Newkirk Township


Newkirk Township
301 State Street
Luther, MI 49656
(231) 797-5838



The Newkirk, Ellsworth, and Henderson Township Board of Review for July 2022 will be held at the Newkirk Township Hall, 301 State Street Luther, MI, on the following date:


Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 6:00 p.m.


American with Disabilities (ADA) Notice

The Township will provide necessary reasonable services to individuals with disabilities at the Board of Review meetings upon 2 days’ notice.
Contact: Gretchen Allan, Supervisor, Phone (231) 499-9082
Board of Review Members: Gus Motzer, Kristine Raymond, and Kelli Moorehead.
Gretchen Allan, Secretary of Board of Review

Note--Publish per MCL 211.29(6): Notice of the date, time, and place of the meeting of the board of review shall be given at least 1 week before the meeting by publication in a generally circulated newspaper serving the area. The notice shall appear in three (3) successive issues of the newspaper where available; otherwise, by posting the notice in five (5) conspicuous places in the township.

This notice is required for the March meetings only. Only the Open Meetings Act notice (either regular meeting schedule posted at beginning of year OR special meeting notice posted 18 hours prior) is required for any July or December meetings.


Newkirk Township Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm, with the exception of March. The March meeting is held on the last Tuesday of the month.


For information regarding gypsy moths, please visit Osceola-Lake Conservation District - Gypsy Moth Information

You are qualified to vote by absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:
  1. I expect to be absent from the community in which I am registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
  2. I am physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  3. I cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of my religion.
  4. I have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where I reside.
  5. I am 60 years of age or older.
  6. I cannot attend the polls because I am confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  7. You may request an application by phone at (231) 797-5947 or by sending a written request to the Township Clerk at at P.O. Box 308, Luther, MI 49656 stating your name, address, reason for request (see above) and where to send the application or ballot. If more than one member of the family wants an absentee ballot, all must sign the letter. Add clerks address here.

Annual Rabies Clinic

2022 Schedule TBD
The clinic will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Luther-Newkirk Hall garage. We are planning to sell licenses at the clinic. You may mail a copy of  the rabies certificate and payment to the Lake County Treasurer, 800 10th st. Ste 210, Baldwin, MI 49304.  and they will mail the tags back to you.  The cost per year for spayed or neutered is $5.00 per dog.  If  NOT spayed or neutered the cost is  $15.00 per dog.  Three year licenses are available.

Building Permits Required

Building permits are required for any construction in Lake County. You must contact the Lake County Building Dept. located in the Courthouse Building, 800 Tenth Street, Baldwin, MI 49304 before starting any construction. Phone: 231-745-2722

Land Divison

Under the State Land Division Act you need to contact the township Assessor prior to dividing any land. The minimum division is 4 acres and there is a charge of $100.00 for each split. All land transfers, such as buy, sell by owner, land contracts, etc. must be recorded within 45 days of closing.