The Laketown Township Hall was closed for about 2 hours on Friday, Oct. 6, due to a localized power outage.
The hall reopened with full services at about 9:45 a.m.
Power was out for fewer than 20 Consumers Energy customers in the area near 144th Avenue and Beeline Road from about 5:30 a.m. to 9:41 a.m.
A tree limb fell across power lines near that intersection, according to power company officials at the scene on Friday morning.
The township hall’s generator functioned for a brief period but then shut down. The generator on the south side of the building is more than 20 years old.
The township’s equipment for email and other online services including office phones are housed in the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road, so some services were out not only in the hall but at the Graafschap Fire Department, 4534 60th St. and the Felt Estate, 6597 138th Ave.
The outage did not impact any emergency services at the fire department.
The township hall remained staffed throughout the event with work being accomplished by natural lighting, flashlights and battery-power laptops and smart phones.
Status updates throughout the morning were posted on the township’s Facebook page.
The hall is open daily 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.