Powell Township Summer 2021 Newsletter

Check out our website, www.powelltownship.org or the bulletin boards for any changes in meeting dates and times, as well as virtual meeting options

The Township Board has monthly meetings and we want to encourage all our residents to attend Board meetings. Meetings are held at the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Township Hall with virtual options.

Fire Department and Ambulance Crews are looking for volunteers. Seek out the Fire Chief or the Ambulance Coordinator for more information on joining and involvement in your local Emergency Responder Crew

Follow on Facebook: Big Bay Information, Big Bay Pathway, Fire Department, and Powell Township Emergency Management for more information and events

Powell Township Food Bank

Powell Township Food Bank is now available at Dionne Fire Hall at the Halfway. The hall will be open on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm for anyone in need of food.

Food bank was created by Powell Township Emergency Management Department and includes non-perishable food, paper goods, and cleaning supplies.  These items are available free to anyone in need.  No documents needed. No questions asked. If you have any questions, contact Kim Bourgeois  (906)-362-7275  Township Office (906)-345-9345

If you are unable to get to the township hall for items, arrangements can be made for delivery within the township.

Accepting Credit Cards

The Powell Township Treasurer is in the final stages of getting Powell Township to the stage of accepting credit cards for utilities and taxes for the 2021-2022 budget year. Acceptance of credit card payments should begin by July 2021. Users must be aware that this method of payment would also have an added service charge of 3.5%. There are links to follow on Powelltownship.org Home Page (for both), Resource: Tax & Assessing (to pay taxes) page, and on the Water and Sewer Department page.

July 4th Celebration

We will Celebrate our Independence with a gathering in Draver Park on July 4th starting at 1PM with Kids games and Ice Cream. Check the Bulletin Boards at Halfway and at the Post office for up to date information. There will be an appearance from our fire department

Fire on the Bay 2021

After canceling our largest event for 2020, The Powell Township’s Parks & Recreation Committee is thrilled to announce that the 27th Annual FIREWORKS DISPLAY will be held on July 10th, 2021. Rain date is set for July 17th, 2021.  The fireworks display will begin at dusk and lasts approximately half an hour.  Fireworks are traditionally fired from the north side of Big Bay Harbor on Lake Superior.  Spectator areas will be on the public beach and the Harbor area.  Follow MDHHS Guidelines for Masks and Regulations. Due to the large crowds, the Beach turn-around will be blocked off to motorized vehicles at the Marina.  Handicapped Parking will be available at the Marina/Harbor. There will be limited roadside parking, so consider walking to the beach from the downtown area. 

NO ALCOHOL, PERSONAL FIREWORKS, OR PETS ARE PERMITTED AT THE FIREWORKS

(There will be on-site enforcement)

We have had great support from the community in raising funds for the fireworks. All Donations from last year are still being held for Fire on the Bay. Donations are accepted all year round. Please mail or drop off donations to the Powell Township Treasurer, PO Box 38 Big Bay, MI 49808 and include in the memo “Fire on the Bay”.

Preparing guidelines for using Burns Landing for Private Events

Currently Parks and Recreation are learning about what fees other Townships charge for locals and out of township users. Also, the DNR grant funded sites have guidelines as to the charges for the two different groups. We will get this put together and out on the website soon. 

Community Garden Development Plans

This summer will be spent  visiting  Community Gardens in Marquette and Ishpeming and hopefully an amazing garden site in the Cooks area.  We are looking into getting MarqTran to provide transportation for each outing so we can travel together. If you are interested please send an email to:  lewolson52@gmail.com and  include your phone number.  We hope to have at least one outing sometime in Mid-to end of July.

End of Summer Concert!!  

Let’s end this brief summer update with the exciting news that we will have one concert to close out the summer on September 18,2021. Stay posted for updates about who will play- when the concert will start– and other details.

One Hundred Years from a Cook’s Point of View

There are still a limited amount of Powell Township cook books compiled and printed by the Powell Township Centennial Committee.  These books are in the Township Office and available for  purchase by donation. Proceeds go to Parks and Recreation.

Planning Commission Zoning Book

The Planning Commission is on the final draft of the Zoning Book. This draft will be available for public review shortly. The Public Hearing with the Planning Commission will be announced shortly to go over the Zoning Book.

Transfer Station

Glass Recycling is still being researched by the Powell Township Board. Marquette Solid Waste has begun Glass Recycling program but as of yet the Powell Township Transfer station does not have the separate bin available. Pricing for the bin and hauling of glass might be available April 2022.

Marquette Solid Waste has started Battery Recycling. It is a must needed program for smaller batteries being thrown in regular garbage. Fires start from this hazard. Please begin sorting out batteries listed on the flyers around town (vehicle/motor batteries are not a part of the Battery Recycling program)

Transfer Station Summer Hours

The transfer station summer hours have changed. Open hours are Tuesday’s 3pm to 6pm and Saturday’s 8am to 12pm. If the public have any questions about large items, recycling, hazardous waste disposal, information is available online at powelltownship.org/transfer-station/

Water Quality Report 2020

Available for water customers is the Water Quality Report or also named the Consumer Confidence Report. The report is available online at powelltownship.org/Water-and-Sewer-department/ and upon request at the township.

Thank you