February 14, 2018
ST JAMES TOWNSHIP RECEIVES UNIQUE OFFER
At public meeting held on February 7, St James Township board members heard from Dr. John Woollam, representing the J. A. Woollam Foundation, concerning an offer to purchase and gift to the Township property on the harbor.  The property currently belongs to the Anderson family and is operated as a marina, automobile repair shop, and car rental business. 

 

The offer is preliminary, and the township has appointed two board members to further explore Dr. Woollam’s proposal. Of interest to the township is both the property’s value for recreation, and for the island’s economic growth. Of interest to the Woollam Foundation is the maintenance of a viable and enhanced boating destination on Beaver Island.

 

The J. A. Woollam Foundation has funded in full or in part many projects on the Island over the years. Some of those projects include the George and Althea Petritz Nature Preserve, the CMU boathouse project, and the Barney’s Lake Nature Preserve.

 

The township looks forward to finding out, over the next few months, if this is a project that will benefit the residents and visitors of Beaver Island.

January 24, 2018
ST JAMES TOWNSHIP PASSES RESOLUTION ALLOWING ONE RESIDENT MEMBER ON COORDINATING COMMITTEE  
On January 10, 2018 Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving a proposition to consolidate Peaine Township and St James Township as the Township of Beaver Island with certain millage rates. On January 22, 2018 the St James Township board unanimously passed a resolution to have voters elect one resident member to the consolidation coordinating committee. 

 

According to state law, a resident member of a coordinating committee shall be a registered elector of the township that the member represents.  An elected or appointed township officer or employee is not eligible to be a resident member of a coordinating committee.  Candidates who desire to place their names on the ballot to be a resident member of the coordinating committee shall file with the St James township clerk on or before February 7, 2018 a "qualifying petition" which can be picked up and dropped off at the clerk’s office in the Governmental Center at 37830 King’s Highway during regular business hours. 

 

St James Township Board as a whole will seek to remain neutral in the discussion of the proposition and will seek to provide information which voters request in a timely manner.  The St James Township Board is committed to providing factual information to island residents and welcomes input on how, where and when this can be accomplished.  A township consolidation proposition tab has been added to the township’s homepage www.stjamestwp.org under News and Announcements to post relevant information. The township supervisor will be the township’s contact person for inquiries and/or requests for information.  

 

January 15, 2018

TOWNSHIP CONSOLIDATION PROPOSITION GETS ATTENTION
On January 10, 2018 Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving a proposition to consolidate Peaine Township and St James Township as the Township of Beaver Island with certain millage rates. See link below to view the complete resolution.

Passage of the Charlevoix County Resolution to put the proposition on the May 8th ballot means that the township must do the following things:

  1. Understand the duties of the coordinating committee, should the ballot proposition pass
    1. If the ballot proposition passes in both townships, current legislation establishes a coordinating committee made up of the supervisor, clerk and treasurer (all of whom were elected by voters in November of 2016) of Peaine and St James Townships.  The coordinating committee would carry out duties as defined in Michigan Compiled Law, see link below.
  2. Set a special meeting soon to decide whether or not to have voters elect resident members to the consolidation coordinating committee.  Gather input for decision through discussion with Peaine Township.
    1. If board decides to have resident electors on coordinating committee, determine and advertise procedures for candidates to place their names on the ballot
  3. Think about how the proposition affects short term township board projects and goals

Township residents should know that the St James Township Board as a whole will seek to remain neutral in the discussion of the proposition and will seek to provide information which voters request in a timely manner.  The St James Township Board is committed to providing factual information to island residents and welcomes input on how, where and when this can be accomplished.  A township consolidation proposition tab will be added to the township’s website as a location to post relevant factual information. The township supervisor will be the township’s contact person for inquiries and/or requests for information. 

Link to County Resolution 18-006

Link to Michigan Compiled Law related to coordinating Committee