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New City Commissioners Sworn In - November 14, 2016

At tonight's City Commission Meeting - Cyndi Trobeck, Kathy Misner, and Nick Breed Veld were sworn in. Congratulations.
(posted 11/14/16)

City Commission - November 14, 2016

Commissioner Breedveld, Mayor Pro-Tem Gilmer, Mayor Trobeck, Commissioner Wieber, and Commissioner Misner.
(posted 11/14/16)

Allegan County Election Results - November 9, 2016

The City of Otsego processed 1,660 Voters - 62% Turnout.
Election Summary
(posted 11/9/16)

LEAVE PICK-UP - November 4, 2016

Leave Pick-Up extended Nov. 14-18, 2016.
Allegan and Farmer Streets will be picked up on Monday Nov. 14, 2016.
Once final sweep will be made during this time.

FARMER STREET RESIDENTS ONLY: The first collection date will be Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 and final pick-up will be Nov. 14, 2016.

You may take your leaves to the Transfer Station free of charge.

(posted 11/4/16)

FREE RECYCLING EVENT - October 22, 2016

Click for details (posted 10/18/16)


The Public Works Department will be picking up leaves between October 24, 2016, and November 11, 2016. Please do not place any leaves in the streets, before October 22, 2016. Leaves will be picked up twice during the three week period. Please plan accordingly.

Allegan Street residents only - continue to place leaves in the curb lawn. Please do not place leaves near trees or poles, for easier access. Collection dates will be Monday, October 24, 2016, and November 7, 2016, for Allegan Street only.

Farmer Street residents only - collection dates will be Monday, October 24, 2016, qnd November 7, 2016 - please rake leaves into the street no earlier than the Sunday before pick up.

Please refrain from putting leaves in the road before October 22th.

Loose leaves will no longer be picked up after your street has been picked-up twice. For safety purposes - do not place leaves in the street after the second pick up. Leaves may be taken to the city's transfer station located off of Helen Ave. Free of charge. The transfer station is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (posted 10/5/16)

How You Can Get An Absentee Ballot? Absentee Ballots
(posted 10/03/16) Voters who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:

  • Age 60 or older.
  • Physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  • Expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day.
  • In jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
  • Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

Those who wish to receive an absentee ballot by mail must submit the application by 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. CALL CITY HALL OR OBTAIN YOUR ABSENT VOTER APPLICATION on line. 692-3391. We are anticipating long lines and longer than normal waiting times. If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk.

Please Be Advised Northside Park
(posted 9/20/16) Please Be Advised that NORTHSIDE PARK is closed. Maintenance of the Play Structure is being completed. Thank you for your patience.

Refurbished and Reopened
Northside Park
(posted 9/27/16) Northside Park is now re-opened - All refurbished.... Northside Park

Northside Park

Congratulations Fire Dept Promotions
(posted 9/20/16) Congratulations to newly appointed Fire Department Officers. Captain, Scott Parsons; Lieutenant, Timothy Sheibels; and Lieutenant, Taylor Knight.

Please Be Advised Northside Park
(posted 9/20/16) Please Be Advised that NORTHSIDE PARK is closed. Maintenance of the Play Structure is being completed. Thank you for your patience.

GAME ON - City of Otsego vs. City of Plainwell
(posted 8/22/16)

Come Watch the Local Basketball Challenge!
We are also collecting food donations for Christian Neighbors at the event!
Click for Complete Details

(posted 8/9/16)

The City of Otsego was fortunate enough to be awarded $375,000 in funding assistance for the reconstruction of South Farmer Street. This funding is made available through Michigan Department of Transportation Small Urban Program. The reconstruction project includes replacement of water main, sanitary sewer main, storm sewer and sidewalks, besides the street surface from Orleans to Hammond. This project is scheduled to be completed the second week of October. With this total reconstruction and replacement of all utilities, detours are available on Fair and Kalamazoo Streets. Please call City Hall if you have specific questions. Thank you.

(posted 11/12/15) I have always called West Michigan my home. I grew up in Battle Creek and then moved to Kalamazoo where I attended and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Public Policy. While attending WMU I started volunteering as a board member for a small non-profit organization named Thrive: A Refugee Support Program in Grand Rapids. After graduating from WMU I started attending Grand Valley State University in pursuit of a Master of Public Administration degree in Urban and Regional Development. A few years ago I moved to the Plainwell/Richland area where I currently live with my beautiful wife Raquel, our two crazy boys and a lazy Great Dane. My family and I are very happy and excited to start this new chapter of our lives here in Otsego. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a new part of such a well-run organization and a wonderful community.

Congratulations to the new Firefighters who were sworn in at tonight's City Commission Meeting: Taylor Knight, Kris Alderman, Tanner Dunklee, Hunter Krueger, Devin Thomas, Ty Wolthuis, David Kranz, and Timothy Holmes.

new firefighters
new firefighters
new firefighters

NEW FOIA Information is available on line. Click for Materials

Looking For Your Property Tax Information? Use the PROPERTY INFORMATION TAB to look up the Taxes you have paid. ** If you type in your address - make sure NOT to type in the Direction (ex. 117 Orleans Street)

Open Forum Meetings - Discussing Future Street Improvements & Potential Traffic Calming Plans on Allegan St./M-89.
When: Jan 21, 2015 - 7:00 pm; Feb. 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm; April 15, 2015 - 10:00 am.
Where: Otsego City Hall, Commission Chambers, 117 E. Orleans St.
Contact: Angela Cronen, 269-692-3391 with questions.

Farewells & Welcomes
May and Chad
Mayor Gilmer presenting former Fire Chief Chad Tackett with a Resolution presented at the October 6, 2014, City Commission Meeting.

May and Brandon

New Fire Chief Brandon Weber & Former Fire Chief Chad Tackett - Thank you for your service Chad Tackett & Congratulations to Fire Chief Brandon Weber.

Mayor and Brandon
Mayor Gilmer congratulating Fire Chief Weber.

New Schedules
New Pickup Schedules

A reminder that any person that goes door to door to sell anything - MUST BE REGISTERED at City Hall. If you chose to talk to them, MAKE SURE to ask them if they are registered and ask to see their Signed License. Please NOTE that the City of Otsego is in no way endorsing the Licensed Person or what they are marketing. If they DO NOT have a License - please call City Hall or the Police Department.

**Reduced** choice single family residential home sites are available in the Eley Acres residential development. Restricted plat. Reduced lot prices - for the first five lots sold. Lots will be sold at half price until five lots are sold. Restrictions apply. For additional information contact City Clerk's office, 269-692-3391 MON - FRI, 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.

Rental Housing Inspection Checklist

The Otsego Master Plan - Click to view the 2014 Otsego Master Plan

Proposed Rental Inspection Ordinance

Check out Main Street's New Website - www.otsegomainstreet.org For upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities.

Water & Sewer Issues - Please call City Hall first, so that the City can determine if it is a City issue or the homeowners responsibility. 692-3391 or after hours 692-6111.

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At the September 3, 2013, City Commission Meeting - Matt Shankle was sworn in as a City Commissioner. He will be filling the unexpired term of Stacy Rogers, which is until November 2015. Please welcome Commissioner Shankle. Pictured below is the current Otsego City Commission.

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The Otsego Fire Department would like express a huge "Thank You" to all the residents in the City and Township of Otsego, we are very grateful for your support for the purchase of a new Fire Truck!

new firetruck

Congratulations Molly Wieber!

Visit our online Calendar for additional events!


The City's Newsletter is available at these locations:

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FIREFIGHTER KYLE VISITS DIX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MLIVE: "The Otsego Fire Department is reaching out to schools to try to educate kids about the importance of fire safety. Continued ..."

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At the September 3, 2013, City Commission Meeting - Matt Shankle was sworn in as a City Commissioner. He will be filling the unexpired term of Stacy Rogers, which is until November 2015. Please welcome Commissioner Shankle. Pictured below is the current Otsego City Commission.

New Commissioner

Curb-side brush pick up for residents is scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month. Loose brush should be placed in the curb lawn before 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of pick-up, but no sooner than the week before. No large limbs will be picked up. Limbs up to 4 inches in diameter and no longer than 8 feet in length and no more than one truck load will be picked up. Please, arrange brush so that the trunk of the limb is facing the street and piles are no higher than 4 feet in height, this will allow for easier pick-up. Rocks, root-balls, flowers, tree trunks, and like material or brush generated by a commercial tree service will not be picked up. These materials can also be taken to the City's Transfer Station free of charge. Thank you for your cooperation!


Otsego, MI. - The City of Otsego continued their vision of designing a healthy and accessible community at their regular scheduled City Council meeting Monday night.

Otsego City Council members unanimously approved a Complete Streets Resolution to include Complete Streets design considerations and practices as a routine part of infrastructure planning and implementation. The resolution comes after a presentation was made by Kathryn Gray, Public Policy Specialist for Disability Network/Lakeshore, to the Otsego Planning Commission at their June 27th meeting indicating the benefits of such a resolution.

Complete Streets are achieved when local organizations and agencies routinely plan, design, construct, re-construct, operate, and maintain the transportation network to improve travel conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians, and people with disabilities in a manner consistent with, and supportive of, the surrounding community.

City Manager of Otsego, Thad Beard, drafted a resolution of support for the council to vote on Monday night. Beard supported the resolution stating, "Complete Streets are for all modes of transportation, including all ages and abilities, and offers the potential for greater quality of life for our residents. Our City recognizes the importance of street infrastructure enabling safe, convenient, and comfortable travel for all users."

Mayor Gilmer noted that passing this resolution "will be great for our community!" Many benefits come from implementing Complete Streets including economic growth and community stability in providing accessible and efficient connections between home, work, school, recreation, and retails destinations.

Gray indicated that one of the many benefits of passing a resolution "is the potential for priority when applying for transportation enhancement grants through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)." Gray is a certified trainer of Complete Streets from the Michigan Department of Community Health's Complete Streets Institute. "Both the Otsego Planning Commission and City Council had no objections to such a resolution and were eager to begin thinking about incorporation of Complete Streets in their planning processes."

Over 45 Michigan communities have adopted a Complete Street ordinance or resolution. The City of Otsego joins the Cities of Holland and Allegan in Allegan County in passing such resolutions.

Visit Otsego Brownfield Success Story to learn more Brownfield Grant and about the Platt Street cleanup project!