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by Benjamin Marentette
Friday, December 14, 2018

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Subject:          326 Land Development Lawsuit filed against City of Traverse City – to be added to December 17, 2018, City Commission Meeting Agenda

 Primary

Contact:         Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk

                        tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov

 Issued:             December 14, 2018

 

On December 12, 2018, 326 Land Company LLC filed a lawsuit against the City of Traverse City.  The lawsuit essentially challenges the legality of the 2016 voter-approved “City Proposal 3” which requires an affirmative vote of the city’s electorate before the city grants approval for the construction of a building in excess of 60 feet in height.

 City Attorney Lauren Trible-Laucht requested that the plaintiff, 326 Land Company, LLC, grant an extension to when the city is required to file a response to the case; and the plaintiff’s attorneys have indicated a reluctance to do so.

 Therefore, the City Commission will be asked to add an item to Monday evening’s agenda to appoint special legal counsel to represent the city in connection with this lawsuit.   

 City Clerk Benjamin Marentette indicated, “This media release is being issued because the published agenda for the December 17, 2018, meeting of the City Commission does not include discussion on this (326 Land Company lawsuit) matter.   We know that there is a wide amount of public interest on this topic, and so we want to make as many people aware as possible that it will be discussed.    It needs to be discussed on December 17 because the city has received preliminary indication from 326 Land Company that it will not allow an extension to the time in which the city must respond to the lawsuit.  Therefore, the City Commission needs to, in a timely fashion, appoint special counsel to represent the city.”  

by Kelly Rice
Monday, December 3, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting water system repairs on Cottage View Dr. at the Grand Traverse Commons.  Cottage View will be closed to thru traffic between Medical Campus Dr. and Silver Dr. from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.  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.

by Katy Garavaglia
Monday, December 3, 2018

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Subject:                        Keeping Sidewalks Accessible for Everyone

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

Issued:                          December 3, 2018

 

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, icy or snow-packed 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 is committed to clearing sidewalks after major snow events, with priorities being primary corridors and sidewalks near schools.  However, during prolonged snowfalls, sidewalks may not be cleared for several days and there are portions of the sidewalk network that are not cleared by DPS.  “When residents promptly clear snow and ice, they play a critical part in keeping Traverse City moving,” said Marentette.

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 www.traversecitymi.gov

Snow Removal Video for the City of Traverse City

 

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by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 12, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:          Sarah U’Ren, Program Director

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

suren@gtbay.org 231-935-1514  x2       

Public Service Announcement 

Field work to begin for TWC’s Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project

Field crews will begin work this week on The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay’s (TWC’s) Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project.  While work will take place in the vicinity of Munson Hospital, field activities are not expected to have any impact on public or emergency service travel as crews will maintain 2-way traffic. 

The overall project includes replacement of four Kids Creek road crossing structures in the City of Traverse City (Cedar Street north, Cedar Street south, 6th Street, and Elmwood Ave), as well as habitat restoration work on the main branch of Kids Creek between Silver Lake Road and US31/M37.  Field crews will be working in these locations starting November 14 and continuing through December 31st.  Please use caution when traveling in the areas where geotechnical and survey crews will be present.

This is a joint project between The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and the City of Traverse City, funded through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Program. 

Contact:

Sarah U’Ren

Program Director

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

suren@gtbay.org

231-935-1514  x2

by Katy Garavaglia
Thursday, November 8, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                      Contacts: Christina Woods 922-4481
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    cwoods@traversecitymi.gov

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 Jenn Cameron, Emmy Lou Cholak, Dayna Ryan, Marian Kromkowski, Glenda and Ken Andrews, Jane Hayes, Gladys Muñoz, Helen Cook, Joe Lada, Eugene Fox and Susan Odgers.

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 Wednesday, January 2, 2019. 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.

The recipient of the award will be honored at a reception in March, 2019, at the Governmental Center. The reception will precede the presentation of the award at the Traverse City Commission meeting that evening.

For more information, please email Christina Woods at cwoods@traversecitymi.gov.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

 

by Kelly Rice
Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10th, 2018

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:           Justin Roy, Water/Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent, (231) 922-4923

 

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Front Street Closure- September 10th

Utility Work

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water/Wastewater Maintenance Department and Molon Excavating will be conducting emergency utility repairs on Front Street between Cass St.  and Union St.   Front Street will be closed from Cass Street to Union Street to complete the repair work. 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.

by Kelly Rice
Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:           Robert Becker, Street Department Supervisor, (231) 922-4900

           

Walnut St Closure- September 11th- 14th, 2018

Utility Work

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Street Department will be repairing 2 catch basin structures on Walnut Street.  Walnut Street will be closed between Rose and Prospect Streets from 8:00 am September 11th until 3:00 pm on September 14th.  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 Robert Becker, Street Department Supervisor, at 922-4900 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

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.