Highline Installation – Important information for Private Roads

Highline has been busy installing high speed fiber optic internet in our community. They have already run most of the fiber optic lines in the public road right of ways as evidenced by the small green pedestals popping up along the roads. This year they will be continuing their build out- connecting individual homes along the public roads as well as finishing running fiber optic lines down many of the private roads that are so prevalent in our community. Whereas Highline was able to bury fiber on the public roads using the established right of way, no such right of way exists from the public road to homes on private roads. In order to grant access to Highline to bury fiber optic cable down your private road, a Right of Entry form must be completed. This comes with a catch, however. Highline has indicated that in order to run the necessary fiber optic cable down a private road, every property must complete the Right of Entry form. If one property does not complete the form, no properties on that private road will be connected to the network. 

Highline has obtained the necessary ROEs to extend fiber along the following roads:

  • Big Lake Road
  • Palmquist Road
  • White Birch Road
  • Poor Lake Road
  • Maplewood Road
  • Allen Lake Road
  • W Cisco Lake Road (north driveway)
  • Channel Road
  • West side of Clearwater Lake (driveway)

If you live on a private road that is not listed above, please be sure to complete the ROE to grant Highline permission to run fiber down your road.   In order to complete a Right of Entry form with Highline, it is easiest to fill out the form electronically. The person working with our community is Joe Erickson. Send him an email to Joe.Erickson@HighlineFast.com.  Identify your property location and he will prepare the form to be signed electronically. He can also be reached at 906.280.6298.

A copy of Highline’s letter to Private Road homeowners is attached as well as the Right of Entry form.
ROE Letter>  ROE Form>

Completing the Right of Entry form does not commit you to subscribing to Highline’s service at any time.  Currently, Highline is running this fiber optic cable at no charge to residents as part of a federal grant. If they are unable to lay this cable on a private road because of a lack of a Right of Entry form and are asked to come back at a later date, this will likely be done at the homeowner(s) expense.

For those of you living on private roads, our ask of you is simple- please reach out to your neighbors and assure that they have received this information and are willing to complete the Right of Entry form with Highline. If they did not receive this post, then please forward this to them.

If you have any questions about your private road installation – please contact Joe Erickson at 906-280-6298 or joe.erickson@highlinefast.com.

Any other questions, please feel free to contact Yvonne Clark, Trustee, at 906-477-3029 or John Oliver, Trustee at 847-639-7978.

Watersmeet Broadband Task Force
Yvonne Clark, Trustee
John Oliver, Trustee
Bob McGuffin
Greg Clark

Updated Zoning Ordinance Available

During its Regular Meeting on December 20, 2023, the Watersmeet Township Board of Trustees finalized and approved language modifying the Watersmeet Township Zoning Ordinance. Specifically, Section 6.02A has been modified to read as follows:

6.02A Primary uses (Without Special Approval)
11. A Seasonal Trailer Coach may be on the property year-round provided that the trailer coach maintains
current registration and license plates and provided the trailer coach remains road worthy.

The 30-day review period has ended, and the changes are final.  Copies of the ordinance are available the township office.

Click here to download Zoning Ordinance>

Seeking Volunteers for Sylvania Entrance Station

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering for permit season May 15 – September 30 of this year to help out in the Sylvania Entrance Station.

They are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to commit to several days/month or 1-2days/week to help staff the Entrance Station and help with basic maintenance of the Sylvania Recreation Area such as cleaning facilities and basic lawn maintenance.

If you are interested, please contact:

Eric Pursifull
Eric.Pursifull@usda.gov
906-358-4013

Volunteer Service Description>

Water Quality Report – 2023

NOTICE

Watersmeet Township Water Customers

The annual “Consumer Confidence Report” for the year ending December 31, 2023, which summarizes the quality of drinking water from the Watersmeet Township Water System, is available for review at the Township Office, N4689 1st Street, Watersmeet, MI  49969, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click Here to Read Report>

The report will not be mailed to Township residents.

Julie Mathiesen, Clerk
Watersmeet Township

Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting Time Change

The Board of Trustees regular monthly meetings will now be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

The Board of Trustees supplemental meetings will continue to be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

New Search Engine Added to Website

A new search engine has been added to the Watersmeet website which now allows a user to search for key words not only in pages and posts but documents as well.

We hope you will find this addition helpful when navigating the website.

Second Monthly Board of Trustees Meeting Added

At the December 20th meeting, the Watersmeet Board of Trustees approved the addition of a second regular monthly meeting.

Effective January 2024, the Board of Trustees will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held in the Watersmeet Township Community Center located at N4689 1st Street.

The public is welcome to attend all meetings.

Highline Internet – Construction Update

Highline’s partner, AEG, has crews very busy laying cable to the West end of the Township.  Highline’s project manager, Jake Stedman, recently issued the following construction update on November 14, 2023:

 As of yesterday (Nov. 13), the crews are finishing up getting fiber placed along Thousand Island Lake Road. There is around 2.5 miles left to place in the existing conduit and then the path will be complete all the way back to town. Splicing has already started on the fiber that they have placed. They still have to finish the public portion of Maplewood Road and build Crooked Lake Road. Other than that, they are still working down Roddis Road toward the very southern end of Cisco Lake Road.

Highline is hoping to get a contractor on Deerpath Road and the private portion of Maplewood Road before the end of the year.

Crews have also started working on the Cisco Lake Road leg on the west side of the zone. One contractor has nearly completed the entire path on Old US-2 from Thousand Island Lake Road to Cisco Lake Road. Crews have gotten fiber down Cisco Lake Road to Sylvan Isle Drive where another crew had already built the public road portion and placed fiber last week.

Production may be a little slower this week with some crews taking a few days off to hunt, but they are trying to shuffle crews around to compensate.

Next Steps:

Once the cable is laid on the roads, Highline will be calling MISDIGS to mark utilities for all the driveways of homeowners requesting Highline internet service on the roads noted above.  Homeowners are also encouraged to mark any underground services that they installed privately (i.e. sprinklers, irrigation, invisible fence, electric lines not run by We Energies, etc.).   As the driveways get marked, Highline will be phoning all those homeowners and letting them know crews will be installing the fiber down their driveways (homeowners need not be home). 

After the fiber is laid to the house, Highline will be calling homeowners again to arrange a time for a Highline technician to come into the home and connect the fiber to a Highline provided router (homeowners will need to be home to allow the technician access).  For those homeowners unable to be present (snowbirds, etc), Highline will be back in the spring to finish the installations.

Also in the spring, Highline will also be back to Watersmeet to connect the rest of the Township that qualified for the RDOF grant to lay fiber optic cable.

Any questions – please call Trustee Yvonne Clark at 906-477-3029.

Watersmeet Broadband Task Force

            Yvonne Clark, Trustee
            John Oliver, Trustee
            Bob McGuffin
            Greg Clark

 

Watersmeet Township 911 Address Audit to Begin in November

Watersmeet Township representatives are conducting a 911 audit to:

  1. Confirm all addresses within the Township
  2. GPS locate all property driveways
  3. Inventory and photograph all fire signs
  4. Inventory and photograph all road signs

The representatives who have been authorized to conduct this audit are:

  1. Joe LoMastro
  2. Chris Wegner
  3. Robert Wheeler
  4. Zoe Coleman

The purpose of this audit is to improve GIS applications used by emergency response personnel (fire, medical, police) to locate addresses when responding to 911 calls.

The above individuals may find it necessary to enter some properties to verify property structure, driveway and fire sign locations.  The only photographs that will be taken are of road signs and fire signs.

Please allow these individuals to complete their duties in the interest of emergency response safety.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please call the Watersmeet Township office at 906.358.4501.