6520 Center Street, PO Box 68
Ellsworth, Michigan 49729
Phone: 231-588-6126
Email: bankstownship@bankstownship.net

Board Information

Banks Township Board

Next Meeting:   June 17, 2024 6:00pm at the Banks Township Hall

Agenda : 

Banks Township Board 2024 Meeting Dates:

  • January 15, 2024
  • February 19, 2024 Fire Budget Hearing
  • March 18, 2024
  • April 29, 2024
  • May 20, 2024
  • June 17, 2024
  • July 15, 2024
  • August 19, 2024
  • September 24, 2024
  • October 21, 2024
  • November 18, 2024
  • December 16, 2024

All meetings are at 6 PM at the Banks Township Hall.

For budgets, tax data, zoning ordinances, and all forms and applications, please see the Forms/Applications Page.

For Board meeting minutes, please see the Meeting Minutes Page.

Recently approved:

Moratorium on Sand & Gravel Extraction 2024

Hazard Mitigation Plan Adoption 2024


Please Note:

Antrim County Board Vacancies  doc01276020231023113005

Great Lakes Shoreline Property Owners are to remove sandbags: SANDBAGS LUG Letter_July 2023

FOIA Policy Resolution May 18, 2020 

FOIA Policy Summary May 18, 2020

FOIA Policy Exemptions May 18, 2020

2024 newsletter postcard

Doing any outdoor DIY projects? Know what’s below before you dig!
Read about Safe Digging.

In addition to web page posting, required Public Announcements will be placed in the Antrim Review, formerly the Bellaire Review.
These announcements will include Township Board, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Review, notice of ordinance amendments, etc.

Recent Adoptions & Current Discussions:

Nuisance Ordinance Amendment, adopted 9-19-22 

Zero Tolerance Policy   &  Drugs, Brains, and Behavior Pamplet

Berms Amendment Adopted May 23 2022

Banks Township Planning Commission

Next Meeting:  July 9, 6pm


Proposed language of the Amendments to the existing RV ordinance

BTPC-RV Storage–ordinance amendment–public hearing draft–03.12.24

Moratorium Sand Gravel 12-5-23

BTPC–lot lines-setbacks-definition amendments–PH draft-04.11.23

BTPC-Utility Grade Solar–draft PH–04.11.23

Banks Township Planning Commission 2024 Meeting Dates:

  • January 9, 2024
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 12, 2024
  • April 9, 2024
  • May 14, 2024
  • June 11, 2024 chgd to June 4
  • July 9, 2024
  • August 13, 2024
  • September 10, 2024
  • October 2, 2024
  • November 14, 2024
  • December 10, 2024

All meetings are at 6 PM at the Banks Township Hall.

For Planning Commission meeting minutes, please see the Meeting Minutes Page.

Additional Resources

Contact Information for Property Owners

View contact information for property owners.

Invasive Plants

Banks Township and the Antrim Conservation District have been working for the past several years to control invasive phragmites on the Lake Michigan shoreline. If you know of a patch of phragmites within Antrim County, please contact the Antrim Conservation District (231) 533-8363 to report it. An address of the property is helpful.

Invasive Phragmites Factsheet

Invasive Thistles Brochure

Reed Canary Grass – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

General Information

Antrim County Committee Vacancies

Financial Reports

Budget Reports  doc01485520240522080609

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act Policy effective July 1, 2015 – View on the Forms/Applications page.

911 Address Signs

See the latest information about 911 signs.

Mission Statement for Community Center

The Banks Township Board & Ellsworth Village Council have jointly adopted a Mission Statement for our Town Center Project. The Mission Statement, developed during a strategic planning work session of the two municipalities, will guide future development in the Downtown Ellsworth area and serve as a basis for grant applications and growth of the community. View the Ellsworth/Banks Township Town Center Mission.

Recreation Plan

2018-2022 Community Recreation Plan

Ellsworth/Banks Township Town Center Mission

  • Antrim County Recycling Sites:   Alden: 8751 Helena Rd
  •                                                             Bellaire: 4700 S. M-88 Hwy
  •                                                             Central Lake: 1622 M-88 Hwy
  •                                                              Elk Rapids: 321 Bridge St
  •                                                             Ellsworth: 9627 Lake St
  •                                                              Kewadin: 7262 Cairn Hwy
  •                                                              Mancelona Twp: 9610 S. M-88 Hwy
  •                                                              Star Twp (Alba): 6775 Alba Hwy

Recycling Information click here:  doc01447920240422101730     recycle

Household Hazards Waste Collection

A Message from Antrim County…
Our March newsletter contained a flyer with some incorrect dates for this year’s upcoming household hazardous waste drop-off days. The dates are listed below, along with the corrected flyer. Thank you for your patience!
Our 2024 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-off dates are:
June 29, 2024 at Elk Rapids DPW Station
117 Lake St., Elk Rapids, MI 49629
July 20, 2024 at Bellaire High School Parking Lot
204 W Forest Home Ave, Bellaire, MI 49615
August 31, 2024 at Antrim County Road Commission
319 East Lincoln St., Mancelona, MI 49659
All events begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and end at noon sharp. To learn more about what kinds of materials can be dropped off, visit our HHW webpage.

24-Hour Recycling Available in Banks Township

On Lake St behind Dollar General
9627 Lake St, Ellsworth, MI 49729
(231) 943-8088

You may recycle glass, metal, tin, aluminum, plastic, paper, and cardboard.
View more information on how and what to recycle on Antrim County’s website or American Waste’s website.