Newkirk Township



Enjoy your Summer in Newkirk Township

       A Wonderful place to experience all the "fun in the sun" sports and activities.


Absentee Ballots contact Judy @ 231-797-5744


July Board of Review dates 

Tuesday July 22nd

Carrie Fansler: Township Supervisor

Linda Monroe: Township Assessor


Click on the link below for ORV ordinance and Map.

Lake County ORV 2012.pdf  

Newkirk Township Board Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00PM, except for March, this meeting is held the last Monday of the March., all meetings held at the Newkirk Township Hall, 301 State Street   Public encouraged to attend. 

Zoning/Newkirk Twp Zoning Ordinance - August 2012.pdf

Summer Tax Payments: Summer tax bills are bing mailed July 1, 2014.  They are due and payable July 1, 2014 through Sept.  15, 2014 at the amount listed as Total Amount Due.   Please return the top portion of the bill with your payment. For payments received after Sept. 15th  please contact the Township Treasurer for amount due.  Postmarks are not accepted-Payment must be in my office by Sept. 15th or interest will be charged.   .  Please make checks payable to Newkirk Township, send payment to PO Box 192 Luther Mi 49656.  We are NOT able to accept credit or debit card payments.  For your convenience, payments may be left with the tellers at the LUTHER BRANCH OF THE LAKE-OSCEOLA STATE BANK AND YOUR RECEIPT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU.  Taxes may be paid in person at the Township hall on February 28th from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 5pm.  If you have any questions regarding your tax payment please contact Sharon Gray at 231-388-4057.


The Michigan General Property Tax Act has been amended with Public Act 24 of 2005 to allow certain citizens, including senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities, to defer their summer property taxes if they have a household income below $40,000. To qualify for the deferment under the new qualifying income limit, a township resident must meet one or more of the following conditions as defined by the State Income Tax Act:

  1. Is a totally and permanently disabled person, blind person, paraplegic, quadriplegic, eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran or eligible widow or widower.
  2. Is 62 years of age or older, including the unmarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death.

Township residents who believe they qualify under the new limit and wish to defer their summer property tax can obtain and Application for Deferment of Summer Taxes from the Township Treasurer's office. Collection of the approved deferred taxes will be delayed until the winter property taxes are due.

Luther, MI. The Luther Fire District # 1 serving the Village of Luther, Ellsworth and Newkirk Townships, is looking for recruits. THEIR biggest need is for day time fire personnel. Luther’s volunteer fire department is working diligently to provide the best response time for our area residents. At this time all of our fire personnel are employed (what a problem!) and we are desperately looking for men or women who would be willing to be dedicated fire fighters, especially for day time work. So if you have ever thought about being a fire fighter, now is the time to come forward. If you are interested you may contact Don Nixon, Fire Chief, Carrie Fansler Newkirk Supervisor, Bob Long, Ellsworth Supervisor or Karen Neiger, Fire Board.



NEWKIRK TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION , Draft Zoning Ordinance available for viewing on this website, click on the Zoning Commission heading at bottom of Left column.  Please send or email comments to Newkirk Township Planning Commission, P.O. Box 308, Luther, MI 49656.  

The Newkirk Township Board is in need of community members to become active in the township and would appreciate community support for serving on the Planning Commission, Board of Review and other committee's, providing the support necessary to carry out plans for the future of Newkirk Township.  Please contact any board member to become involved with Newkirk Township and its future.       

Community Calendar

July  31     Summer Reading Program, Lion’s Hall, 2pm

Aug. 1       Fire Board Meeting, 7pm

Aug. 3       Lion’s Breakfast, 8-11am

Aug. 4-8   Edgett’s Church Vacation Bible School (Redneck Rodeo) 6-8:30pm

Aug. 5      Vote! Vote! Vote!

Aug. 6      Music at the Purchase Pavilion, 6pm (Look for the sign in the road)

Aug. 7      Summer Reading Program, Library, 2pm

Aug. 7      “Get off the Couch with Joan”, Adventure Speaker, Library 6pm 

Aug. 9      Tractor Pull, Twin Creek Inn, Weigh-in at 12 noon

Aug. 10    Community Church Sing & FREE Ice Cream Social, Purchase Pavilion, 4-6pm

Aug. 11    Ellsworth Township Meeting, 7pm

Aug. 12    Village Board Meeting, 7pm

Aug. 13    Edgett’s Food Pantry Open, Edgett’s Church, 9am-Noon

Aug. 13    Summer Reading Program, Library, 2pm

Aug. 13    Music at the Purchase Pavilion, 6pm (Look for the sign in the road)

Aug. 13    Luther Days Association Meeting, 7pm

Aug. 14    Library Board Meeting, 5pm

Aug. 16    Luther Trash Clean-Up, Luther-Newkirk Hall, 8am- noon

Aug. 18    Newkirk Township Meeting, 7pm

Aug. 21    Summer Reading Program Party, Library, 2pm

Aug. 21    Craft Club, Library, 6pm

Aug. 20    FREE Pancake & Sausage Supper, Lion’s Hall, 5-7pm

Aug. 20    Music at the Purchase Pavilion, 6pm (Look for the sign in the road)

Aug. 22    Craft Club, Library, 11am

Aug. 23    All-American BBQ & Movie, Library, 2pm

Aug. 23    Elder Gang, Twin Creek Inn, 7-11pm

Aug. 27    Edgett’s Church Food Pantry Open, Edgett’s Church, 9am-Noon

Aug. 27    Music at the Purchase Pavilion, 6pm (Look for the sign in the road)

Aug. 27    Lion’s Supper, 5-7pm

Aug. 30    End-of-the-Garden Stew, Museum, 12-2pm

Aug. 30    Doo-Dah-Day, Downtown Luther, All day

Aug. 30    Lion’s Labor Day Craft Show, Lion’s Hall, 9am-4pm

Aug. 30    FIREWORKS!, Mill Pond  Park, Dusk (will be held on Sunday if rained out)

Aug. 30-31  Razzle Dazzle Ball Tournament, Luther Ball Diamonds

WEEKLY: Alcoholics Anonymous – Thursdays (St. Ignatius Catholic Church basement) 7pm

                   Story Hour at the Library, Mondays, 11am-12pm (All ages welcome)

                   Purchase Pavilion Music, Wednesdays, 6pm

Don’t forget to VOTE on August 5, 2014

Polls open at 7am!



Doo-Dah-Days in Luther                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     Doo-Dah-Days are back in Luther….even if you don’t remember when they were here before!  Luther Parks Committee will be hosting Doo-Dah Days on Saturday, August 30.  Come to downtown Luther to celebrate.  The streets will be blocked for games, contests, food and fun.  A Razzle Dazzle Ball Tournament is scheduled for August 30 and 31 during Doo-Dah Days.  The day will end with Fireworks!  Celebrate good ol’ family fun!  Flyers are attached to this newsletter listing all the events.


Lion’s Club News

     Everyone is welcome to the FREE Pancake & Sausage Supper sponsored by the Lion’s Club.  It will be served on Wednesday, August 20 from 5-7pm

     The Lion’s Club Annual Labor Day Craft Show is scheduled for Saturday, August 30 from 9am-4pm. Tables are $15 for a 6 foot or $20 for an 8 foot.  Food is available as well.  For more information call June Rayle at 797-5190.

      The Lion’s will also be hosting the annual Horse Pull on Saturday, August 30. 

      The Lion’s now have a featured bulletin board for active duty military personnel.  Show your military pride and have your active duty family member’s picture posted on the bulletin board. 


Annual Trash Clean-Up

     The annual Trash Clean-Up for Ellsworth and Newkirk Township will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm beside Luther-Newkirk Hall.  Please bring your tax bill or receipt for Township or Village identification purposes.  Be prepared to unload your vehicle.  Accepted items:  scrap iron, empty burn barrels, refrigeration units, auto batteries, open paint cans with dried up paint.  Items must be bagged, bundled or boxed.  A free electronic waste recycling trailer will be there for electronic equipment including TVs, computers and monitors.  Items not accepted:  chemicals, hazardous waste, motor oil, liquid paint, paint thinners, yard waste and household trash. (Hazardous waste disposal is scheduled for Oct. 11 in Baldwin.) Volunteers to help unload trash are needed and welcome!


Church Community Sing Program

     The Annual Community Church Sing and Free Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, August 10, from 4-6pm at the Purchase Pavilion.  This event is for everyone to attend – bring lawn chairs.


Library Update

     This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom Read”, began on July 1, with a visit from the John Ball Zoo.  Volcanoes and other “fizz and boom” projects will be demonstrated.  Dynamic Assemblies will be here on July 31 with an inflatable planetarium.  This program will be held at the Lion’s Hall since the planetarium is so big.  The public (all ages) is invited to this program!  We will be studying and making rockets on August 7 and a local meteorologist is scheduled to present a weather program on August 14.   Children earn “Library Bucks” by participating and reading throughout the entire program. Library Bucks can be spent at the Library Store full of gifts and prizes on the last day of the program, August 21.   The Summer Reading Program is made possible with a grant from the Lake County Community Foundation.

      On August 7 at 6pm, Joan Young, adventurer, speaker and writer, will be at the Library to give a presentation on “The North Country Trail and the Kitchen Sink”.  This is a part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.   This is paid for by a grant from the Lake County Community Foundation.

      The 4th Annual All-American BBQ and Movie takes place on Saturday, August 23 beginning at 2pm.  There will be yard games in the backyard, followed by lunch (hotdogs, hamburgers and the works) and concluding with the showing of Captain America. The monthly movie programs are made possible by a grant from the Lake County Community Foundation. 

     Craft Club will be held on Thursday, August 21, at 6pm and Friday, August 22, ay 11am.  We will be creating “Brag Tag” photo books.  We will have samples on our Facebook site later in the month. 


                  “I grew up in a small town in India, but through books I knew the world.”        -Mira Nair





 Lake County Honor Guard

      Have you ever thought of joining the Lake County Honor Guard?  It’s your chance to honor our service men and women who are currently serving or have served to protect our homeland and freedoms for all of us.  You do not have to be a veteran to join the honor guard organization.  We honor our veterans in many ways through parades, opening ceremonies, dedications and funerals.  To learn more about the Lake County Honor Guard call Joe Smith, President at 231-729-1828, Mike Heath at 231-797-9060 or Anita Adams, 1st  Lt., at 517-648-9307. 


 Campgrounds Near Luther

     There are several campgrounds near Luther to enjoy the outdoors and stay while visiting family.  A few are listed below:

  River’s Edge – M63 & 37

  Four Seasons – 5 Mile Rd.

  Silver Creek State Campground – State Rd (5 miles north of Luther)

  Carrieville Campgrounds near the trails.  

Campground books are available at some local businesses and at the Library. 


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 Trash Clean-Up \

The annual trash clean up will be held on Saturday, Aug, 16, 2014 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon beside the Luther Newkirk Hall. Please bring your tax bill or receipt for Township identification purposes. Be prepared to unload your vehicle. All items MUST be bagged, bundled or boxed. (Volunteers to help unload trash are always welcome) The trash hauler will not accept the following items: chemicals, hazardous waste, motor oil, liquid paint, paint thinners, yard waste and household trash. (Water based paint cans with dried up paints are acceptable) Refrigeration units, Auto batteries, and Scrap metal will be accepted at no charge.

Please Do Not Block Driveways.

Annual Rabies Clinic: Saturday , October 11 , 2014 The clinic will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Luther-Newkirk Hall garage. Please use side entrance. Dr. Todd of Country Veterinary Service of Reed City will give shots.  Proof of rabies shot must be presented before you can obtain a license. A representative from the Lake County Treasurers office will be available for those who need to purchase a license. Cost of Licenses are as follows: 1 year & up- $15.00 or $45.00 for a 3 year license. Neutered dogs- $5.00 for a 1 year license or $15.00 for 3 years. Puppies (4mo. to 1 yr.)- $5.00. 

Hazardous Waste Disposal Lake County.There will be a Hazardous Waste Disposal October 11, 2014 9am to 12  for all residents of Lake , Osceola & Mecosta Counties. Please take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of any hazardous materials you may have around your home. The Lake County Cllection site is at the Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin (behind Jones Ice Cream Parlor).

 Lake County Website     Check out the new Lake County Website at  It contains a lot of useful information that includes:  Courthouse information, businesses, a mission statement, GEO prison information, a YouTube Channel for Lake County and much more.  


Post Office Hours:

Monday through Friday: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday: 9-10:45 a.m.

For more information, call the Luther Post Office at (231) 797-5421  

                     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





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.