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Safety Notice for paddlers near Boardman River weir

by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, June 25, 2020

If your plans include kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding near the Boardman River Weir in Grand Traverse County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants people to be aware of how the rising Lake Michigan water level has created hazards for water enthusiasts on the river.

This stretch of the Boardman River runs through downtown Traverse City and draws a lot of paddlers. Normally, paddlers were able to get past the weir either by using the portage platforms located upstream and downstream of the weir, or by paddling under the weir structure between the supports when the grating was removed.

Since Lake Michigan water levels influence the level of the lower Boardman River – and the water level there currently is quite high – the available clearance to pass under the weir is greatly reduced. Additionally, the portage platforms are slightly underwater, so new signage has been installed to help guide paddlers to the correct locations.

Paddlers are urged to pay attention to these signs that point out where to safely exit and enter the river around the weir structure. The platforms are still the best overall option because people can paddle their boats up onto the platforms and then easily lift the boats out of the water. Passage under the weir is strongly discouraged because of the safety risks.

Learn more about the Boardman River Weir at For the latest on the effects of high water and safety tips, visit

Wayne Street Closure

by Allison Geisert
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wayne St Closure- June 25th

Utility Work


TRAVERSE CITY- The City of Traverse City Water and Wastewater Maintenance Department will be conducting water system repairs in the 1700 Block of Wayne Street, West of Incochee Rd.  Wayne Street will be closed at Incochee Rd. to complete the repair work. 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 will 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.

City services at Governmental Center and Department of Public Services available by in-person appointment starting June 15, 2020

by Benjamin Marentette
Thursday, June 11, 2020

On Monday, June 15, The City of Traverse City, in cooperation with Grand Traverse County, will be re-opening their offices within the Governmental Center to the public for in-person service by appointment.   The Department of Public Services Building, on Woodmere Avenue, will continue to be closed to walk-in traffic and is available for in-person service by appointment by calling (231) 922-4910.

The City of Traverse City, for safety reasons, encourages everyone to continue to use “virtual city hall services”, over the phone and online, and only visit the Governmental Center when necessary.   City Commission meetings will continue to be conducted remotely; and information regarding City Commission meetings, including how to view them and make public comment can be found at this link:


We will be reserving the hours of 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. for appointments with our residents who are at higher risk. This give us the opportunity to provide a safer environment for them to conduct business as the building will have been recently cleaned. The general public is welcome to schedule appointments between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Appointments must be made in advance and anyone coming in for their appointment will be required to wear a mask, as well as practice safe physical distancing while inside the Governmental Center.


The following City offices are located within the Governmental Center and may be reached for services or to schedule an in-person appointment:    


City Clerk’s Office (231) 922-4480  

City Treasurer’s Office (231) 922-4430

City Assessor’s Office (231) 922-4450

City Manager’s Office (231) 922-4440

City Human Resources (231) 922-4481

City Attorney’s Office (231) 922-4405

City Engineering Department (231) 922-4456

City Planning Department (231) 922-4778

City GIS  (231) 922-4410


The City of Traverse City is committed to providing essential services to our residents during this time as well as other key services to the community.   We appreciate your understanding and support as we take steps, like those outlined here, to keep each other safe and healthy.

Press Conference Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Regarding Traverse City's Support of Rights to Protest and Acknowledging George Floyd's Death

by Benjamin Marentette
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

From City Clerk Benjamin Marentette

At 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the City of Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers, Mayor Pro Tem Amy Shamroe, City Manager Marty Colburn and Police Chief Jeff O’Brien will hold a press conference in front of the Governmental Center at 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City.   


The purpose of the press conference is to support the rights of individuals to protest, to assemble and express, openly, what they require, need and demand from their government and to share the Police Department and City Government's support.    The purpose is also, importantly, at the same time, to acknowledge the terrible death of George Floyd last week.