Sanford's One-Year Commemorative Event

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The Village of Sanford has numerous piles of wood

chips for give away:


Public Property: The Village Park 

Public Property South of Porte Park (near corner of W. Main & Cedar St.)

Private Property behind Cole's Wrecker Service (private property - need permission to enter)


To obtain this wood, please write to or call the DPW Supervisor (Steve Rider)at 989-948-1076) to set up time to pick up the wood chips.

Village of Sanford Park


The Village of Sanford is taking bids for engineering design and support for the park rebuild.  Questions are due by May 7, 2012.  Bids are due by May 14, 2021.  

Job Availability

The Village of Sanford is looking for a Village Manager/Project Manager.  This will be a 1 year term. 

Please send resume with a cover letter by June 9, 2021 to or mail to:  P.O. Box 30, Sanford, MI 48657

Personal Use Fuelwood


The Village of Sanford will be opening up its properties (confirm properties owned by Village with Steve Rider) to the community to remove the downed trees, for firewood fuel. Also, anyone interested in removing any other debris or scrap metal will be allowed to do so. This DOES NOT include sand or woodchips.  Participants must fill out a permit provided by the Village of Sanford. The permits will be available online, at the Village of Sanford website, and at the DPW building in Sanford.  You will need to contact Steve Rider at (989-948-1076) to set up a time to pick up or drop off the permit.  Steve will be able to accept your permit and make a copy to keep on our files. There will be a guideline sheet provided with the permit.  There is NO charge for the permit.



Our greatest asset - the People who call Sanford their hometown!  A great place to raise your family, with great churches, schools, parks & recreation. So much is available locally and in Midland County and the surrounding area.  

The village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it is water. The water area is made up of the Tittabawassee River and Sanford Lake.


In 1864, Charles Sanford, of Madison County, New York, purchased 213 acres of land where the village is now located, along with 1,000 acres of pine land. The site was first known as the "Salt-Spring Reserve", and was the location of the first salt well in the state. Douglass Houghton, the state surveyor and geologist, supervised sinking the shaft of the well. Charles Sanford moved there in May 1864. He platted the village in 1870. Romig identifies Jay F. Hamilton as the first postmaster of Sanfordville on June 23, 1871, while the Portrait and biographical album of Midland county, Mich. lists Phineas Hamilton as the first postmaster. The name was shortened to "Sanford" on July 13, 1871.


The Village of Sanford offers exciting events throughout the year for youth and adults alike.  There truly is something for everyone.  Whether you are joining us to celebrate our nations Independence Day or at our celebration of local history at Founder's Day we look forward to seeing you.