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by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

REMINDER - OVERNIGHT PARKING ORDINANCE 410.04(d)

As a reminder, from November 16 through April 14, overnight parking, 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., on City streets is prohibited by City ordinance – you may wish to remind your guests.

To help accommodate City residents and their guests, overnight parking is allowed from April 15 through November 15 between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only, on any street where parking is not otherwise prohibited. Overnight parking on city streets during other periods is prohibited by City ordinance. 

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

by Missy Luick
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

       1600 Block Eastern Ave. Closure

 

Eastern Avenue will be closed to all traffic

November 1st, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Elmer’s Crane and Dozer will be closing the 1600 Block of Eastern Ave. between Bloomfield Road and Eastwood Street for paving a utility patch.  This closure will take place on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and will be reopened by mid-afternoon.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  This closure is weather dependent.

The work will require the street to be closed to all traffic while the work is being done.  Access will be maintained to all residences at all times.  There will be a signed detour in place during the closure.            

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 Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Traverse City residents are invited to participate in the process of government by serving on one of the city's citizen boards and committees. Through this service, civic-minded citizens can become involved in their local government. The city, in turn, benefits from the knowledge, experience and expertise of our citizens.

Parks and Recreation Commission – one immediate opening
The purpose of this commission is to make recommendations (advisory capacity) to the City Commission on matters relating to the operation, development, and planning of parks, recreation and cemetery services and activities. This board meets the 1st Thursday each month at 6:30 pm in the Commission Chambers.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission member shall be a representative of important segments of the community, such as the economic, governmental, educational, and social development of the local unit of government, in accordance with the major interests as they exist in the local unit of government, such as agriculture, natural resources, recreation, education, public health, government, transportation, industry and commerce.

Board of Tax Review
The purpose of the Board of Tax Review is to examine, review, and correct the assessment roll. Members of this board have minimal commitment, only meeting periodically throughout the year.  This person shall be a City resident. 

Election Commission
The primary purpose of the Election Commission is to appoint Election Inspector in advance of each election. Members of this board have minimal commitment, meeting approximately two times a year.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board
The Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board prepares Brownfield plans for concurrence by local governing bodies and approval by the County Board; and oversees administration of brownfield plans and activities.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in person at 400 Boardman Ave., or by email: tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions and are kept on file for a period of one year; applicants must not be in default to the City.

by Missy Luick
Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:                             Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning and Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4778

                                Ty Schmidt, Norte, Executive Director, (231) 883-2453

                                Bruce Lucas, Trinity Lutheran School, Associate Pastor & School Principal, (231) 946-2721

Safe Routes to Trinity Lutheran School

Walking and Biking Audit Planned for October 25

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., the City of Traverse City Safe Routes to School team will host a Walking and Biking Audit at Trinity Lutheran School to assess routes students use to walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

 

Community members, parents and students are encouraged to participate in the Walking and Biking Audit. Participants will help identify the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. The event will include directions to use a simple checklist, walk or bike a designated route, mapping results, and developing recommendations to increase safe walking and biking to school. The walking and/or biking portion of the audit will take approximately 50 minutes. Please plan on 2 hours total.

Who:                     Community members, parents and students

What:                    SR2S Audit for Trinity Lutheran School

When:                   October 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

Where:                  Participants are asked to meet at the school library

1003 S. Maple Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Findings of the Walking and Biking Audits will be used to create a SR2S action plan to increase safety on routes students walk or bike to Trinity Lutheran School. A benefit to students from Safe Routes to School is the regular physical activity they receive from walking or biking daily to and from school. A recent national survey found that while 70% of parents walked or bicycled to school as children, only 18% of their children walk or bike to school today.

For more information about Safe Routes to School in Traverse City, contact Missy Luick, City of Traverse City at (231) 922-4778 or the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports at (800) 434-8642. 

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by Missy Luick
Friday, October 20, 2017

Please take notice that the Traverse City Planning Commission has scheduled a Public Hearing for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, in the Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan, to consider:

  • An amendment to the Definitions, Section 1320.07, Uses Allowed, Section 1332.01; and Accessory buildings, Section 1332.07 in the Single Family Dwelling Chapter, the Uses Allowed, Section 1334.01; and Accessory buildings, Section 1334.07 in the Two Family Dwelling Chapter, and Motor vehicle parking in Section 1374.03 (d) of the Traverse City Code of Ordinances regarding modifying the definition of dwelling unit, the conditions regulating ADUs and accessory buildings in the single family dwelling district and expansion of ADUs to the two family dwelling district.
  • An amendment the Uses Allowed, Section 1336.01 in the Multiple Family Dwelling Chapter of the Traverse City Code of Ordinances expansion regarding allowing accessory dwelling units in the multiple family dwelling districts with conditions

You may view the proposed amendments at the Planning Department. Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  You are hereby invited to voice your opinion by attending the public hearing or by sending comments to the Planning Commission, by mail at 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684, or email at planningcommission@traversecitymi.gov stating your reasons for approval or disapproval.

by Missy Luick
Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                       

M-22 (S. West Bay Shore Dr.) Lane Closure

10/23 – 11/1/2017

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, Inc. will be installing a sanitary sewer manhole on the west side of M-22 (S. West Bay Shore Dr.) between E. Carter Rd. and M-72 West (East Traverse Hwy.). The work is expected to start on Monday, October 23rd and be substantially complete on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

Approximately 500 feet of the southbound lane of M-22 between E. Carter Rd. and M-72 West will be closed to all traffic. Southbound traffic will be shifted into the center turn lane through the work zone. The speed limit for southbound traffic will be reduced from the posted 40 mph to 30 mph in the work zone.

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.

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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, October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

1100 Block Barlow Street Closure

 

Barlow Street will be closed to all traffic

October 23-24, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Earthworks Excavating will be closing the 1100 Block of Barlow Street between Carver Street and Baldwin Street for utility work.  This closure will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 8 a.m. and will be reopened by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  This closure is weather dependent.

The work will require the street to be closed to all traffic while the work is being done.  Access will be maintained to all residences and businesses at all times.  There will be a signed detour route in place during the closure.            

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
Thursday, October 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-0993

                      LakeJ1@michigan.gov

Lane closures for soil borings start Monday for several US-31/M-37/M-72 intersections in Traverse City area 

COUNTY:                            

Grand Traverse

HIGHWAYS:                                   

US-31, M-37, M-72, and M-22

CLOSEST CITY:                

Traverse City                        

ESTIMATED STARTING DATE:                     

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017                  

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:    

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

PROJECT:                           

A contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be performing soil borings at several locations in the Traverse City area in preparation for a traffic signal upgrade project in 2019. The work will be done at the following locations on these approximate dates (weather dependent):

- US-31/M-37 at South Airport Road, Oct. 23

US-31/M-37 at 14th Street, Oct. 24

- US-31/M-37 at 7th Street, Oct. 24 and 25

US-31/M-37 at Front Street, Oct. 25

- M-22/M-72 at M-72, Oct. 26

US-31/M-37/M-72 at Grandview Parkway, Oct. 27

- US-31/M-37/M-72 at Union Street, Oct. 30

- US-31/M-37/M-72 at Park Street, Oct. 30

US-31/M-37/M-72 at Front Street, Oct. 31

- US-31/M-37/M-72 at Barlow Street, Oct. 31

- US-31/M-37/M-72 at Garfield Avenue, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

US-31/M-72 at Fair Street/College Drive, Nov. 1 and 2

- US-31/M-72 at 8th Street, Nov. 2

US-31/M-72 at Airport Access Road/Mahan Street, Nov. 2 and 3

Project map: http://bit.ly/2yybLVq

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:                    

At most of these intersections, this work will require single-lane closures with traffic shifts between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

SAFETY FEATURES:                   

This soil boring investigatory work will ensure that future traffic signal foundations are designed and constructed appropriately.

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by Kelly Rice
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be installing water services on Thirteenth St. on October 19th and 20th.  Thirteenth St. will be closed daily between Wadsworth and Pine from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  During these times, please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion and delay, and to promote worker safety.  Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

 

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, October 16, 2017

West Front St. Street Closure
Tuesday October 17th- Thursday October 19th, 2017
Utility Work

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be televising/ inspecting the sanitary sewer on West Front St. beginning on Tuesday, October 17th and ending on Thursday, October 19th. West Front St. will be closed from Maple St. to Wadsworth/ Hall St. from 9:00 pm Tuesday until 6:00 am Wednesday and again from 9:00 pm Wednesday until 6:00 am Thursday. During these times, please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion and delay, and to promote worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

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 Missy Luick
Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

       1600 Block Eastern Ave. Closure

 

Eastern Avenue will be closed to all traffic

October 18th and 19th, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Elmer’s Crane and Dozer will be closing the 1600 Block of Eastern Ave. between Bloomfield Road and Eastwood Street for utility work.  This closure will take place on Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday October 19th 2017 at 8:00 a.m. and will be reopened by the end of the each day.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  This closure is weather dependent.

The work will require the street to be closed to all traffic while the work is being done.  Access will be maintained to all residences at all times.  There will be a signed detour in place during the closure.            

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 John Travis
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Robert Becker, Streets Supervisor, (231) 922-4901 ext. 119                       

 

FOURTEENTH STREET / UNION STREET

INTERSECTION CLOSURE

MANHOLE STRUCTURE REPAIR WORK

 

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that the City of Traverse City Street Department will be partially closing and rerouting traffic at the intersection of Union Street and Fourteenth Street starting Thursday, October 12, 2017 to repair a manhole structure. This work will be completed by Friday, October 13, by the end of the work day, weather permitting.

The work will require some left turn lanes and some through lanes to be closed to traffic for the duration of the repair 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 Robert Becker at 922-4901 ext. 119 if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the work or the schedule.

by Missy Luick
Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Boon St. Closure &

S. Garfield Ave. Lane Closure

10/11 – 10/17/2017

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Rieth – Riley Construction Co., Inc. will be resurfacing Boon St. between S. Garfield Ave. and Hastings St. The work is expected to start on Wednesday, October 11th and be substantially complete on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

On Boon St., between S. Garfield Ave. and Hastings St., crews will be removing existing pavements, grading and compacting the gravel base and overlaying with hot mix asphalt. Boon St. will be closed to all traffic during the day when workers are present. The intersection of Boon St. and Hastings St. will remain open to traffic.

On S. Garfield Ave. the easterly northbound lane at the Boon St. intersection will be closed during the day when workers are present.

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.

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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
Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                       

Barlow St. Closure

10/11 – 10/18/2017

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Rieth – Riley Construction Co., Inc. will be resurfacing Barlow St. between Hannah Ave. and Centre St. The work is expected to start on Wednesday, October 11th and be substantially complete on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

On Barlow St., between Hannah Ave. and Centre St., crews will be removing existing pavements, grading and compacting the gravel base and overlaying with hot mix asphalt. Barlow St. will be closed to all traffic during the day when workers are present.

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.

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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
Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                       

W. Fifteenth St. &

S. Maple St. Closure

10/11 – 10/19/2017

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Rieth – Riley Construction Co., Inc. will be resurfacing W. Fifteenth St. and S. Maple St. The work is expected to start on Wednesday, October 11th and be substantially complete on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

On W. Fifteenth St., between S. Maple St. and Veterans Dr., crews will be milling existing pavements and overlaying with hot mix asphalt. W. Fifteenth St. will be closed to all through traffic during the day when workers are present.

On S. Maple St., between W. Fifteenth St. and Belanger Lane, crews will be milling existing pavements and overlaying with hot mix asphalt. S. Maple St. will be closed to all through traffic during the day when workers are present.

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.

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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, October 4, 2017
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It's that time of year again when all of the ghosts, goblins, princes, princesses and other great characters come out and wander the community in hopes of receiving their favorite special treat! 

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Trick-or-Treating hours are as follows for the City:

Downtown TC Merchants Halloween Walk - Saturday, October 28 - 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM 

Entire City - Tuesday, October 31 - 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM (We ask that all City resident households participating in trick-or-treating to turn on their porch lights promptly at 5:00 PM and turn them off promptly at 8:00 PM or when the candy is gone, whichever comes first.) 


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.

The City wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!