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Allendale is home to GVSU, ranked as one of the top universities in the midwest regional area by US News and World Reports. Learn more...

 

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Township Government is Citizen Government

Michigan's local government structure can be a bit bewildering. Michigan's 1,242 townships govern the vast majority of Michigan's land area and serve over forty-five percent of Michigan's residents.

Townships were the brainchild of Thomas Jefferson and were created before Michigan became a state. Andrew Jackson's philosophy of direct democracy further shaped the township government structure that survives and thrives today.

Townships embody the values of "grassroots government." In townships, citizens contribute their talents, skills and ideas to preserve the quality of life and to deliver important programs and services.

Township officials live in the communities they serve and stay in touch with ever changing needs. Limited by law in the amount of taxes they can levy, township officials are creative in delivering quality services with the least possible burden to taxpayers.

Efficient. Effective. Accountable. Accessible. Michigan's township governments embody America's great democratic principles.

 

What Do Townships Do?

Your township government ensures that the community's health and safety needs are adequately addressed. Either through its own police, fire and emergency medical services departments or in cooperation with other governmental and private organizations, townships have evolved as the primary provider for essential public safety services.

Balancing private property rights and the impact on the community resulting from land use decisions is a very important township responsibility. Township governments also make communities more pleasant places to live by providing leisure and recreational activities.

Townships do not have direct responsibility for roads and drains, but they cooperate with county agencies that have direct responsibility for these services. Counties also provide most social services and our court system.

 

How are Townships Governed?

The township board consists of the supervisor, clerk, treasurer and -- depending on the township's population -- two or four trustees. Each of these officials have specific duties that contribute to effective township governance.

The elected members of the township board adopt an annual budget that determines the scope and character of township services. They also adopt ordinances to protect the community's health, safety and welfare. The township board oversees township programs and services.

 

Elected Officials Also Administer Township Programs

Elected township board members also oversee administration of important township functions. The township supervisor, besides moderating meetings, also ensures that assessments on taxable property conform to state laws. The township clerk has custody of vital records, accounts for township finances, and oversees elections conducted by the township. The township treasurer collects property taxes for the township, schools, the county and other tax levying entities. Board members also perform other duties as directed by the township board.

Some townships also employ a manager or superintendent to oversee day-to-day operations. Township boards frequently delegate managerial responsibilities to the supervisor. Other full-time or part-time department heads provide technical and managerial expertise for township programs and services.

 

How Can You Get Involved?

Your township government welcomes citizen involvement. Many township programs and services rely on volunteers. Citizens serve on appointed boards or commissions that decide important public issues. Some townships hold Annual Meetings where electors directly participate in decisions allowed by law.

Democracy is government by the people. While township boards are lawfully responsible for township governance, the township board needs to hear the perspective and views of residents on many issues. Keeping abreast of township issues and providing your viewpoint on issues is essential to township success.

To find out more about Township Government, click here.

 

  We would like to welcome you to our unique destination!  Allendale is a place of abundant natural beauty where rich history of the past meets the dynamic growth of the future. Allendale is a place of shared memories where people come together to live, work, and play. Allendale is conveniently located between the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and the bustling city of Grand Rapids.   Allendale is one of the fastest growing townships in the region but continues to maintain its family-friendly, rural character that the community knows and loves.

Allendale is centrally located in Ottawa County which means easy access to main highways and quick commutes to anywhere in the region.

Quality education is a big deal in Allendale and can be found in both public and private settings. Allendale Public Schools rank among the high performing schools in the State of Michigan. Allendale schools have received an 8 out of 10 rating for academic excellence by GreatSchools.org, a national non-profit. A unique feature of our school systems is the ability to partner with schools and business throughout the Ottawa area to offer an innovative approach to learning.

Grand Valley State University is the fastest growing university in the United States, both in population and physical size, as the university is continually building more facilities. The university is also ranked as one of the top up and coming schools in the Midwest. The university enrolls a total of just under 25,000 students on the Allendale campus and two campuses in the surrounding area, and offers over 200 areas of study, making it the largest university in the Grand Rapids region.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT

Allendale Charter Twp Fire Dept

Allendale Charter Township houses Grand Valley State University. We have a population of over 20,000 plus a student population of about 24,000. Allendale Fire Department covers 32 square miles bordered by the Grand River.

Allendale Fire Department consists of 30 members, two of those members being full time employees of the Township, Chief Mike Keefe and Fire Inspector Dave Pelton.  Our call volume for 2015 was  over 1049 calls, the vast majority of those calls being EMS related. The Department continues to grow each year and strives for the professionalism that all fire departments strive for, large or small. 
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2016 ANNUAL REPORT

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Allendale Charter Twp Police Department

Allendale Charter Township contracts with the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for police protection. 
 
The mission of your Ottawa County Sheriff’s office continues to be that of “preserving public order and supporting the Constitution of the State of Michigan through enforcement of state and local laws.” Their mission is accomplished by providing 24 hour service to Ottawa County communities in the areas of responding to direct request for law enforcement service, criminal investigations traffic enforcement and general assistance to the public.  With this established mission, they continue to place a significant emphasis on the victims and the communities. Their mission is furthered by the ability to office a correctional facility that meets the needs of the criminal justice system in Ottawa County.
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LIBRARY

Allendale Township Library

Contact us
Phone: 616-895-4178
fax: 616-895-5178
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           
Library Director: Bethany Nettleton

Location: 6175 Library Lane, Allendale MI 49401

Hours:    
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday 1pm-9pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday closed
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CEMETERY

Allendale Cemetery

The Allendale Cemetery is located at 12655 60th Avenue, Allendale MI 49401.  It is a quiet, beautiful old cemetery located out in the Allendale countryside. The oldest graves date back to the 1840’s. It is the only cemetery owned and operated by the Township.

For cemetery information, contact Laurie Richards, Township Clerk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 616-895-6295, ext.

 

Click here for a layout/map of the cemetery


Click here for birth and death records

 

COMMUNITY PARKS

Allendale Community Parks

The Allendale Community Park  behind (south) of the Township office, located at 6676 Lake Michigan Drive.  The park is comprised of 40 acres.  During the warm months, the park is a busy place.  We have an outstanding softball and Little League facilities, which attract teams and players from a wide geographic area. 

Facilities include ballfields, premier playground and splash pad, tennis/pickleball courts, basketball court, picnic shelters, Knowlton House Museum and gardens and the Veterans Memorial.

SENIOR CITIZENS

    


 

Senior Living

Allendale Lifelong Learners is a group that is growing and changing, but a friendly & social place for anybody aged 55 or older.  Kathy Hanes is the Allendale Lifelong Learners director.

 

 

Here are some web sites that are great reference guides geared toward seniors and those with special needs..
Legal Resources for Seniors
Veterans Benefits for Seniors
Making the Move to Assisted Living
Keeping Seniors Safe with While Remodeling
Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
Advanced Care Planning
Home Accommodations for Seniors
Aging Veteran's Guide to Planning for the Future
Tips for Seniors to Declutter and Organize their Home
Elder Care Resources


 

 

 

WATER & SEWER

Water & Sewer Departments

Wastewater Treatment Plant, location: 11624 40th Ave.
Service & Billing Information: 895-6295
Daytime emergencies: 895-5142
Evenings after 5 p.m. & weekends: 616 608-9710

 

Click Here for the 2016 Water Fact Sheet

Click Here for the 2016 Sewer Fact Sheet

Click Here for a Grand Rapids Water Rate Comparrison

Click Here for the 2015 Water Quality Report
Water and Sewer Departments

 

ALLENDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

    

ELECTION INFORMATION

 

 

 

Click Here for Information on

   1. Absentee Voting Procedures

   2. Voter Registration Procedures

   3.  Election Day Procedures

Hours of Operation

The Charter township hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm and the offices are closed during weekends. Find more information about how to contact us and where we are located by clicking here.

Need to pay your bills?

 
Pay your tax and your water/sewer bills electronically....click here to pay by electronic checking or click here to pay by credit card

Find Out More About This...

Our Address:
6676 Lake Michigan Drive
PO Box 539
Allendale, MI, 49401
Hours of Operation:
The Township office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am through 5 pm.  Find more information about how to contact us and where we are located by clicking here

Can't Find Something?

If there is any information that you would like to see added to the Township website, please contact Laurie Richards at 895-6295,ext. 6 or you can contact the clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.