Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

 
 

Minutes

 

THUNDER​ ​BAY​ ​ISLAND​ ​PRESERVATION​ ​SOCIETY

Regular​ ​Meeting-​ ​September​ ​26,​ ​2017 


 The​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​called​ ​to​ ​order​ ​at​ ​7:00pm,​ ​by​ ​President​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher.​ ​​ ​Members​ ​present​ ​were:​ ​Sue​ ​Brown,​ ​Jan Mansfield,​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson,​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher,​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​Matt​ ​&​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman,​ ​Duffy​ ​Gorski,​ ​Steve Dean,​ ​Dan​ ​Braden,​ ​Lori​ ​&​ ​Don​ ​June,​ ​Robert​ ​Niedzwiecki,​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe.
 Secretary’s​ ​Report:​​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson​ ​made​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​the​ ​secretary’s​ ​report​ ​as​ ​presented,​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​Jan Mansfield,​ ​motion​ ​carried. Treasurer’s​ ​Report:​​ ​​ ​The​ ​financial​ ​report​ ​showed​ ​monthly​ ​income​ ​of​ ​$107.20,​ ​expenses​ ​of​ ​$105.66.It​ ​was​ ​accepted as​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​by​ ​Jan​ ​Mansfield,​ ​seconded​ ​by​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson.​ ​Vote; unanimous.
 Committee​ ​Reports: Buildings​ ​and​ ​Grounds:​​ ​​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​on​ ​the​ ​island​ ​accomplishments​ ​for​ ​the​ ​work​ ​season.​ ​​ ​There were​ ​8​ ​trips​ ​made​ ​to​ ​the​ ​island​ ​for​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​309.5​ ​man​ ​hours,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​in-kind​ ​cash​ ​equivalent​ ​of​ ​$15,​ ​270.75,​ ​this includes​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​boats.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​projects​ ​identified​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season​ ​were​ ​completed;​ ​the​ ​installation of​ ​the​ ​transfer​ ​sign,​ ​the​ ​cedar​ ​kiosk​ ​by​ ​the​ ​tramway​ ​interpretative​ ​sign,​ ​maintenance​ ​of​ ​equipment,​ ​the​ ​assessment of​ ​the​ ​fog​ ​signal​ ​roof,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​outer​ ​surface​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tower,​ ​and​ ​moisture​ ​levels​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Keeper’s​ ​Quarters​ ​at​ ​the​ ​first visit​ ​for​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​the​ ​individuals​ ​who​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​making​ ​the​ ​island​ ​work​ ​season​ ​successful. Bottle​ ​Drive:​​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher​ ​submitted​ ​bottle​ ​return​ ​slips​ ​totaling​ ​$30.20,​ ​bringing​ ​the​ ​ongoing​ ​bottle​ ​drive total​ ​to​ ​$699.75.​ ​​ ​It​ ​was​ ​discussed​ ​that​ ​we​ ​would​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​bottle​ ​returns​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​appears to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​good​ ​source​ ​of​ ​revenue,​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​done​ ​at​ ​the​ ​convenience​ ​of​ ​the​ ​membership. Government​ ​Liaison:​​ ​​ ​Chair​ ​Herb​ ​Palmer​ ​was​ ​not​ ​present​ ​at​ ​the​ ​meeting. Grants​ ​and​ ​Special​ ​Projects:​ ​​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​that​ ​the​ ​price​ ​quotes​ ​requested​ ​for​ ​the​ ​metal​ ​shingle​ ​roof replacement​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Fog​ ​Signal​ ​building​ ​were​ ​received.​ ​​ ​In​ ​an​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Alpena​ ​Township​ ​meeting schedules,​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher​ ​made​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Planning​ ​Commission​ ​for​ ​their​ ​approval​ ​of​ ​our​ ​efforts​ ​to secure​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Fog​ ​Signal​ ​roof,​ ​and​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​gave​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Trustees.​ ​​ ​Both​ ​boards gave​ ​their​ ​unanimous​ ​support,​ ​and​ ​permission​ ​to​ ​proceed​ ​which​ ​is​ ​required​ ​now​ ​that​ ​the​ ​southern​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the island​ ​belongs​ ​to​ ​Alpena​ ​Township.​ ​​ ​The​ ​members​ ​were​ ​given​ ​a​ ​photo​ ​presentation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​current​ ​condition​ ​of​ ​the Fog​ ​Signal​ ​building,​ ​and​ ​review​ ​of​ ​the​ ​price​ ​quotes​ ​received.​ ​​ ​Discussion​ ​continued​ ​on​ ​the​ ​source​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant matching​ ​funds,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​process​ ​in​ ​the​ ​MLAP​ ​grant​ ​concerning​ ​reimbursement.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​the​ ​shingles to​ ​be​ ​used,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​sheathing​ ​replacement​ ​that​ ​may​ ​or​ ​may​ ​not​ ​be​ ​needed.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​present​ ​then began​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​passing​ ​a​ ​resolution​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​for​ ​the​ ​grant,​ ​pledging​ ​our​ ​spendable​ ​funds​ ​at​ ​the​ ​CFNEM​ ​as​ ​the cash​ ​match,​ ​and​ ​appointed​ ​Don​ ​June​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Project​ ​Coordinator.​ ​​ ​That​ ​official​ ​resolution​ ​will​ ​be​ ​on​ ​a​ ​separate letterhead,​ ​and​ ​notarized​ ​to​ ​become​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​application.​ ​​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​price​ ​estimates​ ​according​ ​to​ ​the​ ​scope of​ ​work​ ​defined​ ​by​ ​the​ ​HSR​ ​firm,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Michigan​ ​Lighthouse​ ​Assistance​ ​Program​ ​grant​ ​fund​ ​for​ ​a project​ ​totaling​ ​$68,000.,​ ​with​ ​$45,500​ ​from​ ​MLAP,​ ​and​ ​$22,500​ ​from​ ​TBIPS.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​reimbursement​ ​grant, so we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​to​ ​show​ ​proof​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​total​ ​project​ ​cost​ ​on​ ​hand​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​the​ ​application,​ ​and​ ​will receive​ ​the​ ​MLAP​ ​portion​ ​at​ ​the​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project.​ ​​ ​If​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​is​ ​awarded,,​ ​the​ ​work​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​in​ ​the summer​ ​of​ ​2018,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​can​ ​have​ ​until​ ​September​ ​30,​ ​2019​ ​if​ ​needed. New​ ​Business:​ ​​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​received​ ​a​ ​copy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​easement​ ​that​ ​was​ ​granted​ ​by​ ​BLM​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Township​ ​for​ ​access from​ ​the​ ​boat​ ​landing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​township​ ​property​ ​line​ ​and​ ​to​ ​install​ ​a​ ​dock,​ ​she​ ​asked​ ​if​ ​the​ ​Society​ ​would​ ​prefer​ ​to have​ ​it​ ​recorded​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Register​ ​of​ ​Deeds​ ​office.​ ​​ ​The​ ​group​ ​agreed​ ​that​ ​this​ ​document​ ​should​ ​be​ ​legally​ ​recorded. Old​ ​Business:​ ​none​ ​. The​ ​meeting​ ​adjourned​ ​at​ ​8:10pm.​ ​​ ​The​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​is​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​October​ ​24,​ ​2017​ ​at​ ​7pm,​ ​Alpena​ ​Yacht Club. At​ ​that​ ​meeting​ ​the​ ​Christmas​ ​dinner​ ​will​ ​be​ ​finalized,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​2019​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​will​ ​be​ ​appointed.
Respectfully​ ​submitted,​ ​​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Secretary​ ​TBIPS 

 

THUNDER​ ​BAY​ ​ISLAND​ ​PRESERVATION​ ​SOCIETY

Regular​ ​meeting-​ ​August​ ​22,2017


 ​ ​The​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​​ ​called​ ​to​ ​order​ ​by​ ​Vice-President​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson​ ​at​ ​7:00pm.​ ​​ ​Members​ ​present​ ​were: Janet​ ​Spencer,​ ​Sue​ ​Brown,​ ​Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​Sue​ ​&​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Robert​ ​Niedzwiecki,​ ​Steve​ ​Dean,​ ​Lori​ ​June, and​ ​Matt​ ​&​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman. Secretary’s​ ​Report:​​ ​The​ ​report​ ​was​ ​accepted​ ​without​ ​changes​ ​or​ ​corrections​ ​from​ ​the​ ​July​ ​25,​ ​2017 meeting​ ​in​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​by​ ​Jan​ ​Spencer,​ ​seconded​ ​by​ ​Bill​ ​Meden.​ ​​ ​Motion​ ​carried. Treasurer’s​ ​report:​​ ​There​ ​was​ ​income​ ​of​ ​$192.25,​ ​and​ ​expenses​ ​of​ ​$144.73​ ​from​ ​the​ ​previous​ ​month.​ ​We have​ ​received​ ​membership​ ​from​ ​founding​ ​member​ ​Paula​ ​Glennie.​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman​ ​made​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​to accept​ ​the​ ​report,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​Sue​ ​Brown.​ ​​ ​Motion​ ​carried.

 Committee​ ​Reports:  Buildings​ ​&​ ​Grounds:​​ ​​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​on​ ​the​ ​trip​ ​that​ ​was​ ​made​ ​on​ ​August​ ​4th,​ ​the​ ​group of​ ​4​ ​cut​ ​all​ ​the​ ​grass,​ ​cleaned​ ​out​ ​the​ ​porta-jon,​ ​finished​ ​some​ ​details​ ​on​ ​the​ ​new​ ​cedar​ ​kiosk,​ ​and​ ​got​ ​the island​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​large​ ​governmental​ ​visit.​ ​​ ​On​ ​August​ ​7th,​ ​19​ ​people​ ​representing​ ​various​ ​State, Federal,​ ​and​ ​Township​ ​governments​ ​to​ ​conduct​ ​a​ ​site​ ​visit​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​meet​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​various projects​ ​and​ ​creating​ ​the​ ​funding​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​projects​ ​to​ ​fruition.​ ​​ ​Bryan​ ​Lijewski​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Michigan State​ ​Preservation​ ​Office​ ​hand​ ​delivered​ ​the​ ​initial​ ​draft​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​the​ ​historic​ ​structures​ ​report​ ​for Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​Island.​ ​​ ​A​ ​large​ ​focus​ ​was​ ​placed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​recommendation​ ​concerning​ ​the​ ​boathouse​ ​that now​ ​exists,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​immediate​ ​repair.​ ​​ ​Each​ ​group​ ​represented​ ​shared​ ​the​ ​same​ ​concern​ ​for​ ​island access.​ ​​

​A​ ​meeting​ ​of​ ​all​ ​parties​ ​continued​ ​the​ ​following​ ​day​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​National​ ​Marine Sanctuary.​ ​​ ​The​ ​following​ ​items​ ​were​ ​the​ ​big​ ​take​ ​away;​ ​the​ ​BLM​ ​must​ ​have​ ​an​ ​environmental assessment​ ​completed​ ​for​ ​their​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island​ ​before​ ​any​ ​management​ ​or​ ​activity​ ​agreements​ ​can​ ​be​ ​put in​ ​place,​ ​that​ ​was​ ​being​ ​bid​ ​out,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​deadline​ ​of​ ​August​ ​18th,​ ​and​ ​since​ ​the​ ​boathouse​ ​was​ ​not​ ​placed on​ ​the​ ​Register​ ​of​ ​Historic​ ​Places​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​the​ ​light​ ​station​ ​was,​ ​then​ ​that​ ​must​ ​be​ ​done​ ​before​ ​federal dollars​ ​can​ ​be​ ​invested.​ ​​ ​Then​ ​the​ ​conversation​ ​ended​ ​when​ ​none​ ​of​ ​the​ ​parties​ ​present​ ​could​ ​confirm​ ​who the​ ​boathouse​ ​actually​ ​belongs​ ​to.​ ​​ ​The​ ​BLM​ ​will​ ​pursue​ ​the​ ​documents​ ​to​ ​confirm​ ​ownership.​ ​​ ​The representative​ ​from​ ​MDOT​ ​offered​ ​to​ ​send​ ​links​ ​to​ ​various​ ​grants​ ​possibilities,​ ​and​ ​also​ ​requirements needed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Alpena​ ​Township​ ​master​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​insure​ ​eligibility​ ​for​ ​State​ ​monies.​ ​​

​Alpena​ ​Township Supervisor​ ​Nathan​ ​Skibbe​ ​will​ ​follow​ ​through​ ​to​ ​be​ ​certain​ ​all​ ​the​ ​necessary​ ​language​ ​is​ ​in​ ​place​ ​since​ ​the Township​ ​was​ ​scheduled​ ​to​ ​approve​ ​the​ ​updated​ ​master​ ​plan​ ​at​ ​their​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​on​ ​August​ ​26th.​ ​There will​ ​be​ ​another​ ​conference​ ​call​ ​on​ ​Sept.​ ​12th​ ​for​ ​updates​ ​for​ ​all​ ​parties. Special​ ​Projects:​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​explained​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​high​ ​priority​ ​projects​ ​identified​ ​in​ ​the​ ​75% completed​ ​HSR,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​which​ ​is​ ​the​ ​roof​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Fog​ ​Signal​ ​Building.​ ​​ ​The​ ​south​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​has no​ ​surface​ ​left​ ​on​ ​the​ ​asphalt​ ​shingles​ ​that​ ​were​ ​installed​ ​in​ ​1998​ ​&​ ​1999,​ ​the​ ​interior​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​is once​ ​again​ ​experiencing​ ​water​ ​leakage​ ​and​ ​further​ ​damage.​ ​​ ​Discussion​ ​took​ ​place​ ​about​ ​applying​ ​for​ ​a grant​ ​from​ ​MLAP,​ ​the​ ​state​ ​funds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​sale​ ​of​ ​lighthouse​ ​license​ ​plates.​ ​​ ​The​ ​SHPO​ ​rep​ ​had encouraged​ ​our​ ​group​ ​to​ ​not​ ​miss​ ​out​ ​on​ ​any​ ​possible​ ​grants​ ​funds,​ ​and​ ​since​ ​the​ ​roof​ ​project​ ​is​ ​listed​ ​in Phase​ ​1-high​ ​priority,​ ​she​ ​suggested​ ​investigating​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​the​ ​metal​ ​shingle​ ​rehabilitation​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Fog Signal.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​type​ ​of​ ​shingles​ ​the​ ​building​ ​had​ ​up​ ​until​ ​1956,​ ​since​ ​our​ ​period​ ​of​ ​interpretation​ ​has been​ ​set​ ​to​ ​the​ ​period​ ​from​ ​1939-1955,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​type​ ​of​ ​roof​ ​we​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to​ ​return​ ​the​ ​building​ ​to.​ ​​ ​

A motion​ ​was​ ​made​ ​by​ ​Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​with​ ​second​ ​from​ ​Lori​ ​June​ ​that​ ​we​ ​investigate​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​if we​ ​can​ ​financially​ ​initiate​ ​the​ ​project.​ ​​ ​The​ ​MLAP​ ​grant​ ​is​ ​a​ ​reimbursement​ ​grant,​ ​so​ ​costs​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to be​ ​paid​ ​upfront,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​submit​ ​for​ ​reimbursement.​ ​​ ​The​ ​local​ ​match​ ​is​ ​25%,​ ​so​ ​75%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​would be​ ​returned​ ​to​ ​us​ ​when​ ​the​ ​project​ ​is​ ​completed.​ ​​ ​The​ ​motion​ ​carried.​ ​​ ​Steve​ ​Dean​ ​volunteered​ ​to​ ​assist Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​with​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​application.​ ​​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​follow-up​ ​at​ ​the​ ​September​ ​meeting. The​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​having​ ​a​ ​Christmas​ ​dinner​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​discussed,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​consensus​ ​was​ ​to​ ​plan​ ​a​ ​dinner meeting​ ​for​ ​this​ ​year.​ ​​ ​The​ ​tentative​ ​date​ ​is​ ​December​ ​5th,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Alpena​ ​Yacht​ ​Club. Activities:​Lori​ ​June​ ​presented​ ​another​ ​check​ ​for​ ​$37.00​ ​in​ ​bottle​ ​drive​ ​funds,​ ​this​ ​brings​ ​our​ ​total for​ ​the​ ​July​ ​bottle​ ​drive​ ​to​ ​$629.55. Lori​ ​also​ ​turned​ ​in​ ​fundraising​ ​money​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Rada​ ​sale​ ​at​ ​the​ ​July​ ​meeting.​ ​​ ​Thank​ ​you,​ ​Lori!

 The​ ​meeting​ ​adjourned​ ​at​ ​7:45pm,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​September​ ​26,​ ​2017,​ ​at​ ​7pm.
 Respectfully​ ​submitted,
 
 
Susan​ ​Skibbe Secretary/Treasurer​ ​TBIPS 

 

  Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society Regular Meeting-

                                                                                 July 25, 2017
 
 
The meeting was called at order at 7pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Janet Mansfield, Lee Thomson, Jim DesRocher, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Jane Speer, Bill Meden, Dan Braden, Don June, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Robert Niedzwiecki, and Duffy Gorski.
 Secretary’s Report:​ The secretary’s report was accepted as presented in a motion by Lee Thomson, and second from Jan Mansfield.  Motion carried.
 Treasurer’s Report:  ​The report was accepted as presented in a motion by Jan Mansfield with a second from Lee Thomson.  Motion carried.  It was noted that the July 8th bottle drive has created $474.30 of income so far, there are still some bottle receipts coming in . A thank you card will be sent to Jimmy Garant’s Party Store.
 
Committee Reports:  Website:  Jim DesRocher reported that so far everything seems to be working well with the website. Some links have been difficult to re-establish, but all the new photos of the 2017 season are being posted to the site as they come in.  Thank you, Jim. Computer:  Bill Meden brought in a laptop that his family is willing to donate for our use.  It has Windows 10, and all the necessary capacity needed to run our digital projector.  We will be able to being doing presentations this fall.  Thank you to the Meden family! Buildings & Grounds:  Dave Skibbe reported the most recent trips on July 3rd & July 22 have resulted in getting our commemorative sign installed, and also getting the cedar shingle roof kiosk installed over the tramway interpretative sign.  Lots of grass has been mowed, and problems with our riding lawn mower continue to develop. The decision to repair or replace will be made over the winter when the mower is brought back to shore for a closer evaluation.  We are still planning to get the finishing touches made to the kiosk, and some interior cleaning. Government Liaison:  Another BLM conference call was made on July 11.  There will be site visit from the BLM, and many other government agencies on Aug. 7-9.  Meetings will be conducted on shore at the NOAA Maritime Heritage Center.  The draft of our HSR will be available at that time, and talks will be centered around how to proceed with the boathouse and walkway.  Sue Skibbe brought the Alpena Township Board up to date on the HSR, and asked for their support with the recommendations that will be identified.  They are very appreciative of all of our efforts, and the Supervisor and a trustee will be involved in all future developments plans.  Dan Braden offered his boat as a means of transport for officials involved in the upcoming site visit, we will have 3 boats available. Old Business:​  Don June turned in the orders from the RADA fundraiser, it shows $55.70 in profit for our group. Thank you, Lori June. New Business:​  Susan & Matt Kitzman recently took the Lady Michigan tour which went out by Thunder Bay Island, they were disappointed that the tour guide did not know much accurate information about the island. We will inquire with Friends of TBNMS staff to be certain they have current information to share. Sue Skibbe asked for volunteers to help with creating a new power point to utilize for presentations.  We will wait to incorporate the priority projects identified in the HSR.  Adjournment: ​Lee Thomson made a motion to adjourn at 7pm, with a second by Duffy Gorski. Next Meeting is scheduled for August 22, 2017 at 7pm, Alpena Yacht Club.
 
Respectfully Submitted, Susan Skibbe 

 

                                                   Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society
 
                                                            Regular Meeting June 27,2017
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Janet Mansfield, Lee Thomson, Dave & Sue Skibbe, Duffy Gorski, Jim DesRocher, Susan & Matt Kitzman, Bill Meden, Lori & Don June.
 Secretary’s Report: ​A motion was made by Lee Thomson, and seconded by Lori June to accept the minutes of the May meeting as presented.  Motion carried unanimously. Treasurer’s Report: ​ A motion was made by Janet Mansfield with a second by Lee Thomson to accept the treasurer’s report as presented.  Treasurer Sue Skibbe explained that the insurance premium that was paid in full is awaiting the $1,000 budgeted amount from Alpena Township as reimbursement.  Motion carried.
 
Committee Reports: Bottle Drive: ​ Jim DesRocher reminded the group of the July 8th bottle drive at Jimmy Garant’s Party Store on Chisholm Street In Alpena.  Jim scheduled some advertising in the Alpena News, and asked that email reminders be sent out to the local members.  There is no firm schedule of workers in place at this time. Website:​ Jim DesRocher has been working diligently on our website, and it is now back up and going.  He asked that all members visit the site and send back a response so he can judge if all systems are working correctly. Buildings & Grounds:​  Dave Skibbe reported that recent trips to the island had accomplished clearing the trail, cutting grass, inspecting the buildings for damage, everything appeared to be in good order.  The June 5th trip took the crew doing our historic structures report out to the island, all 7 people plus 3 TBIPS members.  They had a long full day on the island to complete all the research needed.  The crew was very appreciative of all the support they received from TBIPS, and dinner host Herb Palmer. The preliminary report will be back at the end of July.  TBIPS members also got the island historic site sign out and on display.  The July 19th trip took BLM photographer and a licensed drone pilot out to the island. The tractor and the lawn mower both had flat tires that had to be fixed.  Yvonne Meden and Sue Skibbe worked inside the Keeper’s Quarters and completed lots of cleaning.  Both BLM people were also very appreciative of the support given by TBIPS and promised a copy of all the photography they shot. Dave Skibbe also displayed the brackets he created for our commemorative sign, and it will be ready for installation on the next trip out, the sign posts will be able to accommodate two back to back signs.  The location for the sign has been determined to be best suited to the former site of the old garage, so it will be the first thing that greets visitors when they clear the path to the lighthouse. Government Liaison:​  Herb Palmer was not present to give his report, so Sue Skibbe filled everyone in on the progress being made with the multi government groups working to move forward with a long term plan for island improvements based on the final HSR report.  There has been a monthly conference call to keep everyone informed, with BLM officials planning a site visit in August. Old Business: ​The purchase of a digital projector was discussed again with the deadline for requesting a donation through TechSoup was due by June 30.  A motion was made by Lee Thomson and second from Lori June to request the projector and pay the $275 administration fee required of TechSoup, motion carried.  Don June and Duffy Gorski volunteered to work with their contacts to try to secure a lap top
computer, so we will be able to begin doing power point presentations to interested groups on the island and the direction we will be headed after the recommendations of the HSR report are back. New Business:​ None.
 A motion was made by Lee Thomson, second by Janet Mansfield to adjourn at 7:49pm.  It was decided to hold a July meeting since there are so many exciting developments taking place.
 
Respectfully submitted, Susan Skibbe TBIPS Secretary/ Treasurer
 
**Reminder, there will a be meeting on July 25th at 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club.  Please plan to attend if you are able. 

 

THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

May 22, 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting

 

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Lee Thomson at 7:03pm.  There were new members present, so we proceeded around the room and everyone introduced themselves.  Those present were: Lee Thomson, Lori June, Sue & David Skibbe, Dan Braden, Bill Meden, Jane Speer, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Robert Niedzwiecki, Duffy Gorski. 

Secretary’s Report: The minutes were accepted as presented in a motion by Jane Speer, and second by Lori June, motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: There had not been any activity since April, and Jane Speer made a motion to accept as presented, with a second from Lori June.  Motion carried.

Committee Reports: 

Buildings & Grounds: Co-Chairs Dave Skibbe and Bill Meden announced a trip to the island on the following day.  All those present were invited to join along.  It was explained that the first trip is usually clearing the trail,  assessing any winter damage, and getting the equipment running and cutting the grass.

Activities:  Lori June announced that she will be collecting any RADA orders at the June meeting.  Reminder that anyone can order on-line and we will get credit by going to the website address: www.helpourfundraiser.com, our internet ordering number is#507127, the password is lighthouse, and our customer number is 1232844.

Special Projects:  Chair Sue Skibbe suggested the group consider purchasing a laptop and projector so the Society can do presentations to various entities on the progress and future  plans for Thunder Bay Island.  We had done power point presentations in the past, but the equipment we used had been borrowed.  Since we are now set up through TechSoup as a non-profit we can purchase the items we need at a free or low cost price.  A suggested list of items will be presented at the June meeting for approval.

Website:  Duffy Gorski reported that he has still not gotten the registration for our previous site transferred.  The suggestion was made to start over with a new URL, as too much time has passed trying to resolve this issue.  The links may have to be re-established, but at least we will be back to having a website.

Government Liaison:  Chair Herb Palmer was not present, a report was given on his behalf by Sue Skibbe on the May 9, 2017, multi governmental agency meeting.  Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, Milwaukee, Michigan Historical Preservation Office, US Coast Guard, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena Township, and TBIPS met at the TBNMS Visitor Center to discuss the future possibilities for Thunder Bay Island.  When the boathouse was included into the historic structures report it opened up the opportunity for the BLM to develop a plan and funding to restore/replace the boathouse and construct access for visitors to the island.  The meeting was very productive, with each group in attendance enthusiastically taking on a task to assist in getting progress moving forward very quickly.  The participants at this meeting will meet via conference call on the second Tuesday of each month to report their progress, and address new challenges.  The preliminary completion report for the HSR will be ready in July.  At that point representatives of BLM-Milwaukee will return to Alpena for a site visit to Thunder Bay Island.  The HSR will also contain input from TBIPS as to the future plans and activities our group foresees for Thunder Bay Island.  Please email any suggestions you may have for us to consider.

Old Business: Jane Speer re-introduced the idea of TBIPS sponsoring a scholarship at  Alpena Community College. Annual funding could be set by the Board, as well as review of the applicants.  The item was tabled for future discussion.

New Business:  None. 

A motion to adjourn at 7:45pm was made by Jane Speer, and second by Lori June.  Next meeting is scheduled for June 27th at 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Skibbe, Secretary 

 

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THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Regular monthly meeting

April 25, 2017 

The meeting was called to order at 7:04pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Sue Brown, Dave & Sue Skibbe, Bill Meden, Duffy Gorski, Lee Thomson, Don Speer, Robert Niedzwiecki, Lori June, Steve & Donna Dean.

There were no guest present. 

Secretary’s Report:  Members had  been either emailed or postal mailed the minutes. Motion was made by Lee Thomson to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Sue Brown.  There was no discussion or corrections, vote to accept was unanimous. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion was made by Sue Brown, with a scond from Duffy Gorski to accept the report as presented.  There was no discussion or corrections, motion carried. 

Committee Reports:

 Activities:  A fundraising bottle drive is set for July 8th, Jimmy Garant’s party store will again be our host.  Tentative hours are 10:00am- 3:00p.  If members chose to redeem their own cans and bottles prior to this date, they can bring their cash slips to the meetings or the day of the bottle drive. 

 Website:  Duffy Gorski reported that the registration  of our previous site with dick Chowen is still in progress.  We have all the pages of that site stored on a thumb drive.  “Host Baby” is now the host for our site.  All of the verification had to be re-done, so it is slow process.  The official owner of our new site will be “Light President” so it isn’t an individual persoon and can be permanently owned by TBIPS.  All of our links will remain from the previous site. 

Buildings & Grounds:  The individuals who often provide boat transportation have been preparing their boats for launch.  The wind speeds have been prohibitive lately, but the first trip will take place as soon as possible.  Seasonal supplies have been purchased with the gift card donation we received last season from Meijer. 

Government Liaison:  Herb Palmer has made contact with the BLM out of Milwaukee, they are very positive about bringing together all partners for a meeting here in Alpena on May 9, 2017.  A complete report of the results of that meeting will be presented at the May meting of TBIPS. 

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe reported that she had register TBIPS with Tech-Soup, an organization for non-profits to access all kinds of computers and programs at little or no cost.  She suggested that the organization consider purchasing our own lap top computer and a projector so we can do power point presentations again, the system we had used previously had been borrowed. 

Old Business:  None 

New Business:  

 Duffy Gorski brought in info from “All Hands On Deck” about promoting the health of the Great Lakes.  The purpose is to send off photos of everyone linked in hands to our  Senators and Representatives to try to raise awareness and champion the cause of fun ding and protecting the Great Lakes.

 Lori June brought in RADA catalogs for fundraising.  We have participated in this before, and this time we will get registered with the company for online sales.  The local deadline for orders will be June 1st.  For our out of town members the following information should be entered to order and have the profits deposited with TBIPS.  The website is: www.helpourfundraiser.com our internet ordering number is: #507127, the password is: lighthouse, and our customer number is 1232844.  Internet orders will be subject to shipping costs.  We thank anyone who orders on our behalf.  To just preview their catalog go to www.RadaCutlery.com 

A motion to adjourn was made at 7:28pm.  The May meeting is out of our normal schedule, please note Monday, May 22, at 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Susan Skibbe, Secretary  TBIPS

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 Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society
 
Regular meeting March 28, 2017

 
The meeting was called to order by president Jim DesRocher at 7:01pm.  Members present were; Janet Mansfield, Jim DesRocher, Dave & Susan Skibbe, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Bill Meden, and Robert Niedzwiecki.
 
Secretary’s report was accepted as presented in a motion by Janet Mansfield, and second by Bill Meden, motion carried.
 
Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented in a motion by Susan Kitzman and second by Janet Mansfield, motion carried.
 
Committee Reports:
 
 Activities: A bottle drive has been scheduled for July 8, 2017, from 10am-2pm, at Jimmy Garants Party Store. Website: No progress has been made on getting the site transferred and operational.  The code number being sent has not been accepted by the host.  This process has been repeated 5 times, so Jim DesRocher and Duffy Gorski are planning to try a new host. Building and Grounds:  Dave Skibbe reported that he received an email from member David Cummins asking for information on old maps and surveys that would help him a class he is taking.  He is planning to do a mapping project of Thunder Bay Island.  We will assist him with additional information, and look forward to the completed project. Government Liaison:  Chair Herb Palmer sent a printed report on his recent phone call with Carol Grundman, BLM.  Carol is our contact concerning Thunder Bay Island.  The conversation was very encouraging concerning the boathouse and island access.  Carol would like to partner with several other State and Federal agencies that also have funds available to assist in such an endeavor.  A site visit is being planned to bring those agencies together for a trip out to the island this spring.  As more information becomes available it will be shared with the Society.
 
Old Business: Jim Des Rocher did contact the City of Alpena Building Inspector concerning the class on handling contaminants.  It is information that we already have and are guided by through the State Historical Preservation Office.  Any projects we propose are currently authorized and supervised by SHPO, so there is no need to involve another government entity that does not have any ownership or interest in Thunder Bay Island.
 
New Business: We will again participate in the City Street Clean-up program.  Our April 25th meeting will begin at 6pm with the clean-up conducted first and then the regular meeting to be held afterward.  Mark your calendars.
 
There is a conflict with the use of the Alpena Yacht Club for our regular meeting night in May.  In a motion made by Bill Meden and second by Susan Skibbe, the members present voted to move our May meeting to Monday, May 22, at 7pm.  Again, mark your calendars! A motion to adjourn was made by Bill Meden, and second by Janet Mansfield.  The meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.
 
NEXT MEETING: APRIL 25 at 6pm, Alpena yacht Club and surrounding area.
 
Respectfully submitted,  
 
Susan Skibbe, Secretary TBIPS 

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Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society 

Regular Monthly Meeting

February 28, 2017 

The meeting was called to order by president Jim DesRocher at 7:05pm.  Members present; Sue Brown, Jan Mansfield, Jim DesRocher, Lori & Don June, Bill Meden, Dave & Susan Skibbe,

 Duffy Gorski, and Robert Niedzwiecki. 

Guests present; Jerry Broad, Norm Poli, and Sid Hanching. 

Correspondence received:  Letter from Thunder Bay Arts Council inviting our participation in the 2017 Art on the Bay show.  Card and note from life member Laurie Ann McKay, enclosed were funds to provide refreshments for meeting attendees. 

Treasurer’s report:  Treasurer Sue Skibbe presented a written accounting of all funds received.  In January we received $630 in membership dues, $83 from an insurance refund.  Current checking account balance is $537.18, and savings $2,137.07.  Jan Mansfield made a motion to accept the report, Sue Brown seconded.  There were no questions or discussion, motion carried. 

Secretary’s report; A motion to accept the January minutes as presented was made by Jan Mansfield, second from Sue Brown.  Motion carried. 

Committee Reports:

 Website:  Duffy Gorski reported that he is working with Greg Cross (Dick Chowen’s associate) to get all of the proper transfer of ownership completed.  Both Jim DesRocher and Duffy have had several conversations with the potential new host; Name Cheap.com.  Once the website is up and running Jim will post the dates of potential trips out to the island on the site to help keep members and visitors of pending trips.  He will also be able to quickly post cancellations should weather pose a problem.

 Buildings & Grounds:  Dave Skibbe report on the proposed list of projects on the island for the 2017 work season. A copy of the list is attached.  Motion by Duffy Gorski to approve the projects, second was made by Jan Mansfield.  No further discussion was heard, motion carried.

Government Liaison:  Herb Palmer, chair of this committee sent his report via Dave Skibbe.  He is now in the process of re-establishing the list of government contacts.

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe reported that the firm conducting our HSR has set a tentative week for their site visit as June 5,2017.  Having a week should allow us to have a choice of the best weather days for a trip out to the island.

 Activities:  Lori June reported that she would like to conduct another sale of RADA products as our first fundraiser.  She will bring more updated catalogs to the March meeting. 

Old Business:

     None

New Business:

   Jim DesRocher will check with the city building inspector on upcoming classes for handling lead or other hazardous materials during our work trips to the island.  He will report back at the March

meeting.

 Discussion on whether or not to participate in Art on the Bay.  Bill Meden had been under the impression that we had previously decided not to participate.  Jan Mansfield updated the group on the difficulties in getting enough volunteers, and as well covering the cost of the booth space through sales.

A motion was made by Bill Meden, and seconded by Jan Mansfield that we not be involved this year.

Vote was unanimous.

   Robert Niedzwiecki questioned about our participation in the July 4th Maritime Festival.  This issue was tabled until the March meeting. 

Hearing no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm, with a motion by Jan Mansfield, and second by Sue Brown.   Members convened into the lounge area to view the video of the current condition of the boat house. 

Next meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2017, 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Skibbe, Secretary   

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THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Annual Meeting and Elections

January 24, 2017 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm, by President Jim DesRocher at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Members present: Sue Brown, Janet Mansfield, Jim DesRocher, Sue & Dave Skibbe,

Lori & Don June, Robert Niedzwiecki, and Bill Meden. 

Guest present: Matt & Susan Kitzman, and Steve Dean. 

Secretary’s report:  The December 27, 2016, meeting report was corrected to read; a motion was made to request a $5,000 budget allocation from Alpena Township, not a grant.  Motion was made by Sue Brown, seconded by Lori June to accept the minutes with the correction.  There was no additional discussion, motion carried. 

Treasurer’s report:  A motion to accept the year ending treasurers report as presented was made by Jim DesRocher, seconded by Sue Brown.  Motion carried. 

Committee reports:

Website:  Jim DesRocher reported having a meeting with 1010 Technologies, the company that purchased our former website host Chowen & Associates.  All of our website information and the various pages were transferred to a flash drive, but we must have a release from Dick Chowen before we can create a new website belonging to the Society.  Jim recommended that we use :Name Cheap.com for our new web host at a cost of $19.88 for the first year, and $78.88 per year after that.  With the professional version available we will have a much higher gigabyte capacity, so we can add more photos to our site, and any uploads or changes are much easier to implement.  A motion was made by Lori June, and seconded by Sue Brown that we proceed with contracting with Name Cheap.com once we have our release.  Discussion on the motion was concerning who would be responsible for the oversight and maintenance of the site, Jim DesRocher explained this host has a password system and TBIPS members could add information as it became available, Bill Meden suggested that it be restricted to just two people to avoid confusion.  Vote was taken, and passed unanimously. 

Government Liaison:  Sue Skibbe reported the progress being made on the National Maritime Heritage Grant awarded to TBIPS for a historic structures report.  The company O X Studio from AnnArbor has been selected to complete the HSR, and they have reached out for documentation and photographs to begin their work.  They will be coming to Alpena for a site visit to Thunder Bay Island as soon as we can safely transport them to the island.  As more information becomes available it will be shared with our membership. 

Bob Niedzwiecki reported that the City of Alpena now has classes available to train individuals on the proper procedures for handling contaminated materials and lead paint.  He suggested that perhaps some of our members may want to take the training. 

New Business:

  Lori June and Janet Mansfield were assigned to process the election ballots.  They reported there were 32 ballots returned and the results are as follows;

President:  Jim DesRocher

Vice-President:  Lee Thomson

Secretary/ Treeasurer:  Sue Skibbe

Board of Directors for the 3 year term 2017-2020:

Bill Meden                   David Skibbe

Don June                        Sue Brown

A motion to destroy the ballots was made by Janet Mansfield, seconded by Bill Meden.  Vote was unanimous. 

A motion to establish HPC Credit Union as our 2017 fiduciary was made by Sue Brown, seconded by Janet Mansfield.  There was no discussion, motion carried. 

The 2017 committee assignments are as follows;

Buildings and Grounds: Bill Meden and Dave Skibbe, Co-Chairs

Government Liaison: Herb Palmer

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe

Activities:  Lori June

Website:  Duffy Gorski and Jim DesRocher 

All TBIPS members are encouraged to participate in any area they may have an interest, as no committee can be successful without participation. 

The budget for 2017 was adopted with the same total as 2016; $4200 overall, the following categories are; 

Organization- $1500      Secretary- $150             Grants- $50       Boat Gas- $500                 Newsletter- $200

Publicity- $100             Bldg & Grds-$1000       Activities- $200            Merchandise- $250   Website- $250 

Motion to adjourn was made at 7:25pm, everyone was invited to stay and view the dvd of the boathouse produced by David and Jessica Cummins.  Some technical difficulties ensued and it was agreed to view the video at the Feb. meeting. 

 Next meeting is February 28, 2017, at 7pm, Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Skibbe

Secretary/Treasurer TBIPS

 

 

 

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DECEMBER 2011

MEETING MINUTES OF THE

THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

The Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society general membership meeting / holiday pot-luck dinner convened on December 10, 2011 at the Alpena Yacht Club. With President Cieciorka presiding, the meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM.

 

  1. Members Present: Don and Barbara Beem,Sue Brown, Tom and Paulette Cieciorka, Paula Glennie, Steve and Nancy Hammond, Bob Niedzwiecki, Jerry and Kim Plohocky, Walter Plohocky, Dave and Sue Skibbe, and Don and Jane Speer.

 

  1. Guests or New Members: None.

 

  1. Review of November 22, 2011 meeting minutes: The November 22, 2011 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written.

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Sue Skibbe provided an oral Treasurer’s report and after brief discussion was approved.

 

  1. Committee Reports: All committees stated there was nothing new to report.

 

  1. President’s Report: President Cieciorka led the group through the following Old and New business agenda items:

 

  1. Old Business:

 

    1. Newsletter / Nomination Ballots: As a respectful reminder, a slate of officers (ballot), will be provided and included in the mailing of the December newsletter for members to cast their votes to fill vacant leadership positions in 2012.

 

    1. Concerts and Comedy 4 a Cause: Jane Speer submitted our application to the selection committee for their review.

 

  1. New Business: There were no new business items to report.

 

  1. Adjournment: With no further issues to discuss, the meeting was adjourned by President Cieciorka at 5:20 PM and following a blessing by Steve Hammond, the holiday pot-luck meal was served.

 

  1. The next TBILPS general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Alpena Yacht Club.