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by Missy Luick
Friday, October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: John McWethy, Public Services Assistant, (231) 922-4467
1100 Block Munson Ave Lane Closure
Munson Ave. will have an Eastbound lane closed October 22nd, 2018 thru October 25th, 2018
TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Molon Excavating will be closing the Southern most Eastbound lane in the 1100 Block of Munson Ave. between Garfield Ave. and Fair St. for sidewalk construction. This closure will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and will re-open on October 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The closure is weather dependent.
Access will be maintained to all businesses and residences at all times.
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.
The 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. 
by Missy Luick
Friday, October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

400 Block Washington St. Closure 

Washington St. will be closed October 22, 2018 and October 23, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Popp Excavating will be closing the 400 Block of Washington St. between Boardman Ave. and Wellington St. for utility connections.  This closure will take place on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and will re-open on October 23rd, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The closure is weather dependent. 

Access will be maintained to all residences at all times. 

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 Missy Luick
Friday, October 19, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

700 Block Woodmere Ave. Closure 

Woodmere Ave. will be closed October 19th, 2018 thru November 2nd, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Matts Underground will be closing the 700 Block of Woodmere Ave. between Hannah Ave. and Centre St. for Watermain installation.  This closure will take place on Monday, October 19th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and will re-open on November 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The closure is weather dependent. 

Access will be maintained to all businesses and residences at all times. 

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
Friday, October 19, 2018

Trick or Treat at the Governmental Center

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018
3:00-5:00 PM
400 Boardman Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49684

County and City offices invite you to join in free community Halloween fun! 

Informational Flyer

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Monday, October 15, 2018

October 11, 2018

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

                               

Hastings St. Closure

10/15 – 11/2/2018

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, Inc. will be resurfacing Hastings St. between E. Eighth St. and Boon St. The work is expected to start on Monday, October 15th and be substantially complete by Friday, November 2, 2018. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

 

The contractor will mill or remove the existing asphalt surface, remove concrete patches, grade and compact the gravel base where the asphalt and concrete has been removed, adjust manhole covers and overlay with hot mix asphalt.

 

Hastings St. between E. Eighth St. and Boon St. will be closed to through traffic. Cross street traffic on Parson Rd., Centre St., Carver St. and Boon St. will be maintained however the project does include improvements to the Centre St. intersection.

 

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 Alex Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions.

by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT

Matt Cowall, Executive Director
The City of Traverse City and Charter
Township of Garfield Recreational Authority
231-929-3696   mcowall@liaa.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY SEEKS PUBLIC
INPUT AT WORKSHOP

Results of the workshop will help shape the future of the joint Traverse City and Garfield Township park authority.

TRAVERSE CITY – Members of the public can provide input on the future projects and priorities of the joint City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority at an open forum on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park.

This successful partnership has existed since 2003 and owns and manages three public properties within the two jurisdictions. These properties include Hickory Meadows, Historic Barns Park, and a small half-acre parcel on West Grand Traverse Bay in the city’s downtown.

The purpose of the October 10 public workshop is three-fold—to educate community members about the Recreational Authority; to better understand values related to recreation in the city and township; and to identify possible projects and initiatives for the Authority to undertake in the future.

“This is an opportunity for citizens to take stock of the Recreational Authority and its work to date, and to make sure that its marching orders for the future are in synch with the desires and needs of the community,” said Matt Cowall, executive director of the Authority. “We hope for a big turnout and a lot of feedback.”

Survey input from over 600 individuals will be unveiled at the workshop. After a short presentation, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on projects and priorities at the three existing properties as well as the community as a whole.

A second public workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 14, also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cathedral Barn. This session will build on the first workshop with breakout sessions that focus on specific projects to develop a preferred model for the Recreational Authority.

In addition to the two public workshops, the Recreational Authority has been gathering input through park user surveys, a community-wide online survey, stakeholder interviews, and a series of focus group discussions with stakeholders and community leaders. The Authority plans to use the broad public input to inform a future millage renewal before 2024, when the Authority’s current funding expires.

ABOUT THE RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY

In 2003, The City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority was formed under Michigan’s Recreational Authorities Act. The following year, voters overwhelmingly approved a bond request to allow the Authority to acquire and preserve three culturally, environmentally, and historically relevant pieces of property for public use, including Hickory Meadows, Historic Barns Park, and part of the Open Space on West Grand Traverse Bay.

Over the past 14 years, the Authority has enjoyed enormous success in renovating Historic Barns Park, cultivating partnerships with community groups using its properties, and managing these properties for public use and enjoyment. However, opportunity still remains for continual improvements to better serve the public. Besides its regular monthly public board meetings, the Authority has not conducted a large, concentrated public input effort since 2007. Learn more about the Authority and this exciting project at recauthorityvisioning.org 

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA CONTACT

Claire Karner
Associate Planner
Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
921 West 11th Street, Suite 2E
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-649-1065

 

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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TRAVERSE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

HALLOWEEN NEWS RELEASE

OCTOBER 10, 2018 

Halloween will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, within the city limits of Traverse City.  The Trick-or-Treating hours will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

We ask the participating city residents to please turn porch lights on promptly at 5:00 p.m. and turn them off promptly at 8:00 p.m.

The National Confectioners Association and the Chocolate Manufacturers Association have established the following safety tips to help make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable holiday for our children.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

COSTUME SAFETY:

Use make-up or face paint instead of masks, but if masks are used, make sure they fit properly and have holes large enough for mouth and eyes.

Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant.

Wear light-colored clothing at night, short enough to prevent tripping.   Add reflective tape or reflectors to dark colored costumes. 

Make props such as daggers or swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood. 

TRICK-OR-TREATING SAFETY:

Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only.

Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten. 

Adults should accompany small and elementary school age children when they are trick-or-treating and send older children in groups.

Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.

Have children stay within the neighborhood; only visit homes you know.

Watch for traffic.

Keep costumed children away from pets.  The pet may not recognize the children and become frightened.

by Katy Garavaglia
Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact:           Mark Jones, Streets Supervisor, (231) 922-4901 ext. 112

City of Traverse City

2018

Leaf Collection Starts 
Monday, October 22

The City of Traverse City’s Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin Monday, October 22, 2018.  Residents are reminded that there is a City Ordinance which prohibits open burning in the City.

DO NOT PLACE leaves in the street before October 18, 2018 as this will be in violation of City Ordinance 668.03 which states “No person shall place or throw any goods, wares, merchandise, machinery, junk, wood, rubbish, manure, leavesgrass, sawdust, ashes, garbage or refuse upon any public street, alley or sidewalk, except that leaves may be placed at the curb line of streets for collection by City forces during a period designated by the City Manager for such collection.”  This period does not start until October 18, 2018.  Anyone placing anything in the street before then is in violation of this ordinance and shall be responsible for a civil infraction.

General Guidelines – NO PLASTIC BAGS!
BIODEGRADABLE PAPER BAGS ARE ACCEPTABLE

  • On curb & gutter streets, rake leaves down into street.  DO NOT BLOCK CATCH BASINS!
  • On all other streets rake leaves to gravel shoulder or paved edge of the road.
  • No leaves will be picked up in alleys, except homes along Division Street, East Front Street from Railroad Avenue to Munson Avenue, and Munson Avenue from East Front Street to Airport Access Road.
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS!  Leaves should be LOOSE – State Law prohibits plastic bags at our compost site.  Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable.
  • No branches or brush will be picked up.  Do not put them out for pick up.
  • Please do not park vehicles over leaf piles in City streets.

Leaf pickup will begin Monday, October 22, 2018 on the WEST side of the City.  Due to weather and leaf fall variables, no specific pickup date will be scheduled.  We will cover the City neighborhoods, beginning on the west side and moving eastward, over a period of 5 to 7 weekdays, and then will return to the west side to repeat the process.  Leaves should be raked out in front of your house for pickup as promptly as possible on or after October 18, 2018.  Pick up will continue through November 16, 2018.

Residents should remember that if they have yard waste that they want picked up before the City’s leaf pick up, American Waste will do the pickup for $2.23 per bag as part of their service.  Call American Waste at 231-943-8088 for information regarding their sticker program.

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by Missy Luick
Friday, September 14, 2018

September 13, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Machin Engineering, Inc. will be conducting a field study and surveying to gather information for the design, bidding and construction of proposed sidewalks within the TCAPS Traverse Heights School District and along East Front Street between Munson and East Bay Blvd.

The field work is scheduled to be conducted throughout the month of September and into October.  During the following weeks crews will be conducting data gathering operations along portions of Barlow St, Grant St, Bates St, Fern St, S Garfield Ave, Hastings St, E. Front Street, Lincoln St, Boyd Ave, Hannah Ave, Kelley St, Centre St, Kinross St, Carver St and Boon St.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation with us during the completion of this phase. Please feel free to call Machin Engineering, Inc. at 935-1530 Ext. 701 or email tcsidewalks@machinengineering.net, should you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work being conducted within the neighborhoods.

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 Missy Luick
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Zach Cole P.E., Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4492           

200 Block Lake Avenue Closure 

Lake Ave. will be closed September 4, 2018 thru November 15, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Crawford Construction will be closing the 200 Block and a portion of the 100 Block of Lake Ave. between E. Eighth St. and S. Union St. for reconstruction of the street including underground utilities.  This closure will take place on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and will re-open on November 15 at 5:00 p.m.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The closure is weather dependent. 

Lake Ave. will be closed to all traffic between S. Cass St. and E. Eighth St. Access to businesses and homes in the closed area will be maintained from the side streets and alleys. The crossing at E. Eighth St. will be maintained as much as possible. Truck traffic serving businesses in the closed area will be allowed to use other local streets for deliveries to the area as well as approved coordination with the Contractor. A detour will be provided to bypass this section of Lake Ave. Sidewalks will be closed but every effort will be made to have them accessible during the project for businesses. These restrictions are for the safety of the workers and the public, as well as to expedite the construction to reduce the time needed to complete the work.

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 Zach Cole at 922-4492 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
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:           Jessica Carpenter, Engineering Technician

jcarpenter@traversecitymi.gov

(231) 922-6894         

Alley North of Eighth St Closure

9/04/2018 TO 10/31/2018

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, Inc. will be reconstructing the alley north of Eighth St between Boardman Ave and Railroad Ave. The project will start Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and is expected to be substantially completed by October 31, 2018.

Work includes removing the existing pavement and installing new pavement, speed humps, curbs and gutters, and storm sewer main systems including drywells. The alley north of Eighth St between Boardman Ave and Railroad Ave will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. Commercial vehicles and deliveries are encouraged to use side streets to make their deliveries.

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 email or call Jessica Carpenter, jcarpenter@traversecitymi.gov  (231) 922-6894, 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 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.