Santa Claus lights the Township Christmas Tree
Marquette Township – December 4, 2013 – Everyone caught the Christmas Spirit last night at the Marquette Township Tree Lighting Celebration.
Families from all over the area came to take part in the festivities and the event was really fantastic! The crowd was huge, and even though the Grinch was spotted several times sneaking around, everyone was having a lot of fun.
When the Redmen Chorale sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” that sneaky old Grinch ran right up on stage to direct them!
The Sheriff’s Department caught the Grinch!
The joke was on the Grinch, though, since Marquette County Sheriff’s Deputies were in the crowd just waiting for him to make his move. They arrested the Grinch and hauled him away before he could ruin Christmas!
The kids loved seeing The Grinch prowling around Applebee’s and getting arrested, but the highlight of the evening was Santa Claus, who came all the way from the North Pole to start the countdown and flip the big red switch to light the Marquette Township Christmas tree.
Santa Claus arriving on the fire truck
After the tree was lit, families joined Santa as he walked to the Mall for pictures. The line to sit on Santa’s lap was long, but everyone was smiling and having a great time!
Jerry from Michigan Sales & Equipment was there with a John Deere tractor and trailer giving free hayrides around the mall parking lot.
Overall, the event was a huge success.
We’d like to thank the Super One Foods for providing the cookies and apple juice, Michigan Sales & Equipment for providing free hayrides, the Marquette Redmen Chorale, the Marquette Township Fire Department for giving Santa a ride, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department for catching the Grinch, The Westwood Mall, Applebee’s, Mares-Z-Doats, all of the actors, the Marquette Township Community Events Committee for organizing the event, and Great Lakes Radio for the stage and the sound system. We’d also like to thank everyone for bundling up and coming out to enjoy the event, as well as all the fine people who volunteered their time behind the scenes to make the tree lighting a success.
Marquette Township - December 2, 2013 - Recently we posted an article entitled Updates from the MTBA Meeting on November 19, 2013, which reported that Wells Fargo would be leaving a strip mall in Marquette Township. Wells Fargo will NOT be moving from Marquette Township. Sorry for any confusion that was caused.
Kay Jewelers submitted plans to move into an open suite in the Wells Fargo Center, the strip mall next to Target. Again, Wells Fargo will remain in the Wells Fargo Center and will NOT be relocating out of the township.
Marquette Township Business Association met at the Comfort Suites, next to Hudsons in Marquette
Marquette, Michigan - November 21, 2013 - The MTBA met on November 19. Among the items discussed were median beautification along the west end of the US-41 corridor and potential changes to the corridor to improve the flow of traffic. Several topics of concern for both the Township and MDOT include:
Beautification and Cleanup of the Medians – Mowing, sand in the median, trash removal, directional signals and lighting were discussed.
Peggy Loy of the Township Beautification committee said 15 years ago they had numerous planting areas in the median. At that time, people got discouraged when grass and weeds overgrew the flowers.
The Township now has a blanket mowing permit from MDOT and can mow more than monthly, even weekly, to keep the grass down for the 2.7 miles of median that are in the Township. The Business Association highly supports that and thanks Doug Gentz from Michigan Sales & Equipment for providing the tractor and the fuel.
The proposal for plants and flowers is to start in front of Walmart and Dr. Wilkinson’s office and beautify that area. South Marquette has several planting areas of petunias, but their planting area is only 2-3 feet wide, which is easily manageable. The Township median areas are much larger. Township Planner, Jason McCarthy suggested planting enclosed rain gardens — colorful natural areas that would choke out weeds and add beauty to the median.
Of concern, of course, is long-term maintenance of the plants. McCarthy says MDOT doesn’t have funds to cover this, nor does the county. He recommends applying for a broad scope grant of $5-6 million. It would require 26% in kind contributions from public and private partnerships.
Service groups are encouraged to volunteer as North Star Academy and Rotary have done.
Economic Development of the Township
- Recently, the KBIC gas station proposed plan was approved by the Township for the vacant lot on US 41 by Gander Mountain. Construction will begin this fall and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014. The KBIC formed a separate corporation recognized under the tribal government. It is still not clear whether that corporation is recognized by the State of Michigan or how the taxes on gas will be handled. However, the proposed site plan met all zoning requirements in Marquette Township and was therefore approved.
- A commercial kennel is coming to the old Northwoods Supper Club complex, just west of Menards. It is a mixed-use request and a commercial kennel also falls under a special use license. They are planning retail space near the west end of the facility and a big, indoor play area.
- Kay Jewelers will be moving into an empty suite in the Wells Fargo Center next to Target.
- Ulta, the beauty and cosmetics store and salon, opened without fanfare.
- The Teriyaki Bowl is up and running in the old Quiznos location by Starbucks.
- A new business is coming to the Lindberg property just east of Gordon Foods. The unnamed party is requesting two controversial curb cuts for access along the already busy (if not dangerous) corridor along US-41.
- The Township Planner, Jason McCarthy, is still reaching out to the hospital. Duke has a group of planners reviewing all options. If they choose to develop in the Township, McCarthy is ready to work diligently on that.
- A new dump side for the Township was also proposed.
McCarthy also purchased a version of Google Earth for the Township. It shows every business on the map with links to their websites. He hopes to launch the new Township web site and Township Facebook soon.
It should be noted that Marquette Township is among the fastest-growing townships in Michigan. Twenty years ago, the state equalized value (SEV) was $54 million. Today, it has grown to $270 million.
Santa Claus lighting the Marquette Township Christmas Tree – November 27, 2012
Marquette Township, Michigan - November 20, 2013 - Starting at 6 pm on December 3rd, you can sing along to all your favorite Christmas carols with the Marquette Chorale, who will be on the big Sunny 101.9 FM stage by Applebee’s. Following the carols and Tree Lighting Ceremony, the firefighters will escort SANTA to the mall on one of the fire engines!
FREE hot cocoa, apple juice and cookies will be served, compliments of The Westwood Mall and Super One Foods.
SANTA will be available for pictures at The Westwood Mall until 8 pm — take one of your own or purchase a professional SANTA photo for half price.
The GRINCH trying to steal Christmas from the Township – November 27, 2012
NEW this year: Enjoy LIVE MUSIC and a FREE tractor-drawn hayride with Jerry from Michigan Sales & Equipment. Thanks to Mares-Z-Doats for providing the bales of hay.
Keep an eye out for THE GRINCH at Applebee’s and near the stage — we heard he’s trying to steal Christmas from the Township! Don’t worry, though, the Sheriff will be on hand to protect Marquette Township’s Christmas! Sunny 101.9 FM will broadcast LIVE updates throughout the event.
For last year’s pictures, click the SANTA online at Sunny.FM.
Marquette Township - November 5, 20133 – Now is the best time to join the local business association for 2014. It helps to have you as a member. There are numerous reasons to join and the following are short testimonials of local business people on why they like being a part of this local business association.
As a business owner, I don’t have time to keep up with what’s going on in my township and county. I need to know where my tax dollars are going and what my township representatives are doing for my company. Belonging to the Marquette Township Business Association is the way to stay connected to what affects my hotel and knowing that the board is there for me is invaluable. It was easy to make the decision to join this organization and I’m glad I did.
Lyn J. Durant, Innkeeper, Cedar Motor Inn
I am happy to write a note in support of the Marquette Township Business Association because I feel the concept of “All for One, and One for All” plays out in an active local business association. Marquette Township has earned the reputation of being the fastest growing township in the State of Michigan and I own one of those local township businesses that is doing very well. For me, it only makes sense to support an active business association. I go on the MTBA website www.marquettetownship.biz and see that Township officials attend all of the MTBA monthly meetings. They hear of our local business concerns and MTBA provides an invaluable conduit back to the Township board and staff on what’s important to us. I also attend the monthly MTBA luncheon meetings to stay connected to what’s happening and hear new local business concerns.
Todd Noordyk, Owner, Great Lakes Radio
We moved our business into Marquette Township in October of 2011. Since then, we have found the Marquette Township Business Association to be a dynamic and positive part of the business community. One of our staff members, Jenn Wallner, is on the Board and brings constant feedback that demonstrates to us the MTBA’s support of local businesses and business issues as well as enthusiastic support for growth and development in this area. We feel lucky to have an organization such as this working for us and the community.
Grandchamp, McBride & Prophet, CPA’s, P.C.
As the Planner & Zoning Administrator for Marquette Township, I believe that serving as a liaison between the Marquette Township Business Association and the Township Board is very beneficial. The businesses in the Township help drive our local economy. By providing technical assistance and conveying issues, opportunities and suggestions, I can better serve the needs of the Township business community, while continuing to make Marquette Township a desirable place to live, work, play and visit.
Jason McCarthy, Planner/Zoning Administrator, Marquette Township
Bethany J. Cody, Director of Real Estate Services, The Veridea Group
Invest $100 in the association. Please join us. Contact Marla our membership coordinator; Marla Vancheck <email@example.com>, or phone Marla at (906) 225-5588
Marquette Township - October 29, 2013 - This is your invitation from Marquette Charter Township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta to join him in a multi-jurisdictional/public discussion regarding the current and future transportation needs of our region.
As you may be aware there are several current local transportation issues under debate regarding routing of “heavy truck traffic” generated by various industries.
Although there has been much individual and behind-the-scenes discussions, a joint approach to addressing these issues and determining the most appropriate solution(s) for all parties has not developed.
The meeting has been changed to 7:30 p.m. because of a conflict with another meeting at the Township Hall at 5:30. Please consider attending at the new Township Community Center at 1000 Commerce Drive.
Eagle Mine September 2013
Hello MTBA members:
Please see the attached notice regarding a Road Commission public meeting to
be held next week that you may be interested in attending.
Public Info Mtg.Oct 16
MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP – September 24, 2013 –
Hello MTBA members:
Here is a quick-link BELOW to the Marquette Township Board YouTube meeting I referred to in a previous email.
Unlike watching it on TV Thursday nights (following the Tuesday night meeting), you can pause, fast-forward and rewind to things of interest. If you use the link from the township website www.marquettetownship.org the agenda is also available should there be particular items you want to view.
With our new technology – we are able to archive video on YouTube now.
For those of you who are interested, the Marquette Township Board will have a budget work session during the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the new township hall on Commerce Drive. The topic of discussion will be the Water and Sewer budget for 2014. The meeting will also be posted to You Tube shortly afterward, in case you can’t get to the meeting that night. The link is on the township website front page www.marquettetownship.org