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Welcome to
Torch Lake Township

Nestled between Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay and Torch Lake, Torch Lake Township is a community of about 1,200 full time locals - coupled with additional summer residents and vacationers.

Supervisors corner

Happy New Year to our Torch Lake Township residents.

I wanted to touch on a few items for this note. The township successfully transitioned to ZOOM meetings for the December board meeting and the feedback I received was positive. The Board, Planning Commission and ZBA will use ZOOM through March 2021 and that will include the Township’s Annual and Budget meetings as well. The planning commission is going to use ZOOM for their January meeting so those interested in attending make sure you watch the Township Web site for updates.

The Board approved Mary Merchant to be an alternate on the Board of Review. In addition, the Board approved Jason Merchant as the Board’s representative to the Planning Commission.

Bill Petersen will drive our capital/construction program in 2021 and serve as Deputy Supervisor. The Township has several projects that we will be allocating funds for in the coming budget for fiscal year 21/22. Bill will be preparing estimates for these projects and will prepare monthly status reports for the Board starting in January.

The Board also approved the assignment and funding for Bob Spencer, who is volunteering his time, to provide a Policy and Procedure manual for the Board’s consideration by June 30th. The Township does not have a complete set to support the governance of the Township.

Other items approved:

  • Township document scanning program

  • $2.50 premium increase for per diem EMS employees

  • Supply emergency ambulance services to Norwood Township

  • Changes to Policy 2.0

  • New TLT Employee Handbook

Our next Board meeting will be held on January 19th, 2021 at 7 PM via ZOOM. Watch for the meeting sign-in information to be posted on the website along with the Agenda and all documents associated with that will be discussed during the meetings.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.
New email:
Phone numbers: office-231-599-2036 ext 104
My cell number (231-330-8978) is active between 9 AM – 5 PM

The Following Lists discuss both Both Regular and Special / Unscheduled meeting Announcements and Agendas for Both Ongoing Committees and Temporary Committees. Meeting Announcements and Agendas are Listed when Available.


Board of Review

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Day Park Advisory Committee

Date: 1.26.21
Meeting type:
Regular meeting
Meeting Purpose: Budget discussion

Planning Commission

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Torch Lake Township Board

Date: 1.19.21
Meeting type:
Regular meeting (7 PM)

View the agenda

View agenda related documents

Zoning Board of Appeals

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Other committees, groups and hearings

Nothing scheduled at this time.


12.15.20: Regular Meeting
Click to view. When Zoom promps you to enter a "Passcode" enter: rhc1#12152020

12.15.20: Special Meeting
Click to view. When Zoom promps you to enter a "Passcode" enter: rhc#2spec12152020

1.19.20: Regular Meeting
Click to view. When Zoom promps you to enter a "Passcode" enter: Rhc*Jan2021Board




Election Results

View the 2020 TLT General Election Results.

Torch Lake Township.

TLT is Seeking a Planning Consultant

Torch Lake Township is looking for a Planning Consultant who will work closely with its Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Township Board, and Zoning Administrator on various aspects of the township zoning ordinance.  Proposals should be delivered or sent to the TLT township clerk by Friday, September 25.

View the Request for Proposals.

Torch Lake Township.

TLT is Seeking an Ordinance Compliance Official

View the job description.

Torch Lake Township.

TLT is Seeking Day Park Applicants

TLT is seeking applicants for seasonal employment in the William K. Good Day Park ($15/hour). If interested please either mail your application (Torch Lake Township Attention:  Day Park Committee; PO Box 713, Eastport, MI 49627 ), fax it to (231) 599-2981 or drop it off at TLT's Community Services Building (address below).

View the job description.
View the employment application.

Torch Lake Township.

New Covid-19 Rules for the TLT Community Services Building

While not fully re-opened for walk-in business during normal hours of operation, TLT now has in place particular rules for both the health of the community and our staff members.

View the release notes and rules.

Torch Lake Township.

TLT Secures Advanced Life Support (ALS) Services

As of March 20, 2020, advanced life support (ALS) services are now available for Township
residents through our EMS department.

Read the announcement.

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TLT Community Services Building Closed

Torch Lake Township closed its offices to the public on Monday March 16, 2020 - and until further notice.

Meanwhile, if you need township assistance, please call 1-231-599-2036 during normal business hours. You may also call Supervisor Bob Cook at supervisorcook@torchlaketownship, cell phone (231) 330-8978 or Treasurer Sharon Schultz at (231) 676-0272. 

As always, call 911 for medical or fire emergencies.

The Drop Box inside the front door at the township office is available 24/7.

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TLT Boat Launch Application

We have revised TLT's boat launch permits. If you use TLT's boat launches you need a new permit.

View details
Open the application

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Do You Know That TLT Has A Notary Public?

TLT Treasurer Sharon Schultz offers Notary services to TLT residents. Call Sharon at (231) 599-2036 or email her at

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Map and Directions to TLT's
Community Services Building

Click here to view a map too TLT's Community Services Building.

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View the area's community events calendar.

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Regular TLT Board, PC and ZBA Meeting Schedules

View TLT's Zoning Board of Appeals 2021 meeting schedule.

View TLT's Planning Commission 2021 meeting schedule.

View TLT's Board 2021 meeting schedule.

View TLT's Meeting and Meeting Notice Policies.

From the Department of State Passport Services:
Due to public health measures to limit spread of the corona-virus, all passport agencies are closed to the public until further notice and appointments will not be accepted. Customers may continue to apply for their renewals through the mail. Customers may go to for the latest information.

Torch Lake Township.

Street address: 2355 N US-31 | Kewadin, MI 49648
Mailing address: Post Office Box 713 | Eastport, MI 49627
Phone (231) 599-2036 | Fax (231) 599-2981
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