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by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

William G. Milliken Waterscape
Dates and Hours of Operation for 2018

Contact: Derek Melville, Parks and Recreation Superintendent, 231-922-4900

The City of Traverse City Parks and Recreation Division is pleased to announce that the William G. Milliken Waterscape at Clinch Park will open for the season on Saturday, May 26, 2018. The daily hours for the 2018 waterscape feature have extended to open an hour earlier, and will now be 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. The waterscape will remain open through Labor Day. Please visit the following link for up to date information throughout the season:  City of Traverse City Waterscape

 

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by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk, tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov

The next generation of voting equipment is being implemented in the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County! The new equipment offers voters and election workers the speed and convenience of the latest ballot-scanning and election-night reporting.  The new equipment will still use a paper ballot in the event a recount or hand-verification of votes is necessary.

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette, who served for two years on the Secretary of State’s Voting System Advisory Panel to develop the specifications and requirements for the new systems being implemented across the State of Michigan, is glad for the new, improved system.   Marentette said, “Overall, the average voter will see little change in the voting process – voters will still complete a paper ballot and feed it into a tabulator  which tallies the results. The look and feel of the ballots and new tabulator  is similar to that of the previous machines. However, voters can take pride in knowing their ballot is being tabulated using the most up-to-date ballot scanning technology.”  Marentette continues, “The equipment that we will be using has been certified by Federal and State I.T. government laboratories and meets all standards of the United States Federal Election Commission and Michigan Department of State.”

The major changes are  on the back-end and non-voter portion of the process, such as pre-election and post-election reporting, testing and certification requirements. City Clerk’s Department staff and election workers will see an improved system that allows for more efficient closing of polls .

With a new tabulating system, comes a new universally accessible voting device, the ExpressVote! The ExpressVote machine works as a “fancy ink pen” allowing voters of all abilities to independently cast their vote using the touchscreen system, a sip-and-puff device, a rocker panel, or braille equipped remote, if they wish.

While not currently authorized for use in the State of Michigan, Marentette is excited that the ExpressVote has the capability to allow voters to ‘pre-select’ their ballot choices on their smart device and generate a QR code.   When this capability is authorized for use, voters will  bring their smart device to their voting location, scan their individual QR Code, and print a small paper receipt showing their selections; which, when verified by the voter, will be inserted into the tabulator, still providing a paper trail.  Marentette said, “It’s capabilities like this that allow us to engage another segment of our voting population – or to simply encourage more people to vote who prefer to use their smart devices to expedite processes, like checking in for a flight; or in this case, voting.  I look forward to the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections authorizing this completely-secure, trackable method of voting.”

To ensure voters throughout Grand Traverse County are comfortable with using the new election equipment, the City and other local jurisdictions will be holding open house events to allow anyone to test out the machines! For dates and times of these events, reach out to your local clerk directly.

The City will be hosting an open house on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Training Room of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City.  At the open house, anyone interested, regardless if they are registered to vote or live in the City can experience the equipment.  No reservations are needed.

Other communities in Grand Traverse County will be hosting open houses in June; if you prefer to attend an open house in your township, please contact your Township Clerk, although the City welcomes anyone to attend its open house.

by Missy Luick
Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

       100 Block E. Front St. Closure 

E. Front St. will be closed to all traffic

May 22, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Molon Excavating will be closing the 100 Block of E. Front St. between Union St. and Cass St. for Utility Work.  This closure will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 at 12:00 a.m. and will be reopened by the 7:00 a.m.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  This closure is weather dependent.

The work will require the street to be closed to all traffic while the work is being done.  Access will be maintained to all businesses at all times.  There will be appropriate signage in place during the closure.             

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 Missy Luick
Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

       200 Block Boardman Ave. Lane Closures 

May 21st Thru May 25th, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Cornerstone Affordable Homes LLC will be closing Lanes on the 200 Block of Boardman Ave. between Washington St. and State St. for Utility Work.  The lane closures will take place beginning on Monday, May 21st 2018 at 7:00 a.m. and will be reopened by the end of the day on May 25th.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  These closures are weather dependent.

The work will require Lane Closures while the work is being done.  The Street will remain open under traffic control and access will be maintained to all residences and businesses at all times.  There will be appropriate signage in place during the closures.            

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 Derek Melville
Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Derek Melville, City Parks and Recreation Superintendent, 231-922-4910

 

Arbor Day 2018

Special Tree Planting, May 11, 2018

 

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City will be completing a special tree planting near Thirlby Field on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Trees will be planted at the corner of 13th Street and Wadsworth with help from a Preschool class from Central Grade School.  Arbor Day is a celebration of the importance of trees to the beauty of our parks, streets and yards along with the other environmental and aesthetic benefits of trees.  Although Arbor Day has passed, the significance of the day will be discussed along with the importance of trees to all of us.

 

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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
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Pictured are DPS Director Frank Dituri, City Engineer Tim Lodge, City Manager Marty Colburn, Preserve Hickory President Laura Ness, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and City Planning Director Russ Soyring.

May 8, 2018

 MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contacts:  Laura Ness, Preserve Hickory President, (231) 883-4475, preservehickory@gmail.com
                 Marty Colburn, City of Traverse City, City Manager, (231) 922-4440,
                      mcolburn@traversecitymi.gov
                 Derek Melville, City of Traverse City, Parks & Recreation Superintendent, 
                      (231) 922-4910 dmelville@traversecitymi.gov

Preserve Hickory Donates $1.8 Million for
Improvements to Hickory Hills Ski & Recreational Area

 TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Preserve Hickory presented a $1.8 million check to City officials as local match to the nearly $4 million Hickory Hills Master Plan Improvements project.

“This is the largest gift the City has ever received from a private party,” City Manager Marty Colburn remarked.  “The Preserve Hickory board members have been delightful to work with and we, as a community, are very honored and fortunate to have project partners like Preserve Hickory to help us transform Hickory Hills,” continued Colburn.

Last month, the City announced that Hickory Hills renovations are currently underway. Years of collaborative planning, design and fund raising are culminating in substantial upgrades to the park. The improvements will significantly expand year-round public recreational opportunities and accessibility. Improvements include a new lodge, maintenance facility, expanded alpine and freestyle skiing runs, parking, trails, sledding hill, expanded disc golf and a new entrance.

“Preserve Hickory built upon the years of memories and traditions that were created at Hickory Hills since its inception in 1952,” said Preserve Hickory President Laura Ness. “For families who have experienced Hickory Hills, they understand the legacy and tradition and its importance within the fabric of the community and for future families and generations to experience. Through the non-profit Preserve Hickory, we were able to raise money in the community to preserve and enhance the Hickory Hills experience now and into the future,” Ness continued. Once final fundraising is complete, Preserve Hickory is expected to contribute over $1.9 million to the project. The public is invited to ground-breaking event being held at Hickory Hills on June 19th beginning at 2:00 pm. 

  

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by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

MEDC FUNDS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR TRAVERSE CITY TO ASSIST REDEVELOPMENT READY COMMUNITY (RRC) PROCESS

Traverse City - The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has funded a Technical Assistance grant on behalf of the City of Traverse City to assist RRC efforts and to explore housing and economic opportunities downtown.  Properties within the City have underutilized upper floors which could become unique residential or retail opportunities.  MEDC and the City have contracted for the professional services with Revitalize, LLC.

Bruce Johnston, Principal of Revitalize, will provide three phases of work consisting of developing policy and procedures, meet and develop projects with individual property owners, and prepare the City and property owners for potential grant applications to the MEDC and other potential funding sources.

Martin Colburn, City Manager, applied to the state to help create additional use of properties that are underutilized.  With property owners investing into their properties, the community adds much needed housing units, adds more density, and updates buildings to code, making them safer.  These investments can help assist property owners with strengthening their business as well as add to the tax base.

The City of Traverse City is being recognized as a Redevelopment Ready Community by the MEDC at the May 7th City Commission meeting.  The City has qualified for this designation by reviewing and implementing processes to assist with development.  The State of Michigan has initiated this program statewide in an attempt to have communities best prepared and consistent to work with development.

Mr. Johnston will be conducting a program introduction meeting Tuesday, May 8th to interested property owners in the City Commission chambers on the second floor of the Governmental building located at 400 Boardman Avenue from 10:00am till noon.

by Missy Luick
Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Wayne St. and Incochee Rd.

 Resurfacing

5/10 – 5/16/2018

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City and Rieth – Riley Construction Co., Inc. will be resurfacing the following street segments:

Wayne St.                   N. Madison St. to 1307 Wayne St.

Incochee Rd.              3640 Incochee Rd. to City Limits

The work is expected to start on Thursday May 10th and be substantially complete on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Schedule is subject to change due to weather.

Street segments will remain open to local traffic only. Through traffic will be prohibited.

Crews will be removing existing pavements, grading and compacting the gravel base and overlaying with hot mix asphalt.

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 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 Alex Yockey at 922-4468 if you have any questions.

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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
Friday, May 4, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY-  The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting water system improvements on Thirteenth Street from May 7th – May 10th, 2018.  The 300 block of Thirteenth Street will be closed between Wadsworth and Pine Street from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.  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.

 

 

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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
Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                     

       200 Block W. Eighth St. Closure 

W. Eighth St. will be closed to all traffic

May 7th, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Duenseng Construction will be closing the 200 Block of W. Eighth St. between Pine St. and Locust St. for construction.  This closure will take place on Monday, May 7th 2018 at 12:00 p.m. and will be reopened by 2:00 p.m..  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  This closure is weather dependent.

The work will require the street to be closed to all traffic while the work is being done.  Access will be maintained to all residences at all times.  There will be a signed detour in place during the closure.            

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).