Transfer Station Now Open on Sunday

Beginning Sunday, June 5th, the Watersmeet Transfer Station will be open on Sundays from 8:00 a.m. – Noon.

The transfer station is available to Watersmeet Township residents and homeowners only.  Owners of vacant property are not permitted to utilize transfer station services.

Vehicle window stickers are available at the Township office.  Please provide your utility bill as proof of residency and/or home ownership.

Fire Number Road Name Blades Now Available

Many residents expressed their disappointment when it was announced that road names were going to be removed from the fire number signs due to the need for a road audit in Watersmeet.

The township is now making available separate road name blade signs.  These signs are 3” x 20” and can be attached directly below the fire number sign.  The cost is $14.00 per sign.

While acknowledging the additional expense, this is the best option to reduce the number of fire number signs that might have to be replaced after a road audit.  The township is not encouraging the purchase of the road name signs and will not be responsible for their replacement if a road name changes. This is an offer of compromise for those who felt strongly about having a road name on their fire number sign.

For consistency and to avoid confusion to emergency responders, the road name blades must match, exactly, the township road sign.

Questions?  Please email: info@watersmeet.us

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Watersmeet Transfer Station Fees to Increase June 1st

Due to the increased costs for the disposal of large items, the Watersmeet Township Board of Trustees approved a revision to the transfer station fee schedule.  The new fees will become effective June 1, 2022. The disposal of recycling and household waste will remain free of charge.  Transfer Station services are available to Watersmeet Township residents and homeowners only, owners of vacant property are not permitted to utilize transfer station services.  Individuals with out of state plates and driver’s licenses should obtain a window sticker from the Township office, proof of residency and/or home ownership is required, i.e. utility bill.
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Building/Zoning/Land Divisions Staffing Changes

Effective April 1, 2022 the Watersmeet Township staffing assignments for Building, Zoning and Land Divisions have been changed as follows:

 

Zoning Administrator/Land Divisions – Mark Erhart
zoningadmin@watersmeet.us
906-358-4501 or 906-358-0504
Office Hours: Monday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m
Drop-ins are accepted, appointments are encouraged

 

Building Inspector – Dan Kline
buildinginspector@watersmeet.us
906-358-4501 (office)
906-366-0261 (cell)
Office Hours: None set, drop-ins are accepted, appointments are encouraged

 

High-speed Internet Installation Delayed

The installation of high-speed internet in Watersmeet is likely delayed until 2023.

On February 16, 2022, Bruce Moore, CEO of Highline, appeared before the Township Board to provide an update of the installation of the high-speed internet in Watersmeet. Bruce explained that there have been unforeseen delays in the installation in the first two counties Highline serviced that is causing the delay to the installation process in Watersmeet. The Board asked Bruce how we can help move the process along. The Board volunteered to set up connections between Highline and the County Road Commission to start the permit process early. Bruce appreciated the contact information.

Stay tuned to the Watersmeet Township website for further updates.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Launched

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

How to Apply

There are three ways for eligible households to apply:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742

After receiving an eligibility determination, households can contact their preferred service provider to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan.

Reminder: Short-Term Rental Permit Required in L-1 and L-2

Short-term renting without a permit approved by the Planning Commission is a violation of the Watersmeet Zoning Ordinance. Property owners engaged in short-term renting without a permit will be fined under our Municipal/Civil Infraction section of the Zoning Ordinance.

Owners interested in pursuing short-term renting need to contact the Watersmeet Zoning Administrator, (906) 358-4501 Ext. 112, for the requirements and how to apply for a permit.