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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.


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Next regular Council
Meeting to be held
Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm 
in the Council Chambers at the Village

Please take notice that the Homer Village Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 7:00 pm.  The purpose of the Hearing will be to receive comment on the proposed 2019 Operating Budget for the Village of Homer.  "The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be the subject of this hearing. MCL 141.412."
The Hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of the Homer Municipal Building, 130 East Main Street, Homer, MI 49245.
Any one unable to attend may submit comments in writing, which will be read during the Hearing.  Please send your comments to Homer Village Council, P.O. Box 155, Homer, MI 49245.
Pursuant to P.A. 267 of 1976, all Meetings of the Homer Village Council are open to the Public.

The Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm has been cancelled.

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


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