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Trick-or-Treat Traverse City!

by Katelyn Zeits
Monday, October 28, 2019

It's that time of year again when all of the ghosts, goblins, princes, princesses and other great characters come out and wander the community in hopes of receiving their favorite special treat! 

Trick-or-Treating hours are as follows for the City:

Governmental Center Halloween Fun - Thursday, October 31 - 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM  

Entire City - Thursday, October 31 - 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM (We ask that all City resident households participating in trick-or-treating to turn on their porch lights promptly at 5:00 PM and turn them off promptly at 8:00 PM or when the candy is gone, whichever comes first.) 

Halloween Safety Recommendations:

Costume Safety

  • Use make-up or face paint instead of masks, but if masks are used, make sure they fit properly and have holes large enough for mouth and eyes.
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant.
  • Wear light-colored clothing at night, short enough to prevent tripping. Add reflective tape or reflectors to dark colored costumes.
  • Make props such as daggers or swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • Give and accept wrapped or packaged candy only.
  • Have children bring treats home for adult inspection before they are eaten.
  • Adults should accompany small and elementary school age children when they are trick-or-treating and send older children in groups.
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
  • Have children stay within the neighborhood; only visit homes you know.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the children and become frightened.

The City wishes everyone a Happy Halloween! 

Safe Routes to School - Public Input November 8th!

by Leslie Bilbey
Monday, October 28, 2019

Public Input Opportunity

Friday, November 8, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00 pm

Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave., Commission Chambers


Fall Loose Leaf Pickup Begins October 21st!

by Katelyn Zeits
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Loose Leaf pickup will begin Monday, October 21, 2019 on the WEST side of the City. 

Due to weather and leaf fall variables, no specific pickup date will be scheduled.  We will cover the City neighborhoods, beginning on the west side and moving eastward, over a period of 5 to 7 weekdays, and then will return to the west side to repeat the process.  Leaves should be raked out in front of your house for pickup as promptly as possible on or after October 17, 2019.  Pick up will continue through November 15, 2019.

The City asks that leaves not be placed in the street before October 17, 2019. For further clarification as to placement of leaves, visit City Ordinance 668.03. As a reminder, residents should not be placing anything in the streets. It's important your leaves are raked out in time for pickup because open burning in the City is prohibited.

General Guidelines for the Loose Leaf Collection Program

  • Leaves should be LOOSE. Please, no plastic bags! Biodegradable bags however, are acceptable. 
  • The City will not pickup branches or brush.  Please do not put them out for pick up - they will be left where you placed them.
  • For curb & gutter streets, rake leaves down into the street.
  • On all other streets rake leaves to gravel shoulder or paved edge of the road.
  • Always avoid covering catch basins. 
  • No leaves will be picked up in alleys, except for homes along Division Street, East Front Street from Railroad Avenue to Munson Avenue, Munson Avenue from East Front Street to Airport Access Road and Eighth Street from Union Street to Woodmere Ave.
  • Please do not park vehicles over leaf piles in City streets - we are unable to pick those leaves up and will be the homeowners responsibility.

Residents should remember that if they have yard waste that they want picked up before the City’s leaf pick up, American Waste will do the pickup for $2.23 per bag as part of their service.  Call American Waste at 231-943-8088 for information regarding their sticker program.