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by Benjamin Marentette
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

From City Clerk Benjamin Marentette

At 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the City of Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers, Mayor Pro Tem Amy Shamroe, City Manager Marty Colburn and Police Chief Jeff O’Brien will hold a press conference in front of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City.   

 

The purpose of the press conference is to support the rights of individuals to protest, to assemble and express, openly, what they require, need and demand from their government and to share the Police Department and City Government's support.    The purpose is also, importantly, at the same time, to acknowledge the terrible death of George Floyd last week.

 

by Kelly Rice
Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

           

Hydrant Flushing

Monday – Thursday, 1 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Beginning Monday June 1st, 2020

 

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 1st, 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 Alanna Crouch
Friday, May 22, 2020
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Returning to Business - Water Use Best Management Practices

To All Traverse City Water Customers:

Water quality needs to be an important part of our everyday routine and business practices.  Due to the COVID-19 Stay at Home, Stay Safe mandate, many buildings, stores, restaurants, and hotels were vacant and had very little or no water flowing through their pipes for an extended period of time causing interior water plumbing systems to become stagnant.  As we are slowly returning to our new normal, we urge you to consider these recommendations to improve your water quality within your building’s water system plumbing as improvement of your water quality needs to be a priority prior to opening.

Here are some important matters to consider along with recommendations from the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Fresh water should be drawn into building water systems and stagnant water flushed out before they are reopened. (Quick tip: flush until you feel the cold side temperature of the water change.)
  • Both hot and cold plumbing need to be flushed.  The size, length and plumbing material will vary the time required to properly flush the system.
  • Some internal point of use systems that should be flushed are water filtration systems, drinking fountains, eye wash stations, cooling towers, water softeners, hot water tanks and hot water recirculation systems. 

Please reference the following 2 minute instructional video to assist you with flushing your building’s water system plumbing:  https://youtu.be/3D_rtLrkLMA

Below are additional links to more detailed water quality CDC guide lines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html?utm_source=member%20benefit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=43959&source_2=connections

https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/toolkit/index.html

In addition, please reference the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-91 (COVID-19) regarding all requirements for businesses returning to operation per the link below:

https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-529474--,00.html

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the City Water and Sewer Maintenance Department at 231-922-4923 between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm weekdays.

Thank you and we appreciate your efforts to stay safe!

by Alanna Crouch
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Subject:          August 4, 2020, Primary and November 3, 2020, Election: Voting By Mail/Absent Voter Ballot

 

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

Issued:             May 20, 2020

In November 2018, Michigan voters approved an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that provides the right for anyone to vote an absent voter ballot without any reason; you can vote this way simply for the convenience.

On May 20, 2020, the City Clerk’s Office for Traverse City is sending an absent voter ballot application for the upcoming August 4, 2020, Primary and the November 3, 2020, Presidential General Election to approximately 3,800 registered voters (those who have requested to receive one for each election) and the Michigan Secretary of State is sending an absent voter ballot application to all remaining registered voters in Traverse City.  All applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office. 

In order to receive an absent voter ballot, please complete the application (and indicate for which elections you’d like an absent voter ballot), and either return it by any of the following convenient options:

  1. Snap a photo of your completed absent voter ballot application and email it to tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov  (we’ve updated the application to encourage this method of submission)!
  2. Mail it to:

City of Traverse City

c/o City Clerk

P.O. Box 592

Traverse City, MI 49685

3. Drop it in the utility payment drop box in the parking lot of the Governmental Center (near the one-way exit out of the parking lot)

City Clerk Benjamin Marentette is glad the Secretary of State’s Office is teaming up with his office to get an absent voter ballot application in the hands of each and every registered voter, “Every registered voter in Michigan who had an election on May 5, 2020, was sent an absent voter ballot and over 98% of those voting chose to vote using an absentee ballot.   My office was planning on sending an absentee ballot application to all registered voters as a way to provide a path to voting that doesn’t require visiting a polling place on election day, especially as we combat the coronavirus pandemic.  We’re glad for the assistance from the Secretary of State’s Office.   Voters in Michigan enshrined in the Constitution the right to vote an absent voter ballot for any reason or no reason at all, and we should do all we can to support that right.” 

For the May 5, 2020, election, the Governor of Michigan issued an Executive Order providing that all jurisdictions could have just one voting location because it was recommended that voters vote by mail/absentee if they’re so willing and avoid going to the polling places.  No such plans have been announced by either the Governor or Secretary of State; therefore, at this time, the City Clerk anticipates operating all polling locations in August and November and not consolidating precincts in order to avoid confusion by the electorate.

Voting by mail/absentee ballot is encouraged and is safe and secure.   Marentette notes, “Anyone wishing to vote absentee must complete an application and sign it; my team will verify that the signature matches our record and we will then mail an absent voter ballot.   When a voter returns their absentee ballot, they sign the envelope and my team will make sure the signature on the envelope matches the signature on our record.  If a signature doesn’t match, we will work to contact the voter and correct the issue. All absentee ballots returned by 8 p.m. on election day with verified signatures are tabulated by election inspectors working in the Governmental Center.” 

Anyone who doesn’t complete the absentee ballot application that they initially receive but later wishes to vote absentee is encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office for an application and we will be happy to provide you one. 

The City Clerk’s Office anticipates issuing ballots for the August 2020 election approximately June 26, 2020, and will ensure all military and overseas voters receive their ballots by the Federally-mandated deadline.    Ballots for the November 2020 election will likely be issued approximately September 25, 2020. 

 

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by Alanna Crouch
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The City of Traverse City is pleased to announce May 18, 2020 they will begin their second Spring brush pickup.

Crews will be moving west to east; please have your leaves out for pickup by Monday morning, May 18.

All brush must be neatly stacked. Large branches cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter, and cannot exceed one 8’ x 8’ x 4’ high pile.

Christmas trees are allowed. No logs, tree stumps or shrub root balls are allowed. Place brush in the alley, if one exists, or behind curb or pavement edge on street. Please be sure to keep all catch basins free of debris.

Please remember our crews will only be down your street/alley once!

The City of Traverse City would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that other than the scheduled dates, City Ordinance does not permit placing items in the streets, alleys, or right of ways.

by Benjamin Marentette
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Traverse City, MI -- In celebration of Traverse City’s 125th birthday, a community virtual “Quarantine Quasquicentennial” birthday party is planned over the weekend of May 15-18, 2020. Traverse City was incorporated on May 18, 1895, and will celebrate its 125th birthday on Monday, May 18, 2020. The community is invited to partake in the virtual celebration with several fun opportunities to celebrate Traverse City’s people, history, natural features, culture, and strong sense of place.

 Shared Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk for the City of Traverse City, “the City was thinking of having a festive community celebration to celebrate TC turning 125, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, original in-person plans were unfortunately canceled. While we may not be able to blow out 125 candles on her cake together, we certainly can have a birthday bash of a different kind!” 

 In partnership with the City of Traverse City, Traverse City Tourism, and the National Cherry Festival, City of Traverse City City Commissioner Ashlea Walter rallied to organize a virtual birthday party to commemorate this milestone and give community members something to celebrate while safely staying home and social distancing. Walter had pondered, “if one of my best friends were to have a milestone birthday party during the pandemic and we couldn’t celebrate in person, what would I do for her? I would want to throw her a virtual party and show her how much our community loved her.”

TC Bingo

Traverse City Tourism will offer a free Traverse City BINGO game. People are invited to explore a fun sampling of historic, natural, and cultural features of Traverse City. Printable and fun for all ages to explore together. BINGO cards can be accessed here: https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/traversecity/Traverse_City_BINGO_af1fa799-b78b-4dc4-aa76-4f7c362648b2.pdf

Players can drop off their completed BINGO card with contact information to the National Cherry Festival office by May 31. Participants will be sent two certificates for a free slice of pie by the Grand Traverse Pie Company. Kat Paye, Executive Director of the National Cherry Festival, shared “The National Cherry Festival is thrilled to be able to help Traverse City celebrate such a milestone. We thought what better way to celebrate than with a slice of cherry pie!” 

Explore TC’s Great Outdoors

Traverse City’s Norte invites community members to celebrate by biking, walking, running, skipping, or strolling a safe and healthy 125, 12.5, 1.25 or .125 miles around Traverse City. Norte Executive Director, Ty Schmidt, added “we love Traverse City and encourage our friends and neighbors to safely explore and remain active every day. This is a special opportunity to enjoy our beautiful neighborhoods and open spaces and celebrate TC’s birthday. Outside is still not canceled!” More here: https://elgruponorte.org/theme_event/tc125/

Celebrate virtually at 5 p.m. on May 18 with your favorite Traverse City-crafted beverage. Responsibly enjoy your favorite Traverse City beverage of choice and virtually toast to Traverse City safely at home. 

 

Other Fun Ways to Celebrate

Organizers are encouraging community members to celebrate virtually and safely at home and share on social media/with your family with these other ideas. Opined Traverse City Mayor, Jim Carruthers, “It’s an honor to be Mayor of Traverse City for our 125 birthday! Sadly due to this crisis, we can’t celebrate publicly as a community, but we can join together virtually, so please join in the celebration.”

  • Sidewalk chalk art: I love TC because X
  • 1895 TC fashion
  • 1895 TC food
  • Share on social media your favorite things, places, people or events in TC
  • Celebrate by ordering take-out from your favorite TC business
  • Learn a new fun fact about TC history and share on social media
  • Send a thank you card to your favorite TC community leader 
  • Ring bells, pots and pans at 8 p.m.
  • Make a list of your favorite 125 things about Traverse City and share on social media
  • Share on social media how you say “quasquicentennial”

 Some of our area leaders and changemakers are going to be singing Happy Birthday to Traverse City and talking about what they love about T.C… look for that later!

 

by Alanna Crouch
Friday, April 17, 2020
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by Benjamin Marentette
Monday, March 23, 2020

The Michigan Constitution of 1963 vets the executive power of the state in the Governor.   That power can be exercised formally by executive order.   Executive orders may reorganize agencies within the executive branch of state government, reassign functions among executive branch agencies, create temporary agencies, establish an advisory body, commission, or task force, proclaim or end an emergency, or reduce expenditures authorized by appropriations.  Once signed by the Governor, executive orders are filed with the Secretary of State, where the orders are sealed and retained by the Office of the Great Seal.

Here is a link to Executive Orders by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, with many related to COVID-19. 

by Benjamin Marentette
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Issued by City Clerk Benjamin Marentette:

On March 18, 2020, as an important step to help stop the spread of COVID-19 cases, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order allowing, and prescribing the method for, public boards in Michigan, such as the City Commission, to conduct their meetings remotely.   The Executive Order expires April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.   This was the longest period of time the Governor is allowed to suspend a law; after 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020, a law approved by the Michigan Legislature and signed by The Governor would have to be passed to continue these provisions in some fashion.

 

Specifically, the Governor’s Executive Order allows for members of a public body, such as the City Commission, to be able to fully-participate in the meeting remotely.  Meaning, members of the City Commission may be counted as present, make motions, vote on motions, deliberate, etc., as though they were physically present in one meeting room together.   The Executive Order requires that the public body provide a method for the public to listen to the meeting and to be able to give verbal comments to the board.

 

The City of Traverse City recognizes the importance of not bringing people together unnecessarily in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  The Governmental Center has been closed to walk-in traffic and the City of Traverse City is operating a “virtual city hall” as previously stated as is the City’s Department of Public Services on Woodmere Avenue.    Therefore, the Governmental Center will be closed during the City Commission meeting of March 23, 2020, and for City Commission meetings for the foreseeable future.  Members of the City Commission will not be present in the Governmental Center for official City Commission meetings.  For the foreseeable future, the City does not intend to convene other city board and committees unless their is critical action to be taken; meetings that do not need to be held will not be held.  

 

While not required, a proposed policy for the conduct of remote participation meetings will be considered for adoption at the March 23, 2020, meeting and is included in the updated (republished) City Commission packet online at http://www.traversecitymi.gov 

 

City Commission meetings will continue to be broadcast live on Cable Channel 191 and will be streamed live at:  https://www.tacm.tv/govtvnow.asp  There will be no video of members of the City Commission, key city staff or other participants in the meeting.  Rather, there will solely be audio.   For members of the City Commission and key city staff, their name (as well as a photo) will appear on screen when they are speaking.  

 

For individuals who may wish to give public comment, the method for providing public comment during these remote-participation meetings is to call: 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID (the meeting ID for the March 23, 2020, City Commission Special Meeting is 173-398-401 and the Participant ID is #).  Callers wishing to give public comment may call in before the meeting starts and wait in a “virtual waiting room.”  Going forward, the call-in number and participant ID to give public comment will remain the same; however, the meeting ID will change with each meeting).   These instructions will be included in every official published agenda of the City Commission.  Those calling in will be able to hear the audio of the City Commission meeting, yet their microphone will be muted.  (Please note, that for a brief period of time, when calling in, the callers full telephone number may be visible for those using the Zoom platform.   We will endeavor to manually, yet as quickly as possible, alter what is visible to just the last four digits of the caller’s telephone number.)  

 

When the Commission accepts public comment, in the order calls were received, the City Clerk will identify the caller by the last four digits of their telephone number and ask them if they would like to make a comment.   While not required, but so we do not have to go through an unnecessarily long list of callers, we ask, if possible, that those who do not wish to give public comment refrain from calling in and instead listen to the meeting online at: https://www.tacm.tv/govtvnow.asp  or on Cable Channel 191.

 

For remote participation Regular Meetings of the City Commission, City Clerk Benjamin Marentette will be recommending to the City Commission they accept public comment at the very beginning of the meeting, so that the Commission and listeners will have the benefit of public comment before actions are taken but to not accept public comment during agenda items while we are in remote-participation mode.

 

Finally, because the members of the City Commission and key staff participants will not be visible, Mayor Jim Carruthers will call the meetings to order and then the City Clerk will be facilitating the meeting and will call on individual members of the City Commission and staff participants to speak who “virtually raise their hand,” which will occur through the Zoom platform managed by the City Clerk and the Co-Host.

 

The City of Traverse City wants to express great appreciation to its transparency partner LIAA the operator of Cable Channel 191 and UpNorth Media who have provided substantial assistance as we have identified a practical way to conduct City Commission meetings remotely during this time.   

 

As previously stated by City Manager Marty Colburn, the City of Traverse City continues its strong commitment to providing essential services to the community.  We appreciate the understanding of our neighbors as we implement special measures to protect the health of the public, our City Commission and other boards and city staff.  

 

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by Benjamin Marentette
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Update - March 18, 2020

Prepared by Benjamin Marentette

No Grand Traverse County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (there are 31 Grand Traverse County residents who have been tested, two tests came back negative and 29 results are pending). Michigan currently has 65 positive cases and 0 deaths.  An update on the number of cases in Michigan is updated daily at 2 p.m. at this website: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163-520743--,00.html 

A group of key public communications professionals, as part of the Grand Traverse County Joint Information Center, is developing a comprehensive website to provide resources and clear messaging.   This website should be live within a few days.   

Restaurants and other food service establishments are required to adhere to robust, precise sanitary and cleanliness standards and customers should be assured of that.  

For job seekers and employers needing employees, Pure Michigan’s Talent Connect is a space to both find employment and employees.   Visit: https://www.mitalent.org/    For those who need to apply for unemployment benefits, they may do so online at the following link:  https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_97241---,00.html

While the State of Michigan is providing valuable support services, the Grand Traverse County community organizations are also working together to ensure our residents make it through this situation together locally. Grand Traverse County Emergency Management is assisting with supply chain management to ensure backup medical supplies to protect emergency first responders are secured.   

It is critical that people not hoard food, creating an unnecessary shortage. Food and water are available in the community and will continue to be through grocery stores and other suppliers.  

For individuals who are able to volunteer to help the community meet various needs, United Way of Northwest Michigan has launched a website where you can step forward to volunteer; background checks will be conducted and once completed, United Way will connect volunteers with opportunities.  See this link: https://www.unitedwaynwmi.org/covid-19

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network has connected with at-risk senior citizens.  Meals are being delivered. A focused team is meeting today to identify additional options and needs, with phone calls being made to the most at-risk senior citizens.  

For the population experiencing homelesness, an additional tent is being set up in the parking lot at Wellington Street to help provide additional capacity, necessary because physical distancing is recommended to prevent spread of illness.   The gymnasium at TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis is in near-complete process for being established as a backup location.



BASIC PREVENTION MEASURES FROM THE CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

● Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

● Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

● Avoid contact with people who are sick.

● If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

● Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.

● Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at gtchd.org , at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus , and CDC.gov/Coronavirus .

Schools in the five-county Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) region have released food service schedules and distribution plans in order to ensure that students who rely on schools for healthy meals continue to receive services during the state-ordered school closure.For a complete list of food services provided by area schools within TBAISD five-county region, visit: tinyurl.com/regionalschoolfoodservice .*

* Please contact your local school or nearest distribution center for the most up-to-date information.

Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Update - March 16, 2020

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Area Schools Release Continuing Food Service Schedules

TRAVERSE CITY - Schools in the five-county Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) region have released food service

schedules and distribution plans in order to ensure that students who rely on schools for healthy meals continue to receive services during the

state-ordered school closure. Hours of operation and distribution plans vary by school. Food distribution locations and options include:

 

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Offering: Breakfast and Lunch

Services Begin: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

- Blair Elementary School (1625 Sawyer Road), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

- Traverse Heights Elementary School (933 Rose Street), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

- East Middle School (1776 Three Mile Road), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

- Long Lake Elementary School (7600 North Long Lake Road), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Kingsley Area Schools

Offering: Breakfast and Lunch

Services Begin: Monday, March 16, 2020

Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

- Hannah St. Mary's ( 2912 M-113) , 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

- Kingsley Methodist Church ( 113 Blair Street) , 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

- Home Delivery - Contact School Directly

 

Benzie Central Schools

Offering: Breakfast and Lunch

Services Begin: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

- Home Delivery - Contact School Directly

 

Kalkaska Public Schools

Offering: Breakfast and Lunch

Services Begin: Monday, March 16, 2020

Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

- Kalkaska High School ( 109 N Birch St)

- Bus Stops - Contact School Directly

 

For a complete list of food services provided by area schools within TBAISD five-county region, visit: tinyurl.com/regionalschoolfoodservice .*

* Please contact your local school or nearest distribution center for the most up-to-date information.

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BASIC PREVENTION MEASURES:

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

● Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

● Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

● Avoid contact with people who are sick.

● If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

● Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.

● Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at gtchd.org , at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus , and

CDC.gov/Coronavirus .

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by Benjamin Marentette
Monday, March 16, 2020

*Updated March 30, 2020 to reflect that City Hall and DPS Offices will be closed to walk-in traffic through at least April 13, 2020** 

Statement from City Clerk Benjamin Marentette regarding city offices at the Governmental Center and Department of Public Services being closed to walk-in traffic through at least April 13, 2020.   A "virtual city hall" will serve customers in the mean time:

In an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19 cases, the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue and Department of Public Services at 625 Woodmere Avenue and all City of Traverse City Offices located within it will be closed to walk-in traffic starting March 17, 2020, through April 13, 2020.  

 

City of Traverse City Offices located in the Governmental Center will be closed to walk-in

traffic and converted to a “virtual city hall” starting March 17, 2020, through March 30, 2020.  

Several City employees will be working remotely to help protect themselves as well as those

with whom they come in contact by reducing transmission of the coronavirus.    Depending on

circumstances, these dates may be extended.

 

The following City offices are located within the Governmental Center:

 

  1. City Clerk’s Office (231) 922-4480
  2. City Treasurer’s Office (231) 922-4430
  3. City Assessor’s Office (231) 922-4450
  4. City Manager’s Office (231) 922-4440
  5. City Human Resources (231) 922-4481
  6. City Attorney’s Office (231) 922-4405
  7. City Engineering Department (231) 922-4456
  8. City Planning Department (231) 922-4778
  9. City GIS  (231) 922-4410

While these offices will be closed to the public, telephone calls and emails will be answered

between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, excluding 12p-1p for some

departments.   If a voicemail is left, messages will be promptly returned.   Additionally, staff in

these departments will be reachable via email.   In cases where a physical appointment is

necessary, arrangements for such an appointment may be made by telephone or email.   Visit

http://www.traversecitymi.gov  for more information.

 

For Planning and Zoning Permits, please reach out to:

 

Dave Weston

Planning and Zoning Administrator

(231) 922-4464  dweston@traversecitymi.gov

 

For Engineering Department permits, please reach out to:

 

John McWethy

Public Services Assistant

City of Traverse City

(231) 922-4467  jmcwethy@traversecitymi.gov

 

Most licenses and permits are handled by the City Clerk’s Office – for all other licenses and

permits, please reach out to:

 

Alanna Crouch

City Clerk’s Administrative Specialist

(231) 922-4480  acrouch@traversecitymi.gov

 

Payments owed to the City will not be accepted in person but can be mailed to: 

 

City Treasurer’s Office

P.O. Box 592

Traverse City, MI 49685-0592

 

Alternatively, payments can be dropped off in the payment drop box as you exit the

Governmental Center Driveway.  A credit card payment can be made over the phone by calling (231) 922-4430.

Payments for a variety of services can also be processed

online and anyone can sign up to have their monthly utility payments automatically paid from

their checking or savings account by visiting the following link:  

http://www.traversecitymi.gov/paybills.asp 

 

The City of Traverse City is committed to providing essential services to our residents during this time as well as other key services to the community.   We appreciate your understanding and support as we take steps, like those outlined here, to keep each other safe and healthy.

 

by Benjamin Marentette
Monday, March 16, 2020

Statement from City Clerk Benjamin Marentette:

This evening’s City Commission meeting will be held (see the media release from yesterday, attached, indicating preventative measures people can take to view and participate in Commission meetings without spreading COVID-19).   While the meeting will be held, in an effort to minimize the amount of business that is necessary to be conducted at the City Commission meeting this evening and due to the fact that two members of the Commission will not be present this evening, the following items will be removed from the agenda at the beginning of the meeting:

 

  1. Item B-4 (amendment to the agreement with TC Paddle, LLC, to extend its agreement through the 2020 season and allow  for the use of American Legion Park, if necessary, because of construction) – rescheduled for April 6, 2020
  2. Item B-9 (scheduling two separate public hearings for two separate grant application requests to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund) – rescheduled for March 23, 2020
  3. Item C-3 (introducing ordinance amendments to disallow vacation home rentals in certain districts) – rescheduled for April 6, 2020.
  4. Item C-4 (authorizing various actions for the purchase of 115 Pine Street for the purpose of constructing a 58’-tall public parking structure) – rescheduled for April 6, 2020
  5. Item E-2 (authorizing the placement of the city’s winter 2020-2021 salt order) – rescheduled for March 23, 2020.

Finally, the city will be evaluating which public board and committee meetings must take place in order to carry on essential, key government functions.   Expect a number of meetings to be canceled in the coming weeks.   

 

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by Benjamin Marentette
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Statement from City Clerk Benjamin Marentette:

It is critical that we, as a community, take precautionary, preventative steps to slow the pace of the development of new COVID-19 cases so that we reduce the risk of overwhelming our healthcare system.   It’s also vital that we take these steps to reduce the spread of the virus and disease to those most vulnerable.   While City Commission meetings will continue to be held for the time being, including the Monday, March 16, 2020, Regular Meeting, we ask that you consider the following:

 

  1. While you are welcome to attend the meeting, as a preventative measure, we strongly encourage you to view the live audio stream of the City Commission meeting at: tacm.tv   You can also view the meeting on Cable Channel 191.
  2. If you are listening to the live stream of the City Commission meeting and wish to make either a general public comment on a specific agenda item as it is being heard, please submit your comment, limited to 750 words or less, to the City Clerk at tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov    We will endeavor to read your comment during the meeting, into the record, but some comments may not be read due to time limitations.   Comments received after the agenda item will be made part of the record and will be shared with the full City Commission.  
  3. If you have a comment or thoughts you would like to share regarding items on the agenda or general city business, but do not want it read at the meeting, as always, please send an email to the City Clerk at tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov and indicate you do not wish your comments to be read at the meeting but rather to be entered into the record.
  4. If you do attend the City Commission meeting in person, we will ask that you maintain the proper amount of social distancing (which is a 6-foot distance between yourself and other individuals).

 

The City of Traverse City respectfully stresses that these suggestions are in no way meant to stifle or limit public engagement and input on city issues but rather to try to assist in preventing further COVID-19 cases.   We appreciate your consideration and welcome the opportunity to serve you.

by Benjamin Marentette
Saturday, March 14, 2020
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Regarding COVID-19, several key community stakeholders are developing a strategy to address the issue, to the greatest extent possible. A Joint Operation Center (JIC) has been stablished that includes key stakeholders. The JIC will provide a cohesive source of information and a single plan for mitigating the Coronavirus.

In the mean time, here is a link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's page which provides important information, including how to protect yourself; what to do if you are at higher risk; symptoms for detection, etc. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/…/prevention.html…

Finally, it is critical, as a community, that we take protective measures to slow the development of new COVID-19 cases and reduce the risk of overwhelming the health care system. The graph below, developed by Harvard Medical School, illustrates this important point.

by Alanna Crouch
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Water Treatment Plant has been working with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to perform testing on the public water supply for the presence of PFAS, which are man- made chemicals used in manufacturing and common household products over the past century. They do not break down and can accumulate over time.

Although testing will continue through October 2019, all samples obtained from Traverse City's Water Treatment Plant have thus far shown no detection of PFAS. (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

MPART, which is the State’s Response Team for PFAS, began statewide sampling of community, school, child care provider and tribal water supplies last year. They continue to actively monitor any sources that showed PFAS levels of 10 parts per trillion or higher.

More information regarding PFAS can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/
and also https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135--504965--,00.html

So the next time you fill your water bottle in Traverse City, you can rest easy knowing that your H20 is PFAS free!