The City of Howell has been working with Detroit Edison’s Community Lighting group to expedite the repair and maintenance of the streetlights in our community. In the event of a streetlight outage, please call the City of Howell’s Department of Public Works at 517-546-7510, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the following information:
1. A specific streetlight location (i.e., in nearest cross roads, nearby business, etc.)
2. Whether the pole is wooden or metal.
3. The streetlight pole number (For metal poles it is located at the base of the streetlight pole. For wood poles it is located approximately eight feet up the pole).
4. Details about the outage (i.e., Light off during the night, light turns on and off at night, light stays on during the day, etc.).
In cases where a pole as been knocked down or any other emergency, please call Detroit Edison at 1-800-477-4747.
Yes, each week one bulky item is permitted free of charge to be placed at the curb for pick up on your scheduled day. Note: Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc. must have Freon removed with certification.
Items that can not be handled by two people will not be taken.
Yes, carpet must be cut into 4' rolls, amount equivalent to one room per week. Carpet rolls that can not be handled by two people will not be taken.
With so many hazardous materials found in building materials, the City will not accept building materials at the curb. Residents are asked to make sure their contractors properly dispose of all building materials and construction debris as part of their project.
Residents on the East side of Michigan Avenue, except East Grand River Avenue, will be picked up each Monday.
Residents on the West side of Michigan Avenue, East and West Grand River Avenue and Rolling Oaks Subdivision, will be picked up each Tuesday.
If a major holiday falls on a Monday, residents with Monday pick up will have their trash collected on Tuesday and residents with Tuesday pick up will have their trash collected on Wednesday.
If a major holiday falls on a Tuesday, residents with Monday pick up will experience no change and collection will remain on Monday. Residents with Tuesday pick up will have their trash collected on Wednesday.
Major holidays include: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
You must contact the Department of Public Works at (517) 546-7510 as soon as possible for assistance.
Yes. The City has a curb side program. Recyclables are picked up every other week with your regular rubbish pick-up. Please refer to your City calendar or our web calendar for pick-up dates. Click HERE for complete program information.
Curbside Clothing, Shoe and Home Good Recycling, available through Simple Recycling
Yard waste is organic material that can be broken down by oxidation. Some examples are:
· Grass clippings
· Twigs and branches
· Fruit and vegetables scraps
· Dead weeds and garden plants
Composting yard waste diverts the materials away from landfills, which are becoming short in supply. It also eliminates the need for yard waste burning. This promotes a cleaner, healthier environment. Composted yard waste is an effective fertilizer and suppresses plant disease, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It also aerates the soil, acting as an anti-erosion agent.
Please click HERE for complete Yard Waste program information.
Yard waste bags made of biodegradable kraft paper and can be purchased from any retailer.
Every year the Department of Public Works mobilizes to collect leaves from City streets. Please click HERE for complete program information.
The trees found in the grassy area between the street and sidewalk or within any City Right of Way are City owned trees. The Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintaining, trimming, and if necessary, removal of these trees. The City has an annual tree trimming and removal program that is contracted yearly. For more information contact Ervin Suida, DPW Superintendent at (517) 546-7510.
Yes. From tree trimming operations and the Street Leaf Collection Program the City has a substantial amount of wood chips and leaf mulch to offer residents and non-residents alike. Both the wood chips and the leaf mulch are free to residents and $35 for non-residents. Please call the DPW at 517) 546-7510 for more information.
The City of Howell has been named a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation. Since 1988 the City of Howell has received this national recognition. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City USA, the City must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.
More than ever, today we understand the importance of trees to our cities and towns. Trees help clean our air and water, moderate heat and cold, and bring warmth and grace to our homes. The City is proud to be a part of this important national program. For more information on the Tree City USA program, contact Erv Suida at the DPW (517) 546-7510.
Yes, a Right-of-Way (ROW) permit is required. Examples of type of work include sidewalks, driveways, irrigation systems, planting of trees, and landscaping. Please contact our Project Technician for more information at (517) 546-7510.
Normally the City and the adjacent property owner equally share responsibility for repair of imperfections in the City sidewalk. If residents see and wish to report dangerous sidewalks due to tree roots, concrete settlement, or concrete cracking, please contact the Department of Public Works at (517) 546-7510.
The City can spend only a limited amount of money on sidewalk repairs/ replacements and approve the annual budgets. To temporarily patch the damaged walk, asphalt will be placed to minimize the hazard. When funding is secured the sidewalk will be replaced as part of an annual sidewalk replacement program.
If residents driving over sidewalk with construction equipment damage the sidewalk, the resident will be expected to pay the replacement cost.
You can pay in person at City Hall, by mail, on-line (with a convenience fee) or you can utilize the drop box in the City Hall lobby.
When moving from a house or apartment, water customers are asked to contact the Water Department by calling (517) 546-3500 to schedule a final water meter reading.
You will need to call 9-1-1 for assistance.
We are committed to providing you safe, reliable, and healthy water. We are pleased to provide you with this information to keep you fully informed about your water. Please click HERE to view the current Annual Water Quality Report. For more information about your water, or the contents of this report, please call the Water Treatment Plant at (517) 546-5309.
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Property owners are responsible for the portion of the sewer that services their private property, this is typically from their home to the sanitary sewer main. The City is responsible for the sanitary main that serves all public sewer leads within that area.
We expect clear and clean drinking water when we turn on the tap. The groundwater that supplies public water supply wells comes from the rain and snow that falls to the ground. This water then seeps into the ground and moves toward public water supply wells.
Like water, pollutants can also seep into the ground and threaten public water supply wells. Wellhead protec-tion planning is one way to ensure that our community has a long-term source of clean water. Wellhead protection is a pre-ventive program designed to protect public groundwater supply systems from contamination.
The objective of wellhead protection is to prevent contaminants from entering the public water supply wells by managing the land that contributes water to the wells. Protecting the groundwater for the future is a wise, cost-effective step which saves money for the community and provides for the protection of the public health and environment.
A wellhead protection area is that part of the land that contributes water to a well and has the potential to contaminate the well. An active wellhead protection program identifies areas that contribute water to public water supply wells, potential sources of contamination within those areas, and educates residents on developing best management practices that minimize threats to public water supplies.
Currently, the City of Howell and Marion, Howell, Oceola and Genoa (MHOG) Townships have established two well head protection areas and is the first community to have their plans approved. Please click HERE for Livingston County’s Environmental Awareness Handbook or click HERE for the State of Michigan Wellhead Protection Program information.