Thanks to all that voted for me for trustee on the Peaine Township Board. Unfortunately, due to additional health problems, which require immediate attention, Shelly and I have made the decision for me to withdraw from the race. I am endorsing Pete LoDico and Paul Welke for trustees for the Peaine Township Board.
By now you probably heard of another group running as a team. I want to state that there are always two sides to every story. Please take a few minutes to call any of the members of either township board and ask their opinions. There names and numbers follow:
|St. James||phone number||Peaine||phone number|
For the other positions, I endorse Bill Kohls for Supervisor, Larry Kubic for Treasurer, and Colleen Martin for Clerk. Please vote as you see fit, with an informed opinion from ALL SIDES.
My cell phone number is 231-855-1759 and I would ask that you please call me if you have any questions. I'd be honored to speak to you! Thank you for your time!
Sincerely, Mike Scripps
Morning Prayer Services on Sunday November 4 and Sunday November 11, 2012, at St. James Episcopal Church, Beaver Island have been cancelled.
The chair of the Beaver Island Airport Commission announced today, October 29, 2012, that Mead and Hunt had told him that the BIAC was to received a grant to fund the building of the new terminal building at the Township Airport. Video of the announcement and comments can be viewed HERE
Mike Scripps announces grant for terminal building.
Mike shows House Bill 4025 that funded the grant program.
Mike thanks Joe Reid and Don Vyse, former airport committee chairmen, for their efforts at updating the airport.
Three Airport Chairmen pose for a photo outside the current terminal building.
Holiday Bazaar is Sunday, November 11, 11:00 - 2:30, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. If you want to reserve a table, you can pick up information from Jean Kinsley at her Prudential office or call Judi Meister, 2963. Deadline for reservations is November 5.
Beatufiul Sunrise over Paradise Bay
Sun rises behind the lighthouse
Wonderful pictures, Frank! Thanks for sharing!
The NRESC decided today to use its November 19th regularly scheduled meeting (7 pm) and a new December 15th meeting (Saturday, 10 am) to (hopefully) complete the process of drafting Vision/Goals/Objectives to share with the community and gather ideas about Strategies to achieve the Objectives.
At the November 19th meeting, we will work on a new draft of the Vision/Goals/Objectives based on the NRESC brainstorming discussion this morning, and a Glossary of Terms used in the draft, as well as ideas about how to conduct the community feedback process. A new draft and proposed community feedback process will be sent around before the meeting. A list of terms that should be in the Glossary will also be sent around so NRESC members can offer their definitions. Following that meeting, NRESC members who are representatives of organizations will have time to check with their organizations to get any further feedback on the draft before it is shared with the community.
At the December 15th meeting, we will (hopefully) sign off on a draft to share with the community and make final decisions about the community-feedback process.
NOV 30 BEAVER ISLAND @ HANNAHVILLE
DEC 1 BEAVER ISLAND @ HANNAHVILLE
DEC 7 BEAVER ISLAND @ GRAND MARAIS
DEC 8 BEAVER ISLAND @ GRAND MARAIS
JAN 4 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND
JAN 5 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND
JAN 11 BEAVER ISLAND @ PARADISE (BOYS)
BEAVER ISLAND @ MUNISING BAPTIST IN PARADISE (GIRLS)
JAN 12 BEAVER ISLAND @ PARADISE (BOYS)
JAN 18 HANNAHVILLE @ BEAVER ISLAND
JAN 19 HANNAHVILLE @ BEAVER ISLAND
JAN 25 BEAVER ISLAND @ MAPLEWOOD
JAN 26 BEAVER ISLAND @ MAPLEWOOD
FEB 1 BEAVER ISLAND @ MACKINAC ISLAND
FEB 2 BEAVER ISLAND @ MACKINAC ISLAND
FEB 8 GRAND MARAIS @ BEAVER ISLAND
FEB 9 GRAND MARAIS @ BEAVER ISLAND
FEB 22/23 NORTHERN LIGHTS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT IN RUDYARD
Site plans and artist renditions may be viewed by clicking on the schematic above.
Thank you to County Commissioner Rich Gillespie for the above information!
I can finally say that I know how things are on the other side of the coin. Today, I was a patient of our emergency medical system here on Beaver Island. Over the last twenty-five years, I have helped many other people in need of this service, but had never been a patient of those whom I had taught. Today, October 26, 2012, I had the distinct painful pleasure of having to be a patient. I had spent most of the day putting together this weather station that I had bought for my wife Phyllis, and I wanted to finish the job by replacing the older weather station that had quit working. I picked up a sixteen foot extension ladder and brought it home. I climbed the ladder with the weather station in one hand, tools in my pocket, and hammer in my belt. I made it onto the roof and about six feet up the roof my right foot slipped.
I remember sliding on my knees, hitting the ladder with my backside, and the freedom of gravitational fall. I hit the grassy ground on my backside, and the back and head soon followed. I landed between a moped and a cement birdbath, just missing both. The EMS team arrived quickly. The sound of sirens can sometimes be annoying, but not so much when you are lying on the ground hurting--somehow the sound was comforting.
I was backboarded after cervical spine immobilization, and a very complete assessment was completed. I was taken by ambulance to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center where I was provided with continued expert care.
I was quite lucky to end up with a four stitch laceration to my left pinky, some scrapes, and a goose egg on the forehead and one on the back of my head. Yes, I hurt all over now, but I'm not going up on the roof again even after the hurt subsides. I've learned that a 62 year old man should watch the installation instead of trying to do it. I've also learned how slippery a metal roof can be. It's nothing like a shingled roof. I can attest to this.
Oh, and the weather station was broken in two places, not sure it can be saved.
Thank you, BIEMS! Thank you, BIRHC! The island is so fortunate to have you all!
The CC Commission on Aging's representatives have approved the menu submitted by Dahlwhinnie's to offer seniors an additional option when deciding to dine out. The addition of a a breakfast menu to a lunch menu provides another option for Dining Out seniors. The menu was available as of Monday, October 8, 2012, and is presented below exactly as presented to BINN with only one thing added. The thing added was the word 'and' in front of the word 'milk.' The following menu items are available from 7-10 a.m.:
#1 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, toast with butter, and milk
#2 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, oatmeal, and milk
#4 Egg sandwich with cheese, orange juice, fruit cup, hashbrowns
#5 1 egg vegetable cheese omelet, hash browns, orange juice
The Dining Out Lunch Menus available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. is:
#1 Fresh spinach salad with grilled chicken, red onion, honey mustard dressing, fruit, bread with butter, and milk
#2 Chili--(beef, chicken, or turkey) with tomatoes, beans, peppers, and onions, fruit cup, crackers, and milk
#3 Meat loaf, potatoes, vegetable, fruit, roll with butter, milk
#4 Open face pulled pork sandwich, vegetable, sweet potato, fruit, and milk
#5 Hot turkey or beef sandwich and potatoes with gravy, vegetable, fruit, and milk
#6 Tuna melt on wheat with cheddar, fruit, mixed vegetable
Interesting discussion to take place on October 31, 2012
Thanks to Jim Heit, for this link:
The weekly water levels forecast at the Detroit District Hydraulics and Hydrology homepage has been updated. To see this new forecast please visit
http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/ greatlakes/hh/ greatlakeswaterlevels/ waterlevelforecasts/ weeklygreatlakeswaterlevels/ index.cfm
(Photos by Frank Solle of StillPoint Photography)
Today, October 24, 2012, two island residents needed to be air evacuated from the island due to serious illness or injury. The newly licensed BIEMS/Island Airways aircraft was down for scheduled maintenance, so other options needed to be explored. Since both emergencies occurred within minutes of each other, and since both patients needed transport to the hospital as quickly as possible, BIEMS was challenged to come up with two off-island licensed air medical aircraft, one for each patient.
Because of much research, education, and relationship building, Beaver Island EMS is in a good position to be able to handle these situations. Our Advanced Life Support EMS service helped provide care to both patients simultaneously. The primary air medical transport for Beaver Island is the Island Airways aircraft, licensed by BIEMS. With that aircraft out of service, the secondary option is Northflight air medical transport out of Traverse City. The third option is a two-engine helicopter service with physician onboard from Grand Rapids, named AeroMed. The fourth option is a new air medical transport operation out of Iron Mountain in the UP called Valley Med Flight. The last option,the US Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, can only be used if none of the other options are possible and the patient has a life threatening illness or injury.
Northflight was available to handle one of the emergencies. The UP Iron Mountain-based Valley Med Flight was called in for the other emergency. The following pictures may help introduce the Island to this newest option.
..........Landing......... Engine shut down on the apron............unloading equipment
Carrying their cot to the BIEMS ambulance
A look inside the aircraft........look straight in the doorway......front view of the aircraft
Loading the patient into the aircraft.......EMS personnel walk away from the aircraft.....Aircraft takes off..........
A busy day in the life of your local EMS providers working together as a team to take care of two very ill or injured people at the same time......Thank you, EMS! Thank you, BIRHC staff and PA Chris VanLooy! Thank you, Paul Johnson! An excellent team effort!
A little information about the Valley Med Flight Operation
Valley Med Flight is a new critical care air ambulance service that has permanently landed in the Upper Peninsula. Although they work side by side with Northwoods Airlifeline the two offer different services."Northwoods is more of a transportation service," explains Valley Med Flight owner and manager Andy Hay.
This air ambulance takes patient care to the next level -- fully stocking their fixed wing plane with two medics at a time.
The plane can fly 128 mph faster than a helicopter. "Time is tissue," express chief flight paramedic Jacob Keller. "The faster a patient can get to a facility... the better the patient does." An airplane, opposed to a helicopter, allows for a more comfortable trip for both patients and staff. "I can walk pretty much all around the patient," says Keller. "You don't have that option in a lot of medical aircrafts. That's actually one of the mere reasons we chose this airplane in general is we have a lot more room to deal with patient." (information from the website story at http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?id=817051#.UIiLBYZ-7bw)
The joint township meeting was held this evening, October 22, 2012, at the Peaine Township Hall starting at 7 p.m. The meeting was live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. If you did not get a chance to watch it, the discussion was an excellent one with lots of questions from board members and lots of questions from the audience. The recorded, on demand video of this meeting will be available sometime Tuesday on this website.
The emergency services needs were placed on top of the priority list. Here is the the agreement reached by both townships and the two representativesfrom Verizon. Verizon agreed to put a new emergency services antenna on the top of their tower, the one farthest north of the three towers at this site.Verizon agreed to put new coaxial cable from the new antenna into the old Peaine Township Hall, and provide the connectability at the location of the backup emergency services repeater. This would be completed prior to any demolition of the current guyed emergency services tower. These representatives guaranteed that the back-up emergency services repeater would not be out of working order for more than one hour, probably just minutes.
For those that were concerned about improved cellphone service, Verizon representatives stated that the level of service would be increased to 4G and that the area of service would be increased due to the more powerful antennas to be placed on top of their planned new tower. There was no guarantee that the cellphone service would be Island-wide. The areas that would probably have questionable service would be Port St. James, farther south on the East Side, the South end, and Southwestern areas as well as below the bluff on the West Side. The plan to provide Island-wide 4G service would require equipment placed on the Donegal Bay tower, as well as the Coast Guard tower at the south end, and perhaps also the Green's Lake tower. The representatives suggested that they had not done complete studies to provide Island-wide cellphone service. The first steps in their plan was to upgrade the service to 4G and to slightly expand the service area on the island. When asked about using a different tower location, one representative stated that the issue was not one of distance from the tower to the cellphone user, but instead the weak signal from the cellphone to the tower location. Using Donegal Bay tower would not maintain the current service area. Using the East Side tower would not maintain the current service area. Their first priority is to upgrade the current service area with plans to expand the service area in 2014. The main purpose of the plan from Verizon is to upgrade current customers to a 4G service.
Bob Bradley from CCE Dispatch made a few other suggestions about the emergency services antenna move. He also reported on the bringing back up the towers and communications capability in the fairly newly designed emergency services radio system. A technician came to the island with Mr. Bradley, and this tech tweaked the sensitivity of the Coast Guard tower receiver and the Donegal Bay tower receiver and brought their connection to the main emergency services tower at the East Side Fire Station back online. The originally designed coverage area is now back and is now working.. More than 90% of Beaver Island will have handheld portable radio coverage, and vehicle mobile radio coverage will be increased to almost 100%. The mobile data terminal communications is greatly improved with a data transmitter installed here on Beaver Island. Previously, the signal had to come from Petoskey or Boyne Mountain. EMS providers applauded the effort to get this system working and get the communication towers back in operation.
There were two suggestions for improving individual home cellphone service. One is a piece of equipment purchased from the cellphone provider to use an Internet connection to access the Verizon network making the home the center of a cellphone hotspot, so that users in the house could still use the Verizon network inside the house independent from the tower location. Another idea was a third party cellphone extender that would work only if there was a cellphone signal available on the roof of a person's home. The homeowner's antenna would access the cellphone tower from a wire run into the house from the outside antenna. This would provide cellphone service in the house as well. This would only work if there was a cellphone signal available outside the home, usually on the roof.
Both the St. James Township Board and the Peaine Township Board voted to approve the plan as provided in the documentation with the suggestions of Bob Bradley included. The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:30 pm. The livestreaming video server caught up to the end of the live meeting at 9:45 pm. Approximately eighty unique IP addresses watched this meeting.
Ken Bruland of Inland Seas Kayaking has announced the winner of the first one of a series. The winner of the first BINN/ISK Where is This game is Sally Lounsberry. Congratulations on your excellent guess! The location was Grape Island. Now that you know that the location was Grape Island, perhaps the video will make more sense when you watch it.
|VR||Proposal 1||Admin of Gov't||Would expand powers for emergency managers (EMs) and ability of Governor to appoint EMs.|
|CICA||Proposal 2||Labor||Would make collective bargaining a right for public and private workers.|
|CICA||Proposal 3||Energy||Would mandate that 25% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2025.|
|CICA||Proposal 4||Labor||Would put give home health care providers limited collective bargaining rights.|
|CICA||Proposal 5||Taxes||Would require increase in state taxes to be approved by 2/3 majority in Legislature or statewide vote.|
|CICA||Proposal 6||Transportation||Would require voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel from the state to Canada.|
Link to Proof Ballots
On the Charlevoix County website, there are Proof Ballots that you can view at this address:
Click 2012 November proof Ballots, then scroll down to pages 19+20 for St. James and 21+22 for Peaine
Peaine Special Millage Setting Meeting 9/26/12
Peaine Township Board Meeting Video of September, 12, 2012
St. James Township Board Meeting Video
This meeting took place on October 4, 2012, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. The meeting video is available at the link below:
Special Meeting of St. James Township Board
K and M wins lowest bid for replacement of roof on St. James Township Hall.
NRESC recommended appointees approved.
Peaine Township Meeting of August 8, 2012
Invasive Species Summit
Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial
2012 MAD Camp Performance
Almost fifty MAD Camp participants joined fourteent MAD Camp staffers for another wonderful music, art, and drama camp. It is amazing to see the final performance of these talented teachers and talented youngsters. The link to the final MAD Camp Performance for 2012 is HERE.
Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation
The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.
Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.
Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary
At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.
Peaine Special Meeting, August 14, 2012
St James Township Board Meeting, September 5, 2012
Beaver Island Community Center
BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
At the Heart of a Good Community
Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings
COA Events November 2012
Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage
Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/Notre-Dame-Professor-leads-study-into-Beaver-Islands-Irish-heritage-113260139.html#ixzz1jvM6tWhq
B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule
Human Services Commission Resource Manual
You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.
The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.
Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted
The minutes of all public meetings will be posted
as soon as they are received.
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Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!
Michigan Study Suggests Merit Curriculum-No Impact
Michigan Merit Curriculum gives small boost to best students, with little or negative impact on lower achievers
A Link to a Very Nice Article About Beaver Island
NRESC Draft Goals and Objectives for Natural Resources Plan
Brian Mastenbrook will be attending our meeting on Saturday and will discuss the draft plan the DNR has released, which includes Beaver archipelago, and the input process. See info below:
The Northern Lower Peninsula (NLP) Regional State Forest Management Plan has been released for public input. The DNR will accept comments on this draft plan through Jan. 2, 2013.
Send your comments and ideas via email to forestplancomments@ michigan.gov .
More related to the our islands are under special resource area: http://www.midnr.com/ Publications/pdfs/ ForestsLandWater/RSFMP/NLP/ NLPSection5.pdf
Winners of the Northern Lights League Tournament
Congratulations, Grand Marais!
In the final match of the NLL Soccer Tournament, Mackinac Island played against Grand Marais. The game was tied 2-2 when time ran out. The winner of the tournament was to be determined by a shootout. Five persons from each team had to wait at the center line of the field. Each team sent the goalie into the goal as the other team attempted to put shots past the goalie into the goal from the penalty shot line. The teams took alternate shots switching goalies for each shot. If all five players from both teams were to make their shot, then there would be a second shoot out. Grand Marais put all five shots into the goal. Mackinac Island only made four out of the five shots. Congratulations to Grand Marais, the winners of the NLL Soccer Tournmanet held on Beaver Island. Congratulations to the runner up, Mackinac Island. All players on both teams received an award with Grand Marais taking home the first place trophy, and Mackinac Island the second place trophy.
Live Streaming from BICS Soccer Field
The Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament begins at 9 am with Beaver Island playing in the first game on Saturday, October 20, 2012..
Only part of the soccer tournament was streamed live due to Internet connection issues at the school. If there was an approximate percentage of success for this tourney it would be 60% successful. The problems dealt with accessing an Internet connection, and there were serious issues with this as the only connection accessible was at the district library and was wireless. This did work, but the connection was poor and the video kept dropping out. This really is a good idea, and it will be wonderful when the kinks get worked out.
There were 206 people in the United States that tuned in to view the live streaming video of the soccer tournament. Thirty-five from outside the US makes a total of 241 viewers (These were all unique IP addresses.) . It's a real shame that the Internet connection kept going down, up and then down again, several times throughout the day. BINN hopes that the Internet issues can be resolved to be able to live stream the basketball games on the Internet this year. BINN will be looking for a backup solution for the Internet issue, in case that it happens again. It appears that having a backup of a backup plan is a really good idea for this. Hopefully, all 241 viewer were not disappointed. BINN is sorry for those that lost connection to the live streaming video from the soccer field on Beaver Island.
Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee
October 27, 2012, Meeting for Natural Resources Management Planning Process
10 am to 1 pm at the Peaine Township Hall
1. Adoption of Minutes for NRESC Meetings on October 13, 2012 and September 17, 2012.
2. Continuing Work on Natural Resources Management .
a. Work on Draft Goals and Objectives
b. Discuss Community Engagement Approach
(Note: We will not have an MSU facilitator at this meeting.)
School Board Moves Forward in Plan to Replace Superintendent/K-12 Principal
Letter of Support for Bill Kohls
Visiting Priest for this Sunday Mass
Sunday Gathering at Gregg Fellowship Center Canceled for this Sunday
Fr. Joe's sister died 10/19/12 am. Funeral will be in Ohio 10/22/12. Fr James from St. Marys, Gaylord will have Mass at 10 on Sunday. Fr. Joe will be back Friday 10/26/12 and there will be a Mass at noon followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour. Since another priest will be saying mass at Holy Cross, John decided to cancel Sunday's prayer meeting at the Fellowship Hall. Questions call John, 2902, see you at Holy Cross!
Shirley Cole Special Agent of the Year
Steve Walgus, Shirley and Paul Cole
Out of all the agents in the country, Shirley Cole was chosen Special Agent of the year. She flew to Washington on October 17th to receive her award from the Inspector General. Congratulations, Shirley!
Congratulations, Paul and Shirley Cole!
Picture of Shirley's Award
You can watch the entire ceremony at this link:
The beginning is nice with the color guard, etc., and the opening remarks give a detailed overview of TIGTA and its operations. If you skip to around the 18 minute mark, you'll see Shirley's portion of the awards presentation. Here is Shirley's Letter of Commendation:
Facts and an Opinion about the Tower in Peaine Township at the Old Peaine Hall
(an editorial written by Joe Moore)
Peaine Township owned the property. Peaine Township stated, We provided the property. St. James, you need to do the rest. The other thing that Peaine Township needed to do was provide a zoning permit for the purpose. That zoning permit was received on 5/30/1991.
Bill Markey and Joe Moore took them at their word. It was determined that Beaver Island EMS should take the lead on this project. BIEMS did the licensing applications, arranged the frequency coordination, and worked to make certain that the FCC rules and regulations were followed. BIEMS arranged for a communications consultant, Dean Alger, to come to the island and provide advice for improving the dispatch and communicatons capability for Beaver Island.
A communications consultant for SWM Systems, the supervising organization for lower peninsula Michigan EMS at the time, came to the island and provided the Suggested Minimum Technical Specifications for a Proposed VHF Repeater for Beaver Island EMS/Rescue dated November 15, 1990, after a full two months of work determining how to improve emergency dispatch for Beaver Island as well as emergency communications on the island. The emergency dispatch program moved from the fire line of 2319 to a more efficient 24 hour dispatcher at the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department using the emergency phone number of 2911.
The licensing document was in the name of the Township of St. James. The specific control points of the license granted included the repeater tower with repeater equipment on site, the Beaver Island Fire Department location in St. James, and the CCSD located in Charlevoix. The ownership of the tower itself was in the name of St. James Township. In addition to St. James Township, the other names on the licensing and ownership documents included Fire, Ambulance, Law Enforcement, and Joe Moore. This licensing was obtained on 8/23/1991. Beaver Island EMS, using Gaylord Communications and Electronics, built the tower, equipped the building with the repeater, paid for the warranty, maintained this equipment for the first ten years, and was a driving force behind its continued existence. The Beaver Island Fire Department was responsible for doing the same for the second ten years, and they did so. This is just a little history to put this in perspective.
How important is it to keep the emergency communications equipment on a tower at the old Peaine Hall location? With the Central Dispatch setting up three towers for dispatch of emergency services, the tower on Kings Highway was set aside as a back-up location in case the new system failed. Two-thirds of the new Central Dispatch system is not operational at this time. The only operating tower in the Central Dispatch system is the tower at the East Side Fire Station. The tower on Kings Highway is the only back-up in case the East Side Fire Station radio stops working. Beaver Island emergency services need to have a back-up communications system in case the power goes out to the East Side Fire Station.
The reason why Beaver Island emergency services previously needed a Beaver Island owned, Beaver Island controlled, and Beaver Island licensed communications system is precisely because Beaver Island then controlled the system, the maintenance, the warranty, and the system was about and for Beaver Island and not other agencies on the mainland. If Beaver Island owned the equipment on the Donegal Bay tower and the equipment on the South end tower, we could get it fixed and operable without having to wait for Central Dispatch service providers to have an open schedule to be able to come to Beaver Island and fix a 33%-operable emergency communications system. Now that the communications system is being provided by Central Dispatch, it is more essential to have a back-up system ready to turn on with one switch..
Cell phone coverage is an important as part of the emergency communications system for Beaver Island, but you don't destroy one to create another. If a new antenna and new cable can be placed on a viable tower, at this Kings Highway location, to back up the emergency communications on Beaver Island with an emergency communications company doing the work, it doesn't matter if Verizon demolishes the guyed tower on Kings Highway. If this can't be guaranteed, then more discussion needs to take place.
Emergency communications are essential, and it truly becomes a life and death situation!
Holiday Bazaar is Sunday, November 11, 11:00 - 2:30, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. If you want to reserve a table, you can pick up information from Jean Kinsley at her Prudential office or call Judi Meister, 2963. Deadline for reservations is November 5.
Bingo is returning to Beaver Island! Beaver Island Christian Church will host what they hope will be the FIRST OF MANY enjoyable Wednesday evenings on October 17, 2012, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Current plans are for bingo games on the first and third Wednesdays of the winter months (no bingo on November 19). Start time is 7:00 p.m.. More details later.
From Holy Cross Parish Council
Effective May 23, 2012
Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church
Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am
Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following
Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am
Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm
BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012
All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.
Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces
2012 Meeting Schedule
At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
October 18, 2012
November 15, 2012
Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)
NRESC Meeting Schedule
Saturday, October 27, from 10 am – 1 pm
Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm
November 19, 2012
January 21, 2013
March 18, 2013
May 20, 2013
July 15, 2013
September 16, 2013
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The Beaver Island Christian Church is licensed to offer BINGO games at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Tonight, October 17, 2012, was the first night of BINGO. There hasn't been much in the way of BINGO on the island except during Museum Week. The BIFD Auxiliary used to have these games up at the Fire Hall in town. Now, every first and third Wednesday of the month, with an exception for November due to Thanksgiving, you can enjoy the game of BINGO at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The games begin at 7 pm, with the doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Rick Speck and Jean Wierenga were the officials collecting the money and determining the prizes.
Everyone getting ready for the games to begin....
Kathy Speck read the rules, and then it was time to begin....Doug Meaney was the guest caller
And the games began....
There were refreshments available in the kitchen with coffee, tea, and cookies....
The winner of the very first game of BINGO in the Gregg Fellowship Center was Elaine West... and the rest of the night continued.......Come on out to the next BINGO night the first Wednesday of November.
LANSING, Mich. ? Encouraging greater connections between communities and their recreational assets can help promote the long-term viability of Michigan's state parks, according to a blue ribbon panel's recommendations presented today to Gov. Rick Snyder.
The finding is one of seven core recommendations offered by the Blue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Outdoor Recreation, appointed last year by Snyder.
Created by Executive Order 2011-10, the 16-member panel considered the entirety of Michigan's system of parks and outdoor recreational opportunities at the local, state and regional level – not just state-managed facilities – to recognize their collective role in growing the state's economy and improving residents' health and well-being. The report highlights opportunities for these natural resources assets to more creatively meet the needs of current and future generations of residents and visitors.
“We are fortunate to have a well-run, quality network of inviting state parks that add to Michigan's appeal as an attractive travel destination,” said Snyder. “My goal for this panel was to create a blueprint to help state parks adapt for 21st Century growth and investment. This report points the state in the right direction. I want to thank all the panel members and especially the co-chairs, Erin McDonough and Jon Allan, for their good work.”
In order to meet its goals, the panel said the state should collaborate with public agencies, nonprofit organizations and the private sector to plan, manage and invest in natural resources and recreation programs to drive several key outcomes, including:
• Demonstrating the value of the state's investment in parks and outdoor recreation;
• Driving Michigan's economic prosperity;
• Inspiring greater regional identity; and
• Protecting and creating opportunities for the public to experience and learn about Michigan's natural, cultural, historic and prehistoric resources.
“Michigan's parks and outdoor recreation areas are iconic, and represent a portfolio of assets that should be viewed by the state as critical to advancing Michigan's prosperity. They return dividends—social, ecological, and economic—that far exceed the investments made by the state and its local public and private partners,” said panel co-chairs Jon Allan and Erin McDonough in the report. “These assets provide a place to recreate and, at their best, they help make our communities cohesive, connect people to their places and to each other, engender civic engagement, and remind us of our connection to the natural world and to our history.”
Last year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Michigan state parks and recreation areas earned the National Recreation and Park Association's Gold Medal Award for operating as the best-managed state park system in the country, excelling in long-term planning and resource management and for its ability to address the needs of customers through creative partnerships.
Building on those strengths, the Blue Ribbon Panel made the following recommendations:
1) Identify and protect important natural, cultural, historic and prehistoric resources for the enjoyment and education of Michigan's residents and visitors, and expand stewardship of these resources.
2) Diversify funding and use new criteria to target investments. This includes a recommendation that the state move the Recreation Passport to an “opt-out” system of funding, and pursue expanded revenue bonding authority to address a backlog of priority maintenance and improvement needs at outdoor recreation facilities. In addition, the report recommends re-establishing the State Parks Foundation to accept private donations toward parks projects.
3) Give high priority to investment in the development of regional connected trail networks. The report urges development of a comprehensive trails database available through an easily accessible platform.
4) Encourage greater connections between communities and their recreational assets to strengthen regional identities.
5) Create four to five “signature parks” in Michigan's core urban areas as a tool for revitalizing those areas, and integrate green infrastructure in Michigan's urban redevelopment.
6) Integrate tourism and economic development marketing to fully leverage the economic and social benefits that parks and outdoor recreation resources can provide.
7) Prioritize investment in safety and maintenance of, and access to, parks and recreation spaces.
The report also includes 19 supplementary recommendations, including creating a follow-up panel to address overall natural resources funding; developing a Michigan state park pilot design competition; and enhancing cooperation among health care companies, the DNR and the state Department of Community Health to pilot a health and wellness program centered around outdoor resources.
The panel was comprised of representatives from nature conservancies, trails and marine groups and environmental agencies, as well as other acknowledged experts in recreation, parks and tourism issues. These individuals brought a broad range of perspectives and ideas to the panel.
“Michigan's state parks have already set themselves apart as beautiful, accessible places for outdoor fun and recreation, and as a springboard for creative local and regional partnerships,” said Snyder. “We want to build on that success and plan for a comprehensive network of great outdoor spaces that spark economic growth and improve health and wellness in every corner of the state.”
The Blue Ribbon Panel report is at http://www.michigan.gov/ documents/snyder/ ParksPanelFinal_401816_7.pdf .
Sheriff Don Schneider would like to announce that the Joint Operational Law Enforcement Team, J.O.L.T., has an anonymous tip line phone number 231-459-8560 available to the community. If you or someone you know has any information pertaining to illegal drug activity throughout Charlevoix County or the surrounding counties, Sheriff Schneider is encouraging you to call or text message this number and leave a message for one of the J.O.L.T. Detectives.
After a discussion today, September 26, 2012, with Dana Hodgson, it is possible to replace mashed potatoes with French fries, so this makes the possibilities on the Shamrock menu a total of thirty possible combinations for food and three possibilities for drinks.
The BINN editor arrived at the Shamrock for lunch today, and suddenly realized that the senior vouchers were not in his pocket, but at home. With this new option, the same lunch was received without any issues and the $7 price was paid instead. This will allow several of the old gang who used to meet at the Community Center an opportunity to congregate again for lunch. Thank you again, Dana and Eric!
(The following is not an endorsement. This website is for providing information for any and all.)
1. The next NRESC meeting for the natural resource management planning process will be Saturday, October 27, from 10 am – 1 pm. Main purpose is to complete the drafting of Vision-Goals-Objectives that will be shared with community/stakeholders for feedback and to determine next steps in our community outreach. A phone conference call in will be used.
2. The NRESC has adopted a regular meeting schedule for the next year, as required. All meetings will be on 3rd Monday of every other month (just like the past year) at Peaine Township Hall at 7 pm. Please note the dates:
November 19, 2012
January 21, 2013
March 18, 2013
May 20, 2013
July 15, 2013
September 16, 2013
Today, Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White went down to the Saginaw area to take their National Registry of EMT practical exam. Danielle Dedloff called at 3:50 pm on Friday, October 12, 2012, to notify everyone that both Danielle and Kevin passed this national certification practical exam. They both have to head downstate again, quite likely Traverse City, but the date of the National Registry written exam is not know at this time. Congratulations to both Kevin and Danielle on your success on this exam! Beaver Island is one step closer to having two more paramedics certified by the National Registry and licensed by the State of Michigan.
Letter from Chamber to NRESC
Chamber ORV Resolution
MI ORV Locations
Tonight's Peaine Township meeting began at 7:05 p.m. with all board members present. The paperwork included a Profit and Loss for the fiscal year April 2012-March 2013, minutes of the last Regular Board meeting and the Special Board meeting, General Checking from the Peaine General Fund and Peaine Township Airport Checking from the Airport Fund. an agenda, and the BIEMS Budget. Also included was the 2012 Tax Rate Request sent to the county for Peaine Township, which included a Taxable Value of all properties in Peaine Township of $71,634,050 and the allocated and voted millages for the township. You can view the agenda of the meeting by going to the Peaine Township Board Meeting Minutes below.
Once again, we will be offering computer classes for adults at Beaver Island Community School. The fall class will be a Beginning Computer Class . If you have no experience, you will begin with the basics. If you have some experience, you will be able to start where you are comfortable. We will also be working with Microsoft Word (word processing: used for typing letters, etc.). If anyone is interested, we can also work on Excel (spreadsheets). Should you miss a class, you will not “fall behind”. The classes will meet on
Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30—6:30 pm (Oct 15, 17, 22, 24, 29). (Note: If these days/dates don't work, call Connie and depending on others who sign up, perhaps we can make changes to the schedule! We do need at least 4 people to sign up.)
The cost for the class is $25. Please make checks payable to “BICS” (Beaver Island Community School). You may bring your payment to the first class.
CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE AT 448-2744 or EMAIL CONNIE TO SIGN UP TODAY!!!
Call Connie Boyle at school or home if you have questions
(email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
As firearm deer hunting season approaches in Michigan – and with many other seasons already under way – the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to begin their outdoor adventures with Mi-HUNT at www.michigan.gov/mihunt .
Mi-HUNT, originally released in 2010, is a cutting-edge application that displays multiple layers of information, which can be customized to fit specific outdoor interests and trip-planning needs. This sophisticated application allows hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to view, print, measure and create custom routing to their desired destinations.
In addition to the original Mi-HUNT features, the enhancements completed this year have made the program more user-friendly.
"Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet now has the opportunity to easily learn how to use Mi-HUNT in a way that caters to their specific outdoor sport," said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR's Wildlife Division. "This program makes it possible to target lands for different types of hunting and outdoor recreation."
The Mi-HUNT updates now make it possible to:
Mi-HUNT development and enhancements were made possible with financial support from the National Shooting Sports Foundation .
This fall marks the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) – the program that directs funds acquired through a federal excise tax on archery equipment, firearms and ammunition back to state wildlife agencies for wildlife conservation, restoration and hunter education.
The vast majority of all wildlife conservation efforts have been funded by hunters through the equipment and licenses that they buy. The DNR thanks hunters for helping Michigan wildlife. For more information on PR, what the DNR has done, who it affects and how hunters play a role, visit www.michigan.gov/itsyournature .
You can listen to the WJR Detroit Beaver Island radio interview at the link below.
Steve West did a wonderful job on this interview, and certainly put Beaver Island into the mix of fall destinations!
NATIONAL CONTEST TARGETS TEN REGIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
- Ten schools from across the U.S. will win $1,000 grant for drug prevention -
- Ten families will win an iPad for the home -
The National Family Partnership (NFP) announces the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools.
Families can enter Red Ribbon Week's contest to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home. To participate in the contest families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year's message: The Best Me Is Drug Free
Here's how students and their families can enter to win $1,000 for their K-12 school and a new iPad:
"Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week's message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest," said the NFP's Volunteer President Peggy Sapp. "By decorating their homes together with this year's Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities." The nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide.
The DEA is co-sponsoring this year's national contest. "DEA is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe."
Adds the NFP's Peggy Sapp: "Take the Red Ribbon Week pledge across America to help children grow up safe, healthy and drug free." Visit www.redribbon.org/contest for contest information.
Vote to re-elect Pete LoDico for Peaine Township trustee.
For the past four years I have had a good working relationship with the Charlevoix County Road Commission. We have met with the CCR Commission 3 times and have discussed the following:
1) paving of Kings Highway; 2) new road commission garage; 3) road grader for the island; 4) hard surface test plot for the East Side Drive.
The Kings Highway is on the schedule to be done, but more than likely this will not happen in 2013. We were assured that 2014 would be the year most likely that this will occur. The new county garage would be shared by the CC Road Commission, CC Sheriffs Department, and the Beaver Island Transit. The Charlevoix County Commission applied for a grant, but was denied. However, the commission had set aside $750,000 as matching funds. We are in the process of getting the commission to release these funds to build a 10,000 square foot facility for these above mentioned organizations. This garage will be built east of the transfer station on property owned by Peane and St James Townships.
The Charlevoix County Road Commission is on schedule to get a new road grader in 2014. Beaver Island will be eligible to obtailn the old grader. This would cost about $84,000. We are working to get the road commission to shoulder the majority of that cost.
For two years, I have discused with the road commission about doing a hard surface stabilizer for East Side Drive from Kings Highway to Welke Airport. The commission agreed to do 1/4 mile free of charge in the spring of 2013. With additional funds from the road millage, we would like to do one mile. This lignon (tree pitch) has showed great potential in the Florida everglades.
My good working relationship with the Charlevoix County Road Commission, and Peaine and St James Township boards, we can accomplish all of these goals within the next 2 years.
With the help of other board members, we will keep their feet to the fire to get these goals accomplished as soon as reasonably possible.
I NEED YOUR VOTE NOVEMBER 6, 2012.
PETE LODICO, PEAINE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
It is obvious from the primary election results, that campaigning is not one of my strengths.
However, the duties and responsibilities of the St. James Township Supervisor, dovetail nicely with my education, experience and skill set.
Education: Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University
Experience: Over 25 years as a civil servant, in the following positions:
Skill Set: Education and extensive experience in accounting and finance;
Consistently exhibit problem analysis and leadership skills;
Highly developed negotiation and facilitation skills:
Duties and Responsibilities of Township Supervisor
subordinate to the Supervisor.
Road, Sewer, and Marina funds.
Because of the education, skills and experiences listed above, I believe I am the best choice for Supervisor and would appreciate your write-in vote on November 6 th . My re-election will assure the citizens of St James a government of competence and continuity.
Hi. I'm Krys Lyle and I m running for Peaine Township Clerk in the upcoming election. Since some of you may not know about my background and the interest, skill, and talent I bring to the position, I'm making this information available here.
Before becoming a full-time Island resident almost twenty years ago, I owned and operated a restaurant in Northern Michigan. My experience as a small business owner helped me further develop the organizational and technical skills I acquired when getting my undergraduate degree from Montana State, and my Master's degree in administration from Ferris State.
I returned from my “ out-west ” adventures in Montana because I've always loved northern Michigan — and still do. Like many Beaver Islanders, I've worked in several different places while living here, including the Lighthouse School, Community School and CMU Biological Station. Throughout this time I've been active in the Island community, working especially with the Baroque on Beaver Annual Music Festival. I currently serve as the Island Coordinator for Baroque, and have been a board member since its inception.
I've served for 12-years as a member of Peaine Township's Planning Commission, and have been the Commission's secretary for most of that time. I helped draft the Island's Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance, which required careful attention to detail and good computer skills. My technical skills also led me to become manager of the Township's webpage on the Charlevoix County Website while also maintaining the web files for all Township Committees. This experience has given me a broad view of Peaine Township policies and practices. My most recent government experience has been serving on the Beaver Island District Library Board.
As Peaine Township Clerk, I would bring organizational and technical skills to the position and would continue to update these skills by attending MTA training sessions. I would be the first clerk to hold regular office hours at the Township Hall for the public's convenience, and would keep records there for ready access by all Board members and Committee Chairs. I would prepare and make regular, accurate reports at all Township Board meetings — while also posting them immediately for public review on our Peaine Township website at www.peaine.org .
I believe fully in independent thinking to achieve common goals. I ask for your vote of confidence and hope to be your loyal servant as Peaine Township Clerk over the next four years.
CCE Emergency Dispatch has not repaired this equipment on the Donegal Bay tower.
If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in. Please try to get me the information as early as possible.
- Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic
-Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week
-On-call coverage shared between the two practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)
-An opportunity to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs
-Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS
-Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care
-Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment
-A safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere on the largest inhabited island in the Great Lakes with a year round population of 650 and summer tourist season with a boom of thousands of visitors
-Beach walking, hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, All Within Your Backyard!
-Drive to work in 5-15 minutes, with no traffic
-Family First Atmosphere, with three churches and an excellent K-12 public school with small teacher-student ratios, new building under construction and strong support in the community for funding
-A nine-hole golf course where you can play without lines and reservations
-Best prices on Lake Michigan frontage in the State
Beaver Island Rural Health Center
PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782
Donna Kubic, Managing Director 231-448-2275, e mail email@example.com
There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.
(September 26, 2012) This editorial will not focus on the correctness of property evaluations. This editorial will not focus on the length of time a taxpayer is in residence on Beaver Island. This editorial will not focus on the taxpayers ability to pay taxes. This editorial will not focus on "Why should I vote to raise taxes on my property?" This editorial will not focus on whether Peaine should or should not change its method of setting millage, even though tonight's Peaine Special Board Meeting will set millages for Peaine Township. This editorial will use simple mathematics to state and show the differences between the tax millages of St. James and Peaine Township and ask for the reason that they are not equitable on an individual taxpayer basis.
Here is the basis of the bold statement above. As a St. James taxpayer, I pay more tax for all the joint operations on Beaver Island than does the Peaine taxpayer six hundred yards south of me. I want to know why. The fire department, the EMS, the transfer station, and the airport are operations that have to be available to all Beaver Island residents. We have to be able to put out fires. We have to have someone come take care of us when we are sick or injured. We have to have a way to get rid of our trash. We have to have an airport owned publicly with public control. Hopefully none of these statements are controversial.
Right or wrong, the SEV in Peaine Township has gone up at an exponential rate even though the Peaine Board hired a state approved assessor. Right or wrong, the St. James SEV has gone up in a much more linear fashion. I am not interested in whether they should have or should have not gone up in this way. These are simply facts. Here is a graph of the SEVs, showing the SEV of both St. James and Peaine for the last several years.
Most high school students Algebra II would be able to recognize that the blue dots, representing the SEV of Peaine, most likely represents an exponential function. Most of the same students would be able to recognize that the brownish red dots most likely represent a slight increase above a linear function. They might also state the obvious, which is that the SEV in Peaine Township has been going up at a much higher rate. Again, make sure that you understand that this editorial is NOT about whether it should have or should not have. It is instead a statement of mathematical fact.
With the increase in SEV in Peaine Township, and considering two taxpayers, one in St. James and one in Peaine, the value of the property in Peaine has increased at a higher rate than the value of the property in St. James, even if they started out at the exact same value, say back in the late seventies or early eighties. The individual taxpayer in Peaine has also been paying a lower millage than the individual property owner in St. James for the last eighteen years even with the equal dollar match that is historically been in effect. Here is a graph of the lower millage rates that Peaine taxpayers have been paying over the last several years for joint operations.
The millage rates shown above are the millage rates that would have been in place if all the joint operations were millages in Peaine Township instead of some of them being taken out of general funds. These millage differences are based upon the SEV and not on taxable value because many things can happen to change taxable value. This millage rate graph shows that in the last several years, the only years where the millage rates were even close were the years in the late nineties. Each individual St. James taxpayer has been paying more millage for the same services for the last several years. Why is that not seen by everyone to be inequitable?
There are totals available related to the joint operations over the last eighteen years and based upon the millages shown in the graph above. Again, the SEV is used to calculate these numbers. Perhaps the numbers are only half as big if the taxable value was 50% of the SEV. That does not really matter if you are just trying to point out the inequity between the townships. The percentages of SEV still shown this same inequity.
This last graphic has .00018, which is more correctly written as .18 mills. What this means is that the average St. James taxpayer has been paying .18 mills more than the average Peaine taxpayer for the same jointly funded services as an average over the last eighteen years. Whetherthe total dollar amount is $150,000 or $75,000 shouldn't be the issue. The issue is that this represents a lot of money that the St. James taxpayers have been paying, and that the Peaine Township taxpayers have not been paying on an individual basis.
I want to know why Peaine taxpayers and board members consider this an equitable situation. If the fire department is called down the East Side of Beaver Island to a tree on a wire that is on fire or a grass fire or a house on fire, don't the residents of Peaine get the same fire response as a St. James taxpayer? If someone in Peaine has chest pain or is injured, doesn't this person get the same EMS response? If you have trash in Peaine, don't you have the same facility for disposal? Then why do I pay more taxes for the same access than you on an individual basis?
Some will say that St. James sets the millage in Peaine township. That is not a true statement. The Peaine Township Board sets the millage in Peaine Township. How did you determine that your fair share was based upon total dollars being equal? Inequity is inequity. What would happen if St. James Township decided to lower its millage rate? You can bet that the Peaine taxpayers and the Peaine Board would lower theirs as well. Is that equity. I can honestly say that there is not one chance in the world of having Peaine Township increase the millage rates that they pay for joint operations. Why would they do that to increase their own taxes, especially in an election year?
I have several more questions to ask. Why would a St. James taxpayer want to volunteer to provide services to a Peaine taxpayer, knowing full well that they are not paying their fair share? Why would a Peaine Board member expect that volunteer to provide the same level of service in this situation? Why are St. James taxpayers paying for the payments for a fire hall in Peaine Township?
The answers to these questions are that we are one island providing services to all islanders at the same level of service no matter where that service is provided. If you, as an individual, expect the same level of service, on an individual basis, you should pay your fair share of taxes to keep these services operational. Peaine taxpayers are not doing that because Peaine board members don't want to increase their personal property taxes. That is the only explanation that makes any sense to this St. James taxpayer.
Some will suggest that contributing the exact dollar amount to the joint operations is paying the township's fair share. These services are available to taxpayers on an individual basis. The amount paid, dollar for dollar, does not match the services being provided on an individual basis no matter what system of mathematics you use.
(The facts and figures for this editorial come directly from the Charlevoix County Equalization Department in a $60 FOIA request.)
St. James taxpayer pays
Peaine taxpayer pays
St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more
BI Fire Department
|.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14||.6637 x 80,000 = $53.10||
BI Rural Health Center
2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00
2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00
0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11
0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63
BI Transfer Station
1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71
0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64
BI Emergency Medical Svc
0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58
0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78
BI Historical Society
0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78
0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92
St. James millage
BI Fire Department
BI Rural Health Center
BI Transfer Station
BI Emergency Medical Svc
BI Historical Society
It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.
At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.
It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.