The Branch County Department of Public Works was established by action of the Branch County Board of Commissioners on May 11, 1970 under Public Act 185 of 1957, as amended.
The board consists of nine members and meets bi-monthly. Mandated members are the drain commissioner and road commissioners with township representatives and lake residents at-large completing the board.
The current members and their terms are as follows:
Department of Public Works Director, Michael Hard
Chairman, Jeffrey Kelly - Term 2013 - 2015
Vice Chairman, Paul Winbigler - Term 2013 - 2015
Secretary, Cheryl Downs - Term 2012 - 2014
Board Member, Ronald Bercaw - Term 2013 - 2015
Board Member, Merle Donbrock - Term 2011 - 2013
Board Member, Paul Meredith - Term 2011 - 2013
Board Member, Earl Modert - Term 2011 - 2013
Board Member, Gary Malcolm - Term 2013 - 2016
Commissioner Liaison - Don Vrablic
The Ovid-Kinderhook Waste Water Treatment Plant is located on South Angola Road in Kinderhook Township and services 1,566 homes on Coldwater and Long Lake and also maintains the cluster system at Bay View.
The plant is a Class L2 facility operating under two state permits for groundwater discharge and surface water discharge with a quarterly billing ($58.50) covering the operation and maintenance costs of the system.
System I has 600 users and requires a $3,500 connection fee for a new structure on a platted vacant lot that has not previously been paying the quarterly operation and maintenance fee.
System II has 966 users and does not have a connection fee, but pays for individual taps through special assessments on the winter tax. The original assessment will end in 2023 and the supplemental amount will end December of 2025. This special assessment is placed on the roll by the Branch County Treasurer and pay-off information is available from her office (517-279-4321).
Lakeside Estates is a public water system located in Section 29 of Girard Township and is also under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Works. The system is maintained by a special assessment to the property owners on their winter tax.
The subdivision, located on the east side of River Road, has a committee that coordinates recommendations with the Board of Public Works and the Girard Township Board. They have been instrumental in upgrading the water system to be in compliance with the Well Head Protection Act and the operation and maintenance of the facility.
Records for both facilites are maintained at the Drain Commission/Department of Public Works office in the lower level of the courthouse.
The Dept. of Public Work's office is often mistaken for the City of Coldwater's Board of Public Utilities and their services. They may be contacted at 517-279-9531.