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.


ST JAMES TOWNSHIP
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
TRUSTEE VACANCY POSTING

St James Township is seeking applications for the position of a trustee for the Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA). The responsibilities of the trustee are summarized below. The vacancy will be appointed for the remainder of the current term (through September 2021). The candidate appointed shall reside within St James.

BITA is the owner of the M/V Emerald Isle and is responsible for overseeing funding for maintenance and equipment for the operation.

The following Core Skills are Important:

  • Transportation Issues - Work with the Beaver Island Boat Co (BIBCO), the operator of the M/V Emerald Isle in effectively providing transportation and freight services for island community
  • Government Operations - Knowledge of federal, state, and local transportation funding (not required, but helpful)
  • Interpersonal Skills - Communicates effectively, Listens attentively, Works effectively with individuals, Possesses knowledge of what constitutes ethical behavior, Demonstrates behavior that results in public trust, Manages adversity and hostility effectively
  • Leadership Abilities - Possesses vision, especially relative to the ferry, Utilizes consensus-building techniques
  • Policymaking Skills - Knows how to critically examine proposals to evaluate how the proposed policies and practices could affect the authority, operator, and future ferry transportation. Utilizes effective research techniques to become more knowledgeable about matters that come before BITA

BITA meets at 12 noon the second Tuesday of each month. More information on BITA can be obtained at beaverislandtransportationauthority.com

Applications must be submitted by October 25, 2019. Any interested applicants must submit a letter of interest explaining how they can carry out the responsibilities and how their individual skills will benefit BITA. Letters must be submitted by email to:
Supervisor Kathleen McNamara, mcnamara.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com

Supervisor: Kathleen McNamara
Treasurer: Diane McDonough
Clerk: Julie Gillespie
Trustee: Paul Cole
Trustee: Joseph Moore

37830 King’s Highway
PO Box 85
Beaver Island, MI 49782

BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
ANNUAL MEETING
TUESDAY OCTTOBER 8, 2019
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BUILDING
12:00 PM

AGENDA

Opening of Meeting

A. Call to Order
B. Determination of Quorum


Additions to Agenda

Election of Temporary Chairman

Election of Officers

Approval of Financial Institution

Approval of Credit Card Policy

Meeting Day and Time

Adjournment

BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
TUESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2019
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BUILDING
12:00 PM

AGENDA

Opening of Meeting

A. Call to Order
B. Determination of Quorum
C. Approval of Minutes
D. Minutes of regular meeting September 10, 2019 approved_ approved with corrections_



Additions to Agenda

Treasurer’s Report

Director’s Report

Review Code of Ethics

Correspondence

Other Pertinent Business

Public Comment

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.