The Clerk's Office will be open Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 8am-4pm to register voters and accept/issue absentee ballots for the August 3, 2021 election.
CIRAB Meeting
The Capital Advisory Rate Improvement Board will hold their Regular  meeting Tuesday July 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm.  This meeting  will be held in the 3rd floor conference room of City Hall. Please click HERE for a link to the meeting agenda.

City Council Meeting

The Howell City Council will hold their Regular Council meeting Monday July 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  This meeting  will be held in City Council Chambers, Lower Level. Please click HERE for a link to the meeting agenda.

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

The Howell City Board of Zoning Appeals will be holding a meeting Thursday July 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  This meeting will be held in City Council Chambers, Lower Level.  Please click HERE for a link to the agenda.

July 9, 2021
10:00 am

The City of Howell Election Commission will meet on Friday July 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to appoint Precinct Inspectors for the August 3, 2021 Primary Election.  The meeting will be held at Howell City Hall, 611 E. Grand River, Council Chambers Lower Level, Howell MI 48843, (517) 546-3502.

                                                                                    Angela Guillen,
                                                                                             City Clerk

611 E. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843

The Howell City Board of Review will meet on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at 611 E. Grand River, Howell.  This meeting will be to review, correct and accept the following, all being related to properties in the City of Howell:


Qualified Errors
Principal Residence Exemption Appeals
Taxable Value Uncapping
Qualified Start-up Business Exemption
Disabled Veteran’s Exemption
Poverty Exemption


Jacob Sutton, Assessor
City of Howell



The Public Accuracy Test for the August 3, 2021 Primary Election will be held Wednesday June 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Howell City Hall, 611 E. Grand River (2nd Floor Conference Room) Howell MI 48843.  The Public Accuracy Test is conducted to demonstrate that the computer program used to tabulate the votes cast at the election meets the requirements of law.


                                                                                    Angela Guillen

                                                                                    Howell City Clerk

Election Information

To view information about Livingston County elections, including the August 3, 2021 City Primary, please click HERE

City Council Special Meeting

The Howell City Council will hold a Special Meeting Monday June 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  This meeting  will be held in City Council Chambers, Lower Level. Please click HERE for a link to the meeting agenda.
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Changes to HAPRA Agreement

Howell City Council has discussed planned changes to the City’s agreement with the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority (HAPRA) regarding the operations and maintenance of the City’s park and boat launch facilities. Learn more about these changes HERE

Local Emergency Declaration
Howell City Council has approved a resolution declaring a public health emergency through but not to exceed May 31, 2021. For more information, view our press release HERE.

The 2020 Annual Water Quality Report is now available and can be found HERE.


Grave blankets, Christmas wreaths, memorial flowers and artificial flowers have to be removed from the City of Howell Cemeteries by April 1, 2021.  All items left on gravesites after this date will be discarded by the Parks and Cemetery Department.


Jason McClanahan
Parks and Cemetery Supervisor
(517) 546-4500

Padnos Dismisses Lawsuit

View the press release here for more information regarding the agreement reached between the City of Howell and Padnos Howell Inc. during the executive session at Howell City Council’s meeting on January 25, 2021.

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Howell for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019!

This is the 13th consecutive year that the City has received this award.

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Interested in developing in Downtown Howell?

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently released Request for Developer Qualifications in the City of Howell to assist in the community’s attraction of investment to the City’s priority site.

The MEDC is hosting A Virtual ‘Site Showcase’ Event on August 25th. The virtual event, from 10-11:30am, will feature local officials, planners and MEDC representatives and will discuss the project details.

Click 'Read More' below for more information about the site and a Virtual ‘Site Showcase’ Event on August 25th.



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Barnard Center Demolition

As you may be aware, the Barnard Center located at 415 N Barnard, is in a bad state of disrepair and is scheduled to be demolished.  An asbestos survey was performed this past January and it identified asbestos within the main building as well as in the storage building located on the property. Click here for more information. Read More »


All tax bills will be mailed on June 30th, 2020. Remember the Due Date is JULY 31, 2020.  Postmarks are not accepted. A 24-Hour Drop Box, located in the ATM lobby, is available for payments during or after regular business hours.

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The Howell Safe Neighborhoods project is now online!

We need residents of all ages and abilities to take our survey and submit photos through the month of June.

All project information can be found here

Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Discharge

What Happened?  The WasteWater Treatment Plant recorded 1.75 inches of rain from Monday, May 18, 2020, through Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Screw pumps at the plant were unable to keep up with the flow, which caused sewage to back up in the main sewer pipe.  As a result, diluted sanitary sewage overflowed from the manhole on Pulford St, flowing across the ground, ultimately reaching a storm sewer catch basin.

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Important Update From HAPRA Regarding Scofield City Park and COVID-19

The Scofield City Park Boat Launch and Park is currently open to the Public.  At this time the beach remains closed.  Due to social distancing concerns, we will not be opening up our concessions stand for the time being.

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Bulk Item & Yard Waste Pick Up

Notice regarding bulk item and yard waste pick up: As services have returned as normally scheduled, the dumpster formerly placed at the City's Department of Public Works building for bulk item and yard waste disposal has been removed.
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Building Permit Applications

While some restrictions related to COVID-19 have been rescinded, it is still crucial that the City continues to operate in a manner that best supports the health and safety of our staff and community.

With the construction industry going back to work on May 7th, we’d like to encourage all contractors and residents to obtain, complete and submit building permit applications electronically. They can be found here and emailed to Please call 517-546-3861 with any building permit questions.

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Annual Water Quality Report

The 2019 annual water quality report for the City of Howell is now available. Individual copies will not be mailed. The report can be found here

Copies can also be obtained at Howell City Hall (2nd floor) & Department of Public Works office, or by calling the Water Plant at 517-546-5309.

Note: If printing the report, the document works best with legal size paper.
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City of Howell 2020-2021 Budget Information

The City of Howell 2020-2021 Recommended Line Item Budget is now available to view. Please click here to view the 2020-2021 Budget Message and Recommended Line Item Budget.
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Keep Wastewater Flowing Safely During COVID-19

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, has teamed with the Alliance of Rouge Communities, the Freshwater Forum at the Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Great Lakes Water Authority to provide a One Water message to share with residents. Misuse of wastewater systems associated with COVID-19 has caused issues in Southeast Michigan and across the country. 

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Navigating COVID-19: A Message from the Mayor

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For Businesses & Employees Seeking Clarity on E.O. 2020-21

 The City of Howell and Howell Police Department staff members will not be providing advice or an interpretation to make a determination in this regard as this is a rapidly evolving matter with the potential for change in direction from the state. 

We have provided links to additional resources for information on this issue from the state. 
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New trash & large item pick up procedures

Effective March 23, 2020, Advanced Disposal will not collect any trash/refuse or recycling that is not containerized.

  • All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the carts. Loose items outside the cart will not be collected.
  • All bulky item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.

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Coronavirus - Stop the Spread by Practicing Social Distancing

 The Livingston County Health Department is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). There currently are no presumptive positive cases identified in Livingston County; however, in the interest of the health and safety of our residents and staff, the City is taking precautionary steps to avoid exposure as the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
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Per The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce in response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak: Read More »
Michigan gets its first two cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the World Health Organization declares the virus a Pandemic.  To learn more on this virus and what you can do to help stop the spread visit the or go to the coronavirus information page on the website.

Howell Public Schools met with other school districts in the County to proactively develop plans and actions to limit the spread of the coronavirus and help protect their staff and student body.  For more information visit
Census Data Affects Twitter

What services and organizations matter the most to you? Are they schools? Hospitals? Public Safety? All of these vital community services rely on funding that depends on census responses.

Over $675 billion in funding is distributed each year according to census data. Programs like Medicare Part B, special education, school lunch programs, supplemental nutrition assistance programs, and many more receive funding due to census responses.

By completing your 2020 Census you’ll help shape the future of our community by making sure our services get the funding they need! Learn more about how your census responses help all of us in Livingston County at

Howell Post Office looks for new site

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has outgrown its current site located on South Michigan Avenue and is looking for property to construct a new Howell Community Post Office.

The USPS has selected the vacant City owned land on West Grand River (BL96) next to the Fire Station.  This property is Master Planned as an employment District and is currently maintained by the City of Howell. 

If you would like to learn more about the proposed Howell Post Office, and interested in where the next Howell Post Office may be located, follow this link to USPS Howell Relocation.

This site will contain updates as this process progresses. 


The United States 2020 Census is fast approaching.  Doing your part by completing the Census can significantly help the Community you call home... You can learn more about the census and South East Michigan by watching the SEMCOG video or visit Census 2020 for additional information.  

2020 City Calendar is now available for download

A printable version of the City calendar is now available for download here or under the Quick Links menu.

Important City and Event Dates are included in the calendar along with important City information.

You can always access our Website Calendar at any time.
The Voyager Elementary Viking Bots created an excellent educational video about storm water run-off into Thompson Lake.  A big thanks to our DPW Operations Manager, Mike Luce, for being an expert consultant.  The City wishes the Viking Bots best wishes in their upcoming competition!

The Viking Bots Storm Water Video

Viking Bots of Voyager Elementary:
Vincent Watts – 3rd Grade
Khloe Luck – 4th Grade
Nora Rudich – 4th Grade
Johnathan Gee – 4th Grade
Bobby Sugrue – 4th Grade
Owen Goodroe - 4th Grade

Nick Peters – 5th Grade
Raiden Rigenhagen – 5th Grade
Evan VanderPlas – 5th Grade

Ben Gee
Jenna Warfield-Rudich
Shannon Watts
April VanderPlas

Please visit our Clean Water web page for more info.

Sign up for City of Howell Alerts to Text and Email Using Nixle

nixleNixle Alert System - Alert system which allows the Howell Police Department to create and publish messages and alerts to be delivered to subscribed members instantly, via cell phone text message and/or email. 

Notifications can also be accessed online at This is a free service to all community members. Register at or by simply sending a text message with the zip code of "48843" to "888-777".
A New Customer Service Number for Advanced Disposal

The City of Howell has just been assigned a new customer service number for Advanced Disposal.  Due to customer service issues, the City and Advanced Disposal have worked together to improve service and reduce call wait time.  The new number will go directly to a select customer service group that has been assigned to support the City of Howell residents.

The new number to call is:  517-219-1163
The Howell City Council recently adopted amendments to the Fire Prevention Code incorporating the 2018 International Fire Code and Michigan's Fireworks Code.  The full text of Ordinance 925, 926 & 927 can be viewed by downloading the July 22, 2019 City Council meeting packet.

Council Packet - July 22, 2019

Utility Rate Increase Effective August 1, 2019

After a comprehensive study of utility rates and the cost of providing water and sewer service, the City of Howell will be raising its rates for water and sewer effective 08/01/2019. The independent study confirmed the need to increase operating revenues and ensure adequate funds for future capital repairs and replacements. This is the first increase in rates in over two years.

Sewer revenues will increase 6.9% overall, while water revenues from rate changes will increase by 6.5%. The increase for the majority of customers, our residents using 5/8 inch meters, range from $9.40 per bimonthly bill for 10,000 gallons to $25.00 for 50,000 gallons.
The 2018 annual water quality report for the City of Howell is now available. Individual copies will not be mailed.

You can get it at the city web site, or get copies at Howell City Hall (2nd floor) & Department of Public Works office, or by calling the Water Plant at

Note: If printing the report, works best with legal size paper.
DTE Online Street Light Reporting Tool

Need to Report a Streetlight Outage?  The DTE Community Lighting group has an online reporting tool to make it easy to get your streetlights shining bright again.

Please click on the link below to report a street light outage in your area.

Official GAMSA Logo

Congratulations to Downtown Howell!
Winning the Great American Main Street Award!

Downtown Howell has been named the winner of one of the most prestigious national awards that a downtown can receive in a lifetime.  On Monday, March 26, in Kansas City, MO, the National Main Street Center Inc. (NMSC), presented downtown Howell with the Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA).  Selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, award winners serve as exceptional models for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization. 

Howell Main Street Press Release

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Public Act 202 of 2017, the Protecting Local Government Retirement and Benefits Act went into effect on December 20, 2017. 

A primary component of the Act was the requirement that all local units of government providing retirement pension and/or retirement health care, file with Treasury information about their plans.

City of Howell - Public Act 202 of 2017 Health Care (OPEB) Report

City of Howell - Public Act 202 of 2017 Pension Report

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Sign up for City of Howell Alerts to Text and Email Using Nixle

nixleNixle Alert System - Alert system which allows the Howell Police Department to create and publish messages and alerts to be delivered to subscribed members instantly, via cell phone text message and/or email.

Notifications can also be accessed online at This is a free service to all community members. Register at or by simply sending a text message with the zip code of "48843" to "888-777".

Please take notice that the Planning Commission meeting which was to be held on April 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers located in the lower level of Howell City Hall, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 mandated restrictions.