City of Perry

Sign Up for Smart911 – Shiawassee County’s Emergency Notification System

The City of Perry is encouraging all residents to enroll in Smart911.  

In response to a recent need to issue a city wide notice regarding our water system, the City has identified a free service to expedite the notification process when emergencies arise.  While the recent notice to boil water was the first of its kind in more than 15 years, this service will allow us to communicate faster should it be needed again in the future.

The benefits of Smart 911 extend beyond our community.  The system can send emergency notifications from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.  After enrolling in Smart 911 you can even opt in to Weather Warnings generated by the National Weather Service.

Residents and business alike are urged to enroll.   It will only take a few minutes, please tell all of your friends and family about this invaluable service!  Smart phone users can also download the Smart911 Rave Mobile Safety App in the app store.  If you know of a resident that does not have access to the internet, such as an elderly neighbor please help them enroll as well, or direct them to City Hall for assistance.

More information about the Smart 911 system can be found on the Shiawassee County Central Dispatch website.

Water Tower Undergoes Maintenance

The City of Perry’s Water tower is currently having maintenance done on it; this includes EGLE, OSHA requirements as well as interior and exterior painting. During this time the water tower will be, and currently is, out of service and the system is utilizing a continuous pressure mode generated by the wells. At times under higher volumes of water usage in parts of the city the water mains could have water flows that stir up iron particles causing rusty water similar to fire hydrant flushing. This should be temporary. DPW will try to address the issue as needed by flowing a fire hydrant in areas if possible. We have tested the wells and do the routine bacteriological samples. All are negative/no detected. The current target date for the water tower to return to service is June 7, 2022.

Additionally, to protect the water distribution system there are several fire hydrants located through out the city that have PSI reliefs installed. These reliefs allow water to discharge and are set up this way intentionally.
Do not be alarmed, Perry DPW is monitoring these hydrants.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while these required maintenance items are completed.
Posted: 5/19/22

BOIL WATER NOTICE IS LIFTED. Click for more details.

City of Perry Residents-
It is no longer necessary to use bottled water or boil water for drinking or cooking.
On 5-14-2022 you were notified of the need to boil all tap water used for drinking and cooking. Corrective measures have been taken and no coliform bacteria have been detected in follow-up testing of the system’s water. The water is safe to drink. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
For more information, please contact John Souder of City of Perry at phone number 517 625 4500,, and 203 W. Polly St. Perry, MI..
This notice is being sent to you by City of Perry DPW, water supply serial number 05280.

City Ordinances Under Attack – Urgent Please Read

May 3, 2022

To:  The Residents of the City of Perry

This communication is to make you aware that an outside organization, Shiawassee Cares Coalition, is taking steps to circulate a petition for another proposal on the November 2022 election ballot regarding the City’s medical marihuana regulations.

We want to ensure that all of you are aware of the City’s recent history and current status on this topic.

As many of you know, in November of 2021, the Shiawassee Cares Coalition was successful in having a medical marihuana proposal to amend the City of Perry’s charter placed on the ballot.  The actual ballot proposal read as follows:

“This proposed charter amendment, if adopted, would assist patients in need of medical marihuana for conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, colitis, arthritis, crohn’s disease, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, parkinson’s disease, post traumatic stress disorder and other medical conditions for which marihuana is an approved medical use by the State of Michigan, end the City’s prohibition of medical marihuana facilities, and create a City Department of Medical Marihuana responsible for overseeing the local regulatory structure for such facilities.”

The proposal passed with: 230 – Yes   222 – No

The actual charter amendment details authorized multiple medical marihuana facilities (8) within the City of Perry.   (1) Marihuana Safety Compliance Facility; (1) Marihuana Secure Transporter; (2) Marihuana Provisioning Centers – Dispensary; (1) Class A (500 Plants) Marihuana Grower; (1) Class B (1000 Plants) Marihuana Grower; (1 ) Class C (1500 Plants) Marihuana Grower.  It also defined a number of other specific requirements and timelines for the City that would place an undue burden on a city of our size.

To quote Leslie Abdoo in the March/April 2022 magazine; The Review, “One of the biggest challenges facing Michigan cities and villages as it relates to marihuana regulation is the newest wave of ballot initiatives sweeping across the state. In both the 2020 and 2021 November election cycles, nearly identical petitions were filed in small communities across the state. The newest petitions have largely involved charter amendments under the Home Rule City Act which have raised many questions regarding the appropriate process for placing these amendments on the ballot. Many charter amendment petitions, particularly targeting small communities, have very similar language and provisions.

After significant review and advice by legal counsel, the Perry City Council voted to challenge the legality of the charter amendment.  (The results of that legal challenge are pending).  However, given that the medical marihuana vote was positive and the fact that the City of Perry residents supported two prior Michigan marihuana ballot proposals in 2008 and 2018, the Council voted to develop and adopt the necessary medical marihuana ordinance(s) to allow for one (1) medical marihuana provisioning center (dispensary) within the City.  Those ordinances (360 & 361) have now been completed and approved by the City Council. The approach by the Perry City Council is a gradual one, starting with one medical marihuana dispensary license being awarded via lottery involving all qualified applicants. This approach will allow the administrative burden of handling applications to be limited to an amount we can process properly. The risk of future lawsuits created by subjective scoring processes would be lessened. Management of this type will prevent the process from being crippling for a city of our size.

We ask that you support our efforts to do what we believe is in the best interest of the City and its residents and not allow our City to be “controlled” by an outside interest group.  We encourage you NOT to support the petition to rescind our new medical marihuana ordinances.


Mayor Sue Hammond 
Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Lambert   Council Mindy Galbavi
Council Bob Porter          Council Steve Wallace    
Council Mike Connell      Council Chad Fuller