Little Traverse Township Hall Emmet County Michigan
Little Traverse Township Hall Emmet County Michigan

Little Traverse Township

8288 S. Pleasantview Rd.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Phone: 231-526-0351

There is a Drop Box to the right of the door for payments and other correspondence. The Drop Box is secure, so please do not hesitate to use it.

To All of Our Water Customers in Little Traverse Township
We plan to start flushing and exercising valves Thursday May 11 and finish up by Friday May19

HYDRANT FLUSHING NOTICE On Thursday May 11, 2023, the Little Traverse Township Water Department will begin flushing fire hydrants. Flushing will continue thru Friday May 19, 2023 and will be conducted between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Please be advised that you may experience a drop in water pressure as well as some discoloration of the water during this process. The discoloration of the water is only temporary and does not indicate a problem with the water. If your water does become discolored, turn on an outside faucet to clear the water line before doing any laundry or cleaning. The Water Department will continue to monitor the water quality during this period to ensure that the water remains safe to drink. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but flushing is an important part of our system maintenance.

1.The process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity. This allows DPW employees to test hydrants for flow and operations. Should any repairs be required it is noted and the repairs are scheduled before cold weather sets in. At this time the hydrants are also pumped down to prevent freezing during the winter season.

Flushing, although it may appear to waste water, provides the DPW the means to clean and refresh the entire water distribution system. By discharging a large volume of water through a fire hydrant, water flow within the pipeline is increased. This increased flow actually scours the inside of the pipeline, removing and then transporting silt and mineral deposits out of the water system.

The above procedures are necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system.

During the flushing process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains and flushing the fire hydrants stirs the deposits sometimes causing discoloration of the water.

The main impact of hydrant flushing is discolored water. Here’s what you should do if hydrant flushing is taking place in your neighborhood:

2. If possible, avoid using water while the hydrant flushing is taking place. By not using water from the tap (cold or hot) or running appliances that use water (dishwashers and washing machines), you can prevent discolored water from entering your household plumbing system altogether.

• If you encounter discolored water following hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps only. Do not use hot water taps throughout your home at bathroom sinks, tubs, kitchen faucets etc. for 5 to 15 minutes or until water clears. This allows discolored water to work its way out of your household plumbing system. By not using your hot water taps, this should prevent discolored water from entering your hot water system. If you do experience discolored water on your hot side, flush in the same manner as the cold system. 

• Don’t do laundry while or shortly after flushing is taking place. The discolored water can sometimes stain fabrics. Wait until water runs clear at your taps before using your washing machine, and wash a load of dark clothes first.

• If laundry appears to be stained, keep articles wet. Do Not Dry. Rewash load using a stain/rust remover (such as a product called “Rust Out”). Do Not Use Bleach on stained laundry as bleach will “set” the stain.

• If, after flushing your water pressure or volume seems low, clean faucet screens to remove silt and mineral sediment that could be obstructing water flow.

Thank you!

Tammi Gall |Project Manager | Water
Cell: 231-333-6874

It is time for Little Traverse Township to approve the Master Plan for our Township.

Below is a link to a letter that was sent to various municipalities to inform them of the release of our Master Plan Draft. Following the letter is a link to the
DRAFT copy of the Master Plan so that you may review it at your convenience.
There will be a public hearing this summer before the final changes are made for final review of the Plan.

63-Day Review Notification Letter

Click Here For Draft Copy – Little Traverse Township Master Plan DRAFT 

—– Reminder: Sign Regulations —–

Graduations ~ Yard Sales ~ Weddings ~ Showers

—– No Signs Are Allowed on Road Right-of-Way (33′ from the center of the road)! —–

The following regulations apply to the display of signs typically used for garage/yard sale, auction, political, real estate, open houses, and other events.

– Signs may be located off premise but only with permission of the other property owner.

– Signs shall not be placed any closer than 5 feet from the front property line, (i.e., the sign must be at least 5′ away from the road right-of-way, not the pavement).

– Signs shall be removed within 24 hours of an event.

– Signs in the road right-of-way will be removed to the Township Hall at the owner’s expense and may be retrieved prior to disposal after 30 days.

– Repeat offenders will receive citations.

If you have questions, please call the Township Hall at 526-0351.


Upcoming Scheduled Meeting(s):

Regular Board Meeting: Wednesday June 14, 2023 – 4:00 pm – Township Hall

Planning Commission: Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 – 7:00 pm – Township Hall

Zoning Board of Appeals: As Needed.


If your 2022 Property Taxes did Not get Paid
All Payments, as of March 1, 2023, Need to be Made to the County in Petoskey
Located on the Corner of Division and Lake Street.

—-If you need the balance due call the Emmet County Treasurer’s Office at 231-348-1715—-


Property Tax Bills are mailed twice a year.
July 1, 20xx and December 1, 20xx.

They are always mailed out by the Emmet County Treasurer’s Office on July 1 and then on December 1 of each given year.
If you do not receive a tax bill by the 15th of July for the first tax bill and then by December 15th for the second tax bill you need to call the township hall and ask for one to be mailed to you. We are also able to email the tax bill(s).
The first bill is always due on the 14th of September, unless it falls on a weekend or holiday, if that is the case it will be due by the next business day. The same goes for the second bill which is due by February 14th.

— If you have any questions regarding your taxes, please call the township. —

Burning Warning

~ Safety First ~
Use care when burning, check the link below to see if it’s legal to burn today!

Visit the DNR website for information on if you are allowed to burn in your area.

Click Here for DNR Permission to Burn (Burn Permit)

Township Hall – Closed for the Following Holidays

Memorial Day – Monday, May 29th, 2023
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4th, 2023
Labor Day – Monday, September 4th, 2023
Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
Day After Christmas – Tuesday, December 26th, 2023
Day After New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

Township Hall – Extended Hours for Tax Collections

Thursday, September 14th, 2023 Tax Collection: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 28th, 2023 Tax Collection: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14th, 2024 Tax Collection: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday- February 29th, 2024 Tax Collection: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A drop box is available to right of main entrance.

Taxes received in the drop box by March 1st by 8:00 am will be posted as received by February 29th, 2024.
Anything received after that time will be sent to the Emmet County Treasurer’s Office.

Township Meetings & Contacts

Board of Review 2023

Assessor ~ Joe Lavender
8288 S Pleasantview Rd ~ Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231-526-0351 ~

March Meeting Schedule & Ratios
2023 Land, Condo & ECF Analysis
Poverty Exemption Application
Poverty Exemption Affidavit
Poverty Exemption Affirmation

Little Traverse Township Cemetery

Visit the Cemetery On-Line
Chick here to link to the Little Traverse Township Cemetery.
If you have questions or comments regarding the Cemetery after going to the link please email

View Cemetery Rates
To speak with someone regarding a cemetery lot or if you have questions, please call the Little Traverse Township Hall at (231) 526-0351.