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by Missy Luick
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Please click here to visit the 8th Street Reconstruction project page.

by Katy Garavaglia
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019


Contacts:  Laura Ness, Preserve Hickory, President & Co-Founder (231) 883-4475, 
               Marty Colburn, City of Traverse City, City Manager, (231) 922-4440,
               Derek Melville, City of Traverse City, Parks & Recreation Superintendent, 
                     (231) 922-4910,

Preserve Hickory Awarded $30,000 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation for Improvements to Hickory Hills Recreational Area

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN – Preserve Hickory was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from Consumers Energy Foundation for expanded snowmaking and landscaping improvements at Hickory Hills Recreation Area, bringing the total contribution from Consumers Energy Foundation to $50,000 for this project. Preserve Hickory President Laura Ness noted, “Preserve Hickory is extremely grateful for the on-going support of Consumers Energy Foundation as we partner with the City to invest in the future of Hickory Hills.”

Doug DeYoung, Consumers Energy’s community affairs area manager, will be presenting the grant to Preserve Hickory and the City of Traverse City on February 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the new lodge on the property.

“Consumers Energy is dedicated to ensuring Michigan communities are growing and thriving,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are pleased this additional Consumers Energy Foundation grant will assist Hickory Hills to increase its skiable area by 40 percent and expand recreational services offered year-round for Grand Traverse residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The City recently announced that Hickory Hills was open for the season, while crews work to finish the last of the updates to the park. Years of collaborative planning, design and fund raising have culminated in substantial upgrades to Hickory Hills, providing updated infrastructure and more recreational opportunities for the entire community. Improvements specifically include a new lodge, maintenance facility, expanded alpine and freestyle skiing terrain, parking, new Nordic and multipurpose trails, a sledding hill, expanded disc golf and a new entrance. These improvements will significantly expand year-round public recreational opportunities and accessibility for the entire park.

“We’re excited to partner with such wonderful community groups like Preserve Hickory, Consumers Energy Foundation, and so many others to transform Hickory Hills into a modern and accessible recreation area for the entire Traverse City region to utilize and enjoy,” remarked Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers.

The City of Traverse City, along with project partners Preserve Hickory, have raised and dedicated over $4 Million and countless hours to the renovation and restoration of this great community park.

Consumers Energy Foundation presents grant award to Preserve Hickory and the City of Traverse City


by Katy Garavaglia
Friday, January 25, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2016
4:00-6:00 pm
Traverse City Governmental Center - 2nd Floor Training Room
400 Boardman Avenue

The City will be hosting an Open House, featuring informational posters and one-on-one conversations regarding the FishPass project. The purpose of this Open House is to provide information about the FishPass design, offer an opportunity to discuss the project with experts, and inform participants in advance of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) public comment session. 

The MDEQ public hearing will begin at 6:00 pm in the same location. 

Informational Poster

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Contact: Marty Colburn, City Manager – 231-922-4440 ( 
Issued: January 22, 2019

The City of Traverse City replaced 76 light fixtures at the historic Carnegie Library Building based on energy efficiency recommendations made by SEEDS moving the City toward its operational goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2020. The original 120 watt light fixtures were replaced with 39 watt flat panel LED lights, which will use 66% less energy.

“It is equally, if not more important, to consider conservation and efficiency measures as we make progress toward our 100% target,” said Mayor Carruthers in response to the upgrades. According to Kevin Summers, SEEDS Energy Education specialist, this fixture update could reduce the energy usage of the building by as much as 15,365 kilowatt hours a year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 11 metric tons. “That’s equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 13 acres of forest in one year,” he said adding that “The new lights will pay for themselves while also providing improved lighting for the gallery and classroom spaces.”

“We are trying to be sustainable and environmentally-friendly in our parks and public buildings,” said Derek Melville, Traverse City’s Park and Recreation Superintendent and responsible for project implementation, “We are responsibly using City dollars efficiently to make them go as far as possible.”

By replacing the old fixtures with new, more efficient technology, the City avoided making costly repairs to aging, outdated, and unsafe lighting fixtures. The City is also working with its municipal electric utility, Traverse City Light & Power, on an efficiency rebate, which will further reduce the cost of an already cost-effective project.

In December 2016, the Traverse City Commission unanimously passed a resolution to make the electricity usage of municipal operations 100% renewable by 2020, and to launch an interdisciplinary advisory committee known as the “Green Team” to support the transition.

The Carnegie Library Building was built in 1903 and was the home of the Traverse Area District Library until it moved in 1999 to a larger space. The historic building now houses the Crooked Tree Art Center which holds exhibitions, art classes, and other events.



by Katy Garavaglia
Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Subject: Traverse City Awarded 2% Grant Funds from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Contact: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk – 231-922-4480 ( 
Issued: January 22, 2019

Traverse City was the recipient of three 2% Grant awards from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, announced on January 17, 2019. Two of the funded projects are for the Traverse City Police Department, and the final award is for a joint public art project between the Traverse City Arts Commission and the Grand Traverse Band.

Twice per year, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians distributes gaming revenue allocations to local units of government. Since the program began in 1994, more than $37,879,500 has been allotted for various programs and projects that benefit the Grand Traverse Region.

With the awarded funds in the amount of $16,457 this year, the Traverse City Police Department will be purchasing Crowd Control and Personal Protection equipment for our police officers to help ensure the Community’s safety. This equipment purchase includes full-body protection, along with ballistic helmets, helping to make sure our officers are protected and are able to serve the community effectively in emergency situations.

The Traverse City Police Department will also use $20,000 in awarded funds for the purchase of a Thermo-Fisher Scientific TruNare handheld narcotics analyzer. The TruNare is used for the rapid identification of suspected narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and analgesics while in the field, giving our police officers the information necessary to make life-saving decisions when drugs are involved. This instrument will also save the time and expense of off-site sample testing, and allows for tamper-proof records.

The final award for Traverse City was presented to the Traverse City Arts Commission, in the amount of $43,755 for the Clinch Park Tunnel Art Exhibition. The art installation will be located in the existing pedestrian tunnel under Grandview Parkway leading to Clinch Park, and will be culturally reflective of the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes, specifically the Grand Traverse Band. The project will be a rotating exhibition with the possibility that the artwork will be compiled into a collection. Arts Commission Director Nate Elkins, “is enthusiastic about the cultivation of a relationship between the Traverse City Arts Commission and the Grand Traverse Band to celebrate the history, culture and connection to the Great Lakes and the Traverse City Region through art.”


by Missy Luick
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019



Contact:          Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning Assistant, (231) 922-4778      

Traverse City Tree Survey

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- The Traverse City Planning Department has launched a Traverse City Tree Survey and is seeking public input regarding possible tree regulations for the City of Traverse City. This survey information will supplement comments and feedback collected at a December 4, 2018 Tree Policy Public Input Session held at the Traverse Area District Library. It is the city’s intent to utilize feedback from the Tree Public Input Session and Tree Survey to develop guidelines and principles to inform possible new City Tree regulations.

Please take the survey by clicking on this link:

The Survey will be open until February 6, 2019.

The public is also invited to voice opinions by sending comments to the Planning Commission, by mail at 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan 49684, or email at


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 8.66 square miles and has a population of 15,515 (2017 Census).

by Kelly Rice
Thursday, January 10, 2019

100 Block East 12th Street Road Closure

Emergency Utility Work


TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting emergency water system repairs on E. 12th St. between Union and Cass Streets today, January 10, 2019.  12th Street will be closed from Union St to Cass St.  The work is expected to be completed by early evening today.  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 may 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.

by Kaitlyn Aldrich
Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019



Contact:           Jessica Carpenter, Engineering Technician, (231) 922-6894,               



01/07/2019 – 01/11/2019

TRAVERSE CITY-Team Elmers and Shoreline Power will be making repairs to the sidewalk snowmelt system in the sidewalk north of the Clinch Park Pedestrian Tunnel on Monday, January 7th through Friday, January 11th.

The sidewalk will be closed and access to and from Clinch Park via the pedestrian tunnel will be restricted.  Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather. 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 contact Jessica Carpenter at 922-6894 or if you have any questions.



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
Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019




Contacts: Derek Melville, City of Traverse City, Parks & Recreation Superintendent


Hickory Hills Ski Area
Season Opening Update

TRAVERSE CITY- It is with great excitement that we announce Hickory Hills will open for the 2019 ski season on Saturday, January 5, 2019.  Hours of operation for opening day will be 11:00am – 8:30pm.  Five runs will be open including the new Bunny slope named “Fast Tammy”, which contains the first ever conveyor lift at Hickory Hills. Additional runs will be added as snowmaking conditions allow and as mother nature delivers us natural snow.  

To launch the season, we’ll be utilizing a temporary ticket office and warming areas while we await the completion of the new, modern lodge.   The old lodge will be open for food service, restrooms and a warming space for skiers.  Please check out our temporary site map (attached) to help you get the lay of the land!

Annual ski passes and daily lift tickets may be purchased on site during open hours or at the Treasurer’s Desk at the Governmental Center (400 Boardman Ave).  Purchasing tickets and passes ahead of time may decrease your wait times on opening day. 

Our normal operating hours for the season are as follows:

Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday: 11:00am – 8:30pm

Special hours are available for school holidays and on school snow days.  For additional information about Hickory Hills, please visit our website at