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by Missy Luick
Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

N. ELMWOOD AVE. CLOSURE

BETWEEN JEFFERSON AND SECOND STREETS

6/3/2014 TO 6/4/2014

TRAVERSE CITY- Molon Excavating will be installing a sanitary sewer lead on N. Elmwood Ave. The project will start June 3, 2014 and is expected to be finished by June 4, 2014. N. Elmwood Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Jefferson St. and Second St. A detour will be provided using Monroe St. between Randolph St. and Jefferson St.

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 Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 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, May 28, 2014

Please visit the William G. Milliken Waterscape page for hours of operation for 2014.

by Missy Luick
Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Division St. Lane Closures

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Molon Excavating will be reconstructing sanitary sewer main in the alley South of Seventh St. at the intersection with Division St. Work includes removing pavements, installing new sanitary sewer and paving. The project is scheduled to start Wednesday May 28th and be finished May 29th. Division St. will be reduced to two lanes, one northbound and one southbound. The two easterly northbound lanes will be closed.

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 Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 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
Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

7th STREET ALLEY SANITARY SEWER

RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Molon Excavating will be reconstructing sanitary sewer main in the alley South of Seventh St. between Division St. and Oak St. Work includes removing pavements, bypass pumping, installing new sanitary sewer and paving. The project is scheduled to start Wednesday May 28th and be finished July 26th. The alley will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. Oak St. and Maple St. at the alley South of Seventh St. will be closed to all traffic to allow for bypass pumping sewer effluent.

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 Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 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
Thursday, May 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
 
CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 989-732-3832, ext. 343
                     LakeJ1@michigan.gov
 
US-31 Boardman River bridge work
next week in Traverse City
 
COUNTY:  Grand Traverse 
HIGHWAY:  US-31
CLOSEST CITY: Traverse City
ESTIMATED STARTING DATE:  Tuesday, May 27, 2014
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:  Monday, June 2, 2014 (weather permitting)
PROJECT:                          
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews will be patching the deck of the US-31 bridge over the Boardman River, also known as the Murchie Bridge. Work will be done from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
 
Project map: https://goo.gl/maps/Le665
TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:                    
This work will require that one lane of the bridge be closed at a time, with traffic shifted to the open lane. The bridge will be fully open at night and over the weekend.
There will be a 10-foot width restriction during the work. However, anyone needing a permit to move a boat through the project area is encouraged to call the Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC) at 231-941-1986.
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Roadway Work Zone Safety - We're All in This Together.
by Katelyn Stroven
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OPEN BURNING 
SECTION 307
OPEN BURNING, RECREATIONAL FIRES AND
PORTABLE OUTDOOR FIREPLACES
(Source: 2018 International Fire Code, as amended by the Commission, City of Traverse City)

307.1 General.
A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with Sections 307.1.1 through 307.5.

307.1.1 Prohibited open burning.
Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.

Exception: Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland fire when authorized by the fire code official.

307.1.1.2 Prohibited materials.
The open burning of trash, refuse, leaves, grass, rubbish, debris, building materials, or similar items shall not be allowed

307.1.2 Definitions
BONFIRE. An outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes.

OPEN BURNING. The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Open burning does not include road flares, smudgepots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames, recreational fires or use of portable outdoor fireplaces. For the purpose of this definition, a chamber shall be regarded as enclosed when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACE permanent or portable outdoor burning devices, and are designed to burn wood, other combustible materials or propane. Outdoor fireplaces are used by residents in their yards for ambience (effect) and to provide a small amount of warmth. Portable outdoor fireplaces are manufactured in various shapes and sizes and are usually constructed of metal, concrete, or clay. Outdoor fireplaces consist of a firebox and chimney stack.

RECREATIONAL FIRE. An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.

307.2 Permit required.
A permit shall be obtained from the Fire Code Official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a recreational fire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of, or with written permission of the land upon which the recreational fire is to kindled.

307.2.1 Authorization.
Where required by state or local law or regulations, open burning shall only be permitted with prior approval from the state or local air and water quality management authority, provided that all conditions

specified in the authorization are followed. The State of Michigan shall have final authority over condition approval for open burning. Consult Michigan.gov for open burning conditions.

307.3 Extinguishment authority.
The Fire Code Official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible or the fire department of recreational fires that creates or adds to a hazard or nuisance situation.

307.4 Location.
Recreational fires shall be conducted at a location as specified within this code, and approved by the Fire Code Official. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15 240 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15 240 mm) of any structure.

Exceptions:

1. Fires in approved containers that are not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) from a structure.

2. The minimum required distance from a structure shall be 25 feet (7620 mm) where the pile size is 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height.

307.4.1 Bonfires.

A bonfire shall not be allowed within the City of Traverse City.

307.4.2 Recreational fires.

Recreational fires shall be conducted at a location as specified within this code, and approved by the Fire Code Official. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces.

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a structure or combustible material.

Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one- and two-family dwellings.

307.5 Attendance.
Recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as a water barrel, garden hose, or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

For more information regarding recreational fires within the City of Traverse City, please contact Fire Marshal Mike Sheets at 231-922-4930 ext. 3 or by email

by Missy Luick
Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                               

Woodmere Avenue Lane Closure

Road Repair

TRAVERSE CITY- Residents and businesses should be aware that the City of Traverse City will be performing road repair work on Woodmere Avenue north of the intersection of Woodmere and Hannah, in front of 631 Woodmere. Work is expected to take place Monday, May 19, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m., and should take less than the day to complete.

For the safety of the public and protection of the construction workers, the northbound lane of Woodmere, north of Hannah Avenue, will be closed.  Westbound Hannah Avenue traffic will be detoured at Barlow Street.  Detour signage will be provided.

These restrictions are intended to expedite the construction work and minimize the time needed to complete the work. Appropriate signing and barricades will be in place. Expect delays and congestion in and around the work area. Alternate routes are advised.

Unfortunately, this construction will generate noise and cause inconvenience. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please contact the Water/Wastewater Department, at (231) 922-4923 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work.

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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 Stroven
Friday, May 16, 2014

Through service, citizens can offer their talents and experience to become involved in local government and shape our community. 

Historic Districts Commission. Three openings June 30th, 2014 for three year terms expiring June, 2017. The purpose of the Historic Districts Commission is to investigate and recommend to the City Commission areas it deems valuable for designation as Historic Districts. 

City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority Board of Directors. One opening June 30th, 2014 for one three year term expiring June, 2017. The purpose of the Recreational Authority Board is to acquire, construct, operate, or maintain public recreation areas. 

Human Rights Commission. Three openings June 30th, 2014 for three year terms expiring June, 2017. The purpose of the Human Rights Commission is to foster mutual understanding and respect among all groups and discourage discriminatory practices. 

Board of Zoning Appeals. Three Regular Member openings June 30, 2014 for three year terms expiring June, 2017 and one unexpired Alternate Member position expiring June, 2015. The purpose of the Board of Zoning Appeals is to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the applicant that there is an error in any order made by the Building Official or Zoning Administrator. 

United States Coast Guard Committee. Three openings August 25th, 2014 for three year terms expiring August, 2017. The purpose of the United States Coast Guard Committee is to make recommendations on matters relating to the operation, development and planning of United States Coast Guard services, facilities and programs within the City of Traverse City. 

General eligibility requirements apply. For more information on either boards or its current members, please visit: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 231-922-4480 for an “Application to Become Involved” or visit our website: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/downloads/boardapplication.pdf. It is encouraged, but not required for applicants to include a resume with application. 

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For more questions, please contact Deputy City Clerk Katie Lowran at 231-922-4480 or by email

by Missy Luick
Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Missy Luick, Planning and Engineering Assistant (231) 922-4778 mluick@traversecitymi.gov

Request for Qualifications issued for Traverse City Public Pier project                                                                  

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN – A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been issued by a committee formed by the City of Traverse City to seek, screen and interview candidates to complete the design of a Traverse City Pier. A complete copy of the RFQ is available at the City of Traverse City’s web site, http://www.traversecitymi.gov/tcpublicpier.asp. Responses must be submitted by June 12, 2014.   

The committee will screen responses, interview selected candidates and will provide the City Commission with a recommended candidate for the project. The City will then strive to work with the candidate to finalize a definitive scope of work and budget for the project that is a significant element of the City’s Bayfront Plan. The design project was made possible by a $232,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust under their Great Lakes Access Grant program. The design project is scheduled for completion no later than June of 2015.

The goal of the project is to complete the design, preliminary engineering, environmental studies and construction specifications for an approximate 550 foot universally accessible fishing pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. The purpose is to provide unique, outstanding access for people of all ages, needs and abilities to fish for migratory and other fish species, learn about the importance of the Great Lakes and the importance of stewardship and the value and opportunities involving the recreational fishery. The project area runs west to Clinch Park and surrounds the Boardman River mouth. 

“In addition to completing the design, the selected contractor will also be required to include opportunities for public input and ideas throughout the process,” said Missy Luick of Traverse City’s Planning Department. “The contractor will be required to respond to all questions and suggestions involving the project. We encourage interests to go to our web site and begin submitting input at any time.”

Committee members include:  Cathie Ballard-Cunningham, a Traverse City resident and former chief of Michigan’s Coastal Management Program; Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes; Todd Kalish, Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator, Dept. of Natural Resources Fisheries Division;  Steve Largent, Grand Traverse Conservation District;  Eric Olsen of the Natural Resources Department, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa Indians; Traverse City Commissioner Ross Richardson; Ryan Matuszak, Former President of the Grand Traverse Sport Fishing Association and Charter Boat Operator; and Jack Knol, area architect and developer.  Missy Luick of the Traverse City Planning Department is coordinating the project for the City with the assistance of City Manager Jered Ottenwess, Planning Director Russ Soyring and City Engineer Tim Lodge.  Tim Ervin, a consultant with the Northsky Nonprofit Network is facilitating the project.

by Missy Luick
Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Michael Trombley, Code Enforcement Officer (231) 922-4414 mtrombley@traversecitymi.gov  

City hires new Code Enforcement Officer                                            

TRAVERSE CITY– The City of Traverse City hired a new Code Enforcement Officer, replacing Loyd Morris who retired in March. Michael Trombley began working as the City’s Code Enforcement Officer this morning. Mr. Trombley joins the City after nearly 28 years with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department as a Detective. Mr. Trombley served with the United States Marine Corps, grew up in Traverse City, and graduated from Traverse City St. Francis.  Mr. Trombley lives in Traverse City with his wife Monique, has four grown children and four grandchildren. Mr. Trombley stated, “I am excited to continue serving the community in my new role as the new Code Enforcement Officer.”

The Code Enforcement Officer handles concerns about the preservation, maintenance and aesthetics of all residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout the City. Mr. Trombley will be working with citizens to resolve issues which impact the quality of life in Traverse City by enforcing a broad range of public health and safety regulations including rental housing, zoning, health, parking, public nuisance, and other safety codes.

For Code Enforcement issues within the City of Traverse City, Mr. Trombley can be reached at (231) 922-4414 or mtrombley@traversecitymi.gov

by Katelyn Stroven
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In an effort to enhance communication with our community and to more efficiently address traffic concerns, the Traverse City Police Department has created an online submission form.

The “Report a Traffic Problem” form will enable community members to report on-going traffic problems and concerns in a more timely and immediate manner directly to the Police Department.  The Police Department response will include, among other actions, directed patrol by the road patrol division and community policing program in the problem area. Concerns will be addressed as time and staffing allow. 

Data from submitted responses will be collected and aid the Police Department in developing more comprehensive and long term solutions to the escalating traffic issues facing our community.

The form is available on the City of Traverse City web site on the Police Department page.  Please visitwww.traversecitymi.gov/trafficproblem.asp to complete the online form.

If you wish to file a police complaint concerning a non-emergency situation, to include a traffic offense you feel needs to be investigated, please call the non-emergency Grand Traverse Central Dispatch line at (231) 922-4550.  If the problem you wish to report is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.  

Thank you.

by Missy Luick
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           John McWethy, Public Services Assistant, (231) 922-4467 or (231)218-2917

 200 Block Front St. Alley Closure

Front Street Alley will be closed to all traffic temporarily

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that The City of Traverse City has closed the alley East of Cass Street between Front Street and the Boardman River due to emergency utility work. The duration of this closure is not known at this time.

The work will require the alley to be closed to all traffic while the utility work is being done.

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.