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Planning Commission


The 2016 tax bills will be sent out at the end of June and are payable beginning July 5th. I will be in my office on Tuesdays and Thursdays again from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for tax collections.

U.P. Pink Power representatives with AED recipients including the HFD.

As always I can be reached at (906)339-2927 with any tax questions. If you have an address change, let me know as soon as possible.

We currently have three fire fighters attending

Have a safe and happy summer!

As you may know, it has been a dry season, and burn bans have been in effect. Please visit to check burn permit availability before doing any burning. The site is updated every ten minutes, so the information is always current.

- Carol Mackey, Treasurer

Recreation Committee


One of the main goals of the Recreation committee is to upgrade our township playground equipment. We are excited to announce that phase one of the playground upgrade is underway! The township has purchased a new tot-lot playground set for 2-5 year olds and plan to install that and a pavilion this summer at the pond site.

Important Dates for Upcoming Elections August 2

This is the time to check on what is happening in your township. Elections are right around the corner. Our first election is August 2, 2016 and the Presidential Election is November 8, 2016, If you cannot make it in to vote or think you will be out of town please contact me at 906-371-5455 cell (text or leave message at this number), 339-2953 evening or 486-7297 during the day. You can also call or text my deputy, Andrea Glisson at 906-221-6901, so we can provide you with an application. You can also download at: documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf

fire fighter I & II classes. The course is demanding and requires a great commitment. We thank them for their dedication.

Wildfire Facts Did you know:  Every year there are more than 75,000 wildfires reported in the United States  These fires burn an average of over 7,000,000 acres a year  9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by humans  Wildfires destroy an average of almost 2,500 buildings every year  If you start a wildfire there are fines and you are liable to pay them. Our department has been lucky enough to receive some grants recently. We want to send a big thank you to the following: U.P. Pink Power granted an AED; AAA Michigan granted Training Equipment & Lighted Cones/Signs; Michigan DNR granted matching funds for Wildfire Gear.

-Matt Zumpf, Fire Chief

We would welcome and appreciate any help with the installation. please contact the township hall at 339-2927 if you are willing to help.

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Phase 2 of the park improvement includes: - Playground equipment for 5-12 year olds - Expanded parking and playground area - Improved accessibility We hope to achieve our future goals through the help of grants, donations and assistance from caring people like you! -Jeannie Carlisle, Recreation Committee

Everyone is welcome to join us on the second Wednesday of every month at noon for food and fellowship for our senior lunch. This is a pot-luck event, please bring a dish to pass or a donation if you cannot bring a dish. Please call Carol with any questions or to R.S.V.P. Hope to see you there! -Carol Mackey, Treasurer


Dear Residents of Humboldt Township, The Township Board, employees and volunteers have been busy. Our Township Board is working to schedule a number of improvements, the worn floor in the township meeting room is being replaced, phase one of the playground upgrade is underway, the removal of stumps and creation of the road in the cemetery addition as well as planning for a fire hall addition with members of our Fire Department Building Committee.



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Absentee ballot deadlines: If you want an absentee ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. Make your request early to allow delivery time. A voter eligible to vote by absentee ballot also may vote in person at the Clerk’s office any time up to 4 p.m. the day before the election. All absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you know before the August primary that you will be unable to vote in person at the November general election, you may request absentee ballots for both the August primary and November general election at the same time. If you are over 60 years of age, please come into my office and see me about an AV Ballot. Each vote counts!

November 8

General Election

Emergency Absentee Ballots: You may be eligible for an emergency absentee ballot if a family death or illness required you leave your community on Election Day, or you are unable to attend the polls because of personal illness or accident. The emergency must have occurred after 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. Have someone deliver your written request for an emergency absentee ballot to the Clerk’s office before 4 p.m. on Election Day. Emergency ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day. There will be a lot of changes to our board this year. Jacqueline Koski and Marline Worth are stepping down after countless years of dedication. Barbara Mackey resigned this last winter. If you see these ladies please take the time to thank them for their many years of service. The Township will miss them. With a heavy heart I will be stepping down also. Please go to our website and check out our minutes so that you can become aware of what is happening. If you would like me to send you the draft minutes of our last meeting of May 9, 2016 just give me a call and I will send them to you. You the people need to know the facts of what is happening in our township.. -Jill Rankinen, Clerk

Planning Commissioner Dan Etelamaki with his daughter and her catch at the 2015 Fishing Derby

We are working on updating our policies and procedures at the Board and Administrative level as well as the by-laws for both the Fire Department and Planning Commission. It is a time of growth here at the Township and I for one am excited to be a part of it!

-Tom Prophet, Supervisor

Township Planning Commission has worked the following tasks: - In accordance with statutory requirements, reviewed the Joint Republic and Humboldt Township Board’s proposal for re-establishment of the railroad between Humboldt and Republic. The Commission advised the board that the concept of the reestablished rail was consistent with the Township comprehensive plan provided the current trail is relocated so as not to disrupt trail connections to Republic. - Several Members toured Lundin Mining’s Eagle Plant at Humboldt. - Assisted Administrator Solomon and the Recreation Committee with project prioritization and preparation of a grant application to the DNR for playground improvements at the Township Park. - Adopted new Bylaws for the Commission - At the Boards request, hosted discussion to limit agricultural production in small lot Residential Zones of the Zoning Ordinance. Consensus is to amend the ordinance accordingly in 2016. - Amended CUP2016-01 Site Plan and Conditional Use Permit Application, Circle L5 Ranch to accommodate additional acreage added to the Ranch. - Hosted discussion to consider the Zoning Districting near Skinnies Lake. A request was received to rezone land in this area to allow more intensive use. A hearing was scheduled for the Commissions May 23rd meeting. - At the Boards request, the Planning Commission will look at the appropriateness of adding fencing requirements in small lot zones in 2016. - Continued work on the new Capital Improvements Program. - Advised the Board and Fire Department on Site Planning Requirements for the proposed additions/improvements to the fire hall. If you have questions or concerns on the above matters or other topics please pass them along to the Commission,

The Fire Department has been diligently training and we have a number of new, active members. We wish to thank all members of our Fire Department for their service to the Township. They are an incredible asset to our community.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine it brings!

County & Local Primary

Since the beginning of the year, your Humboldt

Friday July 8 4 PM to 8 PM


Saturday July 9 8 AM to 4 PM



- Bring a tax statement or other proof of residency - Dispose of the following types of items: Furniture Stoves Wood (less than 4’ no nails) Metal Tires off rims (4/household)

- Dispose of anything in the roll offs outside of posted hours - Don’t dispose of the following items: Household Garbage Lawn Clippings & Brush Refrigerators Microwaves Televisions

-Jim Kippola, Chairman Joe Wasie, Dan Etelamaki, Matt Johnson, Jim Kippola and Jackie Solomon tour the Eagle Mill in January of 2016.

Profile for Humboldt Township

Spring 2016  

Spring 2016