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by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020


PRESS RELEASE                                                                                 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 

Contacts: Human Resources 922-4481

Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award: Call for Nominations

The Traverse City Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. Sara Hardy was instrumental in establishing the Human Rights Commission more than 30 years ago. This award recognizes her contributions to the community by honoring an individual who exemplifies the ideals of the Commission. These ideals are to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices. Recent recipients of the Award include Marian Kromkowski, Glenna and Ken Andrews, Jim Rowlett, Brian Simerson, Eugene Fox, Susan Odgers, Joe Lada, Helen Cook, Gladys Muñoz and Sally Van Vlleck.

To nominate someone you believe represents these ideals, please submit a letter to include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number and humanitarian activities they are involved in along with the reasons why you are nominating this individual.

The nominator should include their name and phone number in the letter as well. The nomination deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020. Please send nominations to the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 or fax to the Human Rights Commission at 231-922-4470.  Nominators may be invited to present their nominations in person to the Human Rights Commission.

The recipient of the award will be honored at the Governmental Center on a date to be determined. The reception will precede the presentation of the award at the Traverse City Commission meeting that evening.

For more information, please email Human Resources at

Nomination Form

We look forward to receiving your nomination.




by Alanna Crouch
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The 2019 edition of the Performance is now available! The Performance is a report highlighting the accomplishments of the City of Traverse City over the past year. This brief document gives a snapshot of some of the many steps forward and investments made by your City and government, and made possible by countless efforts of volunteers, stakeholders, city and regional residents and City Commission and Staff.

Copies are available at the City Clerk's Office, the Traverse Area District Library, the Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Traverse City Tourism Office.

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Without the countless volunteer board and committee members and other individuals who serve the City in some capacity, this fantastic community would not be what it is today. 

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by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Keeping Sidewalks Accessible for Everyone -

With winter’s arrival, the City of Traverse City reminds residents and business owners that they are responsible for the removal of any snow and ice that accumulates on the sidewalks immediately adjacent to their property.  City officials are also encouraging residents to help their neighbors and relatives who have difficulty removing snow from their sidewalks.

“Almost all of us travel by foot for a portion of our daily trips,” said City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.  “As a community, particularly when we have a traditional Northern Michigan winter, we need to work together to keep those sidewalks and crosswalks clear to help us all get around.”

The City reminds everyone that many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to access jobs, services, and businesses.  Without clear paths through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, the elderly, and children to walk safely.

In addition, uncleared pathways make it difficult for firefighters and paramedics in cases of emergency. “Having clear sidewalks and pathways when emergency personnel, such as Fire Fighters and Police Officers, are responding, makes a huge difference when each moment is precious,” said Marentette.

The City’s Department of Public Services helps in clearing sidewalks after major snow events, however their priority are primary corridors and sidewalks near schools.  However, during prolonged snowfalls, DPS may not have the capacity to assist in sidewalk clearing for several days. When residents promptly clear snow and ice, they play a critical part in keeping Traverse City moving. 

Residents who would like to report a problem related to the enforcement of the City’s snow removal ordinance, are encouraged to call Code Enforcement Officer Mike Trombley, 922-4414 or visit the City of Traverse City website at

Primary Contact:         Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,

Issued:                          December 3, 2019 


by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, November 8, 2019

With the changing weather and snow falling, overnight parking is no longer permitted on City streets beginning November 16, 2019 until April 15, 2020. 

Please be sure you vehicles are removed from the streets overnight to ensure your vehicle is not towed! 

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

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!