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by Missy Luick
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19, 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                             

Safe Routes to Traverse Heights and Immaculate Conception Schools:

Action Planning Meetings Set for April 19 and 24

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., the Traverse Heights Elementary Safe Routes to School team and Immaculate Conception School Safe Routes to School team respectively will host Action Planning Meetings to assess possible improvements to make routes students use to walk and bike to school safer. Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

Community members, neighborhood associations and school communities are encouraged to participate in both Action Planning Meetings. Participants will review maps and 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.

  • Traverse Heights SR2S Action Plan- April 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the school library (933 Rose Street, Traverse City, MI 49686).
  • Immaculate Conception SR2S Action Plan- April 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the school cafeteria (218 Vine Street, Traverse City, MI 49684).

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/

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. 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 Safe Routes to School 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
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Traverse City police will auction off recovered and unclaimed bicycles at the annual auction Saturday, May 6, 2017.

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The Traverse City Police Department says that this year they’ve got bikes recovered from both the city and county up for auction, for a total of over 140 bikes.

The bikes range from older 10-speeds to high-end mountain and road bikes.  In the past, bikes at the auction have gone for as little as $1 to several hundreds of dollars, depending on the type of bike and the condition it’s in.

All money raised from the event will be split between the city and county and deposited into the general fund.

Michigan law states that the Police Department must hold on to recovered property for a set length of time before they may do anything with it.  This gives the owner a chance to come and claim their property.  The police say that even though this holding time has ended, if someone were to come in and recognize a bike as theirs, they are more than happy to reunite the owner with their stolen property — so long as a police report was filed when the bike went missing.

The auction takes place at the Traverse City Department of Public Works on Woodmere Avenue on Saturday, May 6th starting at 9:30 a.m.  The bikes will be available for viewing starting at 8:30 a.m.

Visitors are asked to use the Hannah Avenue entrance.

by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, April 13, 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.

Board of Zoning Appeals
The purpose of the Board of Zoning Appeals is to hear and decide on appeals brought to the Building Official, Zoning Administrator, etc. and to interpret provisions of the Zoning Code. The Board’s regular meeting date is the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

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. 

Human Rights Commission
The purpose of this commission is to foster mutual understanding and respect among all groups and discourage discriminatory practices, formulate and carry out programs of community education and information, receive and act as conciliator regarding occurrences of acts of prejudice or discrimination, and secure the cooperation of various community groups in educational campaigns devoted to eliminating prejudice and discrimination. This board meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.

Historic Districts Commission
The goals of the Historic Districts Commission are to safeguard the heritage of our City; to preserve cultural, political or architectural history; to preserve historic landmarks; to foster civic beauty and more. The Commission meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority Board
The Authority is incorporated for the purpose of the acquisition, construction, operation, maintenance or improvement of public recreation centers, public parks, and public conference centers as may be acquired by the Authority or as may be transferred to it by a participating municipality. This board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, please visit www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

If you are interested in serving, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 231-922-4480 by Friday, April 28, 2017 for an Application to Become Involved or visit our website: http://www.traversecitymi.gov/boards.asp.

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
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

           

US-31 / M-72 (Munson Ave.)

Lane Closures

4/17 – 4/28/2017

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Hallmark Construction will be constructing new sidewalk along the north side of US-31 / M-72 (Munson Ave.) between Davis St. and E. Front St. The project is scheduled to begin Monday April 17, 2017 and is expected to be finished April 28th. Schedule is subject to weather delays. The northern westbound lane of Munson Ave. will be closed to traffic during the day, Monday through Friday, where crews are present. 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. 

by Missy Luick
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 5, 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

                        Aaron Biggar, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, (231) 947-1252          

Safe Routes to Traverse Heights and Immaculate Conception Schools

Walking and Biking Audits Planned for April 10 and 12

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the Traverse Heights Elementary Safe Routes to School team and Immaculate Conception School Safe Routes to School team respectively will host Walking and Biking Audits of 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 and parents are encouraged to participate in both Walking and Biking Audits. Participants will help identify the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. Both events 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 2-3 hours total.

  • Traverse Heights SR2S Audit- April 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the school library (933 Rose Street, Traverse City, MI 49686).
  • Immaculate Conception SR2S Audit- April 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the school library (218 Vine 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. 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. Three out of five children aged 9 to 13 don’t get any physical activity outside of school physical education.

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/

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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