Pinora begins to use ARPA Funds for new website

Sid Woods, trustee on the Pinora Township board, as well as the local historian who rediscovered the Gould Cemetery, is checking out the new website for the township.

Sid Woods, trustee on the Pinora Township board, as well as the local historian who rediscovered the Gould Cemetery, is checking out the new website for the township.

Star photo/Shanna Avery

PINORA TWP. — Keeping Pinora Township moving in a forward momentum is important to Pinora Township Supervisor Victoria Dennett. With the support of the township board, ARPA (American Rescue Plan Funds) are being used to create a township website.

The township hired Brooks Elite Contracting, of Baldwin, to build the website, pinoratownshipmi.org.

During the regular township board meeting for March, township officials had their pictures taken for the website, as well as of guest Don Truax, a descendent of Willard Gould, the founder of the Gould Cemetery, a forgotten cemetery in the township dating back to the early 1870s which was rediscovered in recent years. The website highlights the cemetery project.

"Almost all the information we have on the cemetery is in there," Dennett said.

Along with links to articles and information on the Gould Cemetery, the website includes information pertinent to the public on township operations, such as paying taxes, an event calendar, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, permit information, parcel lookup, hall rental, trash collection, the 2020 census profile and more.

The website also links to wider-community resources, such as the library, public safety and voter information.

The township is still deciding on how to use the remaining ARPA funds, in addition to the website.

"This money means a lot to our township," Dennett said. "We will use this towards improvements — there is a lot on our wish list. We want to drive our township into the 21st Century."

The township board is considering getting a generac (generator) for the township hall, so when power goes out, residents could have a place to warm up as well as retrieve water.

"There are a lot of improvements that could be made to the township hall to carry on when we're not around," she said, adding the township also would like to partner with the road commission, paying half for a project of regraveling and doing ditch work on Sadler Road north of 40th.