Powell Township Newsletter

Street Lights

The whole township saw an upgrade in our street lights. Powell Township was approved for a grant to pay that the lights were all switched to LED that will save money and energy for the township. Enjoy the streets

Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation has been busy this summer. Here are a few updates.

Powell Township Recreational Trail Network

The Parks and Rec. with Big Bay Pathways has been awarded multiple grants to improve the Powell Township Recreational Trail Network. The recent grant is from the CUPPAD for $1500 for a communication board. This board will be for neighborhood news. The locations will be outside Post Office and eventually Crams General Store. Also received is $1500 from Marquette Community Foundation for trail grooming and $10,000 from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for trail grooming and equipment. We appreciate all the help and funding to improve our trails that the community can better enjoy the wonderful place we live.

Burn's Landing

The second phase of the Burns Landing Historic Park will be improvements to the parking area, board walk and installation of composting toilets. The third phase will be a covered deck at the end of the board walk with a removable beach walk way for people with special needs. Phases 2 & 3 should be completed the summer of 2018. In addition landscaping and signage for the settlers’ cabin will be done this summer. Thanks to the DNR trust grant and the state Passport grants the bulk of the cost for these projects are covered. The Township's contribution will be 25% of the total cost. Volunteer help can be used to offset the Townships contribution. Call Darlene Turner Supervisor to see where you can help. If you have any suggestions for Burns’ Landing Building use after the all the work is complete, the Parks and Recreation committee would love all suggestions.

Summer Concert Series

So far there has been an active scene of everyone coming for music, food, and fun. We hope you have been remembering to get your concert series passes punched. Bring your favorite lawn chair or a blanket, dinner or snack, sit back and enjoy the music. Concerts will be 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Food and drinks available for purchase at the food shack. Check out the web site calendar for these and other event dates. For each of the four concerts, come to the food shack and have your card punched. At the final concert, turn in your punch card to be entered into a raffle (prize to be announced at a later date). The raffle will only be available to those who have all four punches on their card, so be sure to save the dates! September 15 UP Gumbo Parks and Recreation are looking for volunteers to help with these and other events. If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with someone on the committee (Darlene Turner, Arlene Erickson, Amanda Lagunas, Sven Gonstead, Lucy Wilcox, Becky Anderson, or Todd Bergman).

Fire on the Bay

Saturday July 7 was the Fire on the Bay and it was a great showing. We want to thank the Police presence and of course our local Fire and Ambulance volunteers for keeping everyone safe on this event day. Donations are always taken to offset the $10,000.00 cost of this much loved event every year. Donations can be sent to Fire on the Bay PO Box 38, Big Bay 49808. Checks should be made payable to Powell Township Government, mark Fire on the Bay in the memo section. Every dollar helps us buy more fireworks for a better spectacular show.

Fourth of July

We are thankful for everyone who came out for the Kids Games and the Parade. It was a hot day and we are glad to see community involvement. Now’s the time to think of next year’s involvement in the Parade. We are always looking for more activity to be like years past.

Fire Chief

Mike Thoma, after 43 years of active service to the township and 40 of that as the Powell Township Fire Chief is retiring July 31st, 2018. We want to continuously thank Mike for all the service he has done for the Township. Our new Fire Chief will be Suzette Stephenson with wonderful endorsements from Mike.


We have two elections this year: August 7 (State Primary) and November 6 (State General election).
The last day to register for the August primary election is passed and ballots are available for Absent voters The last day to register for the November General election is October 9 absentee ballots will be available after September 22.
Application for an absent voters ballot is available online at www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot or at the Township office Monday and Thursday 9:00 am to noon.

Water System Update

The project should be finishing at the end of July once we have our last and final checklist completed. Check out the Wellhead Protection Plan posted inside the Master Plans page.

Township Board Meetings

We want to encourage all our residents to attend Board meetings and learn what's going on in your Township. Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the township hall. In June and October of 2018 we will meet at the halfway fire hall. Check our web site www.powelltownship.org or the bulletin board outside the Township office for any changes in meeting dates. Interested in your Township? Volunteers to serve on the Planning commission, Board of Review and Parks and Recreation committee are needed. Don’t want to serve on a committee but are willing help? Volunteers are always needed to help at events like the tree lighting, balls games, landscaping at Burns Landing and more. Stop by the Township and fill out an application. Have questions? Stop in and talk to the supervisor or call 906-345-9345 ext 14 Monday or Thursday 9 am to Noon.

About Town Updates from Big Bay Information Coordinator

These are updates for summer events that are occurring in our local area. Information is provided by Amanda Lagunas as the Big Bay Information Coordinator.

Big Bay Pathway

The Big Bay Pathway (our local cross-country ski trail) is looking for volunteers to help with a fundraiser on July 14, at the Forestville music festival. The fundraiser will involve scooping ice cream outdoors at the festival from 2-8. Contact Sven Gonstead at bigbaypathway@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for a 2 hour block of time to listen to music and scoop some ice cream for a good cause!

Big Bay Classic Car Show

The Big Bay Classic Car Show will be happening August 19, from noon-5pm on the lawns of the Thunder Bay Inn. For more information or to get a registration form, please email bigbaycarshow@gmail.com

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