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by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

You're invited to attend an open house for the Boardman Lake Loop Project! This open house has been planned to give you an update on the project and give you a chance to your voice your comment! 

This event will take place on Thursday, November 30th at 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM at the University Center at Northwestern Michigan College, Room 217. 

Official Flyer: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/downloads/openhouse_flyer_113017.pdf

by Missy Luick
Monday, November 27, 2017

FishPass is an innovative project to enhance fish passage and connectivity between the Boardman (Ottaway) River and Lake Michigan, while removing invasive or non-desirable fishes through controlled sorting. FishPass will replace the deteriorating Union Street Dam in downtown Traverse City, Michigan with an improved barrier featuring a fish-sorting channel and a nature-like river channel. Once constructed, scientists will optimize various sorting technologies and techniques below the barrier to maximize efficiency of passing desirable fishes and removing invasive fishes. For example, water velocity barriers, light guidance, video shape recognition, and eel ladder style traps are just some technologies that could be integrated at the facility to sort fish and effectively pass or remove animals. The project will develop into a living laboratory with a strong education and outreach component. Once optimized for bi-directional (up and downstream) selective fish passage, FishPass will be converted to a permanent selective fishway completing the Boardman River Restoration Project. Lessons learned from the optimization phase will be applied to similar rivers to create selective fish passage at new sites. The project could have regional, national, and global implications.

Please visit the project page for more information: http://www.glfc.org/fishpass.php

by Missy Luick
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
EXTENDED
2017 CITY OF TRAVERSE CITY
FALL LEAF PICKUP
The extended date for putting your leaves in the street will be November 26th. After this date, do not place leaves in the street. City crews will be making one final sweep through the City and if weather permits, sweeping behind the leaf crews will be performed to remove debris from the gutters.
Please remember, other than the scheduled dates for fall leaf pickup, it is against City Ordinance to place anything in City Streets, Alleys or the Right-of-Way.
Any leaves placed in the street after November 26th will be subject to possible fines issued by the Code Enforcement Officer.
Contact:
Public Services Department
625 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City MI 49686
(231) 922-4901
by Kelly Rice
Monday, November 13, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be performing water system repairs on Thirteenth St. on November 14th.  Thirteenth St. will be closed between Wadsworth and Pine from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  During this time, 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 Katelyn Zeits
Friday, November 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Subject: Statement from City Manager Marty Colburn regarding internal allegations about Traverse City Police Chief  Jeff O’Brien

Contact: Marty Colburn, City Manager – (231) 922-4440 (tcmanage@traversecitymi.gov

Issued: November 10, 2017

The City of Traverse City has conducted an internal investigation regarding allegations that Police Chief Jeff O’Brien engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the City of Traverse City’s policy regarding harassment, discrimination and workplace violence.  

It is paramount to the success of our Police Department that it provides the highest level of professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement services to this community.   If allegations contrary to a professional culture within our organization, including the Police Department are made, the City of Traverse City has an obligation – and responsibility – to employees and the public to investigate.  

The City of Traverse City’s Human Resources Department has conducted a thorough, objective and independent investigation and presented the findings to me.  

Based on the allegation and finding. I have taken action to verbally reprimand Chief O’Brien as well as provide guidance to him.

While disciplinary action has been taken, I have full faith and confidence in the ability and commitment of Police Chief Jeff O’Brien to lead and cultivate professionalism, accountability and integrity within the Traverse City Police Department.   Chief O’Brien has led change within our Police Department, including change that this community and therefore I - have requested.  This includes the implementation of a contemporary model of community policing which I directed him to carry out toward nearly two years ago.   Chief O’Brien has demonstrated his support and commitment to this direction given to him.   I also have full faith that Chief O’Brien will continue to hold the officers and command staff of the Police Department to the highest professional standard.   Police Chief O’Brien and I also look forward to continuous development in the areas of communication and leadership in himself and his command staff.   After the conclusion of this investigation, Chief O’Brien continues to have my full support.   

I intend for this to be my sole statement on this matter and consider it closed.   

by Missy Luick
Friday, November 10, 2017

November 9, 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

                        Christine Guitar, Traverse City Area Public Schools, (231) 933-8995

                                                       

Safe Routes to West Middle and Central Grade Schools:

Action Plan meetings set for November 20

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- The Safe Routes to School teams at West Middle and Central Grade schools will be hosting Action Plan meetings to assess possible improvements to make routes students use to walk and bike to school safer. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

Attend the Meeting: The Action Plan meetings for West Middle and Central Grade Schools will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Committee Room, 2nd Floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave, Traverse City MI 49684.

  • Who should attend: Community members, neighborhood associations and school communities are encouraged to participate in the Action Plan meetings.
  • Meeting agenda: Participants will review walking audit comments and maps to identify possible improvements that will aide in the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. Snacks will be provided. Please plan on 1 hour.

Take the Survey: Currently, Norte is collecting surveys among parents and students at various Traverse City area Elementary and Middle Schools related to present attitudes and behaviors toward walking or biking to school. This information will be used to develop education, encouragement, enforcement and engineering strategies to increase safe walking and biking to school. To take the survey, visit: https://elgruponorte.org/survey/ and scroll down to the school that your child(ren) attend and click the link. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

For more information about SRTS 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. The City of Traverse City is planning on conducting Safe Routes to School programming and possible infrastructure improvements at all 10 K-8 schools within the city limits. Through the SRTS program, the City has the opportunity to apply for up to $200,000 per school for infrastructure improvements and $8,000 per school for non-infrastructure (i.e. programming and encouragement).

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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Media Release – for immediate release

Subject:           Swearing-in Ceremony of Mayor and City Commissioners

Contact:          Benjamin Marentette, MMC, City Clerk
                      bmarente@traversecitymi.gov
                      (231) 922-4480 

Issued:            November 8, 2017 

At the City Commission’s November 13, 2017, Organizational Meeting, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette will present a plaque to outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Gary Howe, acknowledging his service on the City Commission.

Also at the City Commission’s November 13, 2017, Organizational Meeting, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette will swear in re-elected Mayor Jim Carruthers, elected Commissioner Michele Howard, Commissioner-elect Brian McGillivary and re-elected Commissioner Tim Werner.   They will officially assume their term of office once sworn in.  

The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers on the Second Floor of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City, Michigan.   Of course, the meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.   

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the City Commission will select one of its members to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for a one-year term; and re-elected Mayor Jim Carruthers and the City Commission will make various appointments to boards.

 

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by Missy Luick
Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3, 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

Christine Guitar, Traverse City Area Public Schools, (231) 933-8995

Safe Routes to West Middle School

Walking and Biking Audit Planned for November 8 

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:45 p.m., the City of Traverse City Safe Routes to School team will host a Walking and Biking Audit at West Middle School to assess routes students use to walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) 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. Snacks will be provided. Please plan on 90 minutes total. Please dress for the weather.

Who:      Community members, parents and students

What:     SR2S Audit for West Middle School

When:    November 8, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

Where:   Participants are asked to meet at the school cafeteria

   3950 Silver Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684

Findings of the Walking and Biking Audits will be used to create a SRTS action plan to increase safety on routes students walk or bike to West Middle 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
Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 1, 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

                                Christine Guitar, Traverse City Area Public Schools, (231) 933-8995

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

Safe Routes to Glenn Loomis, Willow Hill and Trinity Lutheran Schools:

Action Plan meetings set for November 6

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- The Safe Routes to School teams at Glenn Loomis, Willow Hill and Trinity Lutheran schools will be hosting Action Plan meetings to assess possible improvements to make routes students use to walk and bike to school safer. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

Attend the Meeting: The Action Plan meetings for Glenn Loomis, Willow Hill and Trinity Lutheran Schools will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Committee Room, 2nd Floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave, Traverse City MI 49684.

  • Who should attend: Community members, neighborhood associations and school communities are encouraged to participate in the Action Plan meetings.
  • Meeting agenda: Participants will review walking audit comments and maps to identify possible improvements that will aide in the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. Snacks will be provided. Please plan on 2 hours total.

Take the Survey: Currently, Norte is collecting surveys among parents and students at various Traverse City area Elementary and Middle Schools related to present attitudes and behaviors toward walking or biking to school. This information will be used to develop education, encouragement, enforcement and engineering strategies to increase safe walking and biking to school. To take the survey, visit: https://elgruponorte.org/survey/ and scroll down to the school that your child(ren) attend and click the link. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

For more information about SRTS 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. The City of Traverse City is planning on conducting Safe Routes to School programming and possible infrastructure improvements at all 10 K-8 schools within the city limits. Through the SRTS program, the City has the opportunity to apply for up to $200,000 per school for infrastructure improvements and $8,000 per school for non-infrastructure (i.e. programming and encouragement).

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by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Subject:           City of Traverse City Registered Voters – New Voting Location

Contact:          Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk, (231) 922-4480, tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov

In effort to balance out the number of voters at each voting location, some voters registered within the City of Traverse City have a new voting location, starting with the upcoming November 7, 2017, City General Election. A voter whose location has changed would have received an updated voter registration card through the mail this past July; please look over your new card closely to confirm your new location. You can also verify your voting location by visiting the following link: www.michigan.gov/vote.

This change is a result of the City Clerk’s Office recently realigning precinct boundaries to redistribute voters equally around the City of Traverse City, moving some voters to a different voting location.

Going forward, unless you change your voter registration address, when voting in person, please go to the location noted on your new voter registration card.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this change, or if we can be of service to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact our office.  Thank you for participating in the democratic process!

 

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