THE VILLAGE OF SANFORD is soliciting bids to identify the Defined Drainage Systems for the Village of Sanford and any concerns within the boundaries and immediately adjacent to the Drain Districts of Sanford and Sanford Railroad.  Drains. Including, but not limited to: 


  • Identifying Physical Geometric Layout and Flow directions 
  • Identifying Drain Routes 
  • Identifying Drain outlets 
  • Identifying Drainage system Open Channel and Enclosed Channel lengths 
  • Drain Crossings 
  • Drainage Structure Basic Condition Assessments 
  • Provide Comprehensive Report and Potential Options for addressing concerns including a Map of the system and GIS location data for the primary visible components of the system. 

Bids are due by July 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. and can be emailed to or dropped at the Jerome Township Hall at 737 W. Beamish Road. 

Job Opening: Village of Sanford Manager/Project Manager
Type: Variable hours, FLSA Exempt
Compensation: $50,000 annual salary

Due date:   July 11, 2022 at noon


Special Meeting of the Village of Sanford Planning Commision,   will be held on September 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm at Jerome Township Fire Station, 680 W Saginaw Rd., Sanford, MI 48657

Public Notice


Village of Sanford, Jerome Township, Midland County, Midland County, in conjuction with Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security, has applied for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Hazard mitigation Gran MI-4547.01:  Village of Sanford Acquisition Demolition Project.  The objective of HMA programs is to fund mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future hazard events or disasters.  Village of Sanford Acquisition Demolition Project is to purchase and remove 20 properties from Flood Zone A that were damaged in dam failure in May 2020.


Under the National Environmental Policy Act, EO 11988 and EO 11990, public notice is required of any federal actions that may affect floodplains or wetlands.  Under the National Historic Preservation Act, public notice is also required for some projects which have the potential to affect historic properties.  All necessary permits and approvals will be obtained prior to construction and completion of the project.


Public participation is encouraged.  Those interested are invited to comment within 30 days by email to

or by mail to: 

Duane Castaldi, Regional Environmental Officer

FEMA Region V

536 South Clark Street, 6th Floor

Chicago, IL 60605

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.