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by Missy Luick
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:          Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning Assistant, (231) 922-4778           

Tree Policy Public Input Session

Scheduled for December 4, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- The Traverse City Planning Commission has scheduled a Public Input Session for December 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library to host a facilitated discussion to develop guidelines and principles to inform new City Tree regulations. The session is open to all. Please consider attending to participate in the discussion.

The session will begin with an informative presentation by a variety of speakers who will present different community viewpoints.

Some key questions to be addressed in the session include:

  • As a City, what should our goals be for tree protection, management and care?
  • Should tree removal require that the City of Traverse City issue a permit?
  • Should tree removal require replanting trees within the city limits?
  • Should tree policy apply to all properties equally – single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, public lands, etc.?
  • How should tree removal in environmentally sensitive areas be regulated? Should tree regulations be different for sensitive areas?

The Public Input Session will involve voluntary roundtable discussions so that all participants will have the opportunity to offer input.

Those who are not able to attend the session will have an opportunity to offer input to the process through an online survey to be developed and launched within 2 weeks after the Public Input Session. The public is also invited to voice opinions by sending comments to the Planning Commission, by mail at 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684, or email at planningcommission@traversecitymi.gov.

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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 8.66 square miles and has a population of 15,515 (2017 Census).

by Katy Garavaglia
Thursday, November 15, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mark Jones, Streets Supervisor, (231) 922-4901 ext. 112

2018 CITY OF TRAVERSE CITY FALL LEAF PICKUP
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 25, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY - City Residents, due to the late leaf drop and the recent winter conditions we have extended the last day to rake leaves into the street to November 25th (Sunday).

Anyone placing any leaves in the street after November 26th is in violation of City Ordinance and shall be responsible for a civil infraction which may include possible fines.

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by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 12, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:          Sarah U’Ren, Program Director

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

suren@gtbay.org 231-935-1514  x2       

Public Service Announcement 

Field work to begin for TWC’s Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project

Field crews will begin work this week on The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay’s (TWC’s) Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project.  While work will take place in the vicinity of Munson Hospital, field activities are not expected to have any impact on public or emergency service travel as crews will maintain 2-way traffic. 

The overall project includes replacement of four Kids Creek road crossing structures in the City of Traverse City (Cedar Street north, Cedar Street south, 6th Street, and Elmwood Ave), as well as habitat restoration work on the main branch of Kids Creek between Silver Lake Road and US31/M37.  Field crews will be working in these locations starting November 14 and continuing through December 31st.  Please use caution when traveling in the areas where geotechnical and survey crews will be present.

This is a joint project between The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and the City of Traverse City, funded through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Program. 

Contact:

Sarah U’Ren

Program Director

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

suren@gtbay.org

231-935-1514  x2

by Katy Garavaglia
Monday, November 12, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cowall, Executive Director The City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority 231-929-3696 mcowall@liaa.org

RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT
AT FINAL PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON NOVEMBER 14

TRAVERSE CITY – Residents have one final opportunity to shape the future of the Traverse City and Garfield Township Recreational Authority in a public workshop setting.
Members of the public are invited to the second of two public workshops to provide input on the future projects and priorities of the joint City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority. This open forum will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park.

This successful partnership has existed since 2003 and the Authority owns and manages three public properties within the two jurisdictions. These properties include Hickory Meadows, Historic Barns Park, and a small half-acre parcel on West Grand Traverse Bay in the city’s downtown.
Initial input has reaffirmed strong public support for the Authority and its properties. Both Hickory Meadows and Historic Barns Park have rich identities and committed user groups. But not all opinions have been the same: Although there is support for expanding the scope of the Authority, there is also a strong desire to ensure the Authority completes the projects already underway. Attendees at the first workshop also indicated that accessible and interconnected trails are a top community priority.
“Past public visioning efforts formed the core of the Authority’s current operations,” said Matt Cowall, executive director of the Authority. “Your input now will help make sure the Authority understands the ongoing recreational priorities of Traverse City and Garfield Township residents.”
According to Cowall, the purpose of the November 14 public workshop is three-fold: to educate community members about the Recreational Authority; to gather input on a series of alternatives; and to identify a feasible, preferred model for the Recreational Authority. This workshop will build on one held in October, where over 40 community members came and shared their input.
“If you have any interest in parks in our community, this is an important opportunity to make your voice count,” Cowall said.
In addition to the two public workshops, the Recreational Authority has been gathering input through park user surveys, a community-wide online survey, stakeholder interviews, and a series of focus group discussions with stakeholders and community leaders. The Authority plans to use the broad public input to inform a future millage renewal before 2024, when the Authority’s current funding expires.

ABOUT THE RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY
In 2003, The City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority was formed under Michigan’s Recreational Authorities Act. The following year, voters overwhelmingly approved a bond request to allow the Authority to acquire and preserve three culturally, environmentally, and historically relevant pieces of property for public use, including Hickory Meadows, Historic Barns Park, and part of the Open Space on West Grand Traverse Bay.
Over the past 14 years, the Authority has enjoyed enormous success in renovating Historic Barns Park, cultivating partnerships with community groups using its properties, and managing these properties for public use and enjoyment. However, opportunity still remains for continual improvements to better serve the public. Besides its regular monthly public board meetings, the Authority has not conducted a large, concentrated public input effort since 2007. Learn more about the Authority and this exciting project at recauthorityvisioning.org

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA CONTACT: Claire Karner Associate Planner Beckett & Raeder, Inc. 921 West 11th Street, Suite 2E Traverse City, MI 49684 231-649-1065

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by Katy Garavaglia
Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:          Taylor Nash, Human Rights Commission Chair
                       tnash@nmc.edu         

Human Rights Commission #MeToo Podcast

The Traverse City Human Rights Commission is seeking people willing to share stories of sexual harassment for a community education podcast series we are collaborating with a storytelling consultant to produce.  This series will highlight experiences and consequences of harassment in different environments while illuminating their prevalence and the unfortunate level of comfort society has adopted in response.  Though we also recognize the importance of addressing sexual assault and violence, this series will focus on harassment, specifically.

If you are interested in submitting your story for consideration, please email it to metooTCpodcast@gmail.com.  For those who’ve experienced sexual harassment, we understand the vulnerable position sharing it can put you in.  We appreciate your courage and willingness to speak up and if you prefer, your story can be shared confidentially.  While the stories will detail specific experiences, we will refrain from identifying names of the people and places involved.

We believe telling these stories will continue to bring awareness that harassment should not be acceptable, and that its impacts on people, institutions and society are real and insidious.

 

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by Katy Garavaglia
Thursday, November 8, 2018

PRESS RELEASE                                                                      Contacts: Christina Woods 922-4481
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    cwoods@traversecitymi.gov

The Traverse City Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. Sara Hardy was instrumental in establishing the Human Rights Commission more than 30 years ago. This award recognizes her contributions to the community by honoring an individual who exemplifies the ideals of the Commission. These ideals are to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices. Recent recipients of the Award include Jenn Cameron, Emmy Lou Cholak, Dayna Ryan, Marian Kromkowski, Glenda and Ken Andrews, Jane Hayes, Gladys Muñoz, Helen Cook, Joe Lada, Eugene Fox and Susan Odgers.

To nominate someone you believe represents these ideals, please submit a letter to include the nominee’s name, address, telephone number and humanitarian activities they are involved in along with the reasons why you are nominating this individual.

The nominator should include their name and phone number in the letter as well. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Please send nominations to the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 or fax to the Human Rights Commission at 231-922-4470.

The recipient of the award will be honored at a reception in March, 2019, at the Governmental Center. The reception will precede the presentation of the award at the Traverse City Commission meeting that evening.

For more information, please email Christina Woods at cwoods@traversecitymi.gov.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

 

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                               

S. ELMWOOD AVE. / MEDICAL CAMPUS DR.

INTERSECTION CONSTRUCTION WORK

11/07/2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Rieth-Riley Construction Co. will be making repairs to the intersection of S. Elmwood Ave. and Medical Campus Dr. on Wednesday, November 7th between 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM. 

The intersection will remain open to two-way traffic however 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 area.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather. 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.

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Monday, November 5, 2018

November 2, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

      

100 Block Garfield Ave. Closure

 

Garfield Ave. will have Northbound lane shifts November 5th, 2018 and November 6th, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Molon Excavating will be shifting lanes in the 100 Block of Garfield Ave. between E. Front St. and State St. for utility work.  This work will cause lane shifts and disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.   These lane shifts will take place on Monday November 5th, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and will re-open by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 6th, 2018.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The work is weather dependent.  Northbound lanes on Garfield Ave. between E. Front St. and State St. will impacted.

Access will be maintained to all businesses and residences at all times. 

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 Kaitlyn Aldrich
Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                       

100 Block Garfield Ave. Closure

 

Garfield Ave. will have Northbound lane shifts November 5th, 2018 and November 6th, 2018

 

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Molon Excavating will be shifting lanes in the 100 Block of Garfield Ave. between E. Front St. and State St. for utility work.  This work will cause lane shifts and disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.   These lane shifts will take place on Monday November 5th, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and will re-open by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 6th, 2018.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The work is weather dependent.  Northbound lanes on Garfield Ave. between E. Front St. and State St. will impacted.

Access will be maintained to all businesses and residences at all times. 

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 Katy Garavaglia
Thursday, November 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAMPAIGN FLYERS WITH INCORRECT INFORMATION STATING SOME POLLING LOCATIONS HAVE MOVED SENT IN ERROR

Some voters in Peninsula Township, Precinct 1, and the City of Traverse City Precincts 7, 8, and 9 received a mailing from the Committee to Elect Dan Lathrop that indicated that their polling location for the November 6, 2018 election has changed.

The polling location for voters in the following polling locations HAVE NOT CHANGED
(In fact, no polling locations anywhere within the City of Traverse City limits have changed):

Peninsula Township Precinct 1 – Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Rd., Traverse City
Traverse City Precinct 7 – Traverse Heights School, 933 Rose St., Traverse City
Traverse City Precinct 8 – Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave., Traverse City
Traverse City Precinct 9 – NMC Health & Science Building, 1705 E. Front St. Traverse City

To check your polling location/where you vote, please visit this link: www.mi.gov/vote

For further information or questions please contact the County, City or Peninsula Township Clerk below.

Bonnie Scheele                                 Benjamin Marentette                        Joanne Westphal
Grand Traverse County Clerk          City of Traverse City Clerk                Peninsula Township Clerk
231-922-4760                                    231-922-4480                                     231-223-7321