Planner Retiring, Kelley Park Public Hearing and More

Mission Point Lighthouse on the old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw photo

Here is a recap of the latest news from the Peninsula Township offices. The offices are currently open. The employees are in the office during normal business hours, but the residents can only be seen by appointment.

If you don’t need to see an agent, you can use the Dropbox outside of the office hours to drop off anything you need to reach an agent.

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For property tax questions, contact the Treasurer’s office at (231) 223-4484 or email Treasurer Brad Bickle, [email protected], or Assistant Treasurer Marge Achorn, [email protected]

For all election and cemetery inquiries, contact clerk’s office (231) 223-7321 or email Becky Chown Clerk ([email protected]) or Assistant Clerk Robin Noval (Deputy.clerk @

DNR Lease for Kelley Park – Public Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13th at 7 p.m. during the township board meeting at Peninsula Township Hall. This project has been going on for some time, including a community meeting with DNR in 2017, the township board’s vote to move the boat launch from Haserot Beach to Kelley Park in 2019, and the DNR nullifying the boat launch idea last year makes.

However, the current draft of the rental agreement provides for a single-lane ramp start with parking for vehicles with trailers and a separate launch boat for kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and smaller ships.

The lease is a 30-year lease that starts on April 1, 2021 and ends on March 31, 2051. The DNR would own the land and lease it to Peninsula Township for $ 0 a year. Instead of paying, the municipality is responsible for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the premises (they generally apply for grants for this type of project).

Click here to read a draft of the lease prior to the public hearing. If you can’t attend the meeting, email comments to community planner Randy Mielnik, [email protected]

Kelley Park Jetty on the Old Mission Peninsula |  Jane Boursaw photoKelley Park on the old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw photo

Peninsula Township Planner is retiring

Randy Mielnik, who has been a township planner since 2018, will retire at the end of May. Thank you, Randy, for helping the community over the years and getting the ball rolling on the Participate Old Mission website.

To this end, the community accepts requests for a new planner to take Randy’s place. The Planning Director is responsible for a variety of duties including developing / updating the master plan, updating zoning, special use permits, community engagement, writing / managing grants, and coordinating planning with neighboring jurisdictions and other government agencies .

This position requires strong communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with others. A master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or a related field is preferred but is not required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate extensive experience in the above-mentioned professional skills and / or in related fields. AICP certification is preferred but not required.

If interested, please send a cover letter and résumé no later than Thursday April 22, 2021 to Peninsula Township, 13235 Center Road, Traverse City, MI 49686. For more information, contact the employee’s office at (231) 223-7321 or E- Mail [email protected]

DTE gas renewal project

DTE’s gas renewal project will take place on April 5, 2021 at the southern end of the Old Mission Peninsula. This project includes the modernization of the company’s natural gas infrastructure by replacing the gas pipes and pipelines and modernizing the natural gas meters.

The project will begin on Front Street and Barlow and run east and north on the Old Mission Peninsula. It is expected to be completed by the end of July. However, most of the work on the peninsula that could affect traffic is expected to be completed by the end of June.

For more information, call DTE (616) 551-2621 (general questions) or (616) 226-6913 (recovery concerns). Read more about the project here. The yellow lines below indicate where the new line and services will be installed.

DTE gas renewal project |  DTE photoDTE gas renewal project | DTE photo

Requires a member of the Parks Committee

Peninsula Township is accepting expressions of interest in an immediate opening of the Peninsula Township Parks Committee, which meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Additional meetings and study sessions can be scheduled. Find out more about the Peninsula Township Parks here.

Applicants must be qualified community voters. Send a letter of interest and / or a resume to Town Clerk Becky Chown at [email protected] or by mail at 13235 Center Road, Traverse City, MI by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 49686.

Part time lighthouse retail assistant needed

Mission Point Lighthouse needs a reliable, retail-minded person with hospitality and expertise for up to 12 hours per week from mid-April to November. Some evenings, weekends, and holidays are required but the hours are somewhat flexible. Pay is $ 14 / hour with no benefits. The applicant must also be able to climb 37 steps several times a day.

Tasks include:

  • Assistance in scheduling local volunteers to work on the keeper’s day off;
  • Assistant manager on the day of the goalkeeper change;
  • Training volunteers to work in the gift shop and perform light cleaning jobs; and
  • Support the manager at community events

If you are interested, send a CV and references by April 5, 2021 to Lighthouse Manager Ginger Schultz, [email protected]

Frost restrictions lifted

Seasonal weight and speed restrictions will be lifted on county roads in Grand Traverse County starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. For more information, contact the Grand Traverse County Road Commission (231) 922-4848.

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