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The Village of Homer: A Brief History

The Village of Homer was incorporated in 1871, but its rich history dates back to the hardy pioneers who settled here. Powel Grover, William Wintersteen and two brothers, Richard and Henry McMurtrie, were the first pioneers to come to Homer. It was mid-April 1832, and they walked all the way from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to settle on land three miles east of the area that later became the Village of Homer.
Milton Barney arrived from Lyons, New York later in 1832, purchased land along the Kalamazoo River, and the next year brought his family to the area where he had built a log house, a store and a small saw mill using waterpower from the river. He built the first hotel, served as the first postmaster, and started the state? first wildcat bank. This cluster of buildings was the beginning of Barneyville, the village? original name that was changed to Homer in 1834 because James Hopkins and others from Homer, Cortland County, New York wanted the area named after their previous home.

From the beginning, Homer has had a proud history of innovation in agriculture, business and industry, education and community development.  Its services and infrastructure have evolved to meet the needs of area residents now and in the future. The sign on the village water tower proclaiming Homer Is Home reflects the spirit and commitment of the community.



Homer Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

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Next regular Council
Meeting to be held
Monday, January 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm 
in the Council Chambers at the Village

Notice-Planning Commission Meeting
December 28, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
The Village of Homer will hold a Planning Commission Meeting on December 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm, to hear public comment and deliberate about a Rezoning Request, #PC 17-03, by Clark Ritchie, owner, of property located at 325 Powers Street, Homer, Michigan 49245 to rezone from R-2 to Light Industrial.  The property would be used for auto storage, as permitted by the Light Industrial district, if outdoor storage variance is approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals at a later date.  Additionally, a request for a Conditional Use, SLU-17-01, 152.302, "Commercial Repair Facilities for Automobiles and other Light Motor Vehicles; Limited Repair"

Any Property owner or their representative, or any interested person is invited to attend the meeting to be held as noticed above.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, shall make such request no later than three (3) days before the meeting.  Written response can be sent to or hand delivered to the attention of the Planning Commission, 130 E Main Street, Homer, MI 49245.  Any questions, please direct to Art Kale @ 517-568-4321.

New rental rates for Homer Graduates for use of the Homer Community House.  Please call the Village Office for details at 517-568-4321!!

The Village Office hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Village Office will be closed Monday, December 25th & 26th and also January 1st in observance of the Christmas and New Year Holidays.


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