About Our Township
Sherman Township's only remaining community of Gay, once a thriving city during the mining during the early 1900's, features a historic stamp mill smokestack which can be seen for miles and is used as a navigational aid. The Gay Bar is also part of the local color. The Gay Fire Department Auxiliary hold their well known bazaars from late June to Labor Day; see this year's schedule in "Sherman Township News & Announcements." The Community Hall where the bazaars are held is handicapped accessible. Proceeds benefit the Fire Department and community projects.
The major event in Gay is on July 4th which includes the unique Gay Parade, starting time of 2 PM, and the Fire Department’s huge raffle and refreshment tent. Everyone is welcome to join the parade. Fire department also holds two pancake/french toast breakfast fundraising events in September and May each year. The Township sponsors a Christmas party held in mid-Decmber with food, decorations, door prizes, and children gifts are donated by local residents. Pickleball is available for free indoors on hardwood floor within the Community Hall from September through May on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon.
The School House Park is located next to the historic school in Gay on Second Street. The park is open from May through October during daylight hours. Park features include handicap accessibility for parking, pavilion, picnic tables, grills, toilet, water and a playground. The pavilion includes over 20 unique carvings completed by a local artist.
Sherman Township is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Board Meetings are held in the Office the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The Office has handicapped accessible bathroom and ramp.
Frank Kastelic, Trustee
Deneen Connell, Trustee
Sherman Township Fire & Rescue Department
The all-volunteer Fire and Rescue Department serves as the primary emergency management agency for Sherman Township. Fire protection services include wildland fire suppression in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and structural fire containment in cooperation with other Fire Departments. Fire Department Public Protection Services rating is 5/5Y from ISO (Insurance Services Office) in 2019; a superior rating for a rural volunteer department. Rescue services include medical first responders unit with rescue vehicle for onsite treatment prior to arrival of ambulance.
Rob Middlemis-Brown, Fire Chief
Contact Fire Chief for information regarding fire protection and emergency medical services; call 911 for emergency help and fires. Please consider helping your community by joining the department as either, or both, a firefighter or medical first responder.
Gay Community Water Supply and Sewer Departments
JT Reno, Water Supply Licensed Operator
Reid Ratello, Sewer Plant Technician
Chris Holmes (UP Engineering), Engineer for Warter/Sewer
Emergency Repairs for Water/Sewer:
PO Box 13
Watersmeet, MI 49969