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Putnam Township Hall

Putnam Township is located within the southwest quadrant of Livingston County. The topography of the township is gently rolling to hilly, with two lake chains. It's natural features are preserved in approximately one third of the Township in the Pinckney Recreation Area, Gregory State Game Area, University of Michigan Biological Research Station and Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit, which is host to many recreational opportunities such as hiking, swimming, bridle and cross country trails. Putnam Township includes the Village of Pinckney and the hamlet of Hell.

The Putnam Township Square is also home to events sponsored by the Pinckney-Lakeland-Hamburg-Hell Division of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce such as, Art In The Park the first weekend in June, with hundreds of booths featuring the work of artists and craftsmen and live entertainment. Movies in the Park, Pumpkins in the Park, Light Up the Park, St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Memorial Day parade are a few more annual events to be enjoyed in and around the Township Square.

Police Protection Committee

March 20th Special Meeting Agenda & Minutes - Link
April 3rd Special Meeting Agenda - link

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

April 28th Meeting Notice - Link



A link to directory


The Big 400


A link to surrounding area activities

The mission of the Big 400 is to prepare and execute plans which stimulate commerce in the communities sharing a common border local and state public lands, while concurrently partnering with the stewards of these public lands to promote and encourage their use and preservation.

Lakeland Trail

Lakeland Trail - Construction

Lakeland Trails

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Lakelands Trail is one of many sections that will combine to form a shore-to-shore connection from Port Huron to South Haven known as the Airline Trail.
The trail follows the old Michigan Airline Railway alignment and is ideal for pedestrian use with its elevated surface, gentle grades, and existing bridges at stream crossings; however, for equestrian use, the trail lacks interest. For this reason, and the desire to separate equestrians from pedestrians, a parallel path will divert from the railway alignment and meander parallel to the multi-purpose trail wherever possible. 
The area between the Hamburg Township border and Howell Street allows for adequate separation. This section will have both a 10’ wide paved path that follows the railroad alignment and an 8’ wide mowed equestrian path meandering parallel. The two will be separated as much as possible within the existing easement. As many trees as possible will be preserved however some may need to be trimmed to allow for adequate clearance.
West of Howell Street, however, there are areas where it is not possible to separate the equestrians from the pedestrians. Here the trail will be as wide as the cap of the grade will allow, approximately 18’, and will consist of a tightly compacted fine gravel. Other areas the users will be separated via two parallel paths, one 10’ paved and one 8’ mowed similar to the area east of Howell Street. Signage may also be installed to guide equestrians thru the Pinckney Recreation Area
Rest stops with picnic tables, bike racks, hitching posts, mounting/dismounting blocks, and off-street parking will be included as budget allows.



RecycleRecycle is Here

New to Putnam Township Residents:
Recycle bins are now located at the West side of the Twp. Hall.
For items that are accepted and how to prepare use link below -

"view/download (how to recycle - procedures)".

Tornado Siren

"The Putnam Township Board and the Fire Department are happy to announce that two more Emergency Weather Sirens (Tornado Sirens) have been activated.  One at Timber Trace Golf Course near the intersection of Hinchey Road and W. M-36 and one at Patterson Lake Road and Kelly Road in the Hamlet of Hell.  These two join the one that already existed in the Township Square in Pinckney Village.  The Township Board and Fire Department would like to remind all residents that the sirens are tested on the first Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. except if bad weather is expected during that time.  Any questions can be directed to the Township Supervisor or the Fire Chief."


Township Fire Hall - Progress Photos


2010 Congressional Apportionment Countdown Clock


Approved Budgets 2013/2014

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The Municipal Financial Summary contents are intended as a means to provide transparency and accountability to citizens regarding the municipal budget and finances.  
Within this area you will find various kinds of summarized and detailed information for multiple years including both tabular and graphical representations of the data.


Putnam Township Audit 2013 Graphs

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Putnam Township Lakelands Trail Depot Renovation Project (Phase 1)
2011 Program

Download - Project Narrative

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The Depot and its proposed imporvements are recoginized as a priority for the Township, as well as the Village, which is located within the Township's Boundary.

Livingston County Press-Argus - News Article, and photo of "Pinckney Depot the early days"


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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed
If you are interested in becoming more involved with your township and working together as a group to improve your community and some of it's assets, the following is a list of opportunities where your help would be appreciated.

Volunteers Information page


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