NOTICE: November 1, 2016 is the date to remove artificial flowers from Fife Lake and Walton cemeteries. If you want to save your flowers, please remove them by this date.
Fife Lake Township extends our profound sympathy to the Fisher and Stevens families who lost their seventeen year old daughters, Haley and Aubrey, in a tragic accident at the intersection of U.S.131 and M-186.
We had a successful meeting at the American Legion on the U.S.131 and M-186 intersection. MDOT presented their plans for fall of 2018 to make major lane improvements and the installation of a full traffice light. We thank MDOT, the American Legion and our guests and citizens who made this a positive event for our community.
Below is a list of activities the Contractors have passed along to us as of today:
- FHC is focusing on A3 this week. State Street is reopened and we have startup of A3 scheduled for Thursday.
- No work is scheduled this week, Central Michigan Contracting is waiting on electrical service from Great Lakes Energy.
- GTC is pouring sidewalk and working on surface restoration
- Siding, plumbing, and mechanical is ongoing at the WWTF building.
Thanks and let us know if you have questions,
Ben Kladder, P.E.
Fleis & VandenBrink
603 Bay Street, First Floor | Traverse City | MI | 49684
O: 231.932.8600 | C: 231.218.7614 | F: 231.932.8700
Fife Lake Township Board did hire a ZONING ADMINISTRATOR on October 4, 2016 at a special board meeting. We had fourteen applicants for this position, six of the fourteen were interviewed. While we had many good applicants, Kevin McElyea was picked for this position. He brings a wealth of knowledge on Grand Traverse County, the land division act along with a variety of skills needed for this position. Kevin begins his new duties Monday, October 10th. Fife Lake Townhsip thanks everyone who applied for this position. His office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fife Lake Township Supervisor’s Report – September 20, 2016 – Linda Forwerck
Pugsley Correctional Facility:
I attended the tour of Pugsley Friday, 9-23-16. State and local agencies plus our state representatives were in attendance. This is a facility with it’s own water and sewer systems, natural gas, administration & office areas, kitchen, library & education area, gymnasium, chapel, warehouse, shooting range, building trades area, etc. and could sleeping areas in three buildings which did house 1300 prisoners. The State is putting this property on the market and might consider a lease. This is close to State highways and easily accessible to Traverse City, Cadillac and Kalkaska plus about 50 miles to I-75.
Cass Street Bridge:
I did attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on 9-21-16. The old bridge is still in place over the dam, but the portion west of that has been replaced. The river will be diverted to flow under this portion of the project which has been determined to be the original Boardman River flow channel. Once the water has been diverted, the rest of the bridge will be completed. Traffic can now cross here.
US 131 & M 186 petition – town hall meeting
We are in the process of scheduling an October town hall meeting with various state and county agencies including Senator Schmidt and Representative Inman, MDOT, safety agencies, and attorney Tim Smith. Of course, our first responders from Fire Station 6 and EMS will be a part of this. We do thank them for all they do in difficult situations. We are exploring the American Legion Hall for this meeting with a possible meeting date of October 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. We will confirm this date ASAP. Many petitions have been signed and collected., if you have signed petitions, they can be dropped off at the township hall. Note: Meeting to be held October 14th at 5:00 p.m.
Townline Road - thank you to GTCRC and Paradise Township
This project has been completed and it is beautiful. The GTC Road Commission Chairman Carl Brown, stated he is lobbying to have the remaining southern two miles also brought into a better condition, so then the entire road is complete. This was a cooperative project between the GTCRC, Paradise Township and Fife Lake Township. The GTCRC paid for the culvert work ($65,000), therefore the remaining cost became a three split in the round figure of $80,000 each. Fife Lake paid our first installment in June from the 2015/2016 budget and we have the next installment in our current budget.
This project has been completed and is working very well. Gourdie Fraser Engineer Brian Boals was our engineer on this project. We met on site with Brian recently to evaluate how the project looked according to his engineering and how effective it is. He was very satisfied with the project outcome and will be contacting GTC Soil Erosion. This was a requirement of GTC Soil Erosion before they issue their stamp of approval on our permit. We thank John Kelley for his hard work and perseverance on this project .
We know many lakeshore residents and all of we citizens who travel this road are wondering when we will be able to upgrade the road. I have contacted the GTCRC engineer and staff to find cost sharing percentages for different types of upgrades/repairs to this and Grand Kal Road by the lake. I will share that information as soon as I have gathered it.
Grand Kal Road south of Lakeshore Drive
This has not been taken off the burner. We had cost sharing figures a few years ago, but it was the action of the township board not to move ahead with the project. Also, there has been discussion of paving a portion of Grand Kal in front of Cedar Ridge development on Pickeral Lake. Thi would probably be done by special assessment.
A committee of citizens who live on various roads will be formed to study road repairs, costs, etc. This will take place after the November 8th election so new trustees can participate in any decisions that are made. I have already talked to some of these citizens and I am aware they are anxious to get started!
Road Signs are planned for our private roads, especially in the Walton area. This will not only guide citizens, but more importantly our emergency crews.
Address signs/First Aid Kits:
If you do not have an address sign at you place of residence, it is very difficult for our emergency responders to answer calls. Please contact EMS at 879-4009 to order a sign at the cost of $20. They also have first aid kits at two prices of $10 and $20.
Fife Lake and Springfield Townships just went through the five year assessment renewal process. During this process, we were informed we could not have a Milfoil fund balance, therefore this year on your December 2016 tax bill the milfoil special assessment will not be collected. Once again we thank Fred, Archie and John for their due diligence monitoring the lake and overseeing the annual Savin Services treatment of our lake.
This has been put on hold until we receive further information from the DNR.
Lot 82 – Lakeshore Drive:
A title search is currently being done on this property
Fife Lake and Walton Cemeteries:
Improvements continue at our cemeteries. The myrtle has been transplanted on the west front area (hilly) of Fife Lake cemetery. Compost is being spread on the east side which has improved the grass. This is a continuing process. Markers have been staked by volunteers Lisa Plamondon and Cecil. Lisa has taken pictures of all grave stones and research many of our cemetery records Thank you to Lisa and Cecil for their volunteer work. Within this year’s budget we will be imaging both cemeteries which will tell us where actual burials have taken place. Many of these are not in marked gravesites. The flag poles will be put in place this year. We thank FAFCU and the American Legion Post 219 for their grant/donation to make this happen. We always want to signify our great country & honor our veterans.
We have advertised for a new zoning administrator, but interviews have not taken place at this time. In the interim, please contact our office for zoning information.
FLAUA (sewer authority):
The project continues and hopefully will be completed in early 2017. Please contact Ray Ravery, Compliance Officer, at 231-879-3565 for questions on this project. Weekly postings are on our front window at the township. Current Fife Lake Township representatives are Linda Forwerck, Leigh Ann Gifford, Lori Ann Rognlie. A proposal has been made to have the FLAUA employees become village employees under the management of the village, this is in discussion only at this time..
Grand Traverse Rural Fire:
The GT Rural Fire consultants will be meeting with our individual board members to learn their views of Rural Fire. This will take place on October 11, 2016.
November 8, 2016 Election:
This is a big election year, from Presidential, Congressman, State representatives, Township and Village, plus millages for GTC. Be sure to get out and vote if you are able. For more election information and absentee ballots, contact Clerk Street at 231-879-3963.
Fife Lake Township Trustees Joanne Ogur and Lori Ann Rognlie have not petitioned to run again. We have three candidates for two trustee positions – they are Dawn Zimmerman, Joe Jones and Elizabeth Pearson. Dawn currently serves on the Board of Review, Joe currently chairs the Planning Commission, and Elizabeth works at FAFCU. Officers Forwerck, Street and Sorrow are running again and are currently unopposed.
Fife Lake Township budget was adopted in June and we strive to stretch our dollars to continue doing business, but also to make improvements where financially feasible.
A great big thank you to Hayes Manufacturing:
Hayes Manufacturing volunteered three of their employees plus two of the owners to plant myrtle in the Fife Lake Cemetery. They did an amazing job working with Sexton Kelley. Luckily we were able to transplant the myrtle from the west bank of the cemetery, this saved a great deal of money The myrtle has been placed in the west end of the cemetery on a bank where we could not grow grass. This will stabilize and beautify the bank. Pictures are to follow soon.
Go to our cemetery page for pictures and more information on cemetery volunteers and projects.
* Grand Traverse County needs your help keeping our roadsides clean! Groups enroll for a two-year membership and perform three trash pickups per year along a two-mile section of county road. An annual safety meeting among volunteers is required. The Road Commission provides two recognition signs, trash bags, vests and trash pickup when your route is complete. Best of all…there is no charge for groups to participate in this program! Visit the Grand Traverse County Road Commission website for more information or to view routes open in your township. http://www.gtcrc.org/General/Adopt-A-Road.htm.
We also have a picture of the Forest Area Federal Credit Union presenting their $800 grant to Fife Lake Township here.
- Please take future notice that Fife Lake will provide auxiliary aids or services to individual(s) with disabilities. Persons needing such services should contact the offices of the township clerk by writing or calling the clerk, not less than five (5) days prior to the hearing.
- Fife Lake Township Hall
124 Morgan Street
Fife Lake, Michigan 49633
Fife Lake Township shall update news and events as needed to help keep the public informed of the activities within the township during each month. Check here for the latest news and events. If you care to place information about a public activity in this space on our web site, feel free to contact Supervisor Forwerck at 231 631-1750 or Clerk Street at 231 879-3963 to have your activity date/dates announced.
Please stop in the Township Hall and see the mural of historic Fife Lake. Click the picture below to get a glimpse of what our town looked like in the past. Or, click here to download a higher resolution version (File size appr. 40MB. Those on slower or metered connections may wish to view the smaller version).
We continue to get compliments on our Historic Collage in the meeting room. If you have not seen this, please stop by to look at it. Many businesses and pioneers of Fife Lake are depicted in this collage.
The township incorporates the waters of Fife Lake, on the south and west side of the village of Fife Lake. The township lies in the southeast corner of Grand Traverse County with Grand Traverse County being in the Northwest corner of the lower peninsula of Michigan. The waters of Fife Lake run over the county line with only a small portion of it on the east end of the lake being in Kalkaska County. In fact, the SE corner of Fife Lake Township is the SE corner of Grand Traverse County and lies adjacent to the adjoining counties of Kalkaska to the east, Missaukee to the southeast and Wexford to the south.
The area of Fife Lake Township encompasses 36 square miles of which 34.4 sq. miles is land and 1.6 sq. miles is water. The body of water known as Fife Lake is approximately one and a half miles in diameter. It is a beautiful body of water containing two islands, one with a home and the other a private campsite. Pickerel, bass, walleye and other fish are found in great numbers within the lake.
Within the township are found the Village of Fife Lake which was incorporated in 1889 near the intersection of Highway 131 and M-186; an unincorporated community known as Walton Junction so named after the junction of two railroad lines in that area near the intersection of M-113 and Highway 131. Camp Pugsley, a state correctional facility lies in the southwest corner of the township along Walton Road. Also within the township are several large tracts of state forest land providing the area with many recreational opportunities in all four seasons from skiing & ice fishing to swimming and hiking. The local economy is dependent mostly on recreational activities. The area would be considered rural Michigan with a 2000 census population of 1,547 residents within the township.
There are limited manufacturing facilities in the industrial park area just northwest of the Village of Fife Lake. Within the industrial park area is Hayes Manufacturing, Inc. and Cintas Corp. providing additional employment opportunities.
The township owns and operates two cemeteries. Fife Lake cemetery is located within the boundaries of the Village of Fife Lake, but is owned and operated by the township. The second cemetery is near Walton on Elliott Road. You may find specific information on the cemeteries by clicking on the cemetery link.
Emergency services within the township are fire, ambulance and police. All three services respond via 911 emergency phone contacts. See their respective links for further information.
Forest Area Community School District, a consolidated district encompassing 120 sq. miles of land area within six different townships across two counties has an upper elementary school building with grades 3-4-5 located within the township of Fife Lake.
As part of the township and village you can find a variety of stores, shops, restaurants, churches, banking facilities and a local grocery store meeting the needs of local residents and visitors.
Fife Lake Township has paid and unpaid committee assignments that residents and interested citizens can make application for service as a member by notifying the Supervisor and/or the Clerk indicating your interest to serve as a committee member. An explanation of the type of work and schedule of meetings will be explained upon receipt of your call.
|Paid Service Work||Volunteer|
|Elections worker||Civic Center South|
|Planning Commission Member||Cemetery Planning|
|Zoning Board of Appeals|
|Board of Review Member|