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.
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Water Reliability Study
The Village of Paw Paw has completed an extensive study of its Community Water System. The study updates a previous study, completed in 2003, assessing the condition and adequacy to meet existing and proposed future demands of the system, including required fire flow. A Reliability Study is required every 5 years by the MDEQ as Part 12 of the Administrative Rules of Act 399, PA 1976 (Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act).
The project, funded locally, evaluated the existing system and utilized a computer analysis tool, WaterGEMS V8i, to simulate current and future scenarios, aiding in the determination of critical areas needing improvements.
The report, which can be viewed and downloaded from the link below. The documents provide an overview of the Village’s existing Community Water System, identify inefficiencies in the existing system, and provide prioritized improvement areas focusing on water distribution and supply.
Paw Paw’s Water Study
Sanitary Sewer System Improvement Project
The Village of Paw Paw completed an extensive study, the first of its kind in over 35 years, of its wastewater sewer collection system, which serves all of the Village of Paw Paw. The Village’s system also serves customers in Antwerp, Paw Paw and Waverly townships. The study updated a previous study, completed in 1978, and addressed issues of aging infrastructure and issues within the collection system that increase the likelihood of failure and lead to elevated wet weather flows that utilize and sometimes exceed system capacity.
The project, funded by an S2 Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The report and recommendations were approved by the Village Council. The study was discussed and began in 2013/2014. The Study was completed in late 2014. Its findings and recommendations were presented at public meetings, reviewed, debated and considered through September of 2015 when a financing plan was accepted. The Council sought funding to implement the total project from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) for wastewater systems. Project funding totaling $7,106,232.42, has been approved and design of system improvement projects began as of November 2015. The Village is contributing $2.5 million of its funds and will receive $500,000 in ‘loan forgiveness’ from the SRF program. The remaining portion will be secured through a 30-year loan from the SRF program.
All of the project related documents can be downloaded from the first link below. When on that page scroll down to the “S2 Study and SRF Project Plan” heading. All related documents are provided.
As has been discussed throughout the project, this project impacts sanitary sewer system rates. Click on the second link below for new rate information.
Paw Paw Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project
Sanitary Sewer Rates Effective 1-1-2016
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