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Local Information

City of Potterville
Potterville City Hall
City Manager - Wanda Darrow
(517) 645-7641
Fax (517) 645-7810

County-wide - 911
Benton Township Hall, Potterville - 517-645-2449
Ambulance & Fire Department - 517-645-7061
Potterville Police - 517-645-7802
Eaton County Sheriff - 517-543-3512
State Police Post - 517-322-1911

Second Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m.
319 N. Nelson, Potterville, MI 48876

Potterville was founded in November, 1844, by Linus and Diana Potter. Through the years the small town atmosphere has attracted new residents but still maintains its sense of community and pride. With its' offerings of fine schools, retail businesses, churches, community organizations, and recreational facilities the city is a great place to live. The city of Potterville is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Lansing in northeastern Eaton County. It is located at the intersection of Lansing Road, (Old US-27) and M-100. I-69 runs along the southeast edge of the city and includes a Potterville exchange. An industrial park is located in the southwestern portion of the city and there is another industrial area in the northeastern part of the City. The Potterville school system facilities are located in the northeast portion of the City.

Located in the heart of Michigan, Potterville has easy access to interstate and state trunkline highways. The I-69 interstate links Potterville with I-94. These transportation systems allow quick and easy access to the southern third of Michigan and northern Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Potterville has experienced significant land use changes over the past decade. There has been moderate commercial growth and one significant new industrial user, with additional land available for industrial growth.

The continued attraction with the employment centers of the Lansing are and surrounding communities will continue to encourage rapid residential, commercial, recreational, and industrial land use changes. Potterville experienced a rapid growth rate between 1990 and 2000 due to a new manufactured housing park and two new subdivisions. This 42% growth cannot be expected to continue, a projected 20% growth rate for 2010 is forecasted.

Individual "Dial-A-Ride" services are operated in Eaton County's larger communities, such as Delta Township, Charlotte, Grand Ledge and Eaton Rapids. Intercity service is also available as a Rural Area/Demand/Response service. Eaton County provides daily public transit service in all 11 of its communities.

The Canadian National Railroad traverses the city from the southwest, through the center of the city and exits the cit through the northeastern city limits. The railroad provides carrier service from Chicago to Port Huron. Canadian National is in the process of building a large depot just North of the city that will allow for increased railroad service to local manufacturing plants.

Police protection is currently provided by the city police department, with two marked patrol cars, and three full time officers. The police department receives assistance, when needed, from the Eaton County Sheriff Department and from the Michigan State Police, Lansing Post.
Ambulance and fire protection are provided by a joint effort between the City of Potterville and Benton township. The combined fire station is located north of the railroad tracks along Hartel Road.

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