Message from Mayor Yvonne Ridge

On behalf of the Charlotte City Council and the city administration and staff, I would like to welcome you to the City of Charlotte’s official website.  Whether you are a resident or potential visitor to our beautiful maple city, I hope you find this site helpful.  Since there are so many wonderful aspects of Charlotte that cannot possibly be contained here, I hope you will visit our city and see for yourself! If, during your search, you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to contact our webmaster, or call the City offices at 517-543-2750 or 543-8852.

Charlotte is conveniently located with easy accessibility to Lansing, Battle Creek, and Jackson, within close proximity to I-69, I-96 and I-94.  We are a community that values its history, but is always looking to the future. Our historic homes and buildings will remind you of another era, while our state-of-the-art middle school, performing arts center, athletic facilities and aquatic center meet the needs of a technologically advancing world. Hayes Green Beach Hospital continues to be a source of pride as evidenced by the community’s support of several expansions to provide area residents the best medical care available. Charlotte’s economic base is stable, with a variety of important businesses like community anchor Spartan Motors.  As the proud seat of Eaton County, Charlotte is also home to the Eaton County governmental complex.

The fire department and its core of volunteers is one of the best in the state, and a second fire station was built in 2008 near the Charlotte Public Schools complex and the Dean Industrial Park.  The police department continues to serve and protect with continuous training and community policing efforts. The Department of Public Works maintains the City’s infrastructure (water, sewer, streets, recycling center, and parks) and continues to make improvements to those services.  Please visit each of the City Departments described on this website to better understand their vital roles in the day-to-day operations of the City.

The greatest asset of any community is the people who reside and work there, and Charlotte is no exception.  From our youth to our senior citizens, we care deeply about the City’s success. Much has been accomplished through a series of collaborative efforts with local nonprofit organizations, other area governments and businesses. We are constantly taking steps to improve the quality of life for our families and have made significant progress. I hope each resident will find opportunities to participate in making Charlotte a vital community.

Yvonne Ridge