Powell Township Spring 2021 Newsletter

Please be on the lookout for notices and information at the multiple Township Boards locations and on the website. 

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 or by virtual. In June and October the meetings are held at the Halfway Fire Hall location unless posted differently. Check our website www.powelltownship.org or the bulletin boards for any changes in meeting dates and times, as well as virtual login information.

Interested in your Township? Volunteers to serve on the Planning Commission, Board of Review and Parks and Recreation committees 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, ball 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.

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 the Big Bay Information, Big Bay Pathway, Fire Department, for more information and events


The Powell Township Government offices received verification that the Census has been completed.  No information has been provided yet, other than our self response rate being at 69.8%, which is higher than the previous Census

Let Water Run Notices

With Freezing Temperatures, the Water Operator and Township Custodian on behalf of the Water Department in Big Bay will notify the Powell Township Water Users of “Let Run.” These notices will be on the Township Billboard, in the Mining Journal, and on TV6 news. A trickle of water the size of a pencil led or needle is needed to prevent pipes from freezing. Water bills will be adjusted during these periods of “Let Run.” Water Users should be diligent to prevent pipes from freezing. Once the freezing temperatures seem to stop

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. Follow MDHHS regulations for Mask wearing. 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.   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. 


(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 Treasurer PO Box 38 Big Bay, MI 49808 and include in the memo “Fire on the Bay”.

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 June 2021. Users must be aware that this method of payment would also have an added service charge of 3.5%.   

Spaceport Research Subcommittee

The Township Board passed to have a Spaceport Research Subcommittee. One member from Parks and Recreation, One member from Planning Commission, One member from the board, and two members from the public are welcome to join. Research is needed to gather and present to the board in a combined form. Letters of applications to join the committee from the public can be presented to the Powell Township Clerk or Supervisor. These meetings are subject to Open Meetings Act.


Thank you