NOTICE OF THE BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
REGULARLY SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING
TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY
To: The residents and property owners of St James Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan, and any other interested parties.
Please take notice that a meeting of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority Board will be held on February 9, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. by electronic remote access; see attached agenda.
Electronic remote access, in accordance with Michigan law, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and limitations on the number of individuals in a meeting hall.
The public may participate in the meeting through Zoom access by computer and smart phone using the following
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Members of the public will only be able to speak at the meeting during the public comment portion of the meeting and such comment will be limited to three minutes per person. To provide for orderly public comment, a person wishing to speak during public comment must state their name and request to be recognized by the Chairman. The Chairman will recognize all persons wishing to speak during public comment.
If, prior to the meeting, members of the public have certain questions or wish to provide input on any business that will be addressed at the meeting then such persons may contact Mary Cook, Executive Director, by email, phone,
or mail, see below.
The Authority will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities upon
72 hours advance notice by contacting Mary Cook, Executive Director, by email, phone, or mail, see below.
PO Box 426
Beaver Island, MI 49782
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
To be held electronically (see notice)
Tuesday February 9, 2021 12:00 PM
Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA)
The Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA) is the owner of the M/V Emerald Isle. The vessel is operated by the Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) and is a “scheduled fixed route ferry service” providing transportation to and from Charlevoix, Michigan to Beaver Island, Michigan. The M/V Beaver Islander is owned by BIBCO and is also used for the scheduled fixed route service.
BITA was formed in 1993 pursuant of Public Act 196 to form a transit system in the greater Beaver Island area. Through federal, state, and local funding the M/V Emerald Isle was designed and launched in 1997. In 1993 BITA and BIBCO signed a thirty year management agreement to operate the ferry service.
The BITA Board is comprised of five members appointed by St. James Township. The board meets monthly on the second Tuesday,12 noon, at the BITA building. Financial assistance is received annually through the Michigan Department of Transportation Act 51. BIBCO retains all revenues and pays BITA the local match of fifty percent for operating assistance and ten percent for capital grants.