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March 2003
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The Way it was: The Arranmore Connection

Rural Arts and Culture Grant Update

Beaver Island Transportation Authority News

Beaver Island Boat Company Response

News from the Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Thank You from the Bellamy Family

Landscape Options Improve

New Scholarship Fund will Aid Nursing Students

Students on the Slopes

Across the Ice

Jeanie Johnston Underway

New Ferries Crossing the Lake

Bellamy Memorial Service

Charlevoix County Community Foundation News

Beaver Island High!

Chili Cook-off

One Hundred Years Ago

Arranmore Twinning / A Beautiful Watercolor by Cindy Gillespie

News from the Townships

Road Rally Planned

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (and a run-down of the planned events)

On This Date

The Grand Rapids Party

Charlevoix County Commission Meetings

Letters to the Editor: The New Medical Center

Classified Ads

BITA News Release

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA) has been working diligently to get a new agreement with the Beaver Island Boat Company into place by March 31, 2003. This has been necessitated by state and federal guidelines and regulations. This process was originally started in 1997 at BITA's insistence.
BITA and BIBCO have held a series of meetings since October to resolve these issues. On Monday, February 17, 2003, BITA held a special meeting to discuss the progress in reaching an agreement.

The BITA board of directors offered the following resolution: The Beaver Island Transportation Authority is anxious to have the contract agreed upon by March 31, 2003. We are of the opinion that it will not be achieved with the present chief negotiator for BIBCO in place. We urgently request the BIBCO Board of Directors to replace their chief negotiator so we may achieve the new contract by our deadline of March 31, 2003.

Furthermore, since we have not received a draft agreement as promised from BIBCO, we will be presenting a draft contract to their negotiating team. This draft document in its current form meets the criteria for state approval and is similar in content to an agreement used by another Michigan ferry system.

BITA is very concerned that by not meeting state and federal requirements and guidelines, the advantageous relationship that we have with the State of Michigan in providing funds for equipment, improvements, and maintenance of the Emerald Isle may be in jeopardy. In BITA's ten-year existence, the state and federal government have provided $5.8 million dollars for the purchase and operation of the M/V Emerald Isle. This figure includes the vessel, capital equipment, maintenance, and improvements to the facilities. For FY 2004, the authority is requesting $315,000.00 in capital equipment and improvements.
BITA's board of Directors asks for BIBCO's recommitment to this negotiation process in order to better serve our community and the traveling public.

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