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2023 News

Upper Michigan Source-Chassell Historical Interpretative Trail

Renewal of Recreational Millage on May 2023 Ballot in Chassell Township

On Tuesday, May 2nd, residents of Chassell Township will vote on whether to renew a 0.5 millage levy for the next five years to help fund recreation priorities set by township residents. The current millage approved in 2018 has helped to fund and has leveraged significant grant funding from other sources for a number of recreation projects that grew out of a resident survey completed in 2017.

Projects receiving funding from the millage have included the Chassell Bark Park (the first fenced off-leash dog park in the U.P.); a ten-station fitness trail (with video and signs at stations about how to use the equipment) and new south bridge on the Chassell Classic Ski Trail; new playground equipment at Centennial Park; a canoe/kayak launch at the US 41 bridge over the Sturgeon River; canoe/kayak launch signage; Chassell Trails mapping/signage; community signage (Bark Park, Centennial Park, Strawberry Festival, and US 41 banners), and a 9-hole disc golf course behind the Chassell Township Schools. Funds from the millage leveraged significantly greater grant funding from organizations like the Portage Health Foundation, the Chassell Lions Club, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Keweenaw Community Foundation, Visit Keweenaw, Purdue University Northwest, and the Regional Prosperity Initiative (WUPPDR) to help make these projects possible and to provide a significant return on the taxpayers’ investment. Additionally, the Chassell Township Planning Commission has made significant pro bono investments of time in grant writing, project and volunteer coordination, equipment support/operation, graphic design work, and grant administration to further amplify the return on the taxpayer support. Many Chassell residents (including adults and Chassell Township Schools students), MTU students and faculty, and North Country Trail volunteer sawyers have also volunteered significant amounts of time and the Chassell DPW staff have provided additional in-kind hours to make these projects possible.

The Township recently undertook a preliminary engineering study looking at the future of Centennial Park and plans to do an updated survey of residents during 2023 regarding their recreation interests. These actions will serve as an important roadmap for future projects. Based on the township’s average taxable value of $49,261.20 per parcel, the average cost of renewing the .5 recreation millage would be $24.63 per year on the winter tax bill.

2022 News

Keweenaw Waterway Lower Entry East Breakwater Reconstruction, Torch Lake Township, Houghton County, Michigan

Published Dec. 13, 2022
Expiration date: 1/16/2023

SUMMARY:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, proposes reconstruction of the Lower Entry East Breakwater of the Keweenaw Waterway using the method of encapsulating the existing structure with steel sheet pile (SSP) side walls and concrete cap, including partial demolition of the existing structure and placement of toe stone along the SSP for scour protection.  See Public Notice linked below for details, including an Environmental Assessment and an evaluation of the effects of placing fill in the waters of the United States, pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

COMMENT PERIOD: Begins: December 16, 2022;  Ends: January 16, 2023.  Please provide all comments by email to,

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2021 News

2020 News
Transportation Asset Management for Local Officials-January 14, 2020-Stanton Township Hall-Registration Info

2019 News
Michigan Township Association Spotlight
Michigan Fireworks Laws-Fireworks

2018 News
Sturgeon River-US 41 Press Releases from the Local Health Department from 2018

Recognizing the distance to the Chassell Township community water system well field including its upland elevation and well construction, the Chassell Township Water System will  NOT be effected by the recent fuel spill on US-41 at the Sturgeon River.

Sturgeon River-US 41 Press Release WUPHD 2-21-18
Sturgeon River-US 41 Press Release WUPHD 2-8-18
Sturgeon River-US 41 Press Release WUPHD 2-7-18
Sturgeon River-US 41 Press Release WUPHD 2-6-18

Township meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.

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