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City of Traverse City Public Body Meetings Return to In Person July 6, 2021

by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 2, 2021 - In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Traverse City quickly pivoted to a “virtual city hall” in March 2020 and a method was prescribed by the State of Michigan for public boards to conduct their meetings remotely. Live streaming continued to be broadcast and a method was developed for the public to attend the meetings, virtually, and provide public comment.

The City of Traverse City will return to in person meetings for all of its public bodies beginning July 6, 2021 when the first in person City Commission meeting will take place in over 15 months. “During the past year, the City, with the community, took the precautionary and preventative steps to slow the pace of the development of new COVID-19 cases to reduce the risk of overwhelming our healthcare system and keep our community safe. At the same time, we developed a way to continue to allow for public comment which is critical. We want to thank our community for adapting to the “virtual city hall” and we look forward to moving forward in person, together,” says City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.

All commissions, boards, and ad hoc committees will conduct their meetings in person moving forward, excluding the Historic Districts Commission that will meet one last time in July virtually should a meeting be needed. In person meetings will continue to be broadcast live on Cable Channel 191 and the meeting will be streamed at “The City followed proper scientific MDHHS guidelines to conduct business safely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, keeping our community members and City staff safe. I am grateful that Traverse City is in a position within this pandemic to return in person meetings and look forward to continuing our work on behalf of the residents of the City,” says Mayor Jim Carruthers.

City of Traverse City Public Bodies

  • Act 345
  • Arts Commission
  • Board of Tax Review
  • Brown Bridge Advisory Committee
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Election Commission
  • Grand Traverse Commons Joint Planning Commission
  • Historic Districts Commission (in person meetings after August 1, 2021)
  • Housing Commission
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Local Officers Compensation Commission
  • Lower Boardman River Leadership Team
  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Traverse City Coast Guard Committee
  • Traverse City Light & Power