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Hayes Township welcome newly elected board members

Elected Board

Township board

Following the November 6 midterm elections, Hayes Township welcomes newly elected Warren Nugent as township clerk, newly elected Julie Collard as township treasurer and newly elected Robert Jess as Trustee to join Ron Vanzee as township supervisor and Matt Cunningham as Trustee.

The Township Board is elected by the people of Hayes Township. The Township Board is comprised of five members; Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and two Trustees.

Board members elected, serve four-year terms in the Presidential Election year. The current board member’s office commenced at 12 pm on November 7, 2018 and will expire on November 20, 2020.

The Board is responsible for enacting ordinances, allocation and approval of budget, levying millage, and other items authorized by State Statute.



Hayes Township, Charlevoix County will be accepting bids for the following snow removal projects.

  1. Township Hall & Fire Barn 09195 Old US 31 N

The bid should include snow removal and salting/sanding of parking areas and fire barn entrance, shoveling and salting/sanding of walk-in areas. The bid should be broken down to separate snow removal and salting/sanding costs.

The parking area of the Township Hall must be cleared by 8:00 a.m. following a snow fall and the Township Fire Barn snow accumulation must not exceed four (4) inches. Spring clean-up of plowed gravel and grass clumps and reseeding of bare plowed areas must be completed by April 15, 2018.

Please use the following format for your bids;

  • Plow Hall parking area per time.  $
  • Plow Fire Barn drive per time  $
  • Shovel walks & doorways.  $
  • Salt parking lot.  $
  • Salt fire barn.  $
  • Ice Melt doorways. $

Proof of liability and workers comp insurance must be provided before a contract can be signed. Mail bids to Hayes Township Clerk, 09195 Old US 31 N., Charlevoix, MI 49720 or email them to Bids must be received by October 31, 2018. Questions may be directed to the Township Clerk at 231-547-6961 or

Hayes Township reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

High Speed Internet in Hayes Township

The Hayes Township Board of Trustees has taken the first step in helping to bring high speed internet to Township residents.

map emmet county and hayes twpAt their meeting on April 9, 2018 the Board adopted an ordinance to grant a franchise to Great Lakes Energy(GLE) to maintain and operate electric and fiber lines, poles and services on, along, across and under the highways, streets, alleys, bridges and other public places, and to conduct a local electric, broadband, and communication business in the Township of Hayes.
Additional information regarding the GLE project is available at

Work is scheduled to begin April 11 in the Petoskey area with plans to expand to Charlevoix (Hayes Township) and Cheboygan Counties. We are very excited to be part of this project and look forward to our residents having access to high speed internet.

People Fund Grant

Great Lakes Energy People Fund Grant Awarded to
Hayes Township Park Camp Sea-Gull

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Charlevoix County’s Hayes Township was awarded a grant from the Directors of the Great Lakes Energy People Fund for $10,000. The grant money will be used to construct rain gardens at Hayes Township Park Camp Sea-Gull on the north shore of Lake Charlevoix. The purpose of the rain gardens is to protect the water quality of Lake Charlevoix.

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council defines a rain garden as a “planted depression that receives and absorbs rain and snowmelt runoff, also known as stormwater, from impervious surfaces like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas. Rain gardens help filter out pollutants such as lawn fertilizers and pesticides, oil and other fluids from cars and machinery, and debris and litter. Rain gardens are a very effective and low cost way to protect water quality.”

The extensive rain gardens will catch and retain stormwater from the access road, boat launch, fishing pier access pathway and parking lot thus preventing stormwater from reaching Lake Charlevoix. The rain gardens were specifically designed by Site Planning Development, Inc. to catch, retain and filter the stormwater. After being filtered through the soil and plants in the rain gardens, the water will percolate into the groundwater.

The People Fund is a program of Great Lakes Energy in which customers “round up” their electric bills to the nearest dollar. The People Fund monies are then awarded to non-profit organizations and charitable activities for community projects in the Great Lakes Energy service area. Hayes Township residents, many of whom receive their electricity from Great Lakes Energy, are encouraged to sign up to participate in the People Fund program.