Board of Public Works

Michigan
Dale Twing
Drain Commission
  • 306 S North Street, PO Box 885
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    M-F 7:30am-12:00pm and 1pm-4pm

  • (231) 689-7213
    (231) 689-7266

The Board of Public Works was created by the authority of Act 185, P.A. of 1957. This legal entity is necessary to borrow money and enter into contracts. Action of the BPW is subject to the approval of the Board of Commissioners. The Board has authority to acquire, approve, expand, operate and maintain water and sewage supply, sewage disposal, solid waste management, lake improvements and erosion control systems. The Board of Public Works has within its duties the establishment of solid waste management programs, resource recovery, recycling, and public education.

BPW Board Members:

Dale E. Twing – Chairperson
Charles Trapp – Vice Chairmen
Ken DeLaat – Secretary
Richard Kooistra
Doug Harmon
Mark Pitzer
Cynthia LaBelle

The BPW sponsors a yearly Household Hazardous Waste Collection for the citizens of Newaygo County to dispose of all their household hazardous waste in an environmentally safe way, as local refuse haulers will not take the waste, as it is not allowed in landfills.  The annual collection averages about 10,000 pounds of household hazardous waste has been collected, consisting of old paint, automotive liquids, flammable liquids, solid & liquid pesticides, aerosols, acids & cleaners, car & motorcycle batteries, and miscellaneous others.  Everything collected is disposed by a licensed disposal company in a safe manner so it will not pollute our environment. The collection is usually held in June, watch for advertising in the Times Indicator and the Hi-Lites during the month of May for more details.

White Cloud Sherman Utilities Authority (WCSU) and the Chain of Lakes Sewer Authority (COLA) were formed by Resolution through the BPW, then the BPW transferred the operation and maintenance of each system over to each authority, whom act for and on behalf of the BPW under P.A. 185 until such time the bonds for construction are paid in full.

White Cloud/Sherman and Chain of Lakes Authorities

White Cloud/Sherman Utilities Authority (WCSU)

WCSUA is organized pursuant to the provisions of Act 233 P.A. 1955, as amended. The incorporating municipalities that created this Authority were the City of White Cloud and Sherman Township, which are designated as the constituent municipalities. The Authority is located at 60 W. Baseline White Cloud, MI. The Authorities purpose is to provide sewer system services to the residents of the constituent municipalities. The Authority is governed by a 5 member board, two members appointed by each of the participating governments and the Chairperson of the Board of Public Works. The WCSU Board is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system.

WCSUA Staff

Stan Stroven Jr. – Manager
Becky Freeman – Billing Clerk

WCSU Articles of Incorporation

WCSU Service Area Map 1

WCSU Service Area Map 2

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00 pm

60 W. Baseline White Cloud, Michigan 49349

Phone: (231) 689-6047 Fax: (231) 689-0550

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Chain of Lakes Sewer Authority

Per petition of the residents around the lakes The Chain of Lakes Area Utility Authority (COLA) was organized pursuant to the provisions of Act 233 P.A. 1955, as amended. The incorporating municipalities that created this Authority were Brooks Township, Garfield Township, and Everett Township, which are designated as the constituent municipalities. The Authority is located at 5546 S. Evergreen Newaygo, MI. The Authorities purpose is to provide sewer system services to the residents of the constituent municipalities. The Authority is governed by a 7 member board, two members appointed by each of the townships and the Chairperson of the Board of Public Works. The COLA Board is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system.

COLA Staff Members

Robert Nienhuis – Manager

John Puff – Operator/Maintenance

Andrew Fries – Part Time Emergency Response Tech

A List of Dos and Donts for COLA

COLA Service Area Map

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00 p.m.

PO Box 496 Newaygo, Michigan 49337
Phone: (231) 652-2848 Fax: (231) 652-2873

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