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Ordinance Enforcement Officer
Zoning Administrator


Board of Review
Day Park Advisory Committee
Fire Department
Planning Commission
Torch Bay Nature Preserve
Torch Lake Township Board
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)


View a list of all committees


View election information


Full roster and phone list


Pay TLT taxes online


View a complete list of forms
and applications


Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Ordinance Amendments
Police Power Ordinances
Land Use Plan


Minutes for past meetings


Miscellaneous documents

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

Welcome back to all those who spent the winter away from Northern Michigan. We are all hoping for a nice and warm summer. I have enjoyed the first six months as your supervisor and look forward to working with the community in meeting the many challenges the township is working through.

The Community Service Building (CSB) is open for business as we weathered the COVID challenges and multiple ZOOM meetings.

We implemented the new budget for Fiscal Year ’21-’22 in April and spent time explaining our taxes to the community during the March budget meeting. In short, for every dollar you see on your tax bill, only $0.14 comes to the Township with the balance going to County and School taxes. That $0.14 is split between: General Fund $0.03; Fire Fund $0.03; Ambulance Fund $0.06; Road Fund $0.02. You can find the budget details on the Township website.

Major capital expenditures associated with our roads and overdue maintenance to the CSB are being undertaken this summer.

We expect significant activity at the day park and our boat ramp has already seen the steady flow of boat launchings.

We have opportunities for those who wish to become more active in the governing of our Township. They are as follows:

  • Accountant/financial oriented person for the Clerks’ office with experience in BS&A software a plus. Contact me if you have an interest in serving the township. Estimated 6-10 hours a week with the hourly rate based on experience.

  • We need additional Park attendants. If you have a few hours a week to give to the community (and earn $13-$15 per hour), then contact our Deputy Clerk, Virginia Hawkins at

  • Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals positions are coming up this October for appointments/nomination. Anyone interested in serving the community in one of these roles please send me a letter of interest to

  • Day Park Committee members to assist running the Day Park facility Contact Virginia Hawkins at

  • Ordinance enforcement Officer ($30 per hour) Contact me by email

We will begin live streaming the Township Board, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings on Youtube starting in June.

As a reminder, The Township Board meets every third Tuesday of the month. The agenda is posted on the website normally by noon of the Thursday before the meeting and all relevant documents for each of the Board Actions and Discussions are posted by noon of the Saturday before the meeting.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.


Phone numbers:

Office: 231-599-2036, ext 104

Cell: 231-330-8978 between 9 AM and 5 PM. Feel free to leave a message.

Board of Review

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Day Park Advisory Committee

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Planning Commission

Date: 6.23.21
Meeting type:
Special meeting

View the agenda

View the supporting documents

View a livestream of the meeting

Torch Lake Township Board

Date: 6.15.21
Meeting type:
Regular meeting

View the agenda

View agenda details

View a livestream of the meeting

Zoning Board of Appeals

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Other committees, groups and hearings

Torch Bay Nature Preserve
Date: 6.18.21
Meeting type:
Regular meeting

View the agenda

View 5.21.21 minutes




Board Members:

Mike Bertram had requested that he give the Township a presentation of the Lucas and related equipment. This will fall under Special Reports.

Torch Lake Township.

TLT is Seeking an Ordinance Enforcement Officer

Torch Lake Township is looking for an experienced Ordinance Enforcement Officer or individual with Enforcement background. Compensation up to $30 per hour based on experience.

The job description and employment application are available below. A completed employment application, resume and letter of introduction are due at the township offices, or mail to P.O. Box 713, Eastport, Michigan 49627 on or before Friday May 14, 2021.

View the job description.

View the employment application.

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TLT is Seeking Day Park Applicants

TLT is seeking applicants for seasonal employment in the William K. Good Day Park ($13-15/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.

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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 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.

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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