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by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Monday, June 17, 2019

The City of Traverse City

WATER/WASTEWATER MAINTENANCE

     507 Hannah Avenue

     Traverse City MI 49686

     (231) 922-4923 (o)

June 17th, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Justin Roy, Water/Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent, (231) 922-492           

Baldwin Street Closure- June 17th

Utility Work 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting water system maintenance in the 800 Block of Baldwin Street, on Monday June 17th.  The 800 Block of Baldwin Street will be closed from Clinch Street to Rose Street to complete the work. The work is expected to last from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This construction may generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Justin Roy, Water/Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent, at 922-4923 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:               Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468                              

S. Garfield Ave.

Lane Closures, Traffic Shifts & Detour

6/10 – 7/1/2019

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, Inc. will be resurfacing S. Garfield Ave. between Centre St. and N. Forestlane Dr. (south City limits). The work is expected to start on Monday, June 10, 2019 and be substantially complete by Monday, July 1, 2019. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

The contractor will mill the existing asphalt surface, replace some drainage structure covers and overlay with hot mix asphalt.

Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane through the project limits. Northbound traffic between N. Forestlane Dr. and Carver St. will be reduced to one lane. Northbound traffic between Carver St. and Centre St. will be detoured at Carver St. to Hastings St. to Centre St.

Northbound through truck traffic is encouraged to turn right at Boon St. and use Hastings St.

Kinross St. and Baldwin St. at S. Garfield Ave. will be closed to all traffic. Eastbound and westbound traffic on Centre St., Carver St. and Boon St. will be maintained.

The posted speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph prior to and through the project limits.

Proper barricades and signage will be in place. Delays can be expected. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alex Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

 

by Kelly Rice
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

1200 Block East Front St. Lane Shifts

 

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that the Traverse City Water & Sewer Department will be shifting traffic lanes to perform water system repairs in the 1200 Block of East Front St, between Milliken Dr. and Garfield Ave. This work will cause disruptions to pedestrians and vehicular traffic. These lanes shifts will begin at approximately 7PM Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 to approximately 7AM Thursday, June 6th, 2019. The work is weather dependent.

 

Appropriate signage will be in place and access to all businesses and residences will be maintained at all times.

 

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay, and promote worker safety.

 

This construction will generate noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Justin Roy at 922-4923 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

 

by Alanna Crouch
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Subject:     Available Positions on Various City Boards!  

 

Contact:    Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk                      kzeits@traversecitymi.gov

 

Are you passionate about City parks and our vibrant downtown or know someone who is?

The City welcomes and encourages your active participation by serving on a Commission-appointed Board. The City is seeking volunteers for a variety of Boards. Join other Board volunteer members in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting the community. The City welcomes and encourages your active participation by serving!

The following Boards have positions with expiring terms or current vacancies:

 

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Downtown Development Authority Board
  • Board of Zoning Appeals

 

Thank you for your interest in serving on one of Traverse City’s Boards! As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

 

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

 

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, June 28, 2019 in person at 400 Boardman Ave., or by email: kzeits@traversecitymi.gov.

 

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019

CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-0993,               LakeJ1@Michigan.gov

New pedestrian signals coming to Traverse City:

Here's how to use them

Safety benefits:

- New pedestrian hybrid beacon traffic signals (sometimes referred to as HAWK signals) are slated to be installed on US-31/M-72 (Grandview Parkway) in Traverse City in early June, enhancing safety and mobility for pedestrians at two existing crosswalks.

- Pedestrian hybrid beacon traffic signals, which are similar to traditional traffic signals, give drivers clear warning and direction, requiring them to stop when the signal has been activated.

May 22, 2019 -- Two new pedestrian hybrid beacon traffic signals coming to Traverse City's Grandview Parkway next month are expected to provide a safer and more comfortable crossing for pedestrians, as well as clear direction to drivers as they approach.

            The new signals, sometimes referred to as HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signals, will be installed at the US-31/M-72 (Grandview Parkway) crosswalks near Hall Street and Elmwood Avenue. Installation is expected to occur in early June.

            "These signals have been shown in other communities to provide safe crossing points for pedestrians on demand, while allowing vehicle traffic to flow when pedestrians are not crossing," said Rick Liptak, manager of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC). "We've heard a lot of support for this upgrade, which will help provide more comfort and safety to pedestrians moving between the downtown area and the lakeshore."

            The beacon includes two red lights side by side at the top, with a yellow light below. The lights remain dark, indicating drivers can proceed with caution through the crosswalk, until a pedestrian activates the beacon. A lighted sign reading "Crosswalk – Stop on Red" will hang alongside the signal head.

            The system includes roadside signs advising pedestrians on its operation, and roadside signs advising drivers of a crosswalk ahead will remain. A sign reading "Proceed on Flashing Red if Clear" will be mounted on the signal poles.

            The signals are activated by pedestrians with a push button located at both ends of the crosswalk. Once activated, the signals facing drivers will display a flashing, then steady, yellow caution light, indicating to drivers they should slow and prepare to stop. Pedestrians will see an orange "hand" signal, indicating they should wait to begin crossing.

            When both red lights turn solid, drivers must stop while pedestrians cross. At the same time, pedestrians will see a white "person walking" silhouette signal, letting them know they can begin crossing. That phase of the signal initially will be timed at seven seconds.

            Like pedestrian signals at other intersections, pedestrians will see a flashing orange countdown letting them know how much time remains for them to cross. The countdown initially will be timed at 20 seconds at Elmwood Avenue (because of the greater distance to cross) and 16 seconds for Hall Street, giving a total time to cross of 27 and 23 seconds, respectively. As the countdown begins, the red lights will begin flashing, indicating to stopped drivers that they may proceed with caution if the crosswalk is clear, similar to at a stop sign.

            Once the pedestrian crossing phase has ended, the signals above the roadway will become dark, traffic will flow as usual, and pedestrians will again see the orange "hand" signal.

            All timing can be adjusted in the future based on field observations. Painted stop bars on the pavement will be located 40-50 feet before the crosswalk, giving drivers clear view of any pedestrians who are crossing. There will be a minimum of 30 seconds before the pedestrian signal will cycle again.

            The pedestrian hybrid beacon signals are being installed to improve pedestrian safety on Grandview Parkway. Field observations over the past two summers showed that Hall Street and Elmwood Avenue crosswalks had enough pedestrian crossing activity to warrant the pedestrian hybrid beacons, but the crosswalk at Oak Street did not. The crosswalk at Oak Street will have the standard pedestrian warning signs installed; no in-street crosswalk signs will be used in the future at any of the Grandview Parkway crosswalks.    

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When you see barrels, people are fixing your roads. Drive like you work here.

www.Michigan.gov/WorkZoneSafety

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by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468              

2019 City Sidewalk Repair

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City, Elmer’s Crane and Dozer and Bella Concrete Construction will be repairing existing sidewalk in the City rated poor and very poor east of Boardman Ave. Crews will be working from west to east starting in the Boardman Neighborhood.

The project is expected to start Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Affected streets will be closed to through traffic. Delays can be expected. Sidewalks will be closed at the work zones.

Please use caution in and around the work zones to promote pedestrian and worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place.

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 14,674 (2010 Census).

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Friday, May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468              

Temporary Multi-Way Stop Control at

Cass St. / Washington St. and

Boardman Ave. / Washington St. Intersections

TRAVERSE CITY- Due to increased north and south bound traffic on Cass St. and Boardman Ave. resulting from the E. Eighth St. reconstruction project the City of Traverse City will be installing temporary stop control at the following intersections. North and south bound traffic on Cass St. will be required to stop at the Washington St. intersection. North and south bound traffic on Boardman Ave. will be required to stop at the Washington St. Intersection.

These regulatory signs are expected to be installed today, May 10, 2019 and will be enforced until the completion of the E. Eighth St. project. Advanced warning signage will be provided to notify drivers of this requirement. Additional plaques will be provided on existing stop signs for east and west bound traffic on Washington St. to notify drivers these are multi-way stop intersections.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 15,515 (2017 Census).

by Alanna Crouch
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Filing packets for those who wish to run for the Office of Mayor or Office of City Commissioner are available from the City Clerk’s Office, first floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan.   

Offices available:

Mayor, two-year term ending November 8, 2021. 

3 City Commissioners, four-year term ending November 13, 2023. 

Candidates must file nominating petitions and other required documentation with the City Clerk by July 23, 2019, at 4 p.m.  

For further information, please call our office at (231) 922-4480, or email tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov      

Candidates elected at the November 5, 2019, election, will be sworn in by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and take office at 7 p.m. on November 11, 2019.

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Pedestrian, Bike, Motor Vehicle Detours
Pedestrian, Bike, Motor Vehicle Detours

April 30, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Alexander R. Yockey P.E., Civil Engineer II, (231) 922-4468       

E. Eighth St. Closure

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City, Gourdie-Fraser, Inc. and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer will begin the E. Eighth St. Reconstruction Project on Monday, May 6, 2019. The project is expected to be completed the week of October 14th. The project limits are on E. Eighth St. between Boardman Ave. and Woodmere Ave. The work includes total reconstruction of the street with a three lane configuration, off street cycle track adjacent to the sidewalk, Mid-block crosswalks and street trees with site amenities such as benches and trash receptacles. Lighting improvements include pedestrian scale lighting for the cycle track and sidewalk in addition to safety lighting for vehicular traffic. Utilities include 24” dia. water main, new sanitary sewer and storm sewer with low impact design considerations.

E. Eighth St. will be closed to all traffic between Boardman Ave. and Woodmere Ave. Detours for motorists and pedestrians will be provided. The Boardman Ave., Wellington St., Franklin St., and Railroad Ave. intersections will be closed to through traffic at E. 8th St. during the project. All businesses are open and can be accessed utilizing the alley north of E. Eighth St. and Station St. south of the project area. E. Eighth St. may be open to traffic prior to final completion based on progress and safety considerations.

Regular updates on project progress can be found at:  http://www.8thstreettc.info

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area. 

This construction will generate dust, noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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The City of Traverse City is located in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Traverse City was incorporated in 1891 as a Village and in 1895 as a City. It encompasses 8.09 square miles and has a population of 15,515 (2017 Census).

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 Katelyn Zeits
Friday, February 15, 2019

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: Attention Vacation Home Rentals in the City of Traverse City – License Required for Operation  

Primary Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk, tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov

Issued:             February 15, 2019


The City Commission has recently enacted an amendment to the Traverse City Code of Ordinances requiring all vacation home rentals in the City to obtain an annual license from the City Clerk, effective February 14, 2019. A Vacation Home Rental is defined as a dwelling in certain allowed districts which is rented for any term less than 30 consecutive days.

These types of rentals have not been regulated in the past, leading to potential safety concerns for those utilizing local properties as vacation rentals. With the enactment of these changes, the primary goals of the City are to ensure each vacation home is licensed, that proper fire escape plans and summary of noise regulations and the use of fireworks have been posted, and to maintain records of up-to-date inspections by the Traverse City Fire Department, helping to ensure the safety of those who visit Traverse City.

While these changes are effective February 14th, all Vacation Home Rentals must submit an application to the City Clerks’ Office, and obtain their first inspection from the Traverse City Fire Department in advance of July 1, 2019. Inspections will only be required every 3rd year, with self-inspection checklists to be completed with annual license renewals in the years between. When on-site inspections are required, the annual fee is $200. When self-inspections are required, the fee is $150.

Applications can be found at www.traversecitymi.gov/permits_and_form.asp.

For further ordinance details, review Chapter 870 which can be found here: https://library.municode.com/mi/traverse_city/ordinances/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=938687.

For questions, please reach out to the City Clerk’s Office at (231) 922-4480 or by email at tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov.

by Missy Luick
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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

http://www.8thstreettc.info/