Supervisor- Paul Solem, 325-2450 cell 835-0631

Clerk- Alison Michalak, cell 930-7182

Treasurer - Cindy Gottschalk 326-6500

Trustees- Robb Bollenberg and Dan Haswell

Zoning Administrator- Jason Barnard 882-4411 Planning Commission: Robb Bollenberg/ Matt Wieber


Benzie County, Michigan,49640


Physical address:11935 Fowler Rd Mailing address: 6821 Indian Hill Rd.

Office Hours: Thursdays, 9am-Noon

(231) 325-2459

Township Email: Website:

Annual/Budget Meetings

Due to COVID-19, we are cancelling the Annual Meeting. We will have a Budget Workshop on Feb. 9, 2021 at 6pm, and a Budget Approval & Truth in Taxation Meeting on March 16, 2021 at 6pm. Contact the clerk for any inquiries.

Township Hall Rental

The Hall is available for small gatherings. A $50 deposit (refunded if cleaned) is required to reserve your date. The Hall is also available to non-residents for $300 non-refundable fee.


The township contracts for these services with Homestead Township and the City of Traverse City (HazMat). They have proven to provide exemplary service and response times. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY REGULARLY.


Cemetery lots are available to residents at $250/site, non-residents - $1000/site. Cindy Gottschalk is Cemetery Manager, 326-6500. Our Sexton is Joe Harriger.


Property Taxes are due February 16th to avoid interest and penalties. Our treasurer is available by appointment at 10576 Oviatt Road, phone: 326-6500. You may drop off your payment at our secure locked mailbox at the township hall anytime prior to Feb. 16th. Mailbox is checked weekly. Payments can also be mailed to 10576 Oviatt Road, Honor 49640.

Hazardous Waste

The county will host various collections dates in 2021 for items such as batteries, paints/oils, CFL bulbs, household chemicals electronics, and scrap tires. You can drop of batteries and lightbulbs at the township hall on Thursday mornings.


More info at or by calling 882-0554.

Township Clean Up Day

Due to the ongoing pandemic and potential loss of revenue, we are cancelling the 2021 township clean-up day. We plan to have a clean-up day in June 2022.


The township’s assessor is Jill Brown. She may be reached at 231-881-4000.

Board of Review:

Don Schmidt, Dennis Taghon and Bob Schutt

March 10 3pm-9pm

March 19 9am-3pm

Regular Quarterly Meetings:

Jan 5 April 6

July 6 Oct 5

(Always the first Tuesday of each fiscal quarter at 7pm)

West Benzie Joint Planning Commission

This Board meets at the Benzonia Township Hall, 1020 Michigan Ave., Benzonia, on the 1st Thursday in Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec. at 7pm. Platte’s representatives are Robb Bollenberg and Matt Wieber. The Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals members are our own residents: Paul Gerhart, Bob Michalak, and Robin Talsma. The Zoning Administrator, who is the point of contact for all zoning inquiries, is Jason Barnard. Although our township grows slowly, we are seeing vacant land parcels being improved to residential use. Residents can help the Zoning Administrator and the Board by reporting any changes so we may ensure the permitting process is followed. And don’t forget to welcome our new residents in our unique Platte Township way!

Internet at Township Hall

The township board has secured high speed internet access at the township hall. Residents, especially students, can use the township’s internet on Thursday mornings. Please contact the supervisor for more information or to schedule a session. Residents must bring their own device or computer.


The Township Board would like to thank the efforts of our new and returning election inspectors for their tireless effort in administering the elections in 2020. We are proud to share that in the November 3rd election we had a 77% turnout (275 voters of 349 registered), and 100% return on absentee ballots.

Thank you to Deputy Clerk Ruth Hovland, Colin Bohash, Dennis Taghon, Carolyn Pelky, Linda Gottschalk, Jen Kruch, Josie Swiecki, Molly Franks, and Ray Franks.

These inspectors have ensured the integrity of the voting process is secure .and administered correctly according to State Election Laws. Any registered voter is eligible to become an election inspector. If interested, PLEASE contact Alison. It is a great way to connect with our residents.

The Platte Township Board would like to thank all residents for coming to the meetings this past year. We have tackled some very important issues and can only assume that there will be more issues to be carefully thought out in order to do what is best for our Township.

If you are not receiving periodic email updates from the township, and would like to, please email the clerk at and we will add you to the list!