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by Katy Garavaglia
Friday, June 30, 2017

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject:           QUICK SAFETY REFERENCE FOR 4th OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
From:              Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk     
Issued:             Friday, June 30, 2017

To ensure a safe and enjoyable Holiday weekend, here is a quick reference of City-specific regulations to follow:

  • No fires on any City beaches.
  • Adhere to specific life jacket regulations as stated by the Coast Guard on East Bay, West Bay and Boardman River (http://uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/life-jacket-wear-wearing-your-life-jacket.php)
  • Boaters: from Clinch Park east to the Boardman River is a no wake zone.
  • Boaters: no boats may be on shore within 50ft of any swim area.
  • No jumping/diving from any bridges in the City.
  • Union St. Dam is a low head dam; please abide by the posted warnings and stay away from the area while on tubes, kayaks, canoes, etc.
  • Fireworks:
  • Floating lanterns are prohibited within City limits for the safety of air traffic.

 

 

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by Katy Garavaglia
Friday, June 30, 2017

Subject:           Invitation to Apply - Openings Available on Boards and Committees

Contact:          Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk
                     kzeits@traversecitymi.gov

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.

Housing Commission
The authority of this commission is “to purchase, acquire, construct, maintain, operate, improve, extend and repair housing facilities; to eliminate housing conditions which are detrimental to the public peace, health, safety, morals or welfare; to issue notes and revenue bonds; to regulate issuance, sale, retirement and refunding of such notes and bonds; to regulate the rentals of such projects and the use of the revenues of the projects; to prescribe the manner of selecting tenants for such projects, etc.” This board meets the fourth Friday of each month at 8:00 am.

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. 

Downtown Development Authority Board of Trustees
The purpose of this board is to increase property values in the business district of the City and promote economic growth. This board regularly meets the third Friday of each month at 8:00 am.

Parks and Recreation Commission
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.

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 Friday, July 14, 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
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

 

CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-0993,                   lakej1@michigan.gov

 

Improved crosswalk signing coming to US-31 (Grandview Parkway) in Traverse City

 

Safety benefits:

- Installation of additional signs at crosswalks without signals helps increase awareness for the safety of pedestrians and motorists.

June 28, 2017 -- It can sometimes be confusing whether pedestrians or motor vehicles have the right of way. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the city of Traverse City are working together to make it more clear at three crossings without signals on US-31 (Grandview Parkway).

            In cooperation with the city, MDOT's Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC) staff will be installing enhanced signs today and tomorrow for both pedestrians and drivers at three locations along Grandview Parkway: Elmwood Avenue, Oak Street, and Hall Street. There will be a combination of signs urging pedestrians to wait for safe gaps in traffic to cross and reminding drivers of their responsibility to yield to pedestrians already in the crosswalk.

            "Drivers and pedestrians both have a responsibility for safety at crosswalks," said Rick Liptak, manager of MDOT's Traverse City TSC. "While vehicles need to yield for pedestrians already in the roadway within a crosswalk, pedestrians must make sure they have a safe gap in traffic before stepping into the road."

            At all three locations, the current yellow signs with a pedestrian silhouette will be replaced with signs including a red "yield" sign, an arrow, and pedestrian silhouette. They will be complemented by yellow signs posted at street level reminding drivers to yield to pedestrians within the crosswalk. For pedestrians, there will be signs advising them to "Look – Wait for a safe gap in traffic – Cross road with caution." This combination of signs will more closely match those the city uses on local streets, providing more consistency for pedestrians and drivers in the area.

            "The work is part of the collaborative effort between the City of Traverse City and MDOT to improve the visibility of crossings that are used to connect the community to the waterfront," said Traverse City Engineer Tim Lodge. "The work will change the context of the crossings to an urban setting that will help define driver and pedestrian expectations in this heavily traveled corridor."

            Michigan's Uniform Traffic Code (UTC) explains the responsibilities of motorists and pedestrians at non-signalized crossings: "When traffic-control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger, but a pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into a path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield."

            "We'd much rather focus on preventing crashes involving pedestrians than who would be responsible or who had the right of way if the worst occurs," Liptak said. "Increased awareness and concern will go a long way to keeping everyone safe at these crossings."

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Download MDOT's Mi Drive traffic information app: www.michigan.gov/drive

 

by Kelly Rice
Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:           Justin Roy, Water/Wastewater Maintenance Superintendent, (231) 922-4923

           

7th Street Closure- June 16th

Utility Work

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting water system improvements on 7th Street between Union and Locust.  7th Street will be closed from 7:30a.m. to 3:00 p.m., between Union and Locust Street to complete the work.  Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and promote worker safety. 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 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
Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                       

100 Block E. Eighth Street Lane Shifts

Traffic Shifts on E. Eighth St. between Union St. and Cass St.: June 12-June 14

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Capri Dev. LLC will be shifting traffic the West end of the 100 block of E. Eighth St. to make new watermain connections.

There will be appropriate signage in place while the work is taking place.  Property owners will be able to access their property at all times and access to businesses will remain in place.  This work is anticipated to occur on June 12, and completed by the end of the day on June 14 weather permitting.

Please use alternate routes avoiding this area to reduce congestion, delay and inconvenience for your travels.

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, June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

                      

Wellington Street Closing

June 8, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that the City of Traverse City Street Department will be closing a portion of Wellington Street from State Street to East Front Street starting Thursday, June 8, to allow for road surface repair.  This work will be completed by June 9, weather permitting.

The work will require Wellington Street 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.

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 Missy Luick
Monday, June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Traverse City MDOT Office, (231) 941-1986

                       

MDOT line and symbol painting

Traverse City area painting 6/5/17-6/16/17

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that contractors for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be painting all state trunkline roads over the next two weeks in the Traverse City area. Painting includes line painting, symbols, crosswalks and stop bars. The work will be performed during the day. Mobile closures will occur throughout the work areas. This work will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic and possible delays.  The work is weather dependent. Appropriate signage and warnings will be in place in and around the work areas.

 

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Please feel free to call the Traverse City MDOT office at 231-941-1986 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 Kelly Rice
Monday, June 5, 2017

Hydrant Flow Testing

Monday – Thursday, 1 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Beginning Monday June 5, 2017

 

TRAVERSE CITY – Residents and Businesses should be aware that the City of Traverse City Water/Wastewater Maintenance Department will be performing fire hydrant flow testing. Flow testing is set to begin Monday June 6th, from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., continuing through the month of June.

Unfortunately, a slight coloration may be noticeable in the water in the mornings.  Running cold water for a few minutes at a faucet will clear up any coloration.  Any ground areas that are disturbed during the process will be restored during daylight hours.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.  Please contact the Water/Wastewater Maintenance Department at (231)922-4923 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work.