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Cascade Township, Michigan
 
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Emergency Notification

Township Buildings Closed/COVID-19 Information

Gov. Whitmer issues “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for Michigan residents
 
On Monday, March 23, Gov. Whitmer issued the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order directing all non-essential businesses to temporarily close and Michigan residents to stay home in response to COVID-19. During this time, we will continue offering essential Township services to residents. We are encouraging residents to contact Township staff via email or phone with any questions or service requests. Please see the below list containing each department's contact info.
 
We will continue complying with orders and recommendations by national health officials to help contain the spread of illness. We will continue updating our Township response list as we move forward.


Supervisor Update

To our Residents,
 
As we continue through this uncertain time, it’s now more important than ever to work together to help not only our community, but the nation and the world. It’s times like these when our unified actions will help lead to the greater solution.
 
We want to assure our residents we have been in constant contact with our state, county and national health officials and will continue following their lead every step of the way. As a community, we are committed to doing everything we can to help flatten the curve. We have taken a number of proactive steps to help protect Township staff and residents’ health and safety. Below you will find a list, which is being regularly updated, of the steps we are taking.
 
During this time, it’s critical for everyone to follow best practices recommended by health experts to help contain the spread of illness. Although it can be challenging to adjust to this new way of life, it’s important we all practice recommendations on social distancing, staying home and avoiding large gatherings.
 
Through all of this, we want to encourage everyone to continue supporting local businesses while maintaining social distancing. These businesses are the life of our community – and they need our help. Order take-out, shop online, buy gift cards to use at a later date – these are just a few ways you can safely help your favorite local businesses who are adjusting to closures and changes in operation.
 
Although the future is uncertain, I want to assure everyone that we will get through this together. I would like to personally thank every resident for doing what they can to help during this tough situation. A special thank you to the health and service workers who are bravely responding during this time.
 
Stay safe and healthy,
 
Rob Beahan
Township Supervisor, Cascade Charter Township
 
TOWNSHIP RESPONSE UPDATE
 
As the situation progresses and changes on an hourly basis, we will continue to respond and update our initiatives based on the direction and advice of the health organizations. This list is regularly being updated. Our responses so far include:
  • Closing the Township Offices to the public. Township services are still available, but staff are encouraging residents to contact them via email or phone.
  • Ensuring the Cascade Fire Department is operating under the direction of Kent County EMS and following all COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Closing the passport office until April 12, in order to slow down traffic in the Township Offices. In the meantime, residents can visit the U.S. Department of State website for available passport resources.
  • Closing the Wisner Center until April 12, with the exception of public meetings. We will evaluate the need for public meetings, such as Township Board Meetings and Planning Commission Meetings, on a case-by-case basis.
  • Closing the bathrooms at all Cascade Township parks.
  • Investing in additional hand-sanitizing supplies, which are located throughout the offices.
  • Spending extra time on cleaning and disinfecting public and front-desk areas each day.
  • Cancelling any Township-sponsored out-of-state education or business travel.
  • Encouraging employees who are experiencing sickness symptoms to stay home
  • Requiring any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 to take a quarantine leave.
  • Closing Township playgrounds. Although playgrounds are closed, parks are still open to the public. We encourage residents to utilize the parks while maintaining proper social distancing.
 
Cascade Township to Close Offices to Public in Response to COVID-19
 

Effective March 17, the Cascade Township Offices, including the building department, will be closed to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
 
After reviewing the directives coming from county and state health partners, Cascade Township officials have decided to close the Township Offices to the public. Township staff are still working during this time but encouraging residents to contact them via phone or online with any service requests or questions in order to reduce face-to-face interactions.
 
The closure will last until at least March 30. Once that date gets closer, Township officials will decide if the closure needs to be extended.
 
During this time, most Township services will remain available for residents. The Township will operate at its normal operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
The Township’s drop box will remain open 24/7. Yard waste tags will also be available at the front entrance of Township Hall at no cost. The passport office will be closed during this time.
 
Cascade Township will continue to follow advice from county and state health partners. As response to COVID-19 continues, further changes to public services may result.
 
Cascade Township will continue to inform residents of changes through our Facebook page and e-newsletter.
 
Cascade Township contact info: 

Kent County Sheriff's Office - For emergencies, please call 911.
If you have a non-emergency question or concern, please call 616.336.3113


COVID-19 Inquiry Hotline


The Kent County Health Department has set up a hotline where public health and other experts will answer health-related questions and direct residents to local resources and in other state government departments.

Please note: Staff cannot provide individual clinical advice or a diagnosis through the hotline.  If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic, call your health care provider.  

The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-535-6136.


As the first cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed in Michigan, it’s important to stay informed by the experts. During this issue, Cascade Township will follow the direction of the Kent County Health Department. Please visit the KCHD website to learn more information about the disease, what preventative measures you can take and FAQs. The KCHD website also provides helpful links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Please follow the KCHD, CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on social media for updates and the latest information.

 

Letter from the Manager

March 13, 2020
 
To our Residents:
 
As the first cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Kent County, we want to update you on the steps we have taken to ensure the health and safety of our employees and everyone who passes through the doors of the Cascade Township Offices.
 
We are drawing on a number of trusted healthcare sources for our information, including the Centers for Disease Control, our state health department and our county health department. We are following best practices when it comes to reducing the risk of transmission, much as we do during the cough, cold and flu season. As this issue continues, our organizational response will be predicated on the direction and advice of those organizations.
 
We welcome a lot of residents each day, so we have taken a number of proactive steps to protect everyone’s health and safety. These initiatives include:
  • Closing the passport office until April 12, in order to slow down traffic in the Township Offices. In the meantime, residents can visit the U.S. Department of State website for available passport resources.
  • Closing the Wisner Center until April 12, with the exception of public meetings. We will evaluate the need for public meetings, such as Township Board Meetings and Planning Commission Meetings, on a case-by-case basis.
  • The bathrooms at both Burton and Recreation Park are closed.  
  • Encouraging residents to communicate with Township employees by methods other than in-person visits. We are asking residents to call or email Township employees with any questions or service requests.
  • Investing in additional hand-sanitizing supplies, which are located throughout the offices.
  • Spending extra time on cleaning and disinfecting public and front-desk areas each day.
  • Cancelling any Township-sponsored out-of-state education or business travel.
  • Encouraging employees who are experiencing sickness symptoms to stay home
  • Requiring any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 to take a quarantine leave.
 
We will continue to be fluid with our response as this issue changes on an hourly basis. As always, we remain committed to our residents, businesses, visitors and employees – and we will follow the recommended steps to further that commitment. Together, we will work together to protect the health and safety of our community.
 
To support that, we ask residents to follow established best practices while in the community to help us contain the spread of illness, including:
  • Practicing good hand hygiene
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Staying home if you are sick
 
Thank you for your help in keeping Cascade Township safe and healthy,
 
 
Ben Swayze
Township Manager, Cascade Charter Township