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by Alanna Crouch
Monday, October 14, 2019

The Planning Commission is seeking public input on the draft Street Design Manual, which provides guidance for the design of all City streets in Traverse City. 

An Open House is being held Wednesday, November 6 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the Governmental Center 2nd Floor training room.

Refreshments will be provided.

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Loose Leaf pickup will begin Monday, October 21, 2019 on the WEST side of the City. 

Due to weather and leaf fall variables, no specific pickup date will be scheduled.  We will cover the City neighborhoods, beginning on the west side and moving eastward, over a period of 5 to 7 weekdays, and then will return to the west side to repeat the process.  Leaves should be raked out in front of your house for pickup as promptly as possible on or after October 17, 2019.  Pick up will continue through November 15, 2019.

The City asks that leaves not be placed in the street before October 17, 2019. For further clarification as to placement of leaves, visit City Ordinance 668.03. As a reminder, residents should not be placing anything in the streets. It's important your leaves are raked out in time for pickup because open burning in the City is prohibited.

General Guidelines for the Loose Leaf Collection Program

  • Leaves should be LOOSE. Please, no plastic bags! Biodegradable bags however, are acceptable. 
  • The City will not pickup branches or brush.  Please do not put them out for pick up - they will be left where you placed them.
  • For curb & gutter streets, rake leaves down into the street.
  • On all other streets rake leaves to gravel shoulder or paved edge of the road.
  • Always avoid covering catch basins. 
  • No leaves will be picked up in alleys, except for homes along Division Street, East Front Street from Railroad Avenue to Munson Avenue, Munson Avenue from East Front Street to Airport Access Road and Eighth Street from Union Street to Woodmere Ave.
  • Please do not park vehicles over leaf piles in City streets - we are unable to pick those leaves up and will be the homeowners responsibility.

Residents should remember that if they have yard waste that they want picked up before the City’s leaf pick up, American Waste will do the pickup for $2.23 per bag as part of their service.  Call American Waste at 231-943-8088 for information regarding their sticker program.

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Subject:           The New and Improved East Eighth Street!

From:              Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,, 231-922-4480       

Issued:             September 25, 2019

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… East Eighth Street will be open before the day is over! Get out and enjoy a smooth ride or walk down the new East Eighth Street and visit some of your favorite local businesses.

While the street will be open for travel, there are still some final items that need to happen, such as a traffic light at Boardman Avenue. In the meantime, this intersection will operate as a three-way stop, with signs in place. The traffic lights should be up and running by mid-November, but until then, please use extra caution at this intersection as it will be busy!  

Franklin Street is also still under construction between East Eighth and Washington Streets. Crews are working tirelessly to finish additional underground utility work; please continue to avoid the above mentioned area. This closure is expected to remain in place until November 1.

The City realizes that this project has caused disruptions to everyone’s schedule and thanks each of you for your tremendous patience during this busy construction season! We are confident that you will find the new East Eighth Street well worth the wait!


by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, September 13, 2019


Subject: City Clerk’s Office Seeking Election Inspectors      

From: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,, 231-922-4480       

Issued: September 13, 2019

The City of Traverse City is looking for motivated and professional workers to serve as Election Inspectors at our polling places on Election Day!

There is one election coming up in November and up to four elections in 2020. While Election Day can be a long day, our inspectors get to experience firsthand the entire process of opening the polls, processing voters, and closing the polls at the end of the night. Election Inspectors must be registered voters in the state of Michigan. All workers are paid for their time, including all trainings, and the City Clerk’s Office will provide all the necessary training in advance.

Our Election Inspectors have the responsibility of providing top notch customer service while maintaining best practices and accountability in the polling place. If this is something you are interested in, but maybe working directly with the public isn’t for you, we also need workers for our Absent Voter Counting Boards! These boards also work on Election Day to process the absentee ballots from our citizens who utilize our Absentee Voting Process.

If you want to serve on the front lines of local voting by working on Election Day, you can find our Election Inspector Application here: If you are interested, but not sure if it’s a good fit, reach out to our City Clerk’s Office at 231-922-4480 or with your questions.

Thank you for serving our Community and helping with the Elections process!

Link to Election Inspector Application

by Alanna Crouch
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Water Treatment Plant has been working with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to perform testing on the public water supply for the presence of PFAS, which are man- made chemicals used in manufacturing and common household products over the past century. They do not break down and can accumulate over time.

Although testing will continue through October 2019, all samples obtained from Traverse City's Water Treatment Plant have thus far shown no detection of PFAS. (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

MPART, which is the State’s Response Team for PFAS, began statewide sampling of community, school, child care provider and tribal water supplies last year. They continue to actively monitor any sources that showed PFAS levels of 10 parts per trillion or higher.

More information regarding PFAS can be found at:
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So the next time you fill your water bottle in Traverse City, you can rest easy knowing that your H20 is PFAS free!

by Leslie Bilbey
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Oak Wilt disease is killing oak trees in Michigan, and the problem is getting worse. Learn how to protect your trees from oak wilt and what to do if your tree is already affected. The presentation will be led by Dr. David Roberts, PH.D., MSU Emeritus, owner of The Plant Doctor LLC, and one of the state's leading plant pathologists. 

Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 10th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Governmental Center, 2nd Floor Training Room. 

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Leslie at or by calling (231) 922-4778.

by Alanna Crouch
Monday, August 26, 2019

Subject:          Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Feedback Sought

Contact:          Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,, 1-800-872-8377

Date Issued:    August 26, 2019

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, the City of Traverse City and greater region hosed the first Traverse City Ironman 70.3. Traverse City is thrilled to have played host to an event that inspires and moves people to embrace a life of wellness and to live their best life.

The City thanks the many agencies that worked to make this event happen, which took tremendous organization, planning and resources from a host of agencies and organizations. The City of Traverse City also thanks Traverse City Tourism for serving as an impetus to bring this event to Traverse City.

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette invites feedback on the event so that, as we look to put together next year's Ironman, we can have the benefit of everyone's thoughts. Please visit the following link to provide feedback on the event:


by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, July 24, 2019


Subject: Individuals who have filed for election to the Office of Mayor and Office of City Commissioner at the November 5, 2019, election

Primary Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,

Issued: July 23, 2019

Five seats on the seven-member City Commission for the City of Traverse City are up for election on November 5, 2019.  The following individuals have filed for election; and City Clerk Benjamin Marentette will officially certify the candidates once all filings have been reviewed, and the withdrawal deadline of Friday, July 26, 2019, has elapsed.  

The candidates who appear on the ballot and receive the highest number of votes at the November 5, 2019, election will assume their offices on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 7 p.m., once they are sworn into office. The individuals who have filed for office, though not yet officially certified are:

Office of Mayor – one, two-year term ending November 2021:

Jim Carruthers

Shea O’Brien

Office of City Commissioner – three, four-year terms ending November 2023:

Katy Bertodatto

Evan Dalley

Dave Durbin

Roger Putman

Amy Shamroe

Ashlea Walter

Office of City Commissioner – one, partial term ending November 2021:

Tom Mair

Christie Minervini


Link to Press Release 

by Chrissy Black
Friday, June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019





Contact:           Mark Jones, Streets Superintendent, (231) 922-4901, x112


Murchie Bridge Underpass; Water over pathway

(Mouth of the Boardman River)


TRAVERSE CITY- the Murchie Bridge underpass at the mouth of the Boardman River is experiencing high lake water levels. Caution; periodic water over the pathway may exist and pedestrians and cyclists should exercise care when using this route or seek alternative crossing routes at safe signaled intersections.


Appropriate signage is in place which informs people that the condition may exist and a map displayed for direction to the next nearest signaled road crossing locations.


This condition may cause inconvenience and is in effect until further notice. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Mark Jones at 922-4900, x112 if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, April 12, 2019

To help accommodate City residents and their guests, overnight parking is allowed from April 15 through November 15 between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only, on any street where parking is not otherwise prohibited. Overnight parking on city streets during other periods is prohibited by City ordinance. 

From November 16 through April 14, overnight parking, 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., on City streets is prohibited by City ordinance – you may wish to remind your guests.

See Traverse City Code of Ordinance 410.04(d) for further details or contact Traverse City Parking Services at 231-922-0241. 

by Missy Luick
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Please click here to visit the 8th Street Reconstruction project page.

by Katelyn Stroven
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

(Source: 2018 International Fire Code, as amended by the Commission, City of Traverse City)

307.1 General.
A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with Sections 307.1.1 through 307.5.

307.1.1 Prohibited open burning.
Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.

Exception: Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland fire when authorized by the fire code official.

307.1.1.2 Prohibited materials.
The open burning of trash, refuse, leaves, grass, rubbish, debris, building materials, or similar items shall not be allowed

307.1.2 Definitions
BONFIRE. An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes.

OPEN BURNING. The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Open burning does not include road flares, smudgepots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames, recreational fires or use of portable outdoor fireplaces. For the purpose of this definition, a chamber shall be regarded as enclosed when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACE permanent or portable outdoor burning devices, and are designed to burn wood, other combustible materials or propane. Outdoor fireplaces are used by residents in their yards for ambience (effect) and to provide a small amount of warmth. Portable outdoor fireplaces are manufactured in various shapes and sizes and are usually constructed of metal, concrete, or clay. Outdoor fireplaces consist of a firebox and chimney stack.

RECREATIONAL FIRE. An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

307.2 Permit required.
A permit shall be obtained from the Fire Code Official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a recreational fire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of, or with written permission of the land upon which the recreational fire is to kindled.

307.2.1 Authorization.
Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions

specified in the authorization are followed. The State of Michigan shall have final authority over condition approval for open burning. Consult for open burning conditions.

307.3 Extinguishment authority.
The Fire Code Official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of recreational fires that creates or adds to a hazard or nuisance situation.

307.4 Location.
Recreational fires shall be conducted at a location as specified within this code, and approved by the Fire Code Official. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.


1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.

2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.

307.4.1 Bonfires.

A bonfire shall not be allowed within the City of Traverse City.

307.4.2 Recreational fires.

Recreational fires shall be conducted at a location as specified within this code, and approved by the Fire Code Official. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces.

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a structure or combustible material.

Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one- and two-family dwellings.

307.5 Attendance.
Recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as a water barrel, garden hose, or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

For more information regarding recreational fires within the City of Traverse City, please contact Fire Marshal Mike Sheets at 231-922-4930 ext. 3 or by email