Powell Township Summer 2019 Newsletter

There is much going on in Powell Township. Our different committees are working on creating an environment safe and thriving for our township in various ways. Please be on the lookout for notices and information at the multiple Township Boards locations and on the website. There is an email account bigbayinformation@gmail.com that has been created in the hopes of continuing the mission of communicating information to our community. Follow Big Bay Information on Facebook.

The water project, while the main work is completed, there are a few jobs left to finish like correcting the road that goes to the new pump house. The driveway construction is open to bids and will fall under the grant. The Powell Township Board has opened bids for a creation of another well to boost the water output, though the current wells will be sufficient if it turns out the grant will not cover the cost of another well.

There will be an August Election. On the ballot is a Marquette County Wide Proposal for the Renewal for Marquette Medical Care Facility Mileage. Election Inspectors are needed. Certification to become an Inspector is June 11th and again at a to-be-determined date in July. Mileage to this training is covered but only time scheduled at the polls is paid. Anyone can be an election inspector and certification is for two years. It’s a great way to visit with many in the community and to be a part of the voting process. If interested you may also wish to serve in neighboring communities. Contact the Clerk or Deputy clerk if interested in signing up to become an election inspector.

As of June 2019, there is a website link posted to the Treasurer’s and the Powell Township home page for the public to follow for tax and assessing information. One must create an account that residents and owners can see their property information for free, but for others to view properties there is a fee. With our limited office hours, we encourage the community to look at their information at this website. We are hoping to be further connected with more information and electronic/credit card payments at a later date.

The Planning Commission is working on a survey for the community for the Master Plan. Further information is on the way. The survey will be in the mail.

Our new Fire Chief is Suzette Stephenson, who has been a part of the Fire Department for years, and has been working on getting new gear and keeping the old gear running. They just finished getting the rescue boat cleaned, permit ready, and set for the summer. The Fire Department has a new volunteer in training. Contact Suzette at firechief@powelltownship.org if wanting more information about becoming a trained Powell Township Fire Fighter

We have a new Ambulance Coordinator, Dave Carey. Contact Dave Carey at ambcoord@powelltownship.org if interested in becoming an EMS trained volunteer. The ambulance Department has a new volunteer in training. It’s an invaluable training that could not only better the community but yourself.

Again we would like to remind the community that Powell Township ordinances/codes promote safe, healthy, and a high-quality place to reside. As a member of the community we seek your cooperation in familiarizing yourself with ordinance and zoning permits required in the township. We will be having a new Zoning Administrator that can be contacted still at zoningadmin@powelltownship.org or extension 10 at the Powell Township Offices.

Parks and Recreation is busy in the Summer. The Big Bay Summer Concert Series is back this year. The dates and bands for this year’s concerts are posted. Concessions will be available as well as raffle prices. The summer softball tournaments are scheduled for June 28th, 29th, and 30th at Draver Park ball field, where concessions will be available again. The July 4th Parade will be another great show and its encouraged for Kids to decorate and ride their bikes inside. More floats and parade participants are wanted and all are encouraged to join. Kid’s games and ice cream will be in Draver Park after the parade. That’s only a few events and there will be more later in the summer that will be posted. Volunteers are needed for Parks and Recreations Events. If interested in getting involved with these or any Parks and Rec events or projects, please contact Jill Bevins, Volunteer Coordinator, at jillmbevins@gmail.com

July 6th is FIRE ON THE BAY. The fireworks display will begin at dusk and last approximately one half hour. Spectator areas will be on the public beach and harbor area. 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. Due to the large crowds, the beach turn-around will be blocked off to motorized vehicles. Our local fire and ambulance department will be present as well as the Marquette county Sheriff’s Department, so don’t forget to say hello. There is no alcohol or pets permitted at the fireworks Parks and Recreation are also working on the Powell Township Recreational Trail Network. We were awarded a grant for the purpose of connecting trails and creating motorized and non-motorized trails in the area for all to enjoy our nature. 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. In June and October the meetings are held at the Halfway Fire Hall location. Check our website www.powelltownship.org or the bulletin boards for any changes in meeting dates and times.

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.

Check out Powell Township Facebook pages as well! Follow Big Bay Information and the Big Bay Pathway pages for more information and events

Thank you