The cities of Otsego and Plainwell are City-Council/Manager form. In Plainwell, all five city council seats are voted on every two years, and the person receiving the most votes is designated mayor. In Otsego, voting on the city commission seats is staggered, so that all five seats are never voted on at the same time, and the commission appoints the mayor. Both cities have police departments and fire departments. The Otsego City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 P.M. The Plainwell City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 P.M.
The Plainwell City Hall is located at 141 N. Main St., and the Otsego City Hall is located at 117 E. Orleans St.
Plainwell and Otsego offer many civic clubs. Both have an American Legion Post, VFW, Rotary Club, Otsego and Plainwell Chambers of Commerce, and Lions Club. Plainwell also offers: the Chula Vista Garden Club, the Plainwell Area Arts and Crafts Club, the Gun River Conservation Club, the Plainwell Arts Council, the Plainwell Music Society, the Plainwell Teen Center and the Trojan Aquatic Club. Also available in Plainwell is the Seniors Club for senior citizens. Otsego offers: the Otsego Swim Club, the Kal-Sego Button Club, CoDependents Anonymous, and TOPS MI 223. Both communities have Boy Scout and Girl Scouts as well.
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