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by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, February 12, 2018

Traverse City residents are invited to serve on one of the city's citizen boards and committees. Through this service, civic-minded citizens can become involved in their local government. The city, in turn, benefits from the knowledge, experience and expertise of our citizens.

Arts Commission

The Arts Commission is responsible for promoting arts in the community, and advising the City Commission on matters pertaining to the arts programs within the city. The Traverse City Arts Commission meets monthly on the third Wednesday.

Election Commission

The primary purpose of the Election Commission is to appoint Election Inspector in advance of each election. Members of this board have minimal commitment, meeting approximately two times a year.

Traverse City Light and Power Board

Typically meets once a month, this board has exclusive jurisdiction, control and management of the Light and Power Department and all its operations and facilities. Unless specifically allocated to the City Commission or to a City official, the Board has all of the powers and duties possessed by the City to construct, acquire, expand and operate the Light and Power system.

Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission fosters mutual understanding and respect among all groups and discourages discriminatory practices, formulate and carry out programs of community education and information, receive and act as conciliator regarding occurrences of acts of prejudice or discrimination, and secure the cooperation of various community groups. This board meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.

Historic Districts Commission

The goals of the Historic Districts Commission are to safeguard the heritage of our City; to preserve cultural, political or architectural history; to preserve historic landmarks; to foster civic beauty and more. The Commission meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The purpose of the Board of Zoning Appeals is to hear and decide on appeals brought to the Building Official, Zoning Administrator, etc. and to interpret provisions of the Zoning Code. The Board’s regular meeting date is the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Board of Tax Review

The purpose of the Board of Tax Review is to examine, review, and correct the assessment roll. Members of this board have minimal commitment, only meeting periodically throughout the year.  This person should be a City resident. 

City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority Board

The Authority is incorporated for the purpose of the acquisition, construction, operation, maintenance or improvement of public recreation centers, public parks, and public conference centers as may be acquired by the Authority or as may be transferred to it by a participating municipality. This board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, March 23, 2018 in person at 400 Boardman Ave., or by email:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions and are kept on file for a period of one year; applicants must not be in default to the City.

by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

City of Traverse City 2017 winter property taxes are due by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Taxes not paid by February 14, 2018 will be charged a 3% penalty. Beginning March 1, 2018, taxes will be payable to the Grand Traverse County Treasurer with a 5% penalty due. 1% penalty per month will be added until forfeited. 

As a reminder, the Governmental Center is open for business Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but please feel free to utilize the red drop box by the mailboxes in the Governmental Center's Parking lot to drop off your tax payment after hours. 

If you have any questions concerning your winter taxes, please contact the City Treasurers Office at 231-922-4431.

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

If you missed the Community Financial Health Forum held on Monday, January 22nd at the Traverse Area District Library, you can now view the video recording by visiting UpNorth Media Center or by clicking the following link: 

For those who were able to attend, you heard first hand from Michigan Municipal League Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Anthony Minghine that the system of financing local units of government in Michigan is broken.  More importantly, you heard that it needs to be fixed.

Mr. Minghine's talk lasted approximately 40 minutes, with approximately another 40 minutes for Q&A/dialog.  

The Michigan Municipal League has a number of resources on this topic at this link:   

The resources page of the website has a few very informative reports that provide good talking points for you to use when discussing these issues with members of the legislature, your constituents, etc.   

Please feel free to share the link to the forum and the resources featured on with your colleagues and also share them on your online platforms.

by Missy Luick
Monday, November 27, 2017

FishPass is an innovative project to enhance fish passage and connectivity between the Boardman (Ottaway) River and Lake Michigan, while removing invasive or non-desirable fishes through controlled sorting. FishPass will replace the deteriorating Union Street Dam in downtown Traverse City, Michigan with an improved barrier featuring a fish-sorting channel and a nature-like river channel. Once constructed, scientists will optimize various sorting technologies and techniques below the barrier to maximize efficiency of passing desirable fishes and removing invasive fishes. For example, water velocity barriers, light guidance, video shape recognition, and eel ladder style traps are just some technologies that could be integrated at the facility to sort fish and effectively pass or remove animals. The project will develop into a living laboratory with a strong education and outreach component. Once optimized for bi-directional (up and downstream) selective fish passage, FishPass will be converted to a permanent selective fishway completing the Boardman River Restoration Project. Lessons learned from the optimization phase will be applied to similar rivers to create selective fish passage at new sites. The project could have regional, national, and global implications.

Please visit the project page for more information:

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, October 31, 2017


As a reminder, 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.

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. 

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