Clayton Township, Genesee County, Michigan

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Charter Township of Clayton, Michigan

Clayton Township
Charter Township of Clayton, Michigan is located in Michigan
Charter Township of Clayton, Michigan
Charter Township of Clayton, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°59′54″N 83°52′41″W / 42.99833°N 83.87806°W / 42.99833; -83.87806Coordinates: 42°59′54″N 83°52′41″W / 42.99833°N 83.87806°W / 42.99833; -83.87806
CountryUnited States
 • TypeSupervisor-Board
 • SupervisorBrian Sepanak
 • ClerkDennis Milem
 • Treasurervacant
 • TrusteeGreg Childers, Rick Caruso, Chris Gehringer, Tammy Kapraun
 • Total34.2 sq mi (88.7 km2)
 • Land34.3 sq mi (88.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
764 ft (233 m)
 • Total7,581
 • Density221.67/sq mi (88.51/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
48433, 48449, 48473, 48532
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-16260[1]
GNIS feature ID1626093[2]

Clayton Charter Township, or more officially Charter Township of Clayton, is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,581 at the 2010 census.



In the Northeast area of the township on November 2, 1855, the Valeria post office opened with Andrew N. Felt as postmaster. This PO closed on November 21, 1860.[3][4]

In 2002, the township residents approved a 1-mill tax renewal which was used to start its police department in December ending a contract with Genesee County Sheriff Department. The department started with two full-time and four part-time officers. From 2004 to 2008, the 10 officer department issued over $516 thousand in tickets making it one of the top three in Genesee County not considering the City of Flint.[5]

On November 3, 2009, a successful recall took place removing the township supervisor, Bruce Beatty, and two trustees, Glenn Huffman and Chuck Shinouskis.[6][7]

Additional public safety millage request were placed on the ballot due to falling property value thus revenue from the original millage. In May 2011, a 2.2-mill public safety tax request for police and fire, was turned down at the ballot. Individual police and fire millage were on the ballot at February 2012 election with the 1.6 mills for police defeated and the 0.8 mills fire approved. The township made another attempt at a police millage with a 1.9 mill proposal on the November 3, 2015 ballot.[5]

Clayton began receiving Karegnondi Water Authority water treated by Genesee County Drain Commission Water and Waste Division on December 15, 2017.[8]

Years Supervisor Clerk Treasurer Trustees
2004–2008 Roderick Shumaker Sally Lurvey Beth Perkins
Patti Mlynek (Interim)
Greg Childers Glenn Huffman Roger Meier John Sayer
2008–2009 Bruce Beatty1. (11/3/2009)[6] Dennis Milem Natalie Dennings Greg Childers Jennifer Henry2. (5/12/2009) Glenn Huffman1. (11/3/2009)[6] Chuck Shinouskis1. (11/3/2009)[6]
2009–2010 Roger Meier 3. (12/10/09)[7] Dennis Milem Natalie Dennings Greg Childers John Simor3. (7/09/09) John Sayer3. (12/10/09)[7] Jane Wracan3. (12/10/09)[7]
2010–2011 Brian Sepanak Dennis Milem Natalie Dennings Greg Childers Rick Caruso Chris Gehringer Tammy Kapraun

1. Recalled. 2. Resigned. 3. Appointed.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.2 square miles (89 km2), all land. The southeast corner is separated from the rest of the township by the city of Swartz Creek. Misteguay Creek has its headwaters in the township.[9]

The Central Michigan Railway runs northeast toward Flushing and, ultimately, Saginaw, and southwest through Lennon toward Durand.

In the late 1980s, the township's land was mostly dedicated to farming. A few subdivisions existed on the north and east sides of the township, closer to urban areas, as well as one in the middle of the township. The Village of Lennon and Swartz Creek Meadows, a mobile home park near the village, were the other built-up areas.

Since then, several large farms have been turned into subdivisions, and large houses have been constructed in more rural sections.


Clayton has a Supervisor-Board style township government with elected supervisor, clerk, treasurer and four trustees. The township has its own police department.[5]

The township and Swartz Creek City cooperate in operating the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department, which has one fire station in each of the two municipalities. The city's Perkins Library, which also serves Clayton and other Townships,[10] is a branch of the Genesee District Library.[11] Clayton is supply by Genesee County Drain Commission Water and Waste Division with treated Karegnondi Water Authority water.[8] Clayton is supply by Karegnondi Water Authority water treated by Genesee County Drain Commission Water and Waste Division.[8]

Clayton is part of or served by the following:[12]

  • Genesee County Commissioner District 8
  • Michigan House of Representatives District 51
  • State Senate District 32
  • 67th District Court Division 4
  • Michigan's 5th Congressional District
  • Genesee District Library[11]
District Number Officeholder
U.S. Representative 5 Dan Kildee
State Senate 27 Jim Ananich
State Representative 48th Richard E. Hammel
49 Vacant
County Commissioner 8th Ted Henry
School District Swartz Creek Multiple: see article
Community College C.S. Mott
Polling Locations


Historical population
Census Pop.
Source: 1873 Genesee County Atlas.[13]
Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

At the 2010 census,[1] there were 7,581 people, 2,897 households and 2,198 families residing in the township. The population density was 221.67 per square mile (88.51/km²). There were 3,097 housing units at an average density of 90.56 per square mile (34.92/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 93.2% White, 3.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% from Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 2,897 households of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.01.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clayton Township, Genesee County, Michigan
  3. ^ Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. p. 568. ISBN 081431838X. ISBN 978-0814318386.
  4. ^ Genesee and Shiawassee Counties Map 1855. Currently replicated at Swartz Creek City Hall.
  5. ^ a b c Acosta, Roberto (October 23, 2015). "Tax proposal vote may determine fate of 24-hour police in Clayton Township". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Bryn Mickle. Voters recall supervisor and two trustees in Clayton Township. November 03, 2009 (retrieved on 11/16/2009). Flint Journal: (Booth Newspapers), Flint, Michigan.
  7. ^ a b c d "Supervisor gets wish -- a Pay Cut." Page A9. December 13, 2009. Flint Journal: (Booth Newspapers), Flint, Michigan.
  8. ^ a b c "KWA pipeline, Genesee County Water Treatment Plant hit full operation". ABC12. WJRT. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  9. ^ The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed 2015-08-21
  10. ^ Habermehl, Kayla (September 29, 2011). "Swartz Creek alone in covering building, utility costs for Perkins Library this year". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Thorne, Blake (May 4, 2011). "Voters support new tax for Genesee District Library". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Genesee County Political District Map Book (PDF) (Map). Genesee County GIS Department. 2017. pp. 1, 11, 12. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Beers, Frederick W. (1873). Atlas of Genesee Co., Michigan. New York: F.W. Beers & Co. p. 8.

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