Riley Township Clinton County Michigan

Updated: January 2019 

Items of Note:

  • Clinton County Rave Alert.  Rave Alert will help alert you of sever weather, major traffic incidents, and other emergencies.  Register today at or by texting ClintonCounty to 67283.  The former CodeRED system is no longer in use.  You must register with Rave Alerts to receive alerts from Clinton County 911.
  • DNR DeerCheck Station has moved.  The Riley Township Hall is no longer serving as a DNR deer check station.  Other opportunities to have your deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease are as follows:
    • Specialized Deer Processing located at 2571 W Price Rd, St Johns
      • 24-hour self-service drop box
      • DNR staff will be present 9AM - 5:30PM, Thursday - Monday from Oct 7 - Dec 7
      • 6.5 miles from Riley Township Hall
    • Fowler Conservation Club located at 3580 S Wright Rd, Fowler
      • 24-hour self-service drop box
      • 8.5 miles from Riley Township Hall
    • Eagle Park Check Station located at 14331 S Grange Rd, Eagle
      • 24-hour self-service drop box
      • DNR staff will be present 9AM - 5:30PM, Thursday - Monday from Sept 22-25 and Oct 1 - Jan 4
      • 13 miles from Riley Township Hall

  • Burn Permits to replace the three year permits that expired in December 2017 are now available at the township hall during office hours or at township meetings.
  • SMART 911 Program now available to residents of Clinton county.  See the county website for more information.

  • Land split forms: Forms needed for land splits are now available on this website within the forms and policies section.  Completed forms should be sent to the Riley Township Assessor for processing.


  • Winter 2018 taxes are due on February 28, 2019.  Taxes may be placed in the drop box at the township hall, mailed to the township office, or delivered during office hours.  The tax payment must be received at the township hall by 5pm on the date due to be considered on time.  Riley township no longer accepts postmark date as the date of payment.
  • The treasurer will be available at the township office during regular hours as noted on home page and also from 9 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday December 26, 2018 and Thursday February 28, 2019.
  • Deferral of summer taxes:  Form for deferment of summer taxes is available on the forms page of this website.  If there are any questions regarding deferment contact the treasurer during townshipbusiness hours.

Burning Permits 

  • Non-expiring burn permits are available through the township office.  For more information see the Emergency services page of this website or contact the Clerk Lisa Powell at 517-819-6132.

Dewitt Fire Authority: The DeWitt Fire Authority is looking for men and women to become volunteer fire fighters.  Please contact the Riley Township Office if you are interested.

For more information about what is happening in your township feel free to attend a township meeting.

Information from the County (provided December 2018)

In September the Board of Commissioners approved an improved county-wide emergency notification system called RAVE to replace the current CodeRED system. This new system has the same basic features and will improve the ease of participation for the residents. RAVE Alert also interfaces and takes advantage of SMART 911 features such as text, video, VIOP and more. This service is also about half the cost.  It is expected to be up and operating around January 1st 2019.

Spartan Project Update. Construction at the new cheese production plant on the North end of St. Johns is underway.  The improvements are expected to cost 550 Million and anticipated to employ 300 people jobs. It also enhances the dairy opportunities in Michigan as well as all the other related activities in the mid Michigan area.

For the past few years The Clinton County Board of Commissioners has been contributing some funding to RESA for the Clinton Career Network (CCN). The program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to explore a wide range of careers, assistance and some motivation to pursue the educational path necessary to reach their area of interest and continued support as they follow that path.  We have felt that the best way to enhance the future of our community is to enhance the future of our youth.

Counties also have to deal with youth that may have some difficulty finding a positive way in the world. The County manages juvenile court ward placements, intensive home and community based services, youth in local support programs and truancy matters. The court system is very supportive in working with these young people.  Also the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is directly involved in these endeavors.

David W. Pohl, District 2 Clinton County Commissioner