Notices to Eagle Harbor Township Residents and Taxpayers
August is HERE!
It is the heat of the summer, just after most of the regular season events are over. The locals are breathing a collective sigh, gathering their thoughts and cleaning up after all the friends and family have come and gone. We always wait for this time of year, and I always write about this time of year as the best of the best.....the bugs are mostly gone, the evenings and mornings are cool and calm, and the days can be hot beach days or cool woods hiking days. Of course we look forward to the fall storms and sn.... no, I won't say that yet!
Business in the Township is humming along:
The Planning Commission has been very busy this summer with a culmination of over two years of work on zoning ordinance updates including a Short Term Rental amendment that will regulate STRs in the Township. Updates will be posted in the Planning Commission section of the Departments page.
The Solid Waste Committee is reviewing the solid waste assessment that is on the winter tax bill, and making a recommendation to the Township Board at its September 11 meeting - they were recommending a change of fee structure. After the July 10 public hearing, the committee wanted to include the public comment and review possible options to be sure they are making the best use of the user fees.
If you have been driving around the Township, you'll notice the Silver River Bridge replacement is complete - MDOT finished up some painting details and the overall project is really good looking! The Township board approved a resolution of appreciation, and we're sending it out to MDOT and Davis Construction, LLC on a job well done and ahead of schedule.
Over at the Eagle Harbor State Marina, MJO is wrapping up their $2.8 million dollar project with improvements to the marina, comfort station, grounds, and the addition of seasonal slips on the east side of the launch ramp - the Marina Committee is meeting to discuss the management agreement that the Township and DNR will enter into.
The Township continues to be involved in the Keweenaw Heartlands Project with The Nature Conservancy. While we are still in the first year of this endeavor, it is moving in great direction with more public meetings and information coming very soon.
The Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition (KORC) also continues to build membership and take care of projects in the Keweenaw - like trash cans, road maintenance and building rest room facilities in the DNR tip lands. Look for the KORC information tent at most of the usual festivals and art shows in Keweenaw County, or on the KORC website.
Seems like a lot going on, with more to come!
With more people in the Harbor, more people are stopping by the office. It's nice to see familiar faces and know that summer is here!
Stop by when you're in town and say hello!
M-26 Speed Concerns
A few years ago, Township residents gathered to discuss the current speed limits along M-26, generally between Great Sand Bay and the Eagle Harbor Marina Road. However, some think that the entire stretch from Eagle River to Copper Harbor needs to be looked at. Most believe that the standard 55MPH speed limit is excessive. The Township petitioned the State to complete a speed study by the Michigan State Police, which was completed in the fall of 2022. The results of the speed study and the interpretation by the State were that speeds were self-regulating and no change occured.
Please see the attached items to familiarize yourself with what has happened, and if you feel inclined, please reach out to MDOT and express your concerns. Rob Tervo MDOT - tervoR@michigan.gov
Funds available for energy-efficient home repairs and upgrades
As reported in the April 10, 2023, Board Meeting, if you are interested in doing energy-efficient home repairs and upgrades, there is money available from Western U.P. Planning and Development Region via a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority as part of the Michigan Housing Opportunities Promoting Energy Efficiency Program (MI-HOPE). For more information, click here or contact Supervisor Probst (email@example.com or 906-289-4407).