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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Visit to learn how a Downtown Development Authority and TIF District is established. Also learn the history of our local downtown and how it has changed since 1978 when it was formed. 

by Benjamin Marentette
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

To view the Con Foster Collection (Disposition) Strategic Plan, please click here

by Benjamin Marentette
Friday, February 12, 2016



Subject:           Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award

 Contact:          Taylor Nash, Traverse City Human Rights Commission Chairman –     

                        Kristine Bosley, Human Rights Commission Staff: (231) 922-4481

Issued:             February 12, 2016


Marian Kromkowski is the recipient of the 2016 Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award.   Ms. Kromkowski has worked tirelessly to protect human and civil rights. Ms. Kromkowski currently serves as a chair on the League of Women Voters and provides legal representation and advice to immigrants and their families. Ms. Kromkowski has made a positive impact on our community and is embodies the spirit of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. 

The Traverse City Human Rights Commission is holding a celebration on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the Second Floor Training Room of the Governmental Center (400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan) in honor of the 2016 recipient of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award.   Mayor Jim Carruthers will present Ms. Kromkowski with the award at the City Commission’s Study Session on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Governmental Center.   The City of Traverse City encourages the entire community to congratulate Ms. Kromkowski on her award!   All are invited to attend the celebration as well as the presentation by Mayor Carruthers.

Sara Hardy, a longtime resident, through her courageous and determined actions gave birth to the concept of a Human Rights organization in her community. Her conduct and professionalism exemplifies the philosophies and ideals of the Human Rights Commission to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices.

This award recognizes Sara Hardy’s contributions to the community by honoring an individual who exemplifies the Human Rights Commission’s ideals. The recipient of this award is selected by the Traverse City Human Rights Commission. We want to encourage the citizens of the Traverse City area to join with us in recognizing the contributions made by this deserving individual in the promotion of human rights.


by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, February 8, 2016

The Traverse City Treasurer reminds City property owners that the 2015 winter taxes are due Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Please note you are welcome to Pay Your Taxes Online (extra fees do apply), come into our office, drop a payment in the "Red Drop Box" or mail a check to the Treasurer's Office

Taxes not paid by February 16, 2016 will be charged a 3 percent penalty. Beginning March 1, 2016, taxes will be payable to the Grand Traverse County Treasurer with a 5 percent penalty due. A 1 percent penalty per month will be added until forfeited. 

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Do you want to make a difference? Are you ready to be involved in Traverse City? Do you want your voice heard? If so, the City has an opportunity for you!

The City is seeking volunteers to serve on various boards and committees each having unique talents being sought.

Currently, there are positions available on the Election Commission, Local Officers Compensation Commission, Traverse Area District Library Board, Traverse City Light and Power Board, Joint Planning Commission and Farmer’s Market Advisory Board. Below is a short overview of each. For more detailed information visit or contact the City Clerk’s Office.

• Election Commission – Requiring a minimal time commitment; this commission is a neutral body that works with the City Clerk appoints election inspectors and discusses upcoming City elections. Applicants must be a City resident. 

• Local Officers Compensation Commission – Requiring a minimal time commitment as well, this board meets to determine the salaries of local elected officials, and the Board of Tax Review. Applicants must be a City resident. 

• Light and Power Board – Typically meets twice a month, this board has exclusive jurisdiction, control and management of the Light and Power Department and all its operations and facilities. Unless specifically allocated to the City Commission or to a City official, the Board has all of the powers and duties possessed by the City to construct, acquire, expand and operate the Light and Power system. Applicant must be a City resident or have Light and Power service. 

• Joint Planning Commission – Meeting typically once a month, this Commission is established for the purpose of exercising the powers and duties of a planning commission under the Municipal Planning Act, MCL 125.31 et seq. (“the Planning Act”). This board was established in cooperation with the Charter Township of Garfield. Applicant must be a City resident. 

Traverse Area District Library – Meets typically once a month, this board was created in 1982 by joint resolution of the City and Grand Traverse County. Members of this board have the chance to participate in setting policy for the district libraries in the area. Applicant must be a City resident. 

• Farmers Market Advisory Board – Typically meets once a month to advise the Downtown Development Authority Board on upholding the mission of the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market for the betterment of the market. Applicants are not required to be City residents, but rather residents of the County. 

If any of these boards interest you, we encourage you to complete an Application to Become Involved and submit it to the City Clerk’s Office by February 29, 2016 with the exception of the Farmers Market Advisory Board which is required by February 12, 2016. We encourage you to include a resume with your application, however it is not required.

To view all City Boards and Committees, please visit our website at

Contact Katie Zeits, Deputy City Clerk at or by phone at 231-922-4480.