Alto, which means "high," received its name from being the highest point along the railroad line on which it is situated. The elevation is somewhat higher to much higher than the surrounding cities of Caledonia, Lowell and Middleville.
Alto is situated at 42°51′24″N 85°22′49″W / 42.85667°N 85.38028°W on the boundary between section 33 of Lowell Township and section 4 of Bowne Township, although it lies mostly within Bowne. The Alto ZIP code 49302 serves most of Bowne Township as well as portions of Lowell Township to the north, Cascade Township to the northwest, and Caledonia Township to the west. It also serves a very small area of Campbell Township in Ionia County around the community of Elmdale.
Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons has contacted MDOT and asked them to suspend all road work in Bowne Township along Alden Nash(M-50) for Tuesday, August 5, 2014, which they have agreed.
- Notice of Proposed MDOT Construction. M50 from I96, south and east to the Kent/County line. Read more...
- Maps for 2012 Master Plan Adopted 06/07/2012
- Meeting Minutes & Agendas & Schedule
- Bowne Township Zoning Ordinance
- Land Division Ordinance
- Zoning Map
- Building Permits
FREE Fire Alarms! Bowne Township Fire Department has smoke detectors available for free by calling 868-6846, leave a message and they will see that you receive a smoke alarm.
Order Reflective Address Markers for your mailbox from the Fire Department. The cost is $15. Call the fire department for information 868-6458.
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