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by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, March 15, 2019



Contact: Becky Rogan, Chair of the Human Rights Commission:

Kristine Bosley, Human Rights Commission Staff: 922-4481

Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award

March 18, 2019

Traverse City will be presenting the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award on Monday, March 18, 2019.  A celebration will take place at 6 p.m. in the second floor training room, with the award presentation at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, Second Floor of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue.

This year’s recipient is Sally Van Vlleck who is one of the originators for the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council and has directed the Neahtawanta Research and Education enter.

Sally Van Vleck was referred to as a “Champion of Human Rights” and a guardian of Mother Earth. Her work on community resilience, non-violent communication, anti-racism, and environmental sustainability. This year’s recipient has made a positive impact on our community and is especially deserving of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award.

Sara Hardy, a longtime resident, through her courageous and determined actions gave birth to the concept of a Human Rights organization in her community. Her conduct and professionalism exemplifies the philosophies and ideals of the Human Rights Commission to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people and to discourage discriminatory practices.

This award recognizes Sara Hardy’s contributions to the community by honoring an individual who exemplifies the Human Rights Commission’s ideals. The recipient of this award is selected by the Traverse City Human Rights Commission. We want to encourage the citizens of the Traverse City area to join with us in recognizing the contributions made by this deserving individual in the promotion of human rights.



by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, March 15, 2019



Subject: Available Positions on Various City Boards!  

Contact: Katelyn Zeits, Deputy City Clerk,

Are you passionate about City parks, human rights, or preserving the history of our City or know someone who is?

The City welcomes and encourages your active participation by serving on a Commission-appointed Board. The City is seeking volunteers for a variety of Boards. Join other Board volunteer members in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting the community. The City welcomes and encourages your active participation by serving!

The following Boards have positions with expiring terms or current vacancies:

  • Arts Commission
  • Art Selection Panel
  •  Human Rights Commission
  • Historic Districts Commission
  •  Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Planning Commission

Thank you for your interest in serving on one of Traverse City’s Boards! As a potential Board member, you will serve as an ambassador to the community, helping our City Commission move forward with services affecting the community. No matter your interests, we have a Board to fit your passion. All Boards help us build a great community together.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, or to find our “Application to Become Involved, please visit

If you are interested in serving, please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Friday, April 5, 2019 in person at 400 Boardman Ave., or by email:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions.

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Thursday, March 14, 2019

The City of Traverse City

Engineering Department

March 15, 2019



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


900 Block W. Seventh St. Closure 

W. Seventh St. will be closed March 15th, 2019 and March 18th, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Consumers Energy will be closing the 900 Block of W. Seventh St. between Spruce St. and S. Elmwood Ave. for utility work.  This work will cause closures and disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.   This closure will take place on Friday, March 15th, 2019 and Monday, March 18th, 2019 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The work is weather dependent.  W. Seventh St. between Spruce St. and S. Elmwood Ave. will impacted.

A signed detour route utilizing Spruce St. and W. Sixth St. will be in place and access 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.



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).