boards and commissions; establish management policies of county departments that are subject to the board’s managing control; adopt local ordinances; review and adopt grants in aid; provide for county participation in several multi-jurisdictional human service programs; establish personnel policies and procedures.

The Oceana County Animal Control Department is under the supervision of the county administrator’s office. Responsibilities include dealing with cases of animal cruelty, animal abandonment and animals running at large. Lost Pets: Call animal control if you have lost your pet or have found a stray pet in the area. Animal control keeps a list of lost-and-found pets in hopes of reuniting pets with their owners. Adopting a Friend: Law requires that all dogs and cats adopted from a shelter be spayed or neutered. Please remember also that all dogs must be licensed and be vaccinated for rabies. Dogs and Puppies: The adoption fee for dogs and puppies that are not neutered or spayed is $95, which includes a $50 certificate to go towards the spay/neutering and a $10 towards a rabies vaccine. Cats and Kittens: The adoption fee for cats and kittens that are not spayed or neutered is $35, which includes a $25 certificates towards the spay/neuter and a $10 certificate towards a rabies vaccine. Dog License Information: Dog licenses will become available on the first business day in January of each year. Michigan Law requires dogs that are four (4) months or older must be licensed. One year license rates include: $15 ($8 spayed or neutered). Three year license rates include: $40 ($20 spayed or neutered). Dog licenses will be renewable Board of Commissioners Committees upon expiration of the rabies vaccination. Dog owners will be required (Chairperson and two board members) to obtain either a one-year or three-year license based on the dog’s • Finance and Equalization Committee rabies vaccination date. A late fee will be imposed if the dog owner (9 a.m. on the first and second regular Board Meeting of each month.) does not obtain a dog license by the last day of the month in which the • Personnel and Licensing and Inspection Services Committee dog’s current rabies vaccination expires pursuant to MCL 287.266(3) (f). (9 a.m. on the second regular Board Meeting of each month, if there is business.) • Planning and Environmental Services Committee All spayed or neutered dogs must have proof of sterilization signed by (9 a.m. on the second regular Board Meeting of each month, if there is business.) an accredited veterinarian. • Health and Human Services and Parks and Recreation Kennel Licenses: The fee schedule for the purchase of kennel Committee licenses is $10 a year for 10 dogs or less and $25 a year for more than (9 a.m. on the first regular Board Meeting of each month, if there is business.) 10 dogs effective the first business day in January of each year. A fee • Buildings, Grounds and Insurance Committee of double the original license fee will be charged for each previously (9 a.m. on the first regular Board Meeting of each month, if there is business.) licensed kennel if the kennel license is applied for after June 1 of each Law and Safety Committee year. (9 a.m. on the first regular Board Meeting of each month, if there is business.)

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Building Inspector

844 Griswold St., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-5355 Fax: 231-873-7674 Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. Randy Miller - Building Inspector Randy Neuman - Electrical Inspector Rich Story - Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector Brooke Sylvester - Coordinator Connie VanHuis - part-time Permit Technician The building inspector is responsible for ensuring that area construction meets local and national building codes (plumbing, mechanical and electrical) and ordinances, and zoning regulations. The building department also investigates complaints.

tion include: recommends and implements board policies relating to general county administration including employee relation and labor negotiations, budgeting and financial management, facilities and equipment management and other internal services; oversees the daily activities of the county; serves as liaison to other boards and commissions; supervises the appointed departments of the county; develops and monitors systems and strategies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the board and is accountable to the board of commissioners.

County Clerk

100 State St., Suite 1, Hart, MI 49420 Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 231-873-4328 Fax: 231-873-1391 E-mail: readie@oceana.mi.us https://oceana.mi.us/government/departments/county-clerk/ Amy Anderson - Oceana County Clerk Melanie Coon - Chief Deputy Clerk/Payroll & Elections Clerk 100 State St., Suite M-4, Hart, MI 49420 Jana Boundy - Accounts Payable Clerk Phone: 231-873-4835 Heather Vandervest - Vital Records Clerk Fax: 231-873-5914 The county clerk is an elected position, serving a four-year term. Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1- 5 p.m. The clerk is responsible for issuing and the filing of marriage licenses, Tracy Byard - County Administrator keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, Angela Aerts – Administrative Assistant concealed weapons permits, veterans discharges, notary bonds, filings Trisha Marsh - Accounting and Payroll Specialist for circuit court, circuit court jurors and processing of passport applicaStacey Becker – Financial & Human Resources Coordinator tions. The clerk administers all election functions required by law, in adThe County Administrator/Fiscal Officer serves at the pleasure of the dition to tabulating ballots and training all election inspectors within Board of Commissioners. The responsibilities carried out in this posi- the county.

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Drain Office

100 State St., Suite M-11, Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-3887 Fax: 231-873-5914 Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Michelle Martin - Drain Commissioner John Warner, P.E. - Deputy Drain Commissioner The Oceana County Drain Commissioner’s Office provides for the public health, safety, and welfare of citizens through careful management of the waters and drainage infrastructure of the county. All actions taken through the drain office are governed by principles of environmental stewardship, cost effectiveness, and long-term economic sustainability through proper planning and leadership. Department responsibilities include flood control measures, the development review process, soil erosion control and water quality programs. Another important function of the drain office is the review of all new platted subdivisions, site condos, private roads and all new commercial and industrial sites, checking for adequate drainage for the prevention of future water and drainage problems. The office also administers the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program, Part 91, as established by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA451, as amended. This act is designed to keep the soils and sedimentation of the State of Michigan from being deposited into Michigan’s lakes and streams.

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The Oceana County Economic Alliance fosters economic prosperity as the central hub for the promotion, support, and growth of Oceana County. The office aims to create a diverse economic environment by strengthening talent, leveraging resources, and supporting the retention, expansion, attraction, and creation of Oceana County businesses.

Equalization Department

P.O. Box 191, Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-4609 Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. https://oceana.mi.us/government/departments/equalization/ Edward K. VanderVries - Director Kathryn Wright, Lori Hogston and Vicky Warner Clerks/Assessment Roll Technicians Under general direction of the board of commissioners, the equalization department conducts the statutory annual equalization of property tax assessments to create uniformity by property classification among the various taxing jurisdictions. The department is responsible for the maintenance of the assessment and tax rolls and all other tax related data for all units of government except the townships of Benona, Hart, Leavitt and Newfield. The department also insures that assessment standards mandated by the Headlee amendment are maintained, explains departmental procedures, tax laws and the assessment process to the public. It also provides information on property ownership, property descriptions and assessments, prepares and files necessary reports with the State Tax Commission and other affected units of government. An additional responsibility is the issuance and verification of permanent addresses for all municipalities except Hart City and the villages of Pentwater, Hesperia, New Era, Shelby and Walkerville.

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27th Judicial Circuit Court 100 State St., Suite M-10, Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-4605 Fax: 231-873-0252 E-mail: help@oceanacountyfoc.com Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oceana County Friend of the Court serves to educate families and assist the court in domestic relations matters (child support and custody issues) to promote the best interest of children. Helpful Numbers: 24-Hour KIDS Hotline (Kase Information & Data Systems): 877543-2660. Oceana’s 3-digit county code is “623”, which it may prompt you for.

Planning Commission

The planning commission is a local unit of the government that is directed by state statue to establish county development plans that promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of county residents. Duties include: may adopt, amend, and implement a master plan; approve a master plan as a guide for development within the planning jurisdiction; shall adopt bylaws for the transaction of business and shall keep public record of its resolutions; shall make a written report to the legislative body concerning its operations and the status of planning activities; educate the public on local planning issues; review and comment on proposed public works.

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Planning Commission members Allen Blohm, 2845 S. Oceana Dr.., Shelby, MI 49455 Paul Cutter, 3209 N. 140th Ave., Hart, MI 49420 John Foss, not provided Vince Greiner, 5339 N. 88th Ave., Hart, MI 49420 Garry McKeen, 821 S Glen Rd., Shelby, MI 49455 Phil Morse, 1921 Oak Ave., New Era, MI 49446 Scott Rumsey, 75 W. Michigan Ave., Hesperia, MI 49421 John Stivers, 8050 W. Stonycroft Rd., Shelby, MI 49455

Prosecutor’s Office

100 S. State St., Ste. L-14, Hart, MI 49420 Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 231- 873-4608 Joseph J. Bizon - Prosecutor Kevin Harrington - Chief Assistant Prosecutor Heather Rowe - Office Manager/Crime Victim Coordinator Kari Cordo - Child Support Paralegal Michelle Gerard - Legal Secretary There are over 200 statutes and court rules that define a Prosecutors’ duties. Prosecutors’ duties include, but are not limited to: prosecution of criminal cases (misdemeanors and felonies) as well as civil infractions; protection of abused and neglected children; establishment of child support for needy children; assisting crime victims; represent and advise county government; member of the redistricting committee every 10 years.

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Register of Deeds

100 N. State St., PO Box 111 Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-4158 Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Richard A. Hodges - Oceana County Register Colleen Reyna - Chief Deputy Recorder Gail Schulte - Deputy Clerk The County Register of Deeds is elected to a four-year term and is the official keeper of all real property records within the county. The Register of Deeds records real property documents and maintains an index system of those records. The office maintains original plats of all subdivisions and assists local municipalities by furnishing liber and page numbers, and/or instrument numbers, property descriptions, etc. from these plats. The Register of Deeds office maintains an index and copy of all recorded documents pertaining to property located within the county. Financing statements (U.C.C.’s) relating to personal property may also be filed. The Register of Deeds also serves as chairman of the County Plat Board, which reviews and approves all new subdivisions within the county.

Sheriff’s Department 216 Lincoln St., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-2121 Fax: 231-873-0154 Jail Information: 231-873-3967 Craig Mast - Sheriff Ryan Schiller - Undersheriff

The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency in the county. In addition to operating the county jail, the sheriff’s office provides for road patrols/traffic enforcement, criminal and fire investigations, marine and snowmobile patrols, a dive team and a posse to name a few. The office of the sheriff is an elected position for a four-year term.


PO Box 227, Hart, MI 49420 Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 231-873-3980 Fax: 231-873-1391 Website: https://oceana.mi.us/government/departments/treasurer/ Mary Lou Phillips - Treasurer Betty L. Poort - Chief Deputy Treasurer Mindy Whitney and Tressa Latimore - Accounting Clerks II The office of county treasurer was established by the Michigan state constitution (article VII, section 4). The four-year term of office is filled by partisan election. The duties and powers of the county treasurer are provided by state law and by authorization of the county board of commissioners. The two main roles of the treasurer are as the custodian of all county funds and the collector of taxes. Additionally, the treasurer fulfills many other duties. The county receives money from several sources. The principal source of revenue is an ad valorem property tax. Other income is received from state and federal grants, interest income and various service and license fees. Many of the county’s departments collect money in the course of their business. This money is periodically transmitted to the treasurer. Besides revenue items, the treasurer is responsible for large amounts of money in various trust and agency funds. These include such classes as circuit court trust, veterans’ trust, special drainage districts and county road improvements projects.

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Oceana County State Representation Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer, Democrat, Michigan’s 49th governor, was sworn into office Jan. 1, 2019. Phone: (517) 373-3400 Constituent Services: (517) 335-7858 Mailing Address: Governor Gretchen Whitmer, P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909

Jon Bumstead, Republican, serves Oceana, Muskegon and Newaygo counties in the Michigan State Senate. The owner of Bumstead Construction in Newaygo for over 40 years, Sen. Bumstead was first elected to the House in 2010 representing the 100th District. Following two terms in the House, Bumstead successfully ran for the State Senate seat in 2018. Phone: (517) 373-1635 Fax: (517) 373-3300 E-mail: SenJBumstead@senate.michigan.gov Office Address: 201 Townsend St., Suite #4600, Lansing, MI 48933 Mailing State Senator Jon Bumstead Address: P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536 Scott VanSingel, Republican, serves Oceana, Lake and Newaygo counties in the Michigan House of Representatives. He earned his Master’s in Business from Cornerstone University and has worked in public accounting, as a financial analyst, and started a successful rental real estate company. He is currently serving his second term after being elected in 2016 to represent the 100th District and was re-elected in 2018. Phone: (517) 373-7317 Office Address: S-1289 House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48909 Mailing Address: S-1289 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909

27th Circuit Court

100 S. State St., Suite M-10 Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-3977 Fax: 231-873-1943

Robert D. Springstead - Circuit Court Judge • Bradley G. Lambrix - Family Court Judge Tonya Selig – Court Administrator/Chief Clerk • Julie Sines – Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Betty Carter - Juvenile Court Officer • Jennifer Sill - Juvenile Probation Officer Kyla Miller - Circuit Court Clerk • Joe Kilchermann - Juvenile Probation Officer

The circuit court is referred to as the “trial court of general jurisdiction” in Michigan because of its very broad powers. Circuit Court has jurisdiction over all actions except those given by state law to another court. Generally speaking, Circuit Court has original jurisdiction in all civil cases involving more than $25,000; in all criminal cases where the offense involves a felony or certain serious misdemeanors; and in all family cases and domestic relations cases such as divorce, paternity actions, juvenile proceedings and adoptions. Circuit judges are elected for six-year terms on non-partisan ballots. A candidate must be a resident of the circuit in which the candidate is running, a qualified elector, licensed to practice law in Michigan and at the time of election less than 70 years of age. The Family Division, a division of Circuit Court, has exclusive jurisdiction over all family matters such as divorce, custody, parenting time, support, paternity, adoptions, name changes, juvenile proceedings, emancipation of minors, parental consent and personal protection proceedings. The Family Division also has ancillary jurisdiction over cases involving guardianship and conservatorships and proceedings involving the mentally ill or developmentally disabled.

78th District Court

PO Box 471 Hart, Michigan 49420 Phone: (231) 873-4530 Fax: (231)873-1861 Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

H. Kevin Drake - District Court Judge

Adriana Facundo - Magistrate/Court Admin. • Brandi Bruch - Chief Clerk /Deputy Magistrate

Cristine Ortwine - Deputy Clerk • Luvy Conroy - Adult Probation & Collections Enforcement Officer

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•The Ladder offers so many events. Visit www. theladdercommunitycenter.com/calendar for the complete event schedule. •Hart VFW Post 1329 Burger/Brat/Chicken/ Ribs Night, first and third Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. Dine-in or carry out. •Bingo, first three Fridays of each month, 5-11:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Peace Hall, 109 Washington St. in Hart. •Civic Band concerts, Thursdays from 8-9 p.m., June 23-August, Pentwater Village Green, Pentwater. •Music on the Commons, Thursdays at 7 p.m., downtown Hart, June through August. •Pentwater Farmers Market, Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pentwater Village Green, Pentwater, June 6-Sept. 8, Sept. 15 & 22. •Thursdays on Main, downtown Hart. June 16-Aug. 25. •Versiti Blood Drive, Mondays from 8 a.m.12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2-7 p.m., West Michigan Research Station in Hart, May 23, June 9, July 25, Sept. 25, Oct. 6, Nov. 28 and Dec. 1. •New Era Farmers Market, second and fourth Thursdays from 4-7 p.m., New Era Christian Reformed Church, June 28-Sept. 13. •“We’ve Got the Sunday Blues & All That Jazz” free summer music series, Sundays from June 19-Sept 4, 6-10 p.m., downtown Pentwater.

June 18

Saturday •Hart Historic District Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hart Historic Village & Museum, Hart.

June 18-19

Friday-Saturday •Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple and BBQ Festival, Golden Township Park at Silver Lake.

June 24

Sept. 13

Friday •Pentwater Chamber Golf Outing, noon, Lakeside Links.

July 2

Friday •Hart Sparks, 6-10 p.m., downtown Hart, with fireworks at dusk over Hart Lake.

July 3

Sunday •Stony Lake Sparkler 5K Run, 8 a.m. to noon; Stony Lake Inn, 4722 S. Scenic Dr., Shelby. •Pentwater July 4 fireworks, dusk, Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater.

May 21

Saturday •Golden Township clean-up day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., township hall, Mears. •Thrift & Gift Crawl, throughout Hart.

May 30

Monday •Memorial Day Parades and Observances throughout the county, various times.

June 2-5

Thursday-Sunday •Silver Lake Jeep Invasion, Golden Township Park, Silver Lake.

Monday •Thunder Over the Dunes, 10 p.m., Silver Lake.

June 4

Saturday • Garden sale/plant giveaway, 9 a.m. to noon, 189 Maple St. at Shelby Area District Library. •Blessing of the Duners, Silver Lake.

June 11

Saturday •Pentwater Village-wide garage sales. •National Asparagus Festival, downtown Hart.

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July 9

Saturday •Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pentwater Village Green, Pentwater.

July 15-16

Friday-Saturday •Heroes on the Dunes, Val Du Lakes Campground and Silver Lake State Park.

July 16

Saturday •Mears Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Johnson Square.

Aug. 11-14

Thursday-Sunday •Pentwater Homecoming Celebration.

Aug. 26-27

Friday-Saturday •Pentwater Sidewalk Sales.

Sept. 22

Thursday •Pentwater Harvest Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pentwater Village Green.

Sept. 24-25

Saturday-Sunday •Pentwater Fall Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; annual fall fest arts and crafts show.

Saturday •Harvest Festival, noon to 7 p.m., downtown Shelby. • Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., downtown Hart.

Oct. 8

Saturday •Pentwater Oktoberfest; downtown Pentwater.

Oct. 29

Saturday •Pentwater Spooktacular, noon, Pentwater Village Green.

Nov. 11

Friday •Veteran’s Day Services across the county, multiple locations.

Nov. 25

Aug. 23-27

Tuesday-Saturday •Oceana County Fair, Oceana Fairgrounds in Hart.

Tuesday •New Era Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., New Era Christian Reformed Church.

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Friday •Home for the Holidays: Lighted Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m., directly after Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at 5:30, downtown Hart.

Nov. 26

Saturday •Santa on the Green, 5 p.m., Pentwater Village Green, Pentwater.



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Saturday •Brews and Beats, noon to 5 p.m., Pentwater Village Green, Pentwater.

Sept. 9-10

Saturday-Sunday •Pentwater Springfest arts and crafts show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Pentwater Village Green, Pentwater.

April 30

Saturday •Shelby’s International Children’s Day Festival.


Saturday-Sunday •Honoring Our Elders Traditional Pow Wow, Oceana County Fairgrounds in Hart. •Heritage Days Festival, Hart Historic District.


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Oceana County Office: 3986 N. Oceana Dr., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-2193 Fax: 231-873-4248 WIC: 231-873-5813 Website: dhd10.org Kevin Hughes, MA - Health Officer Sarah Oleniczak - Deputy Health Officer • Dr. Jennifer Morse - Medical Director The DHD#10 is a local public health agency whose jurisdiction covers the counties of Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana and Wexford. The population of the jurisdiction is 261,616 making it the 10th largest jurisdiction in the state based upon population and the largest in the state based on geographical area. Programs/Services: Adolescent Health, Cancer Screening Programs, Communicable Disease, Children’s Hearing & Vision, Children’s Special Health Care, Community Health Education, Dental Health, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, Family Planning, Health Plans/TENCON, Healthy Futures, Immunizations, Maternal, Infant Health Program, Prescription Discount Plans, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HIV and WIC Clinics: Cancer Screenings, Family Planning, Flu Clinics, Immunizations, STD and WIC.

Life EMS Ambulance

1275 Cedar Street, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 1-888-LIFE-EMS Fax: 231-873-8263 Website: https://www.lifeems.com/ E-mail: info@lifeems.com Jeff Stockhill - Dir. of Northern Operations • Jim Herrema - Dep. Dir. of Northern Operations Life EMS Ambulance took over management of Oceana County’s EMS services on Oct. 1, 2018 after a vote by the county board of commissioners to terminate an agreement with the union that operated Oceana County EMS in favor of a multiyear service agreement with Life EMS. Life EMS, in business for 40 years, serves 10 counties in the greater Grand Rapids area, including neighboring Mason County.

Mason-Oceana Central Dispatch

9160 N. Oceana Dr., Pentwater, MI 49449 Emergency: 911 Non-Emergency Phone: 231-869-5858 Toll Free: 800-364-7332 Administrative: 231-869-7911 Fax: 231-869-5857 Ray Hasil - Director • Connie Blaauw - Administrative Assistant Located on the Mason-Oceana County line just east of US-31, the MasonOceana 9-1-1 Central Dispatch Center is a consolidated dispatch center serving all police, fire department, emergency medical services, and emergency public safety agencies for a total of 50 agencies in the two-county area.

Board Members

The Mason-Oceana 911 Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of both Mason and Oceana counties, including: • Executive Board - Chairperson Craig Mast, Sheriff, Oceana Co. Sheriff’s Office; Vice Chair Kim Cole, Sheriff, Mason County Sheriff Dept.; Treasurer Jody Hartley, Mason County Commissioner; and Craig Hardy, Oceana County Commissioner. • Fire Department Representatives - Brad Fritcher, Chief, Ferry Fire Dept.; and Dale Goodrich, Mason Co. Rural Fire Authority Board Member. Alternates: Lt. Jesse Bowman, Pentwater FD; and Tom Trenner, Mason Co. Rural Fire Authority Board Member • EMS Representatives - Troy Maloney, Oceana Co. Emergency Management; and Jim Herrema, Deputy Director of Northern Operations, Life EMS. • Police Department Representatives - Tim Kozal, Chief, Ludington Police Dept.; Laude Hartrum, Chief, Pentwater Police Dept.; and Jim Coleman, 1st Lieutenant, MSP Hart Post. Alternates: Chief Roy Strait, New Era PD; and Chief Matt Murphy, Scotville PD. • Board of Commissioner Representatives - Craig Hardy, Oceana County Commissioner; and Jody Hartley, Mason County Commissioner. • County Sheriff Representatives - Craig Mast, Sheriff, Oceana County Sheriff Dept.; and Kim Cole, Sheriff, Mason County Sheriff Dept.

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701 E. Main St., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-2148 Website: www.oceanamcf.org Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Gary Davis - Administrator Dr. Cindy Ochs, DO - Medical Director Christa VanDuinen, RN - Director of Nursing Diane McNamara, LBSW - Social Work Director Amanda Lange, LBSW - Social Worker Tiffany Seals, LBSW - Social Worker Jordan Slate - Finance Manager/Coordinator Heather Hams, CTRS - Recreation Therapy Director/Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Moore, CDM - Dietary Manager Brenda Jones - Human Resources The Oceana County Medical Care Facility is centered on compassion, dignity and respect in a safe environment. Offering nursing home care, rehabilitation care and Alzheimer’s/dementia care.

Oceana County Council on Aging 621 E. Main St., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-4461 Website: www.oceanacoa.com Stephanie Moore – Executive Director Abby Wroble – Senior Care Service Coordinator Kay Butcher - Finance Coordinator Roma Battice - Transportation Coordinator Tami Smith - Adult Day Service Manager

Board of Directors: Ron Rash, President; Douglas Bacon, Vice President; Lisa McGregor, Treasurer; Selden Novotny, Secretary; Robert Blackmer; Sally DeFreitas; Judie McGovern; Bradley T. Youngstrom; Emma Kirwin; Mary Sue Mahan; Jon Bowen; and Jo Ann Erway. The Oceana County Council on Aging is a non-profit agency that promotes and safeguards the independence and well being of individuals 60 years of age and older by providing services, information and support to the residents of the county.

Oceana County Airport (C04) Oceana County Transfer Station

1805 W. Baseline Rd., Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 231-861-9910 Fax: 231-861-0797 Manager Cell: 231-742-0142 E-mail: oceanaairport@yahoo.com Curt Lohman - Airport Manager The Oceana County Airport was developed in 1972 on 90 acres of property in Shelby Township. The original runway was 2,000-feet long and was extended to 3,500 feet in 1999 with the assistance of a grant from the Michigan Bureau of Aeronautics to accommodate larger aircraft. The airport services general aviation air traffic from all over the Great Lakes and provides self-serve fuel along with major and minor maintenance to arriving pilots and customers. The airport also has a courtesy car, spacious lobby, pilots lounge, conference room and plenty of parking for customers.

1615 E. M-20, Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 231-861-6394 Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brian Lenon - Operator The Oceana County Transfer Station is a waste/recycling disposal site at 1615 E. M-20 in Ferry Township. It accepts all forms of waste/recyclables, including household waste, mattress and springs, appliances, furniture, tires and construction materials among others. The facility is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A complete list of the waste/recyclables and the associated fees can be found at www.oceana.mi.us/services/transfer-station/.

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Michigan State Police Hart Post No. 62

3793 W. Polk Rd., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-2171 Emergencies: 911 Fax: 231-873-7700 Lobby Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Counties Covered: Oceana, Lake, Mason and Newaygo Tpr. Todd Goodrich - Community Service Trooper (He should only be contacted for community outreach and presentation requests. For all other requests/questions/issues, please speak to the Sergeant on duty.) The Hart Post of the Michigan State Police is part of the state Region 6 service area. It is responsible for police enforcement and services in Lake, Mason, Newaygo and Oceana counties. MSP provides law enforcement and public safety services throughout Michigan.


Phone: 231-843-7045 The State, Sheriff’s, Chiefs Enforcement Narcotics Team (SSCENT) is a multi-jurisdictional illegal drug enforcement task force that serves Manistee, Mason, Oceana and Lake counties.

Road Commission

3501 W. Polk Rd., P.O. Box 112, Hart MI 49420 Hours: Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Office Phone: 231-873-4226 Shop Phone: 231-873-3717 Fax: 231-873-7123 E-mail: sgriffin@oceanacrc.org Mark Timmer - Managing Director Sandra Griffin - Clerk Dan Terryn - Shop Foreman Lori Holmes - Director of Finance/HR Jeff Balkema - Road Maintenance Coordinator Randy Smith - North County Foreman Jeremi Bosch - State Foreman/Sign-Safety Austin Cribley - Engineering Technician

Board Members: Bill Myers, Cathy Forbes, Allen Blohm , Lloyd Gowell and David Spitler

The Oceana County Road Commission is a publicly-funded agency which works with the county’s townships to improve and maintain public transportation routes. It has a five-member elected board and is responsible for basic road maintenance to ensure safe travel for the motoring public. Services include new construction and preservation of existing roads, brining, snowplowing, mowing, blading, pothole patching, ditching and culvert replacement to name a few. The road commission does not receive any money from property taxes. The bulk of its funds are directed toward snow removal, salt, fuel, equipment maintenance, asphalt and other construction materials.


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Meets the fourth Monday of month at 7:30 p.m. Township Board Members Steve Fleming - Supervisor Meets the second Monday of month at 7:30 p.m. Margie Shaw - Clerk Dan Lombard - Supervisor Brandi Neuman - Treasurer Alice Hosomback Smith - Clerk Sara Bizon - Zoning Administrator Cheryl Rabe - Treasurer Michael Beach - Assessor David Rabe - Trustee John Smith - Trustee Peter Shlagor - Trustee Warren VanOverbeke - Trustee Sara Bizon - Assessor/ Zoning Administrator

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Township Board Members

Township Board Members

Meets the first Tuesday of month at 7 p.m. David Leonard - Supervisor Corinne Norton - Clerk Bob Abbott - Treasurer Bradley Norton - Trustee Stuart Overway - Trustee

Meets the third Monday of month at 7 p.m. Lee Hyslop - Supervisor Debra Herrera - Clerk Catherine Walker - Treasurer Rosalie Sauser - Trustee Kyle Oomen - Trustee Ronald K. Smith - Zoning Admin.

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Golden Township Elbridge Township 2266 E. Polk Rd., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-4740 Fax: 231-873-4136

Township Board Members Meets the second Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. Craig Herremans - Supervisor Stephanie Van Sickle - Clerk Vicki Koch - Treasurer Eric Herrygers - Trustee Lance VanSickle - Trustee and Zoning Administrator

Ferry Township 3222 Green St., Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 231-861-0545 Fax: 231-861-0493 E-mail: www.ferrytwnsp@gmail.com

Township Board Members

Meets the third Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. David A. Schmieding - Supervisor William Jessup - Clerk Brenda Dickman - Treasurer Jessica Woodworth - Trustee Milton Kreigh - Trustee

Grant Township

5527 W. Fox Rd., P.O. Box 26, Mears, MI 49436 Phone: 231-873-4413 Fax: 231-873-1413 www.goldentownship.org Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

7140 S. Oceana Dr., Rothbury, MI 49452 Phone: 231-893-6336 Fax: 231-894-5616 Treasurer’s office: 231-893-0432 Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon

Township Board Members

Township Board Members

Meets the second Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. Carl Fuehring - Supervisor Rachel Iteen - Clerk Connie Cargill - Treasurer Gary Beggs - Trustee Bill Kolenda - Trustee Barb Eaton - Assessor Rob Draper - Zoning Administrator

Meets the first Tuesday of month at 8 p.m. Roger Schmidt - Supervisor/Assessor Shannon Beishuizen - Clerk Joanne Heck - Treasurer William Mischler - Trustee Joan Brooks - Trustee Mike Harris - Zoning Administrator/ Building Inspector

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Hart Township

Greenwood Township 5589 S. 200th Ave., Hesperia, MI 49421 Mailing address: P.O. Box 358, Hesperia, MI 49421 Phone: 231-854-0202

Township Board Members Meets the second Monday of month at 7 p.m. Jeff Hunt - Supervisor Cora B. Conley - Clerk Sandy Gustman - Treasurer Alan Deater - Trustee Stacey K. Budde - Trustee

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Township Board Members

Meets the second Wednesday of month at 7:30 p.m. Jay McGhan - Supervisor Steve Freed - Clerk Todd Metzler - Treasurer Doug Fuehring - Trustee Calvin Moul - Trustee Daniel Kirwin - Assessor Carol Tariske - Administrative Asst.


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Township Board Members

Meets the third Tuesday of month at 7 p.m. Joan David - Supervisor Nancy L. Conley - Clerk Amanda Hunter - Treasurer John F. Clark - Trustee Richard W. Roberson - Trustee Barbie Eaton - Assessor Steve Micklin - Zoning Administrator Dennis David - Cemetery Sexton


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Otto Township 5458 S. 128th Ave., Rothbury, MI 49452 Mailing address: 55 E. Wilke Rd., Rothbury, MI 49452 Phone: 231-861-7098

Township Board Members

Meets the second Thursday of month at 7 p.m. Walter Brimmer - Supervisor Patricia A. Budde - Clerk Stephanie Price - Deputy Clerk Charlene G. Martin - Treasurer Mandy Cosselman - Deputy Treasurer Kathy Eichenberg - Trustee Mary M. Justian - Trustee Daniel Kirwin - Assessor Milton Krieg - Sexton & Maintenance

Pentwater Township 327 Hancock St., P.O. Box 512, Pentwater, MI 49449 Phone: 231-869-6231 Fax: 231-869-4340 www.pentwatertwp.org

Township Board Members Meets the second Wednesday of month at 7 p.m. Lynne Cavazos - Supervisor Maureen Murphy - Clerk Heather Douglas - Treasurer Michael Flynn - Trustee Dean Holub - Trustee


Shelby Township

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204 N. Michigan Ave., PO Box 215, Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 231-861-5853 Fax: 231-861-6608 Office Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Township Board Members Meets the first Monday of month at 7:30 p.m. Richard Raffaelli - Supervisor Marilyn Glover - Clerk Cathy Anderson - Deputy Clerk Rebecca Griffin - Treasurer Scott Meyers - Trustee Cynthia Rapes - Trustee Bill Glover - Zoning Supervisor

Township Board Members

Meets the second Monday of month at 7:30 p.m. Larry Doran - Supervisor Debra Gustafson - Clerk Melanie Sayles - Deputy Clerk Linda Dykema - Treasurer Karen Alvesteffer - Deputy Treasurer Gary Hilbert - Trustee Andy Patterson - Trustee Nancy Vandervest - Assessor Andrew Clark - Zoning Admin.

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OCEANA COUNTY VILLAGES Village of Hesperia Village of New Era Village of Pentwater

327 S. Hancock St., P.O. Box 622, 33 E. Michigan, P.O. Box 366, 2589 W. Garfield Rd., New Era, MI 49446 Pentwater, MI 49449 Hesperia, MI 49421-0366 Mailing address: P.O. Box 85, Phone: 231-869-8301 Fax: 231-869-5120 New Era, MI 49446 Phone: 231-854-6205 Fax: 231-854-0263 Office hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 231-861-5186 Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.pentwatervillage.org www.neweramichigan.com www.hesperiavillage.com

Village Council Members

Meets second Monday of month at 7:30 p.m. Michael Farber – Village President Stephanie Halverson – Trustee Jim Smith – Trustee Joyce McDonald – Trustee Dan Herin – Trustee Jackie Slocum – Trustee Sara Walker – Trustee Village employees Vicki Burrell – Clerk Peggy Miller – Treasurer Mike Stanaway - DPW Supervisor

Village Council Members

Meets second Thursday of month at 7 p.m. Donald Richards – Village President Natalie Kelly – Clerk Sharon Pepple – Treasurer Tyler Sobers – Trustee Gary Grinwis – Trustee Mark Kelly – Trustee Roger Fessenden – Trustee Lynn VanSickle – Trustee Ed Hovey – Trustee Village employees Roy Strait – Police Chief

Village Council Members

Meets second Monday of month at 6 p.m.

Jeffrey Hodges – Village President Jared Griffis – President Pro Tempore Claudia Ressel-Hodan – Trustee Dave Bluhm – Trustee Michelle Angell-Powell – Trustee Don Palmer– Trustee Dan Nugent – Trustee Village employees Chris Brown – Village Manager Rande Listerman – Clerk/Treasurer Barb Siok – Dep. Clerk/Treasurer Katie Anderson – Dep. Clerk/Treasurer Keith Edwards – Zoning Admin. Laude Hartrum – Police Chief

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Village Council Members

Meets the third Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. Scott Beishuizen –Village President Brandy Williams – Trustee Mike Harris – Trustee Vern Talmadge – Trustee Autum Drake – Trustee Cynthia Cruz – Trustee Jim Fekken – Trustee Village employees Carol Witzke – Clerk Deborah Murphy – Treasurer

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OCEANA COUNTY CITY City of Hart 407 State St., Hart, MI 49420 Phone: 231-873-2488 Fax: 231-873-0100 Office hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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218 N. Michigan Ave., Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 231-861-4400 Fax: 231-861-7449 Office hours: Monday – Friday 121 S. East St., P.O. Box 97, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walkerville, MI 49459 www.shelbyvillage.com Phone: 231-873-5842 Fax: 231-873-1773 Office hours: Monday and Thursday 3-5 p.m., Tuesday 2:30-6:30 p.m. Village Council Members and Wed. 6-8 p.m. Meets second and fourth Monday of month at 6 p.m. Paul E. Inglis – President Steve Crothers – Trustee Mike Termer – Trustee John Sutton – Trustee Dan Zaverl – Trustee Bill Harris – Trustee Damian Omness – Trustee Village employees Brady Selner – Village Administrator Crystal Budde – Treasurer/Clerk Steve Waltz – Police Chief Jeremiah Helenhouse – DPW Supervisor

Village Council Members

Meets third Thursday of month at 7:30 p.m. Mark Metts – Village President Faye Davidson – Trustee Sandra Kirwin – Trustee Ernest Gilbert, Jr. – Trustee Ernest Gilbert, Sr. – Trustee Mary Johnson – Trustee Jennifer Porter – Trustee Village employees Shirley Pearson – Clerk/Assessor Eva Kirwin – Treasurer

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Meets second and fourth Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. Vicki Platt – Mayor Fred Rybarz – Mayor Pro Tempore Catalina Burillo – Council member Amanda Klotz – Council member Dean Hodges – Council member Jim Evans – Council member Kris Trygstad – Council member

City of Hart employees

City Manager: Rob Splane Clerk/ Treasurer: Karla Swihart Deputy Clerk: Cheri Eisenlohr Deputy Clerk: Laci McAuliffe Assessor: Edward VanderVries Deputy Assessor: Vickie Warner Chief of Police: Juan Salazar Economic & Community Dev. Director - Nichole Kleiner

City of Hart utilities

The City of Hart offices coordinate services between the Hart Hydro Plant for electricity, Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Department of Public Works for water, sewer and street maintenance.

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District Central Office: 301 W. Johnson St., Hart, MI. 49420 Phone: 231-873-6214 Fax: 231-873-6244 Website: www.hartschools.net Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center: 306 W. Johnson St., Hart, MI. 49420 Spitler Elementary: 302 W. Johnson St., Hart, MI. 49420 Phone: 873-6340 Hart Middle School: 308 W. Johnson St., Hart, MI. 49420 Phone: 873-6320 Hart High School: 300 W. Johnson St., Hart, MI. 49420 Phone: 873-6320

Mark Platt – Superintendent Patty Kapala – Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center Director Andrea Degen – Spitler Elementary Principal Kevin Ackley – Hart Middle School Principal Troy Moran – Hart High School Principal

School Board

Chad Coker, President Jeff Schaner, Treasurer Mike Barefoot, Trustee Andrew Carter, Trustee

Steve Riley, Vice President Judee Fralic, Secretary Irma Hinojosa, Trustee

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Bryan Mey – Superintendent Denise Short – Patricia St. Clair Elementary Principal Chad Paine – Hesperia High/Middle School Principal

School Board

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Shelby Public Schools

District Central Office: 525 N. State St. Shelby, MI 49455 Website: www.shelbypublicschools.net Oceana County Early Learning Center: 568 N. Oceana Dr., Hart Phone: 873-2111 Shelby Early Childhood Center: 155 E. Sixth St., Shelby Phone: 861-6629 Thomas Read Elementary: 155 E. Sixth St., Shelby Phone: 861-5541 New Era Elementary: 752 Hillcrest, New Era, MI 49446 Phone: 861-2662 Shelby Middle School: 525 N. State St., Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 861-4521 Shelby High School: 641 N. State St., Shelby, MI 49455 Phone: 861-4452

Tim Reeves – Superintendent Sarah Wolting - Oceana County Early Learning Center Coordinator Teresa Mead – Shelby Early Childhood Center Coordinator Kara VanderWeele – Thomas Read/New Era Elementary Principal Jessica Danielson – Shelby Middle School Principal Mark Olmstead – Shelby High School Principal

School Board

Jeremy Horton, President Karen Rice, Treasurer Doug Fris, Trustee Brian Hicks, Trustee

Jason Fleming, Vice President Ruth Myers, Secretary Steve Vinke, Trustee

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Tom Langdon - Superintendent Joseph Conkle - Principal, Assistant Superintendent Ashleigh Droste - Assistnat Principal

School Board George Wolgamott, President Zeke Walker, Vice President Richard Hornsby, Trustee Victoria Walker, Trustee

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The Names of Oceana - Hart and Shelby by Caleb Jackson

A name is an interesting thing because there is almost always some sort of history involved. With people it’s one thing, but with the names of places, it’s easy to forget where they came from since the name of a place can hang around so much longer than the people who named it. Recently I’ve stumbled across an oddly unique book called “Michigan Place Names.” Through over a decade of research, author Walter Romig has compiled a list of more than 5,000 geographical locations and the origins of their names. So, I thought, what better way to get more acquainted with my home county of Oceana than to learn the origins of its villages’ names? Over the next few weeks, I’ll cover the one city and five villages of Oceana: Hart, Shelby, Rothbury, New Era, Hesperia and Walkerville. The origin of Hart is pretty simple; It’s named after one of the early pioneers, Wellington Hart. According to Romig, “Nelson Glover became the first settler in the area in 1856; Hart Township was organized in 1848 and named for a pioneer, Wellington Hart.” I’ve heard others say that they went with Hart because the area was located in the “heart” of Oceana County. Perhaps this clever bit of wordplay is the only reason the seat of the county isn’t named “Glover” instead; though the name is appropriate for many reasons. People who used to read my New in Town column will know that in English a “hart” is a male deer, which we certainly have plenty of. Hart is a holdover from the Old English word for a male deer, more specifically of the red deer variety, which was called a “heorot” in those days. Shelby is a bit more complicated. It was initially named Churchill’s Corners in 1866 after the area’s first postmaster, Walter H. Churchill. Then, in an effort to get the town connected with the railroad in 1872, a handful of individuals platted the area and named it Barnett. Barnett was apparently a brakeman who agreed to pay recording fees for this, but never did. 34 • 2022 Fact Book

Romig doesn’t give a full name for this individual, but it would appear that Barnett’s financial ineptitude and inability to keep his word have forever changed the history of the local area. In 1873, an adjacent area was platted and recorded as Shelby and in 1885, the two plats were incorporated together. Shelby was also apparently the name of Churchill’s post office. Romig doesn’t explicitly say why Churchill named his post office “Shelby,” but he does later mention that General Isaac Shelby helped recapture Detroit from the British in 1812, possibly hinting that is where the name was taken from. The name itself, however, has Norse origins. It is thought to be a variant of the name “Selby’’ which was borrowed from an Old Norse place name meaning “willow farm.”


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The Names of Oceana - Hesperia and New Era by Caleb Jackson Continuing with the meanings behind the names of Oceana’s villages, I would like to start with Hesperia. Walter Romig gives a pretty brief yet detailed summary of the founding and settling of the area in his book “Michigan Place Names”, but our interest in the name takes us to the year 1866 when a man named John P. Cook built a sawmill and a general store with his partner Daniel Weaver. The two of them worked to promote the town and on Aug. 2 of the next year, a post office was constructed. Then in 1883 the village was incorporated and John P. Cook’s daughter, Mary Cook, chose the name Hesperia “from its resemblance to a garden,” as Romig puts it. However, if you look into the etymology of the word “Hesperia,” you learn that it comes to us from Greek and refers to Italy, meaning “the land of the west.” I will admit my Greek mythology is poor and so it took a bit of research for me to connect the dots between Hesperia the western lands and Hesperia the garden. It turns out, the word Hesperia is derived from the Greek word Hesperus which means “the evening star” and refers to the planet Venus. In Greek mythology Hesperus is a god who had three daughters, the Hesperides, also known as “the daughters of the evening” or “the nymphs of the west.” These daughters tend to Hera’s orchard in the west, also called the Garden of the Hesperides. According to the myth, when Hera and Zeus were married, the goddess Gaia bestowed upon them a branch bearing gold-



en apples as a wedding gift. Hera admired it so much, she asked Gaia to plant them in her gardens and then charged the Hesperides with tending to those gardens. The garden is also referenced in John Milton’s famous “Paradise Lost”: “There I sucked the liquid air, all amidst the Gardens fair, of Hesperus and his daughters three, that sing about the golden tree.” It would appear that Mary Cook was well versed to have come up with such a poetic name for the village. New Era however, is a little more obscure. Romig tells us that two men from Erie, Pa. founded the village in 1870. Their names were Gilbert B. Goble and Dr. Spaulding. Mr. Goble would become the first postmaster in 1872, but the village wouldn’t be officially incorporated until 1948. According to Romig, it was Dr. Spaulding who gave the place its name way back when it was originally founded in 1870, although he offers us no insight into what Spaulding was thinking at the time. Researching the etymology of the word “era” seems rather useless here, as the word means more or less what you would expect, even through history. I would be inclined to believe that the name was chosen because the founding of the town marked a new era in the lives of the two gentlemen who traveled there all the way from Pennsylvania, but of course that is just speculation on my end. We may never know what personal reasons Dr. Spaulding had for picking the name he did.




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The Names of Oceana - Pentwater, Benona and Ferry by Caleb Jackson

Returning again to the book of “Michigan Place Names” by Walter Romig, we learn that Edwin R. Cobb and Andrew Rector were the first to buy land in the area in 1849 and they built a sawmill in 1853, just three years before Charles Mears would arrive and erect his own sawmill in 1856. Mr. Cobb would become the first postmaster of the Pent Water post office in 1855, and Charles Mears would go on to further develop his own side of the village, which he called Middlesex. The name “Middlesex” is probably a strange one for most people, but less so if you are familiar with British history. It comes from a historic county in England and developed as a shortened version of “Middle Saxony.” When the village of Pent Water was incorporated in 1867, it absorbed Middlesex, and the spelling was later changed to Pentwater in 1894. As for where the name “Pentwater” came from, well, there are a handful of theories, but nothing concrete. Some believe that “pent” in Pentwater is derived from the Greek word “penta” meaning “five,” with the five waters being the two lakes, the river, the flats, and the channel. Romig mentions that some say, “it was a corruption of paint water, a name originally given from the dark color of the lake beside which the village was built.” The last and possibly most obvious theory is that the name means exactly what it says, pent up waters. The idea here is that the name was given due to the narrowness of the stream by which Pentwater Lake connects to Lake Michigan. Given that Mears had to expand this channel to accommodate his lumber trade, I think this theory holds a decent amount of water, no pun intended. The Township of Benona started out as Stony Creek. The first sawmill was built in the area by Rev. William F. Ferry and his son Thomas, which they later sold to Campbell and Wheeler in 1853. Amos R. Wheeler then opened his own post office in 1855 and called it Benona, taking the name from that of a maiden in an old Native American legend. Well, the name caught on. As L.M. Hartwick puts it in his book about the early history of Oceana County, “From the time of the organization of the Township of Stony Creek the name selected by A.R. Wheeler for the post office, i.e., Benona was used by the people to designate the township, and in February 1857, by Act of the Legislature, the name of the township was changed from Stony Creek to Benona.”

Ferry township used to be called Reed township. According to Romig it was first established in 1869 and named Reed after B.F. and Theodore F. Reed, who were supervisors of the township from 1869 to 1872. It was later renamed Ferry after the U.S. Senator Thomas W. Ferry and his father Rev. William M. Ferry, who built the first sawmill in the county. Romig tells us the post office changed its name from Reed to Ferry in 1871. However, there is once again a discrepancy when comparing Romig’s sequence of events to what Hartwick has written in his chapter concerning the establishment of the present-day boundaries of Oceana. Hartwick claims that Reed was established when it was taken from Otto Township in October of 1868, and that the name was changed to Ferry March 16, 1869, by an Act of Legislature. Hartwick, however, gives no explanation on how the names of Reed or Ferry were selected. The meaning behind the name “Ferry” is also another obvious one. Like the names “Smith” or “Luther,” the name was occupational. Ferry was simply the name given to someone who worked as a ferryman, as Rev. William M. Ferry’s ancestors may have done, many years ago.


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