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The New and Improved East Eighth Street will soon be OPEN!

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Subject:           The New and Improved East Eighth Street!

From:              Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,, 231-922-4480       

Issued:             September 25, 2019

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… East Eighth Street will be open before the day is over! Get out and enjoy a smooth ride or walk down the new East Eighth Street and visit some of your favorite local businesses.

While the street will be open for travel, there are still some final items that need to happen, such as a traffic light at Boardman Avenue. In the meantime, this intersection will operate as a three-way stop, with signs in place. The traffic lights should be up and running by mid-November, but until then, please use extra caution at this intersection as it will be busy!  

Franklin Street is also still under construction between East Eighth and Washington Streets. Crews are working tirelessly to finish additional underground utility work; please continue to avoid the above mentioned area. This closure is expected to remain in place until November 1.

The City realizes that this project has caused disruptions to everyone’s schedule and thanks each of you for your tremendous patience during this busy construction season! We are confident that you will find the new East Eighth Street well worth the wait!


Assist in the Democratic Process - Become an Election Inspector

by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, September 13, 2019


Subject: City Clerk’s Office Seeking Election Inspectors      

From: Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk,, 231-922-4480       

Issued: September 13, 2019

The City of Traverse City is looking for motivated and professional workers to serve as Election Inspectors at our polling places on Election Day!

There is one election coming up in November and up to four elections in 2020. While Election Day can be a long day, our inspectors get to experience firsthand the entire process of opening the polls, processing voters, and closing the polls at the end of the night. Election Inspectors must be registered voters in the state of Michigan. All workers are paid for their time, including all trainings, and the City Clerk’s Office will provide all the necessary training in advance.

Our Election Inspectors have the responsibility of providing top notch customer service while maintaining best practices and accountability in the polling place. If this is something you are interested in, but maybe working directly with the public isn’t for you, we also need workers for our Absent Voter Counting Boards! These boards also work on Election Day to process the absentee ballots from our citizens who utilize our Absentee Voting Process.

If you want to serve on the front lines of local voting by working on Election Day, you can find our Election Inspector Application here: If you are interested, but not sure if it’s a good fit, reach out to our City Clerk’s Office at 231-922-4480 or with your questions.

Thank you for serving our Community and helping with the Elections process!

Link to Election Inspector Application

No Wipes in the Pipes!

by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, September 12, 2019

NO Wipes in the Pipes!

Biodegradable or Disposable should not be flushed! 

Convenience wipes, including those for babies, hygiene uses, cleaning and disinfectant, as well as toilet bowl scrubbers and even paper towels might be labeled as “disposable or flushable” but these items should not go down the drain. Products like these do not disintegrate or break down in the sewer system, which can cause plugs in the sewer pipes and pumps, leading to sewage backups, costly cleanups and environmental consequences that can result in rate increases for both you and your neighbors.

How can YOU help?

  • Do not flush objects down the toilet such as wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, or dental floss.
  • Dispose of these items in your household or business trash receptacle.
  • Inform those who clean your house or business of proper disposal methods for convenience products.
  • Select cleaning supplies that can be washed or reused.

The following should NEVER be flushed down the toilet:

×    Diapers- cloth, disposable, flushable

×    Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, flushable wipes etc.

×    Swiffer pads

×    Dental Floss

×    Fats, oils and greases of any kind

×    Hair

×    Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals

×    Plastic of any kind

×    Facial tissues

×    Toilet bowl scrub pads

×    Napkin- paper or cloth, paper towels

×    Egg shells, nutshells and coffee grounds

×    Food items containing seeds and peelings

×    Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms or any non-organic material

×    Wash cloths, towels, rags (no cloth whatsoever)

×    Cat Litter


Nothing should be flushed except toilet paper and human waste!

Also please do NOT:

  • Pour chemicals, paint, solvents, cleaners, motor oil or anti-freeze down the sewer
  • Plant trees directly over a sewer line.  Root growth in sewer lines is problematic
  • Dig without calling MISS DIG – dial 811

If you are having trouble with your sewer line or have any questions, please contact the City of Traverse City Water/Sewer Maintenance Department at (231) 922-4923.

Traverse City Water Tests Negative for PFAS

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

ReLeaf FREE Oak Wilt Class, Tuesday 9/10/19 6-8pm

by Leslie Bilbey
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Oak Wilt disease is killing oak trees in Michigan, and the problem is getting worse. Learn how to protect your trees from oak wilt and what to do if your tree is already affected. The presentation will be led by Dr. David Roberts, PH.D., MSU Emeritus, owner of The Plant Doctor LLC, and one of the state's leading plant pathologists. 

Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 10th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Governmental Center, 2nd Floor Training Room. 

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Leslie at or by calling (231) 922-4778.