General Information

Below please find general information about the Village of Paw Paw that may not be found on other pages.

Be a Good Neighbor
Everyone loves a good neighbor. When you live in a zoned community, such as the Village of Paw Paw, there are number of ordinances which are designed for everyone’s good.

Neighbor Wars
When neighbors fight with one another, it isn’t pretty. Whether it is over the placement of a fence, branches hanging over property lines, the location of property lines, or other issues, neighbor wars can get ugly. City, village and township officials often can’t get involved in these issues, as they are a ‘civil’ matter.

West Michigan Avenue Reconstruction Project 2015
The 2015 West Michigan Avenue reconstruction was a major undertaking.  A number of updates were provided throughout the project.  The background and updates are archived with this link.

Organization of City and Village Government in Michigan
This Municipal Report examines the organization of city and village government in Michigan, forms of government and the development of local home rule.

Structure of Local Government in Michigan
The present status of cities and villages in Michigan is the result of historical tradition, of the home rule provisions of the Constitutions of 1908 and 1963, of the home rule acts of 1907, and the initiative of individual communities.

Township Government in Michigan
Townships are a product of Michigan’s early history, and Michigan is one of 20 states that currently has some form of township government. Township government powers in Michigan have grown to the point that it is difficult to discern the differences between townships, cities and villages.

Michigan Government Structure
On March 20, 1680, Robert Cavalier de la Salle set foot across the southern part of Michigan and became the first European known to move across the interior of the Lower Peninsula. The Northwest Ordinance of 1785, adopted by Congress, authorized the survey and sale of all government owned lands ceded to the national government by various states and Indian tribes.

All Things Paw Paw
A potpourri of information about people, places and things named Paw Paw.

Paw Paw Public Schools
Paw Paw Public Schools will provide every student with the opportunity to maximize his or her learning potential in a spirit of cooperation and shared purpose among students, parents, community, staff and the Board of Education.

Where Are My Property Lines?
You know your property dimensions on paper, but, how do you know where they are on the ground?

How Much Electricity Does a Light Bulb Use and How Much will That Cost Me?
We are often asked… “How do I know how much electricity a home appliance or device is using and what is the charge for that use?” The answer requires some understanding of terms and an example is provided at the end of this information.
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Water, Sanitary Sewer and Electric Bills
Legal background why the Village considers the property as the customer and why we charge delinquent bills to the property owner and may place them as a lien against the property. For more information, click here.

Property Inspections, Violations and Orders to Correct
Legal background for the Village's rental property inspection requirements, issuance of violations, fines and fees, orders to correct violations, and placement of unpaid fees and fines as a lien against the property. For more information, click here.

What Can I Do About Water Quality
Six short newsletters let you know what you can do to help protect water quality and drinking water. For the six articles, click here.

Michigan Public Act 295 Information
Last fall Michigan enacted the "Clean Renewable and Efficient Energy Act," a new state energy law that requires all eletric and natural gas utilities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Click here to read more.