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May 2020 - Summer Greetings from the Michigamme Township Board We are hoping that this newsletter finds you all safe and well. This summer season events will depend on the State’s situation with the COVID-19 virus. We hope to hold all the events that have been planned. Please check the website www.michigammetownship.com and notices posted at the outside Township bulletin board, Post Office, and Michigamme Market for updates. As always, the Township board is open to your suggestions and your ideas to make your community the best that it can be. Township Office Hours: • The Michigamme Township Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 1st through September 30th. The rest of the year office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call 906-323-6608 with any questions or to speak with an official. Arrangements to meet outside office hours will be made at your convenience. • Notary Public services are available at no charge to Michigamme Township residents. The fee for non-residents is $5. You must present an ID and sign in the presence of the Notary Public. Township Officials: • Supervisor: William (Bill) Seppanen – office #906-323-6608, personal cell #906-201-4727 • Treasurer: Elizabeth (Betty Jo) LoCicero • Clerk: Neil Hanson • Trustees: Robert DellAngelo and George Kendall • Zoning Administrator: Robert DellAngelo • Assessor: Jackie Solomon, phone #906-339-2454, email email@example.com Township Employees: • Receptionist: Michelle Suring; Administrative Assistant: Debbie Kinnunen, Notary Public • DPW Workers: Joe Snell, DPW Supervisor, Wastewater Treatment Operator and Jan Rosewall Garbage, Hazardous Waste and Recycling: • Monday is garbage pick-up day, changed to Tuesday for Memorial Day and Labor Day. Please make sure your garbage is in TIED regular garbage bags and placed in a covered container by 6:00 a.m. weekly. The maximum weight for garbage bags is 35 lbs. If the Township experiences an emergency or inclement weather on the scheduled garbage day, pickup may be delayed until the next available day. Delays will be announced on WLUCTV6 and local radio stations. • No glass is accepted in the recycling plastic and metal trailers. Please breakdown cardboard boxes to take up less room in the recycling fiber trailer. • Dumpster clean up days: Please see the 2020 list of events for dates. The following items will not be accepted: septic tanks, hazardous materials, gas tanks, building materials or shingles. Items containing Freon will be accepted with a $15 payment prior to disposing. • Tire collection: We will have a collection (limit 10 tires per household). Dates to be announced. • If you have brush or yard waste, please come to the township office during open hours to sign out the key for the gate before disposing at the brush pile. Disposal hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other times can be made by calling the office. • West End Transfer Station tickets (located in West Ishpeming) are available for purchase at the township office for $7 per ticket per 100 pounds. Tickets for the disposal of tires are available. 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection dates for the transfer station are on Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 7. • 2020 Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule are Thursdays, 3-7 p.m. June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, and October 1. Forms are available at the township office authorizing you to bring construction materials (shingles, etc.) directly to the Marquette County Landfill. The township has the list of Page 1 of 4 acceptable materials for disposal and bills you directly for the materials you bring there. You can access their website at www.mcswma.com for more details. Taxes: • Summer taxes are due September 14th, 2020 without interest. • Winter taxes are due February 15th, 2021 without interest. Elections: • August 4, 2020 is the General Primary election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. • November 3, 2020 is the General Election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Election Inspectors are needed. Please call the office for information on training dates. Sewer: • Please refrain from flushing feminine products, towels, rags, diapers, diaper wipes, flushable wipes, etc. down the toilet; monitor your children for toys being flushed. These items get caught in the traps and cause problems with the grinders. Help us keep the user fees low! • If you notice a lift station with the red light on, call the after-hours number 906-393-0198. • TIP! Check your water softeners for efficiency to save $ and reduce excess chloride in the wastewater. The Township reduced their salt use by 75% by upgrading. Eco friendly! Lakeview Cemetery: • The foot stones for the unmarked graves are completed and will be placed on the known graves. The Cemetery mapping continues to be a project in process. The current year budget has funds allocated for the street signs. • Preparations are being made for Memorial Day services beginning at the cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30th this year. If it rains the ceremony will be cancelled. There will be no refreshments served. Please remember to remove your decorations before it closes in October. Fitness Room: • If restrictions are lifted, the Michigamme Township fitness room will be available for use from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or longer) Monday through Friday. There are several machines available for use. Please sign in and out so we can ensure the safety of those using the equipment. EMS and Fire Department: • The Fire Department Fire Chief is Joseph Perry, phone number 906-362-9617. • The Michigamme Township Emergency Services (both the Fire Department and the First Responders) are looking for more volunteers to serve their community and join these outstanding organizations. For more information contact any member in either organization or the Michigamme Township Office. • Remember to check the DNR website for burn permits at www.dnr.state.mi.us/Burn Permits Township Ordinances and Policies: • Michigamme Township passed updated policies on March 2, 2020 and approved a slight amendment clarifying the Volunteer policy on May 11, 2020. The ordinances and policies are available at the Michigamme Township office or online at www.michigammetownship.com. Dogs:• The Township follows the Marquette County licensing and State of Michigan leash laws. • You must leash your dog when walking and keep control of them in your yard. • The Township does have a noise ordinance. Page 2 of 4 Grants: • The Township is looking into grant opportunities to repair the basketball and tennis courts at the Township Park. • The DNR grant for the campground has been extended and the well may be installed this summer at the Michigamme Beach campsites. Park, Boat Launch, and Campground: • As in previous years the bathroom facilities will be open at the Michigamme Township Park all summer providing they do not get abused. • Dogs are not permitted at the Michigamme Township Park (exception for service dogs). • Do not park on the grass at the Michigamme Township Park. • Please place garbage in the cans provided at the Michigamme Township Park. • The rolling dock donated from the LMPO is available for the public to use to access the town from the lake by the Park. Another dock has been donated for public use by Scott Holman proprietor of Mount Shasta. • Rustic campground rate is $10 per night with a $20 refundable cleaning fee deposit per campsite. Please stop by the office to pick up a rental agreement and pay the deposit and camping fee. The form is on the website also and can be put in the drop box when the office is closed. Portable toilets are available from June 1st through September 30th. • Please place garbage in the cans provided at the Michigamme Beach and not in the toilets. • Use the boat launch at the Michigamme Beach at your own risk. The concrete slabs have deteriorated, and the Township will not be liable for any damages to your vehicle or equipment. The Township has allocated funds to improve the boat launch and concrete slabs this summer. • Mr. George Kendall has undertaken the task to scare the geese from the park and beach using a variety of techniques again this year. So far it has proven successful! Do not feed the geese! Roads/Streets: • The Township has an agreement with the Marquette County Road Commission for dust control and crack and seal this summer. No road paving is scheduled this year. Streetlights: • Please call the township office with the pole number if you notice a streetlight out. The township will call Wisconsin Energies to expedite the repair. Michigamme Museum: • The new storage building was erected during the summer 2019 and the bell tower put in place in November 2019. Your generous donations are greatly appreciated to acquire insulation, electricity, and heating that were not included in the original construction. Please send them to the Michigamme Museum, PO Box 220, Michigamme, Michigan 49861. • If you are interested in volunteering with any of the museum efforts and fundraising events call the Michigamme Township office at 906-323-6608 for meeting and event dates. NMU Telecom/Wireless Services: • Several residents have taken advantage of the Northern Michigan University Educational Access Network (EAN) and have found it to be successful for high-speed broadband internet. If you are interested call 906-227-2957 or go to the website www.nmu.edu/ean. Page 3 of 4 Michigamme Township 2020 Schedule of Events Phone: 906-323-6608 www.michigammetownship.com firstname.lastname@example.org These events may be cancelled or changed depending on COVID-19 restrictions in place. Please call ahead. May 30th Memorial Day is observed at Lakeview Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. with social distancing (6 feet apart) Saturday and masks required. No refreshments or program will be held at the Community Building. May 29th Michigamme Museum is open daily through Labor Day, Noon to 5:00 p.m. This may be changed through if restrictions are still in place after May 28th. There is no admission fee to visit, donations are Sept 7th welcomed, memorials, merchandise, and 2020 calendars are available. Museum phone # 906-323-9016 June 1 – Campground is open daily. $10 per night, $20 refundable deposit. Portable toilets available. Rustic, Sept 30 no amenities. Forms are available on website and office. Place in drop box when not open. June 17-20 Dumpster Days: You may be asked to provide proof of property ownership (recent tax statement). AND Dumpsters will be available on the dates and times: Aug. 19-22 Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to Noon The July 4th Committee has recommended that the Independence Day activities be cancelled this year. The Township Board supports this difficult decision. We hope you enjoy celebrating with your family this summer. Thank you for your continued support for future Independence Day celebrations. The Township will be celebrating their sesquicentennial in the year 2022. We are looking for volunteers to help us with the plans! Put on your creative caps! July 25th LMPO Annual Meeting and Picnic 10:00 a.m. in the Community Building Gym. July 26th Superior String Alliance Concert in the Community Building Gym @ 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29th Community Pig Roast fundraiser for the 4th of July fireworks 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Park. Contact Lisa or Dan Swiedals for tickets (906-323-6141). Also available at the Township office, Museum and Crock & Rocker Sept. 12th Artisans Market at the Michigamme Township Park 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. RAIN or SHINE! Vendors selling hand crafted, home harvested, and home cooked items will be available (no resale, retail, or rummage sale items). Concessions will be available. Vendor applications for this market event is available at the township office. Contact Julia at 235- 0935, email email@example.com; Virginia at 323-6274; or Rose at 250-8583 for details. Oct 6th National Night Out - 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the Township Park Pavilion weather permitting. Oct. 24th Halloween Party – 1:30 doors open Community Building Gym, 2:00 p.m. Costume judging, Games, Raffles, Refreshments served. All ages welcome! Dec TBA Republic Michigamme Band Concert – Senior meal - 11:00 a.m. Community Building Gym. Dec TBA 3 p.m. Sleigh Rides, 4 p.m. Santa – Community Building Gym. Dec 31st Ring in the New Year – Museum Engine House Bell Tower – Midnight – Refreshments at the Community Building. Page 4 of 4
Reminder that regular garbage pick up started this week.
All in Together
This is for Michigamme Township. Due to the Governor's orders to shelter in place and the COVID-19 safety precautions by the CDC, and to safeguard your DPW workers and the community, the Township Board has decided to temporarily discontinue the curbside pickup of garbage. The Township garbage truck will be parked outside at the Community Building parking lot beginning Monday, March 30 and will continue on a daily basis from 6:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday until further notice. You may place your garbage in the truck at any time during these hours and days. Thank your for your continued cooperation to protect each other. Please call the Township office if you have questions or are unable to comply with this change. This change notice will be published in the paper and at the normal community sites.
Thanks for so many of you sharing your ideas. Keep them coming!
Help the LMPO Board come up with projects you'd like to improve our lake! Click on the OWL to give us your ideas.
Trash Pick up Dates
Trash Pick ups will be every other week starting January 6th.
remaining dates March 1st, 15th & 29th
Weekly trash pickup begins April 6th.
Looking for something to do? Don't forget to check out our calendar of local events.
If you know of anything else you would like on the calendar, please don't hesitate to email the information.
Another Image from the Aurora activity over the weekend. This was around 10:30pm Sat night looking across Lake Michigamme from Van Riper State Park. The water was nice & calm for reflections. Check out Bryan Mitchell Photography for more pictures and availability for purchase.
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As the 4th of July holiday weekend quickly approaches I am found oddly at peace, but also somewhat saddened. 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, even though it is an extremely busy few days. Usually I am running around like crazy, preparing for the fireworks, the parade, the kids games! There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make these events what they are. This year there are a lot of things that are on hold because of Covid 19. What is not on hold is our ability to enjoy the weekend with our family’s. BBQ’s, Swimming, hiking, or just enjoying the beauty that our area has to offer us. There are Fireworks on Friday night at the Michigamme Shores campground. Please see their FB page for details. What I ask of everyone is to please have a safe holiday weekend. We are forecasted to have above average temperatures. Please stay cool and stay hydrated. Also, don’t forget to keep your pets cool and hydrated. A lot of people will be lighting off their own fireworks. Be safe, to help prevent injuries or fires. Don’t drink and drive!!! Also, remember. We are still in the midst of this pandemic. Avoid large crowds and please wear a mask if you are coming in contact with other people. Please do your part. Hopefully this time next year we are all celebrating the 4th together. If an emergency arises, call 911 and we will be there. Again, please have a great and safe 4th! Chief Perry.
May 29th Michigamme Museum is open daily through Labor Day, Noon to 5:00 p.m. This may be changed through if restrictions are still in place after May 28th. There is no admission fee to visit, donations are Sept 7th welcomed, memorials, merchandise, and 2020 calendars are available. Museum phone # 906-323-9016
Museum still needs YOUR help!
Talk about coming home! The construction has now started on the Museum building! Although the outside is really showing improvement, there is MUCH to do on the inside. Support the museum in any way possible. Let's get the inside electric and other finishes done soon. If you can't make the regular soup or salad dinners, you can always help by sending a donation to: PO 220 Michigamme, MI 49861 (make checks payable to Michigamme Museum)
CLICK HERE for the entire story of how this slot machine 'returned home'
Are you interested in buying or selling anything around the lake? Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your free ad put on the website.
Don't forget what the library has to offer!
If you haven't been to the library lately, you should check us out. Reminder that it is always open, free to all and we always welcome your help with new books and even a little 'muscle'. Look at the VOLUNTEER page for more information.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents boarding a domestic flight or entering certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants must show a REAL ID-compliant document. The federal standards known as REAL ID were drafted in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. REAL ID sets document and security protocols for the production of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering. If the convenience of carrying a license or ID that meets all requirements for boarding a plane for domestic travel appeals to you, then a REAL ID-compliant license or ID is the right choice for you. If you have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced state ID card, you already have a REAL ID-compliant card. If you don’t have an enhanced card, please continue reading. Michigan Residents: Take your Michigan license or ID card and proof of your Social Security number and citizenship or legal presence to a Secretary of State office. You may apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any time. Or you can wait until it’s time to renew. Your renewal notice will state whether or not your license or ID is REAL ID compliant if there is any question about it. All Applicants: Your photograph will be taken at the branch office and the appropriate driver’s license or ID card fees will be due. There is no additional fee for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card. Name Changes: If your name is different than what is shown on your birth certificate, you will need to provide evidence of a legal name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court action. If your driver’s license or state ID card is not REAL ID compliant, you may show another form of acceptable documentation, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card.
MICHIGAMME SHORES FIREWORKS Due to limited room for July 3rd's fireworks show, you will be required (for the public)to pre-pay and register prior to the event. Your name will then be put on a list for entry. Parking will be outside of the campground. Absolutely no entry BEFORE 7PM.THE COST IS 10$ PER Person. Please call 906-339-2116 or contact
Been missing Mt Shasta's delicious food? As of 5/17/20 they will be open for carry outs from 11am - 7pm (limited menu)
REAL ID Requirements Deadline date has been moved to October 1, 2021
Missed the dog races this weekend? When you are looking for fun activities, go to our calendar - you'll never miss the fun again!
Below are 5 easy ways to stay healthy during the winter months. 1. Keep Eating HealthyDuring the winter months, it can be more challenging to maintain a healthy diet. Since many produce items are “out of season” during the winter, their prices can increase substantially. Take this opportunity to check out your store’s selection of frozen veggies, which often contain less sodium than their canned counterparts. Be sure to stock up on winter fruits and vegetables, like pomegranates, cranberries, citrus fruits, grapes, and root vegetables. It’s also important to eat to support your immune system; this includes taking your vitamins (especially Vitamin C) and eating foods rich in zinc, such as fish, oysters, poultry, and eggs. 2. Exercise Outdoors, SmartlyIf you’re able-bodied and have your doctor’s okay to exercise, don’t let colder weather keep you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities. Be sure to dress in layers so that you can remove articles of clothing as needed, and be sure to wear a hat since the majority of your body heat escapes through your head. Don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses with UV protection, and protect yourself from windburn as well. Be smart about checking the weather forecast and wear the proper footwear for the season. 3. Let the Sunshine In Sunshine, and the Vitamin D it imparts to your body, is key in battling the winter blues. Try your best to get fresh air and some natural light every day, even if it’s just to walk the dog or check the mail. If it’s particularly cold, open your blinds and spend some time sitting by the window. Don’t underestimate the value of light and sunshine in helping your energy level and your overall winter attitude. 4. Keep in TouchSeniors and caregivers often face an increasing sense of isolation; proactively fight the winter blues by keeping in touch with friends and family members during the colder months. Make appointments to meet for coffee, take a bundled-up walk, or set aside time for a longer phone call with friends on a regular basis. Take special care of others you know who are primarily homebound, and may be feeling lonely or in need of help running errands. Helping others is an excellent way to feel connected. 5. Winter-Proof Your HomeAs we age, it gets increasingly difficult to maintain body temperature, and with a more limited budget, we may be tempted to scrimp on the heating bill. Unfortunately, hypothermia is a very real concern for seniors, as more than 600 seniors die every year from it. An easy way to ensure you are staying warm enough is to set your thermostat to at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit (many utility companies offer assistance to seniors on fixed incomes during the winter months on their bills). It’s always a great idea to have working carbon monoxide detectors in the home, especially if you use space heaters. With a little planning and determination, winter can be truly enjoyed, rather than simply endured. Prioritize your health and well-being, body and mind, and you can make the most of the cold season.
Did you miss paying your LMPO dues? $25 Make check out to Lake Michigamme Property Owners Association P.O. Box 137 Michigamme, MI. 49861 (reminder our dues help everyone around the lake - fireworks, dock, buoys, etc)
Halloween Fun for Everyone!
IMPORTANT for anyone who rents their property...
The Michigamme Township Board has passed a Short Term Rental Ordinance to minimize impact to our beautiful lake and to protect nearby property owners. All who intend to rent their vacation home on a short-term basis must apply for a rental permit from the Township Office by October 31, 2019. The application fee is $10.00. If a permit is granted, an additional $40.00 will be collected. Those who do short-term rentals without a permit will be subject to fines, or may be denied a permit in the future.
Be unique with these Lake license plates. $12 each. They an be purchased at Marti's Michigamme Market or the Village Hall.
Too cold outside? Come see our Township Fitness Room
It is now open from 6am to 2pm Monday-Friday. Available for your use is a treadmill, rowing machine and Nu step cross trainer. Please make sure you sign in and out to ensure the safety of all. This equipment was purchased through grants (West Marquette County Health Foundation) We need to show there is an interest and the equipment is being used. An increase in interest can offer the possibility of more equipment.
Memorial Day has a long history. For more information CLICK HERE.