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by John Travis
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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2017
City of Traverse City
SPRING SERVICES 
RESIDENTIAL LOOSE LEAF AND BRUSH 
PICK UP GUIDELINES 

Loose Leaf Pick Up: April 17, 2017 - Begins on the West side of City, moving East.

Brush: April 17, 2017 - Begins on the West side of City, moving East.

*Crews will only go down your street one time*

RULES 

LOOSE LEAF PICK-UP - Begins April 17, 2017 - Do not place leaves in street until Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Do Not Use Plastic Bags!  Biodegradable Paper Bags are Ok.

Place leaves on the street for pick-up - not in alley. Please do not allow leaves to plug storm water drains.

BRUSH – Begins April 17, 2017, all brush must be neatly stacked. Large branches cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter, and CANNOT EXCEED ONE 8’ x 8’ x 4’ HIGH PILE. Christmas trees are allowed. No logs, tree stumps or shrub root balls are allowed. Place in alley if exists, or behind curb or pavement edge on street, if no alley.

PLEASE REMEMBER, OTHER THAN THE SCHEDULED DATES FOR SPRING LOOSE LEAF PICK UP AND BRUSH PICK UP, IT IS AGAINST CITY ORDINANCE TO PLACE ANYTHING IN THE CITY STREET, ALLEY OR RIGHT-OF-WAY.

PLEASE HELP US KEEP THE STREETS CLEAN, FREE OF YARD DEBRIS, LITTER, CIGARETTE BUTTS, PAINT AND AUTO FLUIDS. ANYTHING THAT GOES INTO A STORM DRAIN FLOWS TO GRAND TRAVERSE BAY.

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

Contact:   Mark Jones, City of Traverse City, Streets Department Superintendent, (231) 922-4901

by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, March 27, 2017

Implementation of the new Section 28 Charter Provision approved as City Proposal 3 at the November, 2016, election will be discussed at the April 3, 2017 City Commission meeting. In the meantime, the documents relating to this matter are being provided within the link below. 

For questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at 231-922-4440. 

Link: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/downloads/prop_3_implementation_policy.pdf

by Katy Garavaglia
Monday, March 27, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

Subject:           Traverse City, Michigan, selected as Strongest Town by Strong Towns, a national media organization

Contact:          Marty Colburn, City Manager – (231) 922-4440 (tcmanage@traversecitymi.gov)
                      Russell Soyring, City Planning Director – (231) 922-4778 (rsoyring@traversecitymi.gov)
                      Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk – (231) 922-4480 (bmarente@traversecitymi.gov)              

Issued:             March 27, 2017  

Traverse City, Michigan has been selected as the Strongest Town by Strong Towns, a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient, hosted a competition to determine the strongest town.

16 communities were selected to compete in a bracket-based competition to determine who was the strongest.  Towns were initially judged on criteria such as financial solvency, citizen engagement, transportation options and ability to adapt to new challenges.  

On March 21, 2017, it was announced that Traverse City was squaring off against Guelph, Ontario for the championship faceoff.   Traverse City won the vote contest – which became a social media buzz.   Voters across cyberspace cast their vote and ultimately that vote crowned Traverse City the winner of the Strongest Town contest!

Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers, knowing some of the Strong Town Principles, saw exactly how Traverse City was able to win this international contest, “One of the principles of a Strong Town, as articulated in the contest criteria, matches Traverse City to a core – and that is that strong cities, towns and neighborhoods cannot happen without strong citizens, meaning citizens who care.   Traverse City beams as a shining star throughout this region, state and country; and its’ because of the passion of our residents, staff and good governance by our boards and commissions.   We thank everyone who saw that what Traverse City offers is special – and we thank them for voting for us.”

In a moment of city pride, City Manager Marty Colburn indicated, while an honor to win, it makes sense given the strategic decisions that have been made by City Commissions over the years, “Traverse City has had a history of thoughtfulness in leveraging our assets and resources – from natural resources – to financial – to human resources.  Through strong, responsible and strategic policies that have been adopted by City Commissions, Traverse City is a leader.   The financial resources of the city have been carefully spent with strategy in mind.”

Beyond the fantastic recognition, as the winner of the Strongest Town contest, Traverse City will be the recipient of a “curbside chat”, hosted by Charles Marohn, President of Strong Towns.  Three "big ideas" are central to Strong Towns thinking, and we explore them within the Curbside Chat program:

  1. The current path cities are pursuing is not financially stable.
  2. The future for most cities will not resemble the recent past.
  3. The main determinant of future prosperity for cities will be local leaders’ ability to transform their communities.

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by John Travis
Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

SOUTH GARFIELD AVENUE LANE CLOSURE

 

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that the City of Traverse City Street Department will be closing the easterly (outside) northbound lane of South Garfield Avenue between Carver and Hannah Streets starting Monday, March 27, to repair catch basin structures. This work will be completed by March 31, weather permitting.

The work will require the easterly (outside) northbound lane of South Garfield Avenue to be closed throughout this time. 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.  Access will remain for businesses in this 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 at 922-4901 ext. 119 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
Thursday, March 23, 2017

TCL&P Service Center
1131 Hastings Street
Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or until gone.

The annual seedling giveaway has been a tradition for 28 years, with the first occurring at the former Bayside Power Plant. This year marks the 29th year that TCL&P will celebrate Earth Day, thus continuing this long standing tradition.

Customers can pick up a free Eastern White Pine seedling between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. starting on Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, or until gone, at the Hastings Street Service Center. Each seedling is potted and ready for planting, but remember do not plant them or any tall growing tree under or near power lines.

by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 21, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Russ Soyring, Planning Director (231) 922-4465

                             

 Strongest Town Competition

March 21, 2017 – 11:30 AM

Traverse City is in the Finals!

 

 TRAVERSE CITY- Strong Towns, a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient is hosting a competition to determine the strongest town in America.

 This is the second annual “Strongest Town Contest” and this year, Strong Towns is pleased to announce that it received applications from communities in three different countries. Teams of applicants (including government staff, citizen activists and nonprofit leaders) were invited to apply to the contest by answering a series of questions about their community.  Traverse City was one of 16 communities selected to compete in a bracket-based competition to determine whose is the strongest. Towns were initially judged on criteria such as financial solvency, citizen engagement, transportation options and ability to adapt to new challenges.

 So far, Traverse City outlasted York, Pennsylvania in a close vote to make it to the Elite Eight.  This hard fought victory was followed by a comfortable win against Ellsworth, Maine.  Traverse City then faced Valparaiso, Indiana in the Final Four. After a lively contest, Traverse City came out on top on that match up as well.  

 Traverse City will now face Guelph, Ontario for the Championship face off.   Voting will begin Tuesday afternoon for the Traverse City vs. Guelph, Ontario final match-up   https://www.strongtowns.org/strongesttown/.

 

Voting ends this Friday at 6:00 PM Eastern Standard time.

 

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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
Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017

Contact:           Mark Jones, Streets Department Superintendent, 231-922-4901

Spring Leaf Pickup

General Information

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Streets Department is asking for your cooperation leading up to the annual Spring Leaf Pickup program.

The date for the leaf pickup program will soon be posted.  It will be determined based on weather and snow melt conditions.

Please DO NOT rake your leaves into the street.  Leaf pickup will begin on a Monday, so you will be able to begin placing leaves into the street on the Friday before the program starts.

Please remember, other than the scheduled dates for spring loose leaf pickup and brush pickup, it is against City ordinances to place anything in the City streets, alleys or rights-of-way.

Excessive debris in the street can cause flooding from plugged catch basins, hampers street sweeping efforts to pick up sand left from winter street maintenance, and allows more debris to enter the catch basins.  Whatever enters the catch basins drains to Grand Traverse Bay, so please help us in the effort to keep the streets and bays clean.

by Missy Luick
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 13, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Russ Soyring, Planning Director (231) 922-4465

Strongest Town Competition

March 13, 2017 – 4 PM

 

Traverse City is in the Final Four

TRAVERSE CITY- Strong Towns, a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient is hosting a competition to determine the strongest town in America.

This is the second annual “Strongest Town Contest” and this year, Strong Towns is pleased to announce that it received applications from communities in three different countries. Teams of applicants (including government staff, citizen activists and nonprofit leaders) were invited to apply to the contest by answering a series of questions about their community.  Traverse City was one of 16 communities selected to compete in a bracket-based competition to determine whose is the strongest. Towns were initially judged on criteria such as financial solvency, citizen engagement, transportation options and ability to adapt to new challenges.

So far, Traverse City outlasted York, Pennsylvania in a close vote to make it to the Elite Eight.  This hard fought victory was followed by a comfortable win against Ellsworth, Maine.  Traverse City is now facing Valparaiso, Indiana in the Final Four in what is likely to be a competitive Midwest matchup.  

The 4 towns remaining in the contest are Traverse City, MI; Valparaiso, IN; Guelph, ON, Lafayette, LA.  Voting is now open for the Traverse City vs. Valparaiso bracket at   https://www.strongtowns.org/strongesttown/.  Voting ends this Thursday at 10 PM Eastern Standard time.

 

by John Travis
Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Larry LaCross, GIS Coordinator, (231) 922-4900

           

City Storm Water Sewer

Televising and Inspection

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Department of Public Services will be overseeing storm water sewer televising and inspection work at various locations throughout the City.  Locations that will require more extensive traffic control and partial lane closures include:  East Front Street, Grandview Parkway, Division Street, Fourteenth Street, Veterans Drive, Cass Street, Union Street, Lake Street, Railroad Avenue, Woodmere Avenue, Hannah Avenue, Garfield Avenue, East Eighth Street, Peninsula Drive and the Downtown area. The work is expected to begin on March 6, 2017, and is projected to be completed by April 24, 2017.  The work will be done by contractors and city crews working together to minimize the disruption to traffic flow.

Please use caution and patience in these areas to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety.  Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

This project will produce noise and traffic inconveniences, and we would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call Larry LaCross, GIS Coordinator, (231) 922-4900 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).