Beaver Island Transportation Authority
Beaver Island, MI

To: The residents and property owners of St James Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan, and any other interested parties.

Please take notice that a regular meeting of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority Board will be held on July 14, 2020 at 12 p.m. by electronic remote access.

Electronic remote access, in accordance with the Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-129, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and Michigan Governor’s EO 2020-110. The public may participate in the meeting through teleconference access by calling in to the following phone number and entering the access code:

12 326 790

Members of the public will only be able to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting and such comment will be limited to three minutes per person. To provide for orderly public participation, a person wishing to speak 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 the Authority Board members through Mary Cook, Executive Director, by email to, or by mail at PO Box 426, Beaver Island, MI 49782. A copy of the meeting material may be found on the link on the Authority’s website at

The Authority will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon reasonable advance notice by contacting Mary Cook, Executive Director, by email, phone, or mail at the below.

Mary Cook, Executive Director
PO Box 426
Beaver Island, MI 49782
Phone (231) 448-3049


Tuesday July 14, 2020
12:00 PM

To be held electronically (see notice)
Call in # 800-434-5932
Access code # 12 326 790


Opening of Meeting
A.  Call to Order
B.  Determination of Quorum
C.  Procedures for teleconference due to COVID-19
D.  Approval of Minutes
Minutes of regular meeting June 9, 2020 approved__ approved with corrections__

Additions to Agenda

Treasurer’s Report

Management Agreement Amendment

Director’s Report


Other Pertinent Business

Public Comment

View or Download Meeting Materials

COVID-19 Information

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.

Emerald Isle - BITA

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.