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by Kelly Rice
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hydrant Flushing

Monday – Thursday, 1 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Beginning Monday June 3rd, 2019

 

TRAVERSE CITY – Residents and Businesses should be aware that the City of Traverse City Water/Wastewater Maintenance Department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning Monday June 3rd, 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.

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019

CONTACT: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-0993,               LakeJ1@Michigan.gov

New pedestrian signals coming to Traverse City:

Here's how to use them

Safety benefits:

- New pedestrian hybrid beacon traffic signals (sometimes referred to as HAWK signals) are slated to be installed on US-31/M-72 (Grandview Parkway) in Traverse City in early June, enhancing safety and mobility for pedestrians at two existing crosswalks.

- Pedestrian hybrid beacon traffic signals, which are similar to traditional traffic signals, give drivers clear warning and direction, requiring them to stop when the signal has been activated.

May 22, 2019 -- Two new pedestrian hybrid beacon traffic signals coming to Traverse City's Grandview Parkway next month are expected to provide a safer and more comfortable crossing for pedestrians, as well as clear direction to drivers as they approach.

            The new signals, sometimes referred to as HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK) signals, will be installed at the US-31/M-72 (Grandview Parkway) crosswalks near Hall Street and Elmwood Avenue. Installation is expected to occur in early June.

            "These signals have been shown in other communities to provide safe crossing points for pedestrians on demand, while allowing vehicle traffic to flow when pedestrians are not crossing," said Rick Liptak, manager of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC). "We've heard a lot of support for this upgrade, which will help provide more comfort and safety to pedestrians moving between the downtown area and the lakeshore."

            The beacon includes two red lights side by side at the top, with a yellow light below. The lights remain dark, indicating drivers can proceed with caution through the crosswalk, until a pedestrian activates the beacon. A lighted sign reading "Crosswalk – Stop on Red" will hang alongside the signal head.

            The system includes roadside signs advising pedestrians on its operation, and roadside signs advising drivers of a crosswalk ahead will remain. A sign reading "Proceed on Flashing Red if Clear" will be mounted on the signal poles.

            The signals are activated by pedestrians with a push button located at both ends of the crosswalk. Once activated, the signals facing drivers will display a flashing, then steady, yellow caution light, indicating to drivers they should slow and prepare to stop. Pedestrians will see an orange "hand" signal, indicating they should wait to begin crossing.

            When both red lights turn solid, drivers must stop while pedestrians cross. At the same time, pedestrians will see a white "person walking" silhouette signal, letting them know they can begin crossing. That phase of the signal initially will be timed at seven seconds.

            Like pedestrian signals at other intersections, pedestrians will see a flashing orange countdown letting them know how much time remains for them to cross. The countdown initially will be timed at 20 seconds at Elmwood Avenue (because of the greater distance to cross) and 16 seconds for Hall Street, giving a total time to cross of 27 and 23 seconds, respectively. As the countdown begins, the red lights will begin flashing, indicating to stopped drivers that they may proceed with caution if the crosswalk is clear, similar to at a stop sign.

            Once the pedestrian crossing phase has ended, the signals above the roadway will become dark, traffic will flow as usual, and pedestrians will again see the orange "hand" signal.

            All timing can be adjusted in the future based on field observations. Painted stop bars on the pavement will be located 40-50 feet before the crosswalk, giving drivers clear view of any pedestrians who are crossing. There will be a minimum of 30 seconds before the pedestrian signal will cycle again.

            The pedestrian hybrid beacon signals are being installed to improve pedestrian safety on Grandview Parkway. Field observations over the past two summers showed that Hall Street and Elmwood Avenue crosswalks had enough pedestrian crossing activity to warrant the pedestrian hybrid beacons, but the crosswalk at Oak Street did not. The crosswalk at Oak Street will have the standard pedestrian warning signs installed; no in-street crosswalk signs will be used in the future at any of the Grandview Parkway crosswalks.    

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When you see barrels, people are fixing your roads. Drive like you work here.

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by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

2019 City Sidewalk Repair

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City, Elmer’s Crane and Dozer and Bella Concrete Construction will be repairing existing sidewalk in the City rated poor and very poor east of Boardman Ave. Crews will be working from west to east starting in the Boardman Neighborhood.

The project is expected to start Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Affected streets will be closed to through traffic. Delays can be expected. Sidewalks will be closed at the work zones.

Please use caution in and around the work zones to promote pedestrian and worker safety. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place.

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.

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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
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

W. Grandview Parkway (M-72/M-22)

Lane Closure

May 23, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City, Elmer’s Crane and Dozer and Bella Concrete Construction will be repairing the existing sidewalk ramp on the south side of W. Grandview Parkway (M-72/M-22) between E. Traverse Hwy. and N. Division St. (Tart trail crossing north of Elmwood Ave.).

The project is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019. The southern (outside) eastbound lane of W. Grandview Parkway (M-72/M-22) will closed to traffic at the work zone. The Tart trail will also be closed at the work zone.

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 Alexander Yockey at 922-4468 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
Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 15, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Hickory Hills Parking Lot Closure 

Hickory Hills Parking Lot Will Be Closed May 16th and May 17th, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that Elmers Crane and Dozer Inc. will be closing the parking lot at Hickory Hills for paving and striping.  This work will cause the parking lot to be closed.   The work will take place on Thursday May 16th, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. and will re-open by 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 17th, 2019.  The work is weather dependent.

Appropriate signage will be in place and access to all businesses and residences will be maintained at all times. 

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
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The City of Traverse City

Engineering Department

May 13, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

500 Block Garfield Ave. Lane Shift 

Garfield Ave. Will Have Lane Shifts May 15th and May 16th, 2019

TRAVERSE CITY- Motorists and pedestrians should be aware that T. Basch Inc. Excavating will be shifting traffic lanes for utility work.  This work will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.   These lane shifts will take place on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. and will re-open by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday May 16th, 2019. This will cause disruptions to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The work is weather dependent.  Garfield Ave. between Eighth St. and Boyd St. will be impacted.

Appropriate signage will be in place and access to all businesses and residences will be maintained at all times. 

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 Kaitlyn Aldrich
Friday, May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Temporary Multi-Way Stop Control at

Cass St. / Washington St. and

Boardman Ave. / Washington St. Intersections

TRAVERSE CITY- Due to increased north and south bound traffic on Cass St. and Boardman Ave. resulting from the E. Eighth St. reconstruction project the City of Traverse City will be installing temporary stop control at the following intersections. North and south bound traffic on Cass St. will be required to stop at the Washington St. intersection. North and south bound traffic on Boardman Ave. will be required to stop at the Washington St. Intersection.

These regulatory signs are expected to be installed today, May 10, 2019 and will be enforced until the completion of the E. Eighth St. project. Advanced warning signage will be provided to notify drivers of this requirement. Additional plaques will be provided on existing stop signs for east and west bound traffic on Washington St. to notify drivers these are multi-way stop intersections.

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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 15,515 (2017 Census).

by Alanna Crouch
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Filing packets for those who wish to run for the Office of Mayor or Office of City Commissioner are available from the City Clerk’s Office, first floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan.   

Offices available:

Mayor, two-year term ending November 8, 2021. 

3 City Commissioners, four-year term ending November 13, 2023. 

Candidates must file nominating petitions and other required documentation with the City Clerk by July 23, 2019, at 4 p.m.  

For further information, please call our office at (231) 922-4480, or email tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov      

Candidates elected at the November 5, 2019, election, will be sworn in by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette and take office at 7 p.m. on November 11, 2019.

by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, May 3, 2019

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Subject: Medical marihuana provisioning center permit lottery results and next steps   

Primary Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk, (231) 922-4480, bmarente@traversecitymi.gov                            

Issued: May 3, 2019

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette conducted the lottery for medical marihuana provisioning center permits at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, in the Commission Chambers within the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue.  The lottery was open to the public.

A maximum of 13 provisional permits for provisioning centers may be issued; the City Clerk will issue a provisional permit to the first thirteen with a different location.  A provisional permit does not authorize a medical marihuana facility to sell medical marihuana.

The applicants that are issued a provisional permit will have six months to obtain their final state license, undergo an extensive application review process to ensure all required elements comply with legal requirements, pass physical building inspections and clear a background investigation that will be conducted by the Traverse City Police Department.  

Provisional permit holders who successfully complete all of these aforementioned steps within six months from the issuance date of a provisional permit, along with any other legal requirements, will be issued a medical marihuana facilities permit.  A medical marihuana facilities permit authorizes the permit holder to sell medical marihuana.   (A provisional permit may be extended once, for six months, for good cause, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  If a provisional permit lapses, the City Clerk will issue a provisional permit to the next applicant on the eligibility list.)

Any duplicate locations that would have otherwise made the top thirteen will not be included in the eligibility list.   Attached is the eligibility list – those with a number between 1 and 13 under the “eligibility list column” will be issued a provisional permit.

FINAL ELIGIBILITY LIST