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By having our own electric utility, underground infrastructure and available conduit though the Board of Light and Power, the City of Portland is uniquely positioned to potentially provide superior broadband services with the same reliability that our electric customers have come to expect. Further, the City of Portland believes strongly in the free market, private enterprise and the benefit of competition to the consumer. Therefore, the City does not limit the number of service providers to our residents and should the City ultimately provide broadband services, it will be nonexclusive. While offering broadband internet service is desired among our residents, this prospect primarily lays the foundation for “smart city” concepts and infrastructure improvements related to our existing utility services for the future. The benefits go well beyond residential and commercial internet service.
Currently, there is no firm date or timeline, but the City will be diligent as we move forward. As stated above, the EPP was just completed which established a conservative estimate of approximately $4 million required for total project capital costs. While the City recognizes the demand, we must be steady and surefooted as stewards of taxpayer dollars and in no way comprise the critical essential services that we currently provide. It is further important to understand the anomaly of a municipality exploring this potential new service, the complexities and related challenges. The City will continue to work through the process and provide additional information as we move forward.
An inoperative vehicle, may, however be stored in a completely enclosed building, such as the owner's garage. Covering the vehicle with a tarp or other cover is not an acceptable means of storage.
The City is divided into 2 areas for brush pickup. Area #1 will be east of the Grand River and south of Grand River Ave (the east side), area #2 will be the rest of the city. Brush will be picked up curb side on the first and third Monday of the month for area #1, and area #2 will be picked up on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
Brush needs to be neatly stacked with ends facing the same direction that are no longer than 8’ in length (brush piles) and no branches should be larger than 6’’ in diameter. Small branches and twigs shorter than 2’ should be bound together, placed in paper biodegradable bags, or containers that will be returned to your yard. Stumps and root balls will not be picked up. Please do not place brush behind or close to signs, fire hydrants, trees, etc. This service is for maintenance not lot clearing and is available for residents. It is not for contractor use.
Brush may be placed curbside between the Friday before pick up and 7:00 A.M. on pick up day. Brush should be placed in your curb lawn and not placed in the roadway pursuant to City Ordinance. The D.P.W. will accept self-haul brush Monday through Friday 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. These services are for residents of The City of Portland only.
Rusty or discolored water can occur after the flushing of hydrants.
If your water is discolored make sure to run your cold water until it clears. Make sure to check your tap water before washing clothes and to let the water run clear before using.
This allows City crews to safely clear the streets during the winter months and allows for the easy passage of emergency vehicles.
Violators will be ticketed. If you have any questions, please call the Police Department at 517-647-2947.
The DPW crews will be out daily during the Fall for leaf removal; but due to weather, emergencies and breakdowns it is sometimes impossible to meet that goal.
DPW crews can serve you better if leaves are placed in long narrow rows at the curb. Please keep limbs, branches and rocks out of leaf piles as these items can damage the leaf machine. Leaves can also be placed in paper yard waste bags for pickup. Leaves can also be self-hauled to the compost pile located behind the horse arena at Bogue Flats. We also ask that you DO NOT place any animal waste in leaf piles; these piles will not be picked up. Under the Refuse Ordinance the burning of brush and leaves is prohibited.
Loose leaf pickup ends the first Monday in December each year.
At any other time you hear the tornado siren, it means that a tornado warning has been issued for your area and you should seek shelter immediately.
For more information on obtaining an annual permit or for information about the Portland Area Fire Authority please visit their website. Portland Area Fire Authority Website
The City of Portland is one of 24 Michigan cities that has an Income Tax. In Portland, these funds are used for paving, curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lights, and related water and sewer infrastructure.
For fiscal year taxpayers, payments are due the last day of the fourth, sixth, and ninth month during the year for which the payments are made and the end of the thirteenth month following the beginning of the fiscal year.
The Administrator may extend the filing date of the return for up to six months or for the same period granted by a federal extension. Submit a copy of the Federal extension form with payment adequate to cover the unpaid portion of your annual liability to the Portland City Income Tax Office on or before the due date of the return. If no tax is owed or you will be claiming a refund, do not file an extension. Extensions filed without a tentative tax payment will not be accepted or processed by the Income Tax Office.
Current year resident or nonresident income tax returns may be e-filed through a paid tax preparer. Self-prepared tax returns are not accepted electronically. You must file a paper copy with the City of Portland.
Every resident or part year resident of Portland who has taxable income in a tax year must file a return. Every nonresident who has taxable income derived from working or from sources inside the city limits must file a return. Married persons may file either a joint return or separate returns. The following examples may be used to assist you in determining if a return is required.
For all tax years:
A resident is subject to tax on all items included in total federal income. Taxable income includes:
A nonresident is subject to tax on all items included in total federal income, which are derived from or connected with Portland sources. Taxable income includes:
Nontaxable income includes:
Gifts, inheritances, bequests and distributions of principal from estates and trusts.
Proceeds from insurance, pensions, annuities and retirement benefits (including Social Security) even if taxable under the Internal Revenue Code.
Unemployment compensation, supplemental unemployment benefits, welfare relief payments and workers compensation.
Interest from U. S. obligations such as Savings Bonds and Treasury Notes, obligations of the states, or subordinate units of government of the states.
Compensation for service in the U. S. armed forces, including reserve components.
The following items are nontaxable to nonresidents:
Interest, dividends and royalty income.
Income from trusts and estates.
Qualified deferred compensation properly reported on a Form 1099-R.
The following expenses incurred as an employee are allowable subtractions. A portion of expenses is allowable to nonresidents to the extent they apply to income taxed by Portland.
Other allowable deductions include:
Subchapter "S" corporations doing business in the City of Portland must file as a "C" corporation for city income tax purposes.
Non-profit organizations that are exempt from income tax, such as charitable, religious and governmental organizations, mush withhold tax from compensation paid to their employees.
If you are located outside Portland and have employees who work in Portland, you must withhold Portland income tax for all employees working in Portland.
Payments are due monthly if your total monthly withholding exceeds $100; otherwise, your payments are due quarterly. To reconcile income tax withheld each year; you must file the City of Portland Income Tax reconciliation return (PW-3). Payments can also be made on our new Online Employer Withholding Tool.
Payment must be mailed with proper identification to:
Portland City Income Tax259 Kent StreetPortland, MI 48875
Write your social security number or federal identification number on your check and the type of tax that you are paying. Never send a check or money order without some form of documentation. This could cause a delay in applying your payment to the proper account. Always include your social security and telephone number on any correspondence, so we may research your issue properly and contact you if we have questions. When mailing returns, always keep a copy for your records. Please notify us in writing when you or your business has a change (i.e. address, your business incorporates, you sold your business, you discontinued your business, etc.).
The Mayor and City Council may be contacted via the information provided on this website or through City Hall at 517-647-3211.
Mayor Barnes is available to meet with citizens at City Hall on the Saturday following Council meetings from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Mayor & Council Information
Online registration is available at the link below.
For a visual step-by-step guide:
For additional assistance, please contact the Parks & Recreation office at 517-647-7985.
Paper registration is also available for adult leagues. Visit the specific program's page for details.
To be considered a resident, you must live within City limits or within Portland or Danby Townships.
We cannot guarantee placement with a specific team or coach, but you may request it on your registration.
Equipment requirements vary by sport/program. Below you will find a general list. Please check the specific program page for details.
If the school is closed for any reason (snow day, in-service), games and practices are automatically cancelled.
To check the status of a game or practice, please call the inclement weather line at 517-647-3207. The timing of the message will vary by sport. Please reference your schedule.
Messages may also be posted on the Portland Parks & Recreation Field Status page.
The pavilions at Community Lake Park, Bogue Flats and Thompson Field can be reserved for family reunions and other gatherings. For more information, please call Neil at 517-647-7985 or stop at the front desk at City Hall to make a reservation and pay the required fee.
Pavilion Rental Terms & Conditions (PDF)
Pavilion Rental Application & Permit - Fillable Form (PDF)
Parks & Recreation offices are located within City Hall at 259 Kent St., Portland, MI 48875
Portland Parks & Recreation is always seeking new and experienced officials and scorekeepers. For more information, visit the Officials & Scorekeepers page.
Please contact our office immediately by phone or email:
Payment for parking tickets are received between 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday at:
City Hall259 Kent Street Portland MI
Contact the 64A District Court at
Send a written request to:
Portland Police Department773 East Grand River AvePortland, MI 48875
or Email Portland Police Department
Yes we have a technician located at :
We do not accept walk ins. Everyone must make an appointment.
The goal of this project is to get unused and expired prescriptions and medications out of the medicine cabinet in hopes of reducing the risk of abuse or theft, in addition to keeping medications out of our water and waste treatment systems.
The Police Department has joined resources with Ionia County in participating in the national prescription drug take back.
The drug drop box is available to Portland area residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The drop box is located inside the secured police department building. In order to drop off prescription drugs please visit the police department entry way, call us by using the phone located next to the front door and someone will let you inside to take and dispose of your drugs.
Prohibited species means and includes any tree of popular (populus sp.), willow (salix sp.), box elder (acer negundo), silver maple (acer sac-charinum), thorny locust (robina sp.), tree of heaven (ailanthus altissima), catalpa (catalpa ap.), mulberry (morus sp.), Siberian elm(ulmus pumila),birch (betula sp.), and any other species so determined by the Tree Commission. No ornamental trees or conifers, nor any trees with fruit or nuts.
Trees planted in the curb lawn should be at least 2" caliper trees. Prior to purchasing/planting a tree in the curb lawn, please contact the Parks Director, Neil Brown at 517-647-7985. **Always contact Miss Dig prior to digging or excavating.**
For example, if you used 6,000 gallons of water in a month (the average amount of water used by a family of 4) the actual usage charge would be $20.34 [6,000 gal / 10000 gal x $3.39]. Next, add in the monthly sewer service demand charge of $6.67 for a 5/8-inch water meter. Your total sewer bill would then be $27.01 [$6.67 + $20.34 = $27.01].
If you have a different size water meter or if you have any questions regarding your sewer charge please contact the Utility Billing Department at 517-647-3205.
There are many factors considered during the design of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Design is primarily based on what capacity the wastewater system should be designed to treat. Capacity can be broken down into two categories – hydraulic capacity and biological capacity.
Hydraulic capacity is the ability of the treatment systems to maintain or pass a given liquid flow rate through each of the treatment processes. Biological capacity is the ability of the treatment systems to handle and treat the organic loads delivered from the collection system. Most of the organic load comes from domestic wastewater which primarily comes from homes. Biological treatment relies on bacteria and other microorganisms to break down organic wastes.
Throughout the design process, population trends are reviewed along with projected areas of development to establish a baseline hydraulic flow and projected biological and nutrient loadings to the WWTP. This projection typically covers a 20-year planning cycle to coincide with the useful life of many pieces of equipment and infrastructure.
Capacity, both in the form of hydraulic and biological, greatly impacts the capital costs to expand the plant’s treatment capabilities and impacts the long-term operating costs of the facility. For this reason, it is important to right-size the improvements to offer a cost-effective solution. Providing excessive capacity that may never be utilized is cost prohibitive to the community and increases operating costs over the useful life of the project. For this reason, it is important to select design capacities based on reasonable growth projections for the selected planning period.
During planning stages, the City and its engineering consultant reviewed historical flow and loading data to develop the project scope for the current project. During that review, it was determined that the City’s WWTP was operating at its design biological capacity and improvements were needed to expand the facility’s ability to treat incoming wastewater. The proposed project aims to address the City’s projected capacity requirements for the next 20 years.
Collection and treatment systems are typically designed to reduce the need for pumping wastewater and utilize gravity flow to the extent possible. Treatment facilities are normally located near rivers or streams for two reasons: low-lying areas allow the collection system to utilize gravity to deliver wastewater to the treatment facility, and it locates the facility to discharge the treated effluent to the receiving body of water.
The City’s WWTP was originally located and built in the 1950’s in its current location on the Grand River. The facility has undergone subsequent improvements projects in 1971 and 2012 to expand the facility and its treatment capabilities. Building a new WWTP in a different location would be prohibitively expensive for the City and would increase long-term operating costs of the system as wastewater would have to be pumped continuously versus using gravity flow. The more cost-effective solution is to upgrade the existing facility while implementing measures to address discharge during high river stages.
As part of the planning process for the current project, the City and its engineering team reviewed the impacts of sustained high river levels (such as during the 2019 ice jam) on the WWTP’s ability to continuously treat the wastewater and process the influent flows received throughout the collection system.
The proposed improvements include repairs in the collection system to reduce inflow and infiltration (I/I) that must ultimately be treated at the City’s WWTP. I/I can be defined as clean water that enters the collection system through cracks or seepage in the pipes from storm runoff, groundwater infiltration, or inflow from high water events. Decreasing the amount of I/I from the collection system to the WWTP frees up available hydraulic capacity for wastewater that needs to be treated. In addition, the proposed project includes hydraulic improvements and implementing provisions to enable the City’s operations staff to pump treated effluent to the river during high river stages.
In order to perform the necessary improvements to the WWTP, the City will be required to bond out for this Project. The anticipated cost is approximately $10 million with the City qualifying for 1.5 million in principal forgiveness though EGLE’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). In order to support the bond and pay for the Project, rates will increase 29% beginning July 1, 2022 and are anticipated to increase another 25% for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023.