City of Perry

Natural Disaster Recovery – Donation Request

On August 11, 2023 the City of Perry suffered damages from an F-1 tornado. Many beautiful old trees were shattered or uprooted causing extensive damage to sidewalks and homes. There were several power poles sheared off and power-lines became tangled in the tree debris adding an extra element of danger to clean up efforts.

Even though the city’s DPW suffered destruction at 3 of the 4 buildings housing city equipment, they worked tirelessly clearing the streets, removing trees, cleaning up debris and making the city as safe as possible. To date the estimated expense for clean-up and restoration of tornado damage, NOT covered by insurance, exceeds $205,000. Since cleanup efforts are still in progress this total is expected to increase.

Some restoration will have to be scheduled in the future due to lack of funding. The expenses related to clean-up will have to be paid as services are provided since the city must contract with companies that have special equipment capable of removing the large amount of debris from damaged and uprooted trees.

The city had applied for Emergency Financial Aid from the State of Michigan, but was notified on Sept. 12 that the city will NOT be receiving any emergency relief funds as our request for assistance has been denied.

Donations to support expenses not covered by insurance would help to reduce the burden on the General Fund. Donations can be made to “City of Perry – Natural Disaster” and mailed to City Hall, 203 W. Polly St., Perry, MI  48872.

Questions can be directed to Mayor Sue Hammond at (517) 625-6155 or email

Posted: Sept. 13, 2023

Position Opening – Planning Commission

Effective Sept. 11, 2023 there is a vacancy on the City of Perry Planning Commission. This position is filled by Mayoral Appointment.  Candidates must reside in the City of Perry.

 The appointment is for a partial term expiring January 2025. 
The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, and more frequently if the need arises.  Commission members qualify for $15 compensation per meeting they are in attendance at.
If interested, please complete this application and/or Contact Mayor Sue Hammond: or phone 517-625-6155 ext. 231.
Posted Sept. 11, 2023

Emergency Notification System Update

Update Sept. 13, 2023:  The city has an operational emergency siren that will sound in the event of future need.  There is still work on going to add a second siren at a new location in the near future.

As a reminder, the fire department will test the emergency alert siren the first Saturday of the month.


On Friday, August 11, 2023, the city’s siren that is used to notify residents of severe weather was damaged and taken out of service by the tornado.

We have been in contact with West Shore, the company that services this equipment, to have it repaired but please be aware that until the equipment is repaired and in the event of future severe weather there is NO siren in the city limits to sound an alarm at this time.

Residents are urged to download a local news centers app as many of them feature an alert system.  Residents are also highly encouraged to join Smart 911 an alert system utilized county wide that can send direct messages via text or email when there is severe weather requiring a warning.

Information about how to sign up for Smart 911, and a more detailed description of its many benefits, can be found on the city’s website:

Updates will be shared as they become available.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2023

State of Emergency

Update Aug. 13, 2023:  DPW will begin curbside storm clean up Monday morning. Please have large items to the curb as soon as possible.  Please have patience as crews make their way around the city.

Update Aug. 12, 2023:  Power has been restored, there is no longer a need to limit sewer usage.

Update 9:35 PM: Limit sewer usage due to power outages and strain on pumping stations.

A state of emergency is declared for the City of Perry due to a tornado strike.

Many downed power lines and dangerous conditions. Please remain off the streets. STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE

We have no reports of injuries at this time.
Emergency personnel are on scene. Call 911 with emergencies or to report downed power lines.

More information will be provided when it is available.

Posted August 10, 2023

Hire Notice: Part Time Office Assistant

The City of Perry is seeking applications for a Part-Time Office Assistant at City Hall.  Minimum qualifications include: valid MI driver’s license, high school diploma or equivalent, preferably two years’ experience in office administration, finance or a related field, Microsoft Office experience.  BS&A software experience a plus. Average hours per week 20 to 30 and starting pay $17.00. Drug test will be required for hire.  

Use the buttons below to view the full job description and application.

Applications will be accepted through August 18, 2023, with an anticipated hire date of September 1. Please apply at Perry City Hall 203 W. Polly St., Perry, MI 48872.

Update: City Code 3.30 Proposed Amendments

Updated Aug. 4, 2023

At the Aug. 3, 2023 City Council Meeting a motion was made, and approved, to

Postpone the possible adoption of Zoning Ordinance (ZO) 383 Section 3.30 Animals in Residential and Agricultural Districts for 120 days, issue a moratorium on enforcement of section 3.30 of the current ZO as it pertains to dogs and cats for 120 days – the balance of section 3.30 as it is currently written will remain in effect, and commission a six (6) member cross discipline task force to objectively research and develop a proposed update to section 3.30.  The 120 days will be used to address the concerns expressed with section 3.30 of the current ZO.


The following document highlights the proposed amendments to City of Perry Zoning Ordinance Section 3.30 Animals in Residential Districts.

This document is provided in strike-through and red format to highlight proposed changes made to the ordinance as adopted Dec. 15, 2016.

The second reading, and possible adoption, of these amendments will be on the Aug. 3, 2023 City Council Agenda.

Posted: July 27, 2023

Public Input Survey

The State of Michigan requires cities and towns to have a current Master Plan and City of Perry is updating ours.

We are seeking feedback from Perry residents, business owners, and those who use the city for work, shopping, and activities. We need to hear your thoughts and suggestions for how to make a better Perry in the future.

  • What new ideas for Perry do you think would enhance the quality of life?
  • What things are you most proud of in Perry?
  • What are some things you would like to see change in Perry?

Representatives of McKenna, the consultant assisting in this project, will be at the “Summer Fun Night” and welcome the opportunity to chat with you about our vision for Perry.  There will be a few interactive vision boards as well.

In addition to attending Summer Fun Night, we also encourage you to complete this community wide survey.

Take the survey and help us develop the Perry of the future that we all want to live in.  The survey will cover topics like quality housing, parks and recreation, transportation options, and commercial spaces- the City needs to hear from you. 

Posted July 12, 2023