Dear Residents and Visitors:
The Wakefield Township Board is pleased you are visiting our web site. We hope you find the information on this site useful. We have designed the site to be user friendly, to answer your questions about our local government, and to provide the forms and information you may need. If you have a specific question that is not answered, feel free to call/email a Board Member.
Visitors will discover that Wakefield Township is proud of its long standing tradition of providing excellent services for its residents and businesses. You will find our services to be outstanding in comparison to many parts of the country, while still enjoying one of the lowest tax rates in the nation. We are excited about the opportunities that we can provide to potential businesses, which include two renaissance zone locations. You can find out more about the renaissance zones on the economic development page.
People who enjoy outdoor recreation will be able to participate in one of the many outdoor activities we enjoy in our area. Some of our outdoor recreational activities include skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, swimming, and hiking on our many scenic trails. We hope you take can take advantage of our naturally beautiful surroundings.
Thank you for taking the time to review our site. We welcome your comments and suggestions to help us improve both this site, and our township.
Members of the Wakefield Township Board
The video below was produced in December for the Michigan Townships Association, portions were filmed in Wakefield Township!
The map below shows the location of the Township Hall
Wakefield Township Featured in the Daily Globe:
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Township Board recently adopted goals for 2015-16. The board has been adopting annual goals since 2008 and many have been reached, according to supervisor John Cox. “These goals help drive our township to improve together.”
The township’s goals include:
—Continue to secure and investigate possibilities for motorized ATV and snowmobile trails in the township and nonmotorized across Gogebic County.
—Continue to improve and pave roads.
—Continue to provide support to the proposed Copperwood Mine project, including permitting, infrastructure, and other services necessary to see the project to its fruition.
—Provide support to the proposed Indianhead hotel and casino project.
—Continue efforts to bring blighted properties into compliance.
—Provide support to residents in areas where there are no addresses or confusion in the existing addresses, so that emergency services can locate their premises in times of an emergency, including new address signs for Johnson Road, North M-519 and other areas.
—Continue to monitor the functions and support of the Solid Waste Authority.
—Monitor the functions of the Road Commission, by having the supervisor meet with the Road Commission monthly or as needed and report back to the board.
—Pursue natural gas service for the Johnson Road area in cooperation with Xcel Energy.
—Work with the 911 Committee and other agencies to prepare for emergencies including ski-hill evacuation, pipeline emergencies, power outages, water, etc.
Indianhead Mountain is a large employer in the county and is under new ownership by Art Dumke, who also owns Blackjack. The two hills have now merged into one operation. “This combined venture will make the local ski industry stronger by consolidating operations on the two hills and reaching out to more customers,” Cox said. “In addition to this good news, are the plans for a new hotel, conference center and casino on the Indianhead site. “The job creation and endless possibilities in expanding our tourist industry are most welcome. We are also pleased to have the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa from Watersmeet involved in this expansion project, whose plans are to invest heavily in this project.” The project is in the “feasibility study” phase to determine the size and scope of the facilities. “Like all businesses that come to Wakefield Township, we are pleased to welcome them and their investment in our area,”Cox said.
More economic development
The board is also working on economic development, including with the Highland Copper Company’s Copperwood Project. With the permits completed, Highland has been looking for investors and continues to move ahead with its research and development of the Copperwood Project as well as the former White Pine mine. “The price of copper is very low at this point and investors keep their eyes on this,” Cox said. “This is a capital intensive project and we are hopeful that this mine will become a reality soon.” Extreme Tool and Engineering employs more than 80 people. Both the molding and tooling facilities were added onto and/or enhanced recently. Extreme’s client list continues to grow and diversify, Cox said. “An updated and professional marketing plan has been implemented in conjunction with a 3- 5-year strategic plan. ... The future looks very bright for Extreme, as more and more work returns to USA and Michigan, from offshore locations.”
“A community that has blighted properties and unkempt properties does not lend itself well to attract new residents or businesses,” said Cox. “For the past eight years, Wakefield Township has held a spring cleanup which gave our residents a chance to dispose of junk and garbage on their properties. The township plans to fund this program again this spring and in the future.” Cox said the Wakefield Fire Department has been “vital in our efforts to help our residents dispose of dilapidated buildings. The cooperative program provides training for our firefighters as well as doing a service for our residents.” Part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is located in the township. Its 60,000 acres make one of the few wilderness areas in the Midwest. Recreational trails are a popular attraction in the township. The board plans to support the expansion of non motorized and motorized trails. The hope is the trails will help contribute to the economy. Cox said several families have recently chosen to retire or relocate in our township. “We welcome them to our township. As they have discovered, we offer no nonsense, low cost services, with minimal taxes and fees,” Cox said. “We also celebrate our tradition of helping our new residents as well as ones who have lived here their entire lives. This area is a great place to live and work here.”
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