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Activity before the Humboldt Township

During January through April, our short range work has focused on the immediate need to resolve site plan and zoning issues for 2017 work regarding Fire Hall Modification, grant funded Park Improvements and the Cemetery expansion.

As need exceeds the ability to implement a full road maintenance and improvement program, the Board is encouraging residents to attend upcoming meetings to hear public concerns and guide their decision making.

Planning Commission.



The consultant has prepared a range of alternatives to begin improvements over a 5-15 year schedule

The first opportunity is to attend the Planning Commission meeting on May 22 at 7 PM at the Humboldt Township Hall. At this time the consultant will present their plan and findings to the Planning Commission. Public input and comment is encouraged! If you can’t come, drop us an email or drop an old fashioned letter in the mailbox. This six month endeavor sets the stage for You may view the plan at the Township the Board deliberations to address how we Hall or on our website will improve the long neglected road system that our residents rely upon every day. A second opportunity will be to attend a Some highlights of the draft plan include: Township Board sponsored public work• The plan covers Improvements AND shop to be held from 12 –1 PM (during the Maintenance of the system in its scope. Senior Lunch) and 4-8 PM on June 14 at • Bringing up primary (numbered) and the Humboldt Township Hall. At this Secondary (lettered) roads to standard time you will be able to meet with the Conhas an estimated $9 Million price tag sultant and local officials to see what’s up • There are varying degrees of priority for and ask questions in an informal setting. improvements within the Township’s road system The Road System Maintenance and Im• Our present road millage (1 mill) gener- provement Program is the largest financial ates about $30,000 per year to the Road issue facing our Township at present. Fund Please plan to come out, see what’s going on • Accounts for income from the Eagle and provide your thoughts on the matter! Mine through Severance Tax • Current balance in the Road Fund is The Planning Commission thanks you in almost $400,000 advance for considering this important mat• The County Road Commission may par- ter. ticipate in the financial formula for fix-Jim Kippola, Chairman ing our Primary Road system Planning Commission A long range core plan objective has advanced to the forefront with the submittal of the draft Humboldt Township Road Improvement and Prioritization Plan by the Township Board’s consultant U.P. Engineers and Architects on May 7th.

Treasurer’s News

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love this time of the year! The trees

Renovation plans are underway for a Fire Hall addition.

A conditional Use Permit was approved by the Planning Commission on April 6, 2017. Architect, Rich Uren of Northern Design Works has been contracted for architectural design and to oversee the project. Construction is anticipated to be underway this summer/early fall for a 40x40 foot addition coming off the West of the existing Fire Hall and will include a training room, Men’s and Women’s restrooms, a shower, office and turn out gear storage. The anticipated cost of the project is approximately $280,000.00 (two hundred eighty thousand dollars).


annual fun and free family friendly event, which correlates with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources free fishing weekend. Held on June 10. Registration starts at 9:30 AM and Fishing starts at 10 AM. Join us at the pond on Halfway Creek, on County Road FA, near the Township Hall for food, drinks, prizes and much more! To help make this event a success we are in need to donations from kind people like you! Donation needs include: time, prizes, food, drinks, or monetary donations. If you can help in any way, contact Jackie at 339-2927, or Thank you!

Supervisor’s Report Spring has arrived and birds are singing

Such a busy time, cleaning up after winter. This is a good time to make Humboldt Township a beautiful place to visit. I encourage you to take advantage of our spring cleanup, July 7 and 8, 2017. Also please note that for 2018 we plan to move the “spring” cleanup earlier in the year, tentatively planned for mid-June. Expect a formal announcement at a later date. There are several township projects moving along; firehall addition, playground development and getting the cemetery addition road put in, to name a few. Our roads are deteriorating and 2017 is the last year of our Road Millage. Public meetings are scheduled to discuss the Road Improvement and Prioritization Plan with you, our constituents and we hope you can attend to give us your input!

We invite you to stop by the township hall during operating hours if you are interested in learning more about this project and/or viewing the plans.

We are thrilled to announce that Humboldt Township is the lucky recipient of a

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Recreation Passport Grant, which we will use to implement park improvements at the Parcel #2 Recreation Site (the pond site) in the amount of $45,000.00 (forty-five thousand dollars)!! This includes $30,000.00 (thirty thousand dollars) from the MDNR Grant and $15,000.00 (fifteen thousand dollars) in matching funds from the Township. Improvements include replacement playground equipment (a 2-5 year old and 5-12 year old playset), basketball court improvements, additional safety fencing, access pathways and a new access road leading to off-street parking. Architect Rich Uren of Northern Design Works has been contracted as the Prime Professional for this project. We encourage everyone interested in learning more about the plans for the playground to attend a public hearing for a Conditional Use Permit held by the Planning Commission at the Humboldt Township Hall on May 22 at 7 PM.

Long range Parcel #2 Recreation Site Plan (The Pond Site) Immediate grant plans include installation of playground equipment, fencing, access road, access pathways, and approximately half of the parking area seen here. Future expansion plans (also shown on this map) include a pavilion, restrooms and additional parking.

Community Recycling Program The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority

(MCSWMA) offers a recycling program at no cost to the Township where they will provide two trailers to be housed at the Township Hall. One trailer for fiber materials, one trailer for rigid materials. The Township would need to monitor the trailers to avoid “mixed” loads, as they have to be sorted by hand, which is labor intensive. The MCSWMA will then pick up the trailers I want to thank all of the residents of Hum- once they are full and haul them away. boldt Township for your input and continued support. You are what makes our We would love to offer this service if there is enough interest, so let us know: if we have recycling trailers at the Township Hall would you use them? Give us your inTownship great! put! Email, call 339-2927, or send us a letter. Wishing everyone a wonderful summer! -Thomas Prophet

Friday July 7 4 PM to 8 PM


Saturday July 8 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

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

seem to blur from a distance as their buds begin to appear. Robins, cardinals, finches, indigo buntings and other spectacular species of birds arrive to join our hearty and loyal chickadees and nuthatches who have once again kept us company throughout the winter. It feels and sounds so alive outside! As I sit at my desk, I note the gradual return and increase of people walking and driving past, some of the poor souls having just returned from warmer climates. (Color me green. I stayed home this past winter, for the most part.) I continue to enjoy meeting more and more land owners here in Humboldt. Having worked through both summer and winter tax seasons now, I have to say I'm quite surprised at how many of us there are! Feel free to stop by to see me any time. Though I do not currently have a set schedule, I do check in at my office once or twice per week. Beginning July 5 my office hours, for the purpose of collecting taxes, will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Wednesday. I will, however, be in my office on several undesignated days, so please feel free to leave a message on my voicemail if you need to see me. (339-2927, extension 303) Have a wonderful summer! -Debbie WIljanen

Clerk’s Corner I would like to say THANK YOU to all of those who worked the May 2 election. It is with your help that my first election went very smoothly and I greatly appreciate it! I invite anyone who is interested in becoming an election inspector to reach out to me. It looks like there will be a training class taking place in June, and we can always use more certified workers. It is a good way to be involved, meet fellow members of our community and you can even earn a little money, which always helps! If you’re interested, please stop by the office or leave me a message (3392927, extension 302). Thanks so much! -Sarah Etelamaki

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