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2020 Fall Loose Leaf Pick Up Complete

by Colleen Paveglio
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020 - The 2020 Fall Loose Leaf Pick Up Program is complete. Moving forward, loose leaves are the responsibility of the resident as the City's Streets Department transitions equipment to remove leaf pushers and install snow blowers.  

The City's Loose Leaf Pick Up Program prevents leaves from windng up in a landfill and catch basins. The leavese are turned into rich screened topsoil and used by the Parks Department for flower beds throughout the City. 

Fun Facts:

22 days of picking up leaves
1684 man hours (approximately)
6000 yards of compacted leaves picked up
Delivered to the Keystone composting facility
29 rows of leaves approximately 300 plus feet long

11-20-20: PUBLIC Information Meeting re: D-District Text Amendments and rezoning

by Leslie Bilbey
Thursday, November 19, 2020

When: Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m..

Please join City staff and DDA staff via Zoom to ask questions about the proposed D-District Text Amendments and proposed rezoning of the North side of the 400, 500 & 600 blocks of 8th Street. This is an informal staff meeting, not a meeting of a board or commission. 

Link to join Webinar 

or Call: 1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 884 6138 1928

Participant ID: # (yes, just #)

No Acceptance of Adult-Use Marijuana Applications for Retail and Microbusiness

by Katelyn Zeits
Friday, November 13, 2020


Subject:           Adult-Use Marijuana Applications for Retail and Microbusiness

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

Issued:             November 10, 2020

Due to the lawsuits filed by Leoni Wellness and Sucurecann, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power has ordered the City Clerk Benjamin Marentette to not accept applications for adult-use marijuana retail and microbusiness establishments. Therefore, the city will being announcing at a later date the status of when it may be accepting applications for adult-use marijuana retail and microbusiness establishments.

At the November 10th Special City Commission Meeting, it was a consensus of the City Commission to have the City Attorney propose recommendations for revisions to the scoring matrix which will be brought back to the City Commission at a later date.

2020 Turkey Trot Update

by Colleen Paveglio
Friday, November 13, 2020

The City of Traverse City considers the health and safety of our residents and visitors a top
priority. To reduce transmission of COVID-19, the City has revoked the 2020 Turkey Trot
permit for an in-person race.

“Recognizing that the Turkey Trot is a special racing event that has been held in Traverse City
for the past 12 years and that we are proud to host, the City has made the difficult decision to
revoke the 2020 permit. Safety applies equally to each individual, family, organization, and
employer, and we must do our part to fight COVID-19 together,” says City Manager Martin

The Turkey Trot’s 2020 permit was issued in early March 2020 by the City, just before COVID-
19 became a public health issue. In light of recent CDC guidelines for social distancing and the

potential risk to public health, coupled with the volume of participants at the event, the City must place safety forefront. In recent weeks, Michigan has seen record numbers for those infected with COVID-19. The Grand Traverse Region has experienced a significant increase in COVID-19 infections and seen more COVID-related casualties recently than in the last four months combined.

“Placing the safety and protection of our community must come first. We are saddened to not be able to host this special event, but supportive of the City taking the lead on guidance for safety measures as it relates to COVID-19,” says Mayor Jim Carruthers.

“There is nothing of greater importance than the safety of our residents and visitors. While we
look forward to a time when events such as the Turkey Trot are possible, we encourage our
community to stand in solidarity as we continue to make the right choices to protect human lives and keep people safe,” says City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Amy Shamroe.

The 5K race was slated to take place on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and has approximately
2,800 participants each year. The City is supportive of the Turkey Trot organization hosting a
virtual event.

“This was not an easy or quick decision. Ultimately, the safety of our fellow runners, walkers,
staff and volunteers are most important. Our beloved Traverse City tradition is taking a turn, but
like every year, we will all finish strong,” says Turkey Trot Organizer, Brian Hagerty.

2020 General Election Information

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020 - Please see the following message from City Clerk Benjamin Marentette, sharing key information regarding the election. Note: this information applies across the State of Michigan.

(1) If you have an absentee ballot, it must be received by your local clerk by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 in order for it to be counted. (Check the status of your absentee ballot at and if there are any issues, contact your local clerk's office.)

(2) Election day is Tuesday, November 3; all polling locations are open from 7 a.m. -8 p.m. on election day. Anyone waiting in line at 8 p.m. on election day gets to vote. (Check your voting location and registration status at *Many precautions* have been put in place, based on recommendations from the CDC and public health experts, to make voting in person as safe as possible. If you don't have government issued photo ID with you, you simply sign an affidavit indicating such and can vote like anyone else, provided you're already registered to vote.

(3) If you aren't registered to vote, you can register on election day at your local clerk's office. You'll need a Michigan Drivers License or personal ID with your current address. Alternatively, you can use another form of ID without your current address but need to also provide one of the following documents that have your current address: a current utility bill; current bank statement; current paycheck; current government check; or other government document.

(4) If you register to vote now through election day, you can vote right in your local clerk's office or go to the polls to vote.

(5) Any registered voter in Michigan has (and has had since Jan 2019), the Constitutional right to vote absentee for any reason. You can obtain an absentee ballot by visiting your local clerk's office on Monday, November 2 up to 4p.m. (See item #3 for the type of ID/docs you'll need to bring with you.) Voters who aren't registered in Michigan, have up to 8p.m. on election day to register and vote right in their local clerk's office.

(6) In the City of Traverse City, voters may snag the new “I Voted Sticker" designed by a local artist, Roger Amundsen!

To learn more about election items, visit