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by Missy Luick
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           John McWethy, Public Services Assistant, (231) 922-4467              

       1300 Block S. Garfield Ave. Lane Closures 

S. Garfield Ave. will have Lane Closures June 14-29 

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists should be aware that Molon Excavating will be closing lanes on the W. Side (Southbound) 1300 Block of S. Garfield Ave. immediately South of Boon St. for Utility Work.  This lane closure will take place periodically over the next two weeks.  This will cause disruptions to vehicle traffic.  This closure is weather dependent.

The work will require a lane to be closed to all traffic while the work is being done.  Access will be maintained to all businesses at all times.  There will be appropriate signage in place during the closure.            

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

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 John McWethy at 922-4467 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 Katy Garavaglia
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Subject:           City Clerk’s Office Seeking Election Inspectors
From:              Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk, tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov, 231-922-4480   
Issued:            June 6, 2018

The City of Traverse City will be rolling out new Election Equipment for the 2018 Elections Season, and now we are looking for motivated and professional workers to serve as Election Inspectors at our nine polling places on Election Day!

There are two elections coming up this year, so the time commitment includes at least two training dates, and Election Days, August 7, 2018 and November 6, 2018, from roughly 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. While this makes for 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: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/electionworker.asp. 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 tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov with your questions.

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

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by Kelly Rice
Friday, June 1, 2018

Hydrant Flushing

Monday – Thursday, 1 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Beginning Monday June 4TH, 2018

 

TRAVERSE CITY – Residents and Businesses should be aware that the City of Traverse City Water/Wastewater Maintenance Department will be performing fire hydrant flushing. Flushing is set to begin Monday June 4th, from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., continuing through the month of June.

Unfortunately, a slight coloration may be noticeable in the water in the mornings.  Running cold water for a few minutes at a faucet will clear up any coloration.  Any ground areas that are disturbed during the process will be restored during daylight hours.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.  Please contact the Water/Wastewater Maintenance Department at (231)922-4923 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work.

by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

William G. Milliken Waterscape
Dates and Hours of Operation for 2018

Contact: Derek Melville, Parks and Recreation Superintendent, 231-922-4900

The City of Traverse City Parks and Recreation Division is pleased to announce that the William G. Milliken Waterscape at Clinch Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The daily hours for the 2018 waterscape feature have extended to open an hour earlier, and will now be 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. The waterscape will remain open through Labor Day. Please visit the following link for up to date information throughout the season:  City of Traverse City Waterscape

 

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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

The next generation of voting equipment is being implemented in the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County! The new equipment offers voters and election workers the speed and convenience of the latest ballot-scanning and election-night reporting.  The new equipment will still use a paper ballot in the event a recount or hand-verification of votes is necessary.

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette, who served for two years on the Secretary of State’s Voting System Advisory Panel to develop the specifications and requirements for the new systems being implemented across the State of Michigan, is glad for the new, improved system.   Marentette said, “Overall, the average voter will see little change in the voting process – voters will still complete a paper ballot and feed it into a tabulator  which tallies the results. The look and feel of the ballots and new tabulator  is similar to that of the previous machines. However, voters can take pride in knowing their ballot is being tabulated using the most up-to-date ballot scanning technology.”  Marentette continues, “The equipment that we will be using has been certified by Federal and State I.T. government laboratories and meets all standards of the United States Federal Election Commission and Michigan Department of State.”

The major changes are  on the back-end and non-voter portion of the process, such as pre-election and post-election reporting, testing and certification requirements. City Clerk’s Department staff and election workers will see an improved system that allows for more efficient closing of polls .

With a new tabulating system, comes a new universally accessible voting device, the ExpressVote! The ExpressVote machine works as a “fancy ink pen” allowing voters of all abilities to independently cast their vote using the touchscreen system, a sip-and-puff device, a rocker panel, or braille equipped remote, if they wish.

While not currently authorized for use in the State of Michigan, Marentette is excited that the ExpressVote has the capability to allow voters to ‘pre-select’ their ballot choices on their smart device and generate a QR code.   When this capability is authorized for use, voters will  bring their smart device to their voting location, scan their individual QR Code, and print a small paper receipt showing their selections; which, when verified by the voter, will be inserted into the tabulator, still providing a paper trail.  Marentette said, “It’s capabilities like this that allow us to engage another segment of our voting population – or to simply encourage more people to vote who prefer to use their smart devices to expedite processes, like checking in for a flight; or in this case, voting.  I look forward to the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections authorizing this completely-secure, trackable method of voting.”

To ensure voters throughout Grand Traverse County are comfortable with using the new election equipment, the City and other local jurisdictions will be holding open house events to allow anyone to test out the machines! For dates and times of these events, reach out to your local clerk directly.

The City will be hosting an open house on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Training Room of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City.  At the open house, anyone interested, regardless if they are registered to vote or live in the City can experience the equipment.  No reservations are needed.

Other communities in Grand Traverse County will be hosting open houses in June; if you prefer to attend an open house in your township, please contact your Township Clerk, although the City welcomes anyone to attend its open house.

by Derek Melville
Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Derek Melville, City Parks and Recreation Superintendent, 231-922-4910

 

Arbor Day 2018

Special Tree Planting, May 11, 2018

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City will be completing a special tree planting near Thirlby Field on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Trees will be planted at the corner of 13th Street and Wadsworth with help from a Preschool class from Central Grade School.  Arbor Day is a celebration of the importance of trees to the beauty of our parks, streets and yards along with the other environmental and aesthetic benefits of trees.  Although Arbor Day has passed, the significance of the day will be discussed along with the importance of trees to all of us.

 

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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
Friday, May 4, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting water system improvements on Thirteenth Street from May 7th – May 10th, 2018.  The 300 block of Thirteenth Street will be closed between Wadsworth and Pine Street from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.  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 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 Missy Luick
Monday, April 30, 2018

April 27, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Jessica Carpenter, Engineering Technician, (231) 922-6894                    

Clancy Park Closure

5/1 – 7/9/2018

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and TC Concrete, LLC will be making improvements to Clancy Park.

The work is expected to start on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and be substantially complete on Monday, July 9, 2018. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

Use of Clancy Park will be prohibited during construction.

Crews will be removing existing play structures and concrete, placing concrete sidewalks, making improvements to the natural walking area, and installing new play structures and surfacing, a park pavilion, site furnishings, and a basketball court.

Delays can be expected. Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work areas.

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 or email Jessica Carpenter at (231) 922-6894 or jcarpenter@traversecitymi.gov 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 Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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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: http://www.upnorthmedia.org/watchgovtv.asp?sdbfid=10774. 

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:   http://www.savemicity.org/   

The resources page of the savemicity.org 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 savemicity.org with your colleagues and also share them on your online platforms.