NOTICE: Winter Drawdown of Maple & Ackley Lake

The 2015 drawdown of Maple Lake, and subsequently Ackley Lake, will begin October 5, 2015 and be completed by October 15, 2015. Property owners along both lakes may want to make preparations. The Drawdown will lower the lake just 6 inches per day until the permitted drawdown depth is reached (4 feet as measured at the hydro dam). The slow drawdown helps aquatic life adjust to the lower lake level. Frogs, turtles and most other aquatic life adjust by moving into deeper water. However, clams (mussels) cannot move to deeper water and may be stranded in the exposed lake bed. Volunteers are needed to walk the shorelines and rescue clams (mussels). Please consider volunteering and walk shoreline. If you find any clams (mussels) you can rescue them by throwing them into deeper water. Thank you.

Larry Nielsen, Manager
Village of Paw Paw

Uncork Paw Paw ~ A Village to Discover:  Friendly, Familiar, Nearby

Paw Paw is located in the heart of Michigan’s wine country. This full service community is home 3,534 and is the county seat for Van Buren County. Paw Paw is home to St. Julian Winery, Michigan’s oldest, largest and most awarded winery. Great Lakes Belting, Knouse Foods, Bronson Lakeview Hospital, Coca Cola North America, and Van Buren County, along with St. Julian Winery, are the Village's largest employers. Making Paw Paw a unique place are a number of inviting and friendly smaller shops and restaurants. Shops and attractions such as St. Julian Winery, Warner Vineyards, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Lori's Hallmark & Boutique, Joyce Webster's Found Things, Jane Kesteloot's Plain Jane's Antiques, Jean Wing's Fat Cat Books, Edgin Creations (handcrafted jewelry), Grace’s Place (antiques and gifts) and others make for a terrific shopping experience. La Cantina Ristorante Italiano, Bistro 129, Sabo's Café, and The Sugar Bear feature culinary trained and certified chefs owning and operating their own dining establishments.  Needless to say the food is great, the service is terrific, the ambience is outstanding, and the experiences are memorable.  St. Julian Winery is a family-owned winery, founded by Mariano Meconi in 1921, known for its wines, brandies, vodkas and more.  Their tasting room and Warner Vineyards' tasting room are worth the stop.  Residents and visitors alike enjoy a full-service community with its own electric, water and sanitary sewer utilities, full-time police department, a joint fire department, and over 100 acres of park land; all situated around picturesque Maple Lake.  Choice motels, B & B's and lakeside rustic cottages provide lodging choices for everyone.  Paw Paw meets the new economy needs by providing broadband fiber optic service to each property.  Wireless service is also available. Located on the I-94 route connecting Detroit and Chicago, Paw Paw is only minutes away from Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Grand Rapids.  A large consumer demand of more than 114,300 households within 30 minutes of Paw Paw makes Paw Paw attractive for entrepreneurs.  Terrific schools, great festivals and lakeside concerts, and unique ‘third-places’ makes Paw Paw a great place to live or visit.  There are several great annual events in Paw Paw, but the Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival is the premier 3-day event for the whole family.  Paw Paw’s an ideal setting for millennials, those raising a family, or those relaxing through retirement.

Why Locate Your Family or Your Business In the Village?
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Paw Paw Sanitary Sewer Study Findings and SRF Project Plan *New Notice*
The Village of Paw Paw has completed a comprehensive study of its waste water (sanitary sewer) system. The next steps in the process are to hold a Public Hearing on the findings and the project plan to correct deficiencies and improve the system. Following the Public Hearing the Village Council may decide to adopt the plan and begin efforts to implement the plan’s recommendations.
Please click on the following links for more information.

Paw Paw SRF Project Plan – Executive Summary
Paw Paw SRF Project Plan – Presentation to Village Council

The Public Hearing will likely be in December 2014. Please watch for notice in local paper and on this page.
The complete Draft SRF Project Plan dated 10/08/2014 can be linked directly by ‘clicking here.’

In order to make downloads more manageable, we have included a posting with separate links for:

 * An Abstract type file containing only Cover, Table of Contents, and Executive Summary
 * Appendices
This version of the study and project plan can be found by ‘clicking here.’

Paw Paw's Dashboard and & Citizen's Guide
Financial data on the Village of Paw Paw is available online. To view the data please click on the link at the end of this paragraph. Once you are on that page, click on the word "municipalities" in the top bar. When that page comes up, type in "Village of Paw Paw" in the search bar and click on search. That will bring you to the Village of Paw Paw data page. Thank you for taking the time to review this information. To access this data, click here.

Consumer Confidence Report 2014
Village 2015-2016 FY Budget

Village 2015-2016 FY Budget

Paw Paw’s Non Discrimination & English Language Proficiency Plan:

Paw Paw compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 including Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Service for Persons with Limited English Proficiency[i], prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, in any program, service or activity that receives federal assistance. Specifically, Title VI assures that, “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance.” The Executive Order assures access to language assistance for individuals who do not speak English well and who have a limited ability to read, write and speak, or understand English. (click here) to view Paw Paw’s Plan.

The executive order verbatim can be found online (click here)

pdf of "verbatim" (click here)

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